Last Update: 10 May 2022
At Phoenix Voyages, we are continuing our crusade through this spatiotemporal rift to tell you about our remarkable stays to offer your clients in the near future. Here is our latest news on the current situation of our destinations.
COVID-19 cases are low in Vietnam. On 3rd May 2022, the Health Ministry confirmed 2,709 local COVID-19 patients and no new deaths.
REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:
Vietnam fully reopens its borders to foreign travelers without quarantine.
Entry conditions include:
✓ A negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours OR a negative rapid antigen method test result within 24 hours before departure. (*)
✓ Travelers are required to install the PC-COVID mobile application for health monitoring during the trip.
✓ Medical insurance with a minimum coverage of $10,000 (around EUR 8,800).
✓ No quarantine – but travelers are required to self-monitor for the first 10 days after arrival and notify medical staff if they have symptoms of COVID-19.
Children under two years are exempt from testing.
The above conditions apply to all entries into Vietnam: by air, sea, and land.
* Travelers who cannot take a test before arrival have to be tested within 24 hours after entering the country and can leave their accommodation if they have a negative result (applied for all arrivals in Vietnam by sea and land only).
VISA conditions include:
The Vietnamese government announced the restoration of visa exemption (15 days) for arrivals from the following 13 countries and territories:
Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Citizens of these 13 countries are exempt from visas when entering Vietnam with a temporary stay of 15 days, no matter the passport type and entry purpose.
However, citizens from the list of 80 eligible countries in Vietnam have to apply for an e-Visa.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs recognizes vaccine passports granted by 72 countries and territories. They are also discussing with about 80 other partners on mutual recognition of vaccine passports.
The previous 15 partners are Australia, Belarus, Cambodia, Egypt, India, Maldives, New Zealand, Japan, the Philippines, Palestine, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the U.S, and the U.K.
For more information about the conditions to enter Vietnam, flights, and reservations, please feel free to contact us.
BEFORE DEPARTURE FROM VIETNAM
To those travelers needing a PCR test done before their departure from Vietnam, Phoenix Voyages can arrange such service with a supplement. Please contact us for more information.
As of 3rd May 2022, around 80.4% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated, and around 58% has received a 3rd dose (booster).
The number of COVID-19 cases are decreasing in Thailand. On 2nd May 2022, there were 9,331 new COVID-19 cases and 84 fatalities reported.
REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:
Since 1st May 2022, Thailand has lifted RT-PCR Testing for All Foreign Travelers.
Indeed, pre-arrival and arrival RT-PCR tests for foreign visitors entering the country have been lifted.
The “Thailand Pass” system still remains for all overseas entrants, in which vaccinated travelers must present their vaccination proofs and insurance policies.
TEST & GO Requirements include:
✓ A Thailand Pass (via Click Here) for arrivals by air and land; or a Certificate of Entry (via a Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate General) for arrivals by water.
✓ A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination/Recovery
✓ A Health Insurance policy with coverage of no less than USD 10,000
✓ No quarantine
Below are the entry scheme requirements:
Sandbox Program (Phuket & Koh Samui):
✓ The staying period is reduced to 5 days. After completing 5 days within the Sandbox destinations, tourists will be allowed to travel anywhere within Thailand.
Alternative Quarantine (AQ) for Unvaccinated Travelers:
✓ Quarantine is reduced to 5 days before visitors can travel to other parts of the country.
✓ Travelers need to have a proof of prepayment for 5-night quarantine at government-approved hotel/s; such as, SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) hotel, or AQ Accommodation/s, plus a proof of prepayment for 1 RT-PCR COVID-19 test.
✓ Travelers are required to undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 4-5, except if they are able to upload proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of departure via the Thailand Pass system. The exemption is also extended to travelers under 6 years of age travelling with parents.
However, a quarantine exception is made for those who show proof of a negative RT-PCR test result within 72 hours of departure.
Fully vaccinated travelers from all countries can apply for a TEST & GO Thailand Pass.
✓ Unaccompanied travelers between the ages of 12 and 17 must have received at least one dose of vaccine. If they are traveling with their parents, they are exempt from this requirement.
✓ Children between the ages of 6 and 11 are also exempt from this requirement.
✓ Children under 6 years of age are not required to have a negative RT-PCR test prior to arrival and may be given a saliva test upon arrival.
For more information about the exemption from quarantine and the requirements, you can click on this link: Click Here. Please feel free as well to contact us.
VISA EXEMPTION AND BILATERAL AGREEMENT
Thai authorities are allowing travelers from 56 countries to enter the country without visas. Nationals from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain and Luxembourg are permitted to enter Thailand on a visa exemption scheme for a period of 45 days. A passport with a validity of more than 6 months and a plane ticket to exit Thailand within 45 days of arrival are requested when applying for the mandatory “Certificate of Entry” (COE) at the Thai Embassy of their home country.
If you need more information on the conditions to obtain the “Certificate of Entry” (COE), please don’t hesitate to contact us.
BEFORE DEPARTURE FROM THAILAND
To those travelers needing a PCR test done before their departure from Thailand, Phoenix Voyages can arrange such service with a supplement. Please contact us for more information.
Thailand has administered at least 133,209,540 doses of COVID vaccines so far. Assuming every person needs 2 doses, that’s enough to have about 95.7% of the country’s population vaccinated (and 74% fully vaccinated). Moreover, around 37% of the eligible population has received a booster (3rd dose) vaccine so far.
COVID-19 infections are ultra-low in Cambodia. On 3rd May 2022, the Ministry of Health reported only 3 new COVID-19 cases. The ministry also reported no new deaths. COVID and Omicron – figures appear to be stabilizing in Cambodia.
The Cambodian Prime Minister announced that the wearing of face mask in public areas is no longer compulsory, but it is still required in enclosed areas i.e. malls, cinemas, conference rooms, etc.
REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:
Cambodia has reopened its borders to fully vaccinated foreign travelers without quarantine. Likewise, visa-exempted countries, especially from the ASEAN regions is also welcomed in Cambodia.
Children under 12 years old not vaccinated, are allowed to enter the country as long as they arrive with fully vaccinated parents.
Moreover, the land border between Cambodia and Thailand is open to cross since 1st May 2022.
Cambodia has lifted two conditions for foreign travelers who are fully vaccinated to enter the country:
✓Waiving the requirement of a negative 72-hour certificate of COVID-19 RT-PCR Test result before arrival in Cambodia.
✓ Waiving the requirement of Antigen Rapid Test upon arrival in the country.
Despite the easing of requirements, travelers are encouraged to self-test.
Documents for quarantine-free travel include:
✓ An Electronic Visa Certificate (E-visa)
✓ A Flight Reservation
✓ Hotel Reservation
✓ Vaccination Certificate (2 doses) or a COVID-19 Recovery Medical Certificate
However, travelers who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated may still enter the country but must remain in quarantine for 14 days at approved centers designated by the Ministry of Health.
For more information about the conditions to enter Cambodia and reservations, please feel free to contact us.
Cambodia has reopened its electronic visa scheme (e-visa certificate) for foreign tourists entering the country. Visa exemptions for business people and "sponsored" persons are authorized. In addition, Cambodia has allowed the re-issuance of Visa on Arrival for all international travelers, by air, land, and sea.
BEFORE DEPARTURE FROM CAMBODIA
To those travelers needing a PCR test done before their departure from Cambodia, Phoenix Voyages canarrange such service with a supplement. Please contact us for more information.
There is around 86% of the country’s population who is fully vaccinated, and 59% who has received a booster dose.
COVID-19 cases have decreased in Laos. On 2nd May 2022, the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control has reported a total of only 245 new cases and no new deaths.
COVID-19 prevention measures, such as temperature checks, social distancing, wearing face masks, and using hand gel, remain in place at all retail shops, minimarts, and supermarkets, as well as fresh markets and any areas of risk.
Entertainment venues and karaoke bars have reopened, however, such venues must ensure that they fully comply with COVID-19 prevention measures.
REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:
Laos Lifts COVID-19 Testing for Fully Vaccinated Travelers from May 9th 2022
From May 9th 2022, Laos has fully reopened its borders to foreign visitors, allowing fully vaccinated arrivals to enter the country with no requirements of COVID-19 testing and quarantine. This is applied to all visitors arriving by land, air, or water.
Also, fully vaccinated entrants can now travel freely anywhere within Laos without restrictions.
Fully vaccinated travelers entering Laos only need a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (2 doses).
Foreign arrivals in Laos who become infected with COVID-19 must bear responsibility for any and all medical costs involved in treatment.
However, non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must take a Rapid Antigen Test (ATK) within 48 hours before departure and present the results upon arrival, except for children under 12 years old. Likewise, they are no longer required to have a test upon arrival.
Private and public transport vehicles are now allowed to enter and exit the territory of Laos via checkpoints as prior to the pandemic.
Citizens of countries that have bilateral or unilateral visa waiver agreements with Laos may now enter Laos without the need for a visa.
Citizens of countries that do not have a visa waiver agreement with Laos may now apply for a visa at a Lao Embassy or Consulate abroad or via the e-Visa online system. Visa on arrivals will also be reinstated at certain international checkpoints.
For more information about the conditions to enter Laos, flights, and reservations, please feel free to contact us.
BEFORE DEPARTURE FROM LAOS
To those travelers needing a PCR test done before their departure from Laos, Phoenix Voyages can arrange such service with a supplement. Please contact us for more information.
The vaccination program is currently progressing well, with at least 10,594,229 doses of COVID vaccines administered so far. As of 29th April 2022, the first dose vaccinations have reached 78.66% of the eligible population, while the second dose vaccinations have now reached 66.25%.
After 2 years of borders closure, Myanmar resumed the international flights. Indeed, the country opened all international flights on 17th April 2022 and they operate regularly.
The government statement further states that the decision was made to improve and boost the tourism sector, which was hit hard by the pandemic and the national political crisis last year, while ensuring "a smooth journey" for tourists visiting Myanmar.
Persons authorized to enter Myanmar must comply with the following conditions:
✓ Have a passport valid for 6 months after the date of entry into Myanmar;
✓ Have a valid visa;
✓ Present a negative RT-PCR test result within the last 72 hours;
✓ Take an insurance covering COVID-19, online with " Myanmar insurance ";
✓ Submit to a PCR test upon arrival and complete a 24-hour quarantine in a designated hotel.
Please note that wearing a mask is mandatory in all public areas.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 infections are decreasing in Myanmar. On 1st May 2022, there were only 17 new COVID-19 cases, and no new deaths.
Myanmar has administered at least 55,566,474 doses of COVID vaccines so far, meaning about 51.4% of the country’s population.
The number of COVID-19 cases is decreasing. On 3rd May 2022, South Korea reported 49,064 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total caseload to 17,395,791. The country added 72more deaths from COVID-19 on that day, raising the death toll to 23,079.
Since 18th April 2022, South Korea lifted All Social Distancing Rules.
Indeed, the country has lifted all COVID-19 social distancing protocols, including the enforcement of vaccine passes.
Restaurants, cafes, and other businesses are able to operate freely without a curfew, while the limit on the size of gatherings is also removed.
Moreover, the wearing of face mask is released, and the people do not have to wear it outside in certain conditions.
REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:
From 1st April 2022, South Korea allows fully vaccinated travelers to enter the country without quarantine.
3 tests are required to travel to South Korea:
✓ 1 RT-PCR test 48 hours before departure
✓ 1 RT-PCR test on arrival (within 24h, at the airport or a medical center)
✓ 1 antigenic test at Day 6 of the arrival (self-testing is allowed)
In addition, all travelers must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA)
All these conditions also apply to children from 6 years old.
Non-vaccinated travelers are still subject to a 7-day quarantine.
South Korea K-ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization)
South Korea has launched a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization system, known as K-ETA. It is a new electronic authorization allowing visa-free travelers to visit the country.
Foreign nationals will only be able to enter South Korea without a visa by registering for a K-ETA. Upon acquiring the waiver, visitors will be exempt from submitting arrival cards, enabling them to clear immigration quickly.
It permits eligible travelers to visit South Korea for short stays for tourism, visiting family members, or business activities. In addition, the K-ETA is valid for 2 years, allowing the holder a stay of between 30 to 180 days per entry, depending on the nationality.
Visitors must apply for the K-ETA at least 24 hours before boarding the flight. Those who apply now can also use the visa waiver for future trips to South Korea.
To enter the country for purposes other than those authorized with the K-ETA or for extended consecutive stays, travelers must contact the nearest South Korean Embassy.
How to get a K-ETA
Application form: Click Here
To complete the online form, applicants need to enter basic information including:
✓ Personal details: name, nationality, date of birth
✓ Contact information: including email address
✓ Passport data: passport number, issue, and expiry date
✓ Health and security information
✓ A recent individual photo
✓ A non-refundable application fee of 10,000 KRW (about 7,5 euros) is paid using a debit or credit card to finalize the request.
On approval, the travel permit is sent to the applicant by email.
✓ For a full list of eligible countries, please Click Here
✓ A RT-PCR test 48 hours before departure from country of origin.
For essential information and further details, Click Here
Persons transiting through an airport in South Korea for no more than 24 hours are not required to be tested for Covid-19. However, they are subject to temperature control.
BEFORE DEPARTURE FROM SOUTH KOREA
To those travelers needing a PCR test done before their departure from South Korea, Phoenix Voyages can arrange such service with a supplement. Please contact us for more information.
Around 87.8% of the 52 million population has been fully vaccinated. Moreover, as of 3rd May 2022, around 64.6% of the population has received their booster shots.
As it is so dear to us, the Phoenix Voyages team is at your disposal to prepare for your clients' future trips in Asia.
The Phoenix Voyages Team