South East Asia – COVID-19 Updates & Travel Advice

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Vietnam Travel – COVID-19 Updates & Travel Advice
September 8, 2020

South East Asia – COVID-19 Updates & Travel Advice

Saigon - Jet Huynh

Saigon - Jet Huynh

Updated on November 03, 2020

VIETNAM

Not yet re-opened for Tourism

+ Vietnam opens its borders for Vietnamese nationals, diplomats, experts, managers, skilled workers, investors, and their families. The borders still remain closed to international tourists until further notice.

+ From September 19, flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to destinations in South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Cambodia, and Laos are resumed. To board a flight, the traveler must have a negative Coronavirus test certificate (the test must be conducted within three days before the departure date). Passengers would be tested upon arrival via the RT-PRC method and are subjected to quarantine for 14 days.

+ All travelers coming to Vietnam are required to submit a health declaration upon arrival. Travelers can fill out the declaration at the airport or submit it in advance at the link: https://tokhaiyte.vn

+ Travelers must install Bluezone, a Vietnamese Bluetooth-based app that helps determine if a person has come into close contact with a Covid-19 patient.

+ Since September 03, 2020, there have been no new community transmissions.

Saigon - Jet Huynh

Saigon – Jet Huynh

CAMBODIA

Not yet re-opened for Tourism

  • Visa exemptions, visas on arrival and e-visas are suspended.
  • All passengers coming to Cambodia are required to have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point, an insurance policy with a minimum medical coverage of USD 50,000, and deposit USD 2000 at a designated bank on arrival.
  • Passengers are subjected to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.

LAOS

Not yet re-opened for Tourism

  • Flights to Laos are suspended until further notice, except: humanitarian, medieval and repatriation flights.
  • All passengers coming to Laos are required to submit a health declaration upon arrival and must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
  • Passengers could be tested upon arrival via the RT-PRC method and kept in quarantine if required.

MYANMAR

Not yet re-opened for Tourism

  • Flights to Myanmar are suspended until November 30, 2020.
  • All passengers coming to Myanmar are required to submit a health declaration upon arrival and must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point.
  • Passengers are subjected to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.

THAILAND

Re-opened for travellers who have special long term visa

  • Visa exemptions, visas on arrival are suspended.
  • No enters or transits are allowed until 30 November 2020, except: passengers who are spouses, parents or children of a national of Thailand are allowed to enter Thailand: passengers who are nationals of Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam or passengers with Chinese Taipei passport, residents of Hong Kong with an APEC Business Card arriving from the county that issued the APEC Business Travel Card.
  • All passengers coming to Thailand are required to have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point – the certificate must be in English, an insurance to cover medical expenses in Thailand, a Certificate of Entry issued by Royal Thai Embassy, and a Fit to Fly health certificate in English.
  • Passengers are subjected to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days
  • Thailand launched a 90-day visa for long-stay tourists on 30 September 2020. To get a tourist visa, passengers must come from low-risk countries with plan to stay in Thailand for three to nine months, have a negative COVID-19 test result at most 72 hours prior to their arrival, have a proof of accommodations, and have a health insurance policy that will cover the stay in Thailand.  All passengers are subjected to 14-day quarantine. A group of Scandinavian travellers flying from Denmark, Sweden and Norway arrived on 01 November 2020.

SINGAPORE

Gradually re-opened to selected countries

  • Starting on September 1st, 2020, Singapore has loosened up its border closures and started re-opening to certain countries.
  • Passengers can enter Singapore if they have a Long-Term Visit Pass or a Long-Term Visit Pass in-principle approval, or a Work Pass, Dependant’s Pass, or a Student’s Pass, or a Student’s Pass in-principle approval. The approval letter must be issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.
  • The list is expected to grow but travelers who have spent the last consecutive 14 days in Vietnam, Australia (excluding Victoria State), New Zealand, Japan (if they depart from Heneda International Airport, Narita International Airport or Kansai International Airport), Korea (if they depart from Incheon International Airport), and Brunei will qualify for an Air Travel Pass to enter Singapore as long as they have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result at most 72 hours before departure and a valid Safe Travel Pass approval letter issued by Singapore.

BALI

Not yet re-opened to Tourism

  • Passengers can enter Singapore if they have a Temporary Stay Permit (ITAS) or Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP), or a diplomatic or a service / visit visa, or an APEC Business Travel Card.
  • All passengers coming to Bali are required to have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Passengers without a medical certificate with a negative result are subjected to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.
  • All passengers must complete the “Electronic Health Awareness Card (e-HAC) and submit it before departure at https://inahac.kemkes.go.id/ or present it upon arrival.
  • Originally, the Governor of Bali announced that the island will be reopening its borders for international tourism on September 11th, 2020. However, no official updates have been given at this time.

Find out more about unique travel experiences in Vietnam at the link.

So with the actual situation, it is advised to postpone your plan to travel to Vietnam until the end of 2020 or 2021. In the meantime, we can help with trip planning while waiting for a more stable situation in the near future.  Please feel free to contact us at info@saffrontravel.net (English) or spain@saffrontravel.net (Spanish)

Saffron Travel is closely monitoring the situation and will keep you posted.

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