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Covid-19 – the current situation in our countries

June 15, 2021 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under:

It took 61 days to administer the first 100 million vaccinations and just 5 days for the last 100 million doses. On May 5th, 1.2 billion people have had at least 1 shot and at this rate, it takes around 50 days to vaccinate the next billion. At Khiri Travel this makes us optimistic about a restart of tourism in our countries in the third quarter of this year. Our teams are ready to take on requests!

On this page, we give updates on the situation on the ground in the Khiri operating countries.

Last updated: 15/06/2021

Cambodia

Vaccinations in-country

Cambodia is vaccinating at a brisk pace. On June 13th, 2.4 million (15%) received two vaccine doses, up from 1 million in a little over a month. A further 2.9 million (18%) received one dose. The pace of vaccination is picking up steadily, with the latest over 500,000 per day.

Aside from Singapore, Cambodia leads, with a considerable margin, other countries in Southeast Asia with vaccinations.

The Khiri team in Phnom Penh is fully vaccinated.

After a few months of local lockdowns, the country has effectively reopened for domestic travel. Restaurants are back open, with a few asking for proof of vaccinations upon entry.

Current requirements to enter the country.

While technically the country is open, the entry procedure makes it impractical for tourists with high-security deposits and a mandatory quarantine in place.

Country reopening plans

While there are no official announcements yet, there is talk about opening up Siem Reap Province, where the famous Angkor complex is located, to international travel.

 

Indonesia

Vaccinations in-country

Around 20 million people had received the first dose of the vaccine, and 11.5 million people had fully vaccinated.  Jakarta has the highest percentage of the population fully vaccinated, followed by Bali and Yogyakarta.

By mid-June, Indonesia had secured at least 94.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and is averaging 345,591 daily doses. Overall, the government aims to vaccinate 181.5 million citizens, or 70 percent of the population, to create herd immunity against the virus by 2022. The Khiri Indonesia team is 100% vaccinated. Our GM, Herman Hoven, received the first jab vaccine in early June, waiting for his 2nd one in July. About half of our guides and drivers are fully vaccinated, with the remainder expected to get their jabs soon.

Entry and Exit Requirements 

Visa-free and visa-on-arrival entry for all foreign travelers remain suspended. The government has not indicated a timeline for when the restrictions on international visitors will expire.  All foreign visitors arriving in Indonesia must undergo a mandatory 5-day quarantine at designated facilities conducted by the Indonesian government, followed by a home quarantine period.

Country reopening plans

Bali has delayed the planned July re-opening until further notice.

 

Laos

Vaccinations in-country

With support from the Covax Facilities, Gavi, WHO, and Unicef, Laos has received several batches of free vaccines. Today, 714,000 people received their first jab (10% of the population), and 394,000 people (5.5%) are fully vaccinated. Recently the pace of vaccinations has picked up markedly.

The majority of the vaccines administered in Laos are Sinopharm and AstraZeneca. However, we have just received a shipment of Pfizer BioNTech (100,000 doses) that have just been rolled out last week (will prioritize the elderly and people with underlying health conditions).

Current situation entering the country

Only people with Business Visas and people looking to be repatriated to Laos can enter the country at the moment (with mandatory 15 days quarantine)

Laos has been almost Covid-free for the whole year of 2020, with only 58 cases registered from March 2020 to April 2021. Since then, numbers of cases hover around  2000 nationwide, particularly in Vientiane, where there is a partial lockdown.

Traveling to other provinces is only permitted once both doses of vaccine have been received.  However, the cases have been steadily decreasing; we expect the lockdown to be lifted in the next couple of weeks.

Country reopening plans

There is currently no plan to reopen borders for tourism.

Maldives

Vaccinations in-country

As of 13th June 2021, around 313,000 (59% of the population) received their first dose, while about 176,000 (33%) were fully vaccinated. The plan is to vaccinate the entire population within a few more months and then start offering the vaccine for tourists with the 3V Concept – Visit, Vaccinate & Vacation.

Current situation entering the country

The Maldives has already opened its borders for tourists since July 2020 and has welcomed more than 375,000 tourists in 2021 itself. There is no quarantine requirement for arriving tourists, who are only required to show a valid negative PCR test result upon arrival. Here, visitors are whisked away from the international airport by seaplane or luxury speedboat to their island resort many kilometers away from the capital city. A prior confirmed booking at a registered tourism facility is a prerequisite for obtaining a visa, and the PCR test has to be done within 96 hours before landing in the Maldives.

There has been a recent spike in new cases since mid-April within the local communities. A temporary restriction has been enforced for passengers arriving from neighboring South Asian countries.

Read more on all updated information at https://visitmaldives.com/en/covid19-updates.

Myanmar

Vaccinations in-country

Despite the military coup, the vaccination program that started on January 27, 2021, is continuing. An estimated total of 3.5 million people have already received a jab, most going to health workers, public servants, and the elderly. Due to the political situation, sadly, most people are against receiving the vaccination.

Current requirements to enter the country.

Recently the government announced to extend the closure of borders until 31 May 2021. Business visa and social visas are allowed with relief flights, which are rare, and only within a 7 days quarantine period.

Country reopening plans

No plan currently.

 

Sri Lanka

Vaccinations in-country
As of 12th June 2021, around 2.1 million (10% of the population) have received the first dose. Thus, close to 450,000 (2% of the population) fully vaccinated, prioritizing frontline health workers. The plan is to have 60% of the people fully vaccinated by the end of 2021.

Current situation entering the country
Sri Lanka has already opened its borders for tourists since 23rd January 2021 and has welcomed around 15,000 tourists with “bio bubble’ arrangements.

With the spike in new cases since April 2021, travel restrictions have been enforced; however, tourists are still allowed to arrive and travel within a bio bubble.

Instead of a restrictive quarantine method, tourists can travel within a bio bubble, enjoying all the facilities at the certified hotels. After 14 days, they can leave the bio bubble provided the tests come in negative and can travel around freely afterward while adhering to social distancing measures.  All tourists are provided with mandatory covid-19 insurance for USD 12 per person, covering all expenses if a tourist testing positive.

Fully Vaccinated Travellers are welcome to Sri Lanka as of July 17, 2021. 

The complicated bio bubble arrangements that were in place have been replaced by the simple procedure of one PCR test upon arrival.  Upon a negative On Arrival (Day One) PCR test report, fully vaccinated travelers can travel in the country without any restrictions. Mandatory health protocols such as wearing masks in all public areas and maintaining social distancing measures are still in place. When it comes to the approved tourist attractions, we would recommend not to include the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy since there’s only 30mins per day allowed for tourists and it could also get crowded within an enclosed indoor area which is better to be avoided.

Further details can be seen and downloaded from https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/

Contact Khiri Sri Lanka for more information at [email protected].

Thailand

Vaccinations in-country

The vaccination rollout so far has been slow but is picking up some speed.

Thailand has administered at least 6,188,124 doses of COVID vaccines so far, enough to have vaccinated about 4.4% of the country’s population. As of 12 June, Thailand averaged about 230,773 doses administered each day.

Current situation entering the country

Entry into the country is achievable but only with a 15 days quarantine. Many hotels offer all-inclusive quarantine packages, but unsurprisingly, there is not much interest in general tourism.

After a long period of very few community cases of Covid, the country currently sees outbreaks throughout the country. Although most cases are deficient compared to most Western countries (around 2500 cases a day are recorded), restrictions on everyday life are in place and vary between provinces.

The Phuket Sandbox Reopening

The plans to reopen just the Phuket island for international travel without hotel quarantine are still slated to go ahead. While final details are not precise, multiple tests will be required, and only fully vaccinated travelers can avail of the scheme.

 

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When the country reopened according to these plans, arrangements for connecting flights through Suvarnabhumi Airport were already in place.

More information can be found here:  https://www.caat.or.th/en/archives/56377

Vietnam

Vaccinations in-country

1.4 million doses have currently been administered, with only 54,000 having taken both doses. With the new government in place, there is a renewed focus on delivering vaccines, and they are pushing forward with purchasing more doses. The plan is to have 30% of the population vaccinated by the end of the year and 60% by the end of Q1, 2022.

Current situation entering the country

The country is effectively closed for tourism. Commercial flights are only available for Vietnamese repatriation, foreign experts, ex-pats already residing in Vietnam, and diplomatic purposes.

After a period of no new cases, we are experiencing a surge in cases. June 13th had the highest number of daily cases since the pandemic’s beginning with 95 new cases reported. The country is in a semi-lockdown, and Saigon, in particular, is affected. Despite the total number of cases being low compared to other nations, Vietnam is cautious and will continue to be stringent to prevent the spread. Although the outbreaks have been controlled exceptionally well, the government has announced publicly that the vaccine is the only way out of this situation. This gives everyone hope that they will focus on this; there are even discussions that private institutions can acquire and administer vaccines.

Country reopening plans

There is currently no plan to reopen borders for tourism while the vaccine rollout is at its current level. On a positive note:  once enough vaccines become available, we expect Vietnam to be one of the world’s most efficient in administering jabs

 

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