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Covid-19 – the current situation

March 5, 2020 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under:

At Khiri Travel, the wellbeing of our guests is our main priority at all times and we are monitoring the Covid-19 situation extremely closely. We are receiving daily updates from multiple sources, which include the World Health Organization, governments, tourism bodies and our local travel partners around the world to ensure we have the most up to date information at our disposal.

We continue to monitor the situation closely, but please note that the latest information is constantly changing and we are doing our utmost to ensure that everything on this page is up to date and current.

Below we have collected the most relevant information for your perusal. If you’d like additional information please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

 

Last updated: 30/06/2020

 

Vietnam

 

Are there currently Covid-19 infections in the country?

  • Yes.
  • June 17th is the 62nd day without new infections in the community
  • The Covid-19 tally was 335, with 10 still under treatment

Travel restrictions / bans

  • All foreign nationals are denied entry into the country. No visas being issued currently.
  • All international flights currently suspended. Vietnam Airlines announced possible resumption of limited international flights from July 1st. Awaiting further details.
  • There are 2 land borders with China (Lang Son and Quang Ninh) that have been reopened for import / export of goods. As are the borders with Cambodia and 4 with Laos.

Border arrival Screening process

  • Domestic travel is now possible and flight routes are returning to normal levels. Passengers on planes are currently required to sit one seat apart. Only families and people booking tickets together can sit next to each other. Local carriers are required to make sure the number of passengers does not exceed 80 per cent of the number of seats. While the distancing restrictions on aircraft are lifted, passengers are still required to keep a distance of one meter from each other while going through procedures at airports until boarding.

Tourist attractions with restrictions

  • Social distancing measures were eased on April 23rd. Currently there are no official social distancing measures enforced.
  • Gatherings, meetings, training sessions, and religious ceremonies are possible to be held but still apply infection prevention measures including wearing face masks, frequent hand-washing, and temperature checks.
  • Outdoor sporting events, schools, enterprises, companies, etc. have been reopened as normal

Visa restrictions

From 18th March until further notice:
  • All foreign nationals will be denied entry into Vietnam, even with already issued visas
  • New visas will not be issued at the moment

Further information & Reading

 

 

Thailand

 

Are there currently Covid-19 infections in the country?

  • Yes

Are the regions that Khiri Travel visits affected by the coronavirus?

  • Yes

Travel restrictions / bans

All foreign visitors are banned from entering Thailand until further notice. The CAA have suspended all commercial international flights in and out of the country until 01 July 2020. Currently all repatriated  Thai nationals are subject to a 14 day state imposed quarantine upon arrival in Thailand

Shortly the Royal Thai Government will be updating their travel restriction information in regards international arrivals and which nationalities are permitted to enter Thailand & the health and safety procedures required from 01 July 2020 onwards.

General update

We are now entering phase 4 of the easing of the lockdown. The emergency Covid-19 decree is still in force to some extent. The curfew ended on the 12 June so the majority of business can open and go about their daily business as normal but with some exceptions (Bars & some night time entertainment venues remain closed)

All other business such as shops / shopping malls / restaurants serving alcohol are now operating but protocols for hygiene and social distancing are in place.

Public transport is operating as normal but with some restrictions for inter provincial travel (please check before you travel).

Social distancing, and the wearing of a mask whilst out in public is practiced and is frowned upon if not followed. Avoid close contact with other persons.

Border arrival Screening process

  • Temperature scan

According to the Public Health Ministry, people arriving from China, Hong Kong and Macao, Iran, Italy, and South Korea must disclose their self-quarantine locations. In addition, travelers from these countries must show health certificates before boarding flights to prove that they are free of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).

 

Tourist attractions with restrictions

  • Tourists sites around the country are now beginning to open with protocols in place to adhere to social distancing rules and regulations
  • Some of the countries National Parks are now reopening for visitors (please check before you travel)
  • Public beaches around the country are now opening once again to the general public but social distancing is advised

Visa restrictions

  • Applications for visas may now require to provide a health certificate

Further information & Reading

 

Cambodia

 

Are there currently Covid-19 infections in the country?

  • Yes

Are the regions that Khiri Travel visits affected by the coronavirus?

  • Yes

Travel restrictions / bans

  • By order of the Cambodian government, entertainment venues such as KTV, night clubs, movie theaters and shows must close. This is effective from the 18th of March and until further notice.
  • Any foreigner who wishes to travel to Cambodia must obtain a prior visa for Cambodian missions abroad. A medical certificate must be provided by competent health authorities of his/her country no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel. Certificate must attest that the person has not tested positive for the Novel Coronavrirus. In Addition, she/he must provide proof of insurance that shows a minimum  medical coverage in the amount of not less than 50 thousand US Dollars.
  • A deposit of 3000 USD will be asked to every foreigner on arrival to cover quarantine costs.

Border arrival Screening process

  • The immigration will keep processing as usual with a temperature check upon arrival

Tourist attractions with restrictions

  • The Royal Palace, National Museum, Genocide Museum and Killing Fields are reopened  

Flights

  • National Airlines such as Angkor Air and Cambodia Airways have announced that they will start flying again soon but no official dates has been released

Visa restrictions

  • No visa on arrival.
  • Any foreigner who wishes to travel to Cambodia must obtain a prior visa

Further information & Reading

  • No official update from the government yet.

 

Laos

 

Are there currently Covid-19 infections in the country?

  • Laos is Covid-19 free. All 19 infected patients have been discharged. No new cases for 64 days

Are the regions that Khiri Travel visits affected by the coronavirus?

  • No

Travel restrictions / bans

  • Provincial borders have all reopened. Domestic travel is allowed
  • Restaurants, beauty salons, massage salons have all reopened
  • All schools have now reopened. Private schools function on alternate school days for kids. Public schools are back to normal, open for all students everyday.

Border arrival Screening process

  • Domestic flights began operating again on May 22nd, 2020

Tourist attractions with restrictions

  • None

Visa restrictions

  • Visa on arrival not available for Chinese Nationals at  international checkpoints
  • Suspension of visas-on-arrival throughout the country for 30 days (starting from March 19th)
  • The government of Lao PDR will further implement these visa measures, beyond those already in place, to reduce the risk of importation of the virus to the Laos PDR as follows:
    • Suspend issuing visa on arrival for all Nationals
    • Suspend issuing tourist visas at Lao Consulates overseas
    • Suspend issuing E-visas
    • Suspend visa exemption for Nationals of ASEAN countries and Nationals of countries that signed an agreement on visa exemption both unilateral and bilateral with the Lao PDR
    • Visas for visitors with non-tourist purposes only: visitors will have to submit the required information on their health and related documents to the Lao Diplomatic Mission in their country of residence, for approval.

The above-mentioned measures will be implemented from March 20th, 2020 to April 20th, 2020

Further information & Reading

  • Masks and sanitizers are difficult to come by (mostly sold out) and sold overpriced
  • https://laotiantimes.com/

 

 

Indonesia

 

Are there currently Covid-19 infections in the country?

  • Yes

Are the regions that Khiri Travel visits affected by the coronavirus?

  • None at this time

Travel restrictions / bans

The Indonesian government has suspended its visa exemption policy for short-stay visit, visa-on-arrival and diplomatic/service visa-free facilities for all countries.

All foreigners/travelers who wish to visit Indonesia must obtain a visa from Indonesian missions in accordance with the purpose of their visit. Upon submission, applicants must provide a health certificate issued by relevant health authorities from their respective countries.

These measures will take effect on Friday 20 March at 00.00 Western Indonesia Time (GMT+7)

Border arrival Screening process

  • The Indonesian government is taking precautions were possible with scanning passengers on symptoms and thermal measuring scanners
  • Passengers coming from affected areas must complete a health screening form, to be completed upon arrival

Visa restrictions

  • The Indonesian government has suspended its visa exemption policy for short-stay visit, visa-on-arrival and diplomatic/service visa-free facilities for all countries

Further information & Reading

The Indonesian government has given the following aviation orders:

  • – General Declarations (Gendec) are to handed to quarantine officials by all passengers arriving in Indonesia
  • – Reporting to aviation officials whenever a passenger is suspected to be showing symptoms of the flu
  • – During flights destined to Indonesia, providing arriving passengers from countries where there are confirmed cases of coronavirus with Health Alert Cards that lists symptoms and emergency contacts for anyone who begins   exhibiting symptoms of the disease
  • – Ensuring that passengers report to officials whenever there is a suspicion of a coronavirus infection and make in-flight announcements urging people to openly approach quarantine officials should they have any health concerns.

 

Myanmar

 

Are there currently Covid-19 infections in the country?

  • Still about 80 active cases (mostly imported) – no local spreading

Are the regions that Khiri Travel visits affected by the coronavirus?

  • Yangon had 6 corona deaths (over 6 weeks ago the last one) – no other deaths in other regions

Travel restrictions / bans

  • No international flights allowed into the country until 30 June 2020

Border arrival Screening process

  • No international flights allowed. Overland arrival only for Myanmar citizen and subject to 3 weeks quarantine in government facility

Tourist attractions with restrictions

  • All places of worships including temples are closed and can only be visited from outside (Bagan temple zone is beautiful)
  • Ngwe Saung and Ngapali beach hotels are closed (raining season)

Visa restrictions

  • Nobody can apply for a visa until 30 June 2020

Further information & Reading

  • Government announced rules for hotels and restaurants to re-open
  • Face mask wearing compulsory in public areas
  • Wash basins available all over the country

 

 

Sri Lanka

 

Are there currently Covid-19 infections in the country?

  • No positive cases in the community since the end of April. All current cases are Sri Lankan returnees from overseas, currently monitored at quarantine centers.

Are the regions that Khiri Travel visits affected by the coronavirus?

  • Not to our knowledge

Travel restrictions / bans

  • Sri Lankan Airlines operates special flights for Sri Lankans that are currently overseas and wish to return
  • Passenger arrival flights for foreign visitors are expected to recommence on 15th August
  • All domestic airports will reopen on 1st August
  • Restaurants have started opening, Schools/Universities, Cinemas are expected to reopen soon
  • Foreign travelers are not allowed to use public transport

Border arrival Screening process

  • Sri Lanka Tourism confirmed to reopen the destination for international tourists on 15th August, assuring that all precautions recommended by the global health and travel authorities have been put in place
  • On arrival a mandatory health screening and sanitizing process including a PCR test will be conducted
  • Sri Lanka Tourism will conduct further PCR tests free of charge for any tourists staying longer than 5 nights
  • An independent health & safety audit process will commence to certify registered accommodation providers (hotels, boutique hotels, villas, hostels, rest houses and home-stays)

Tourist attractions with restrictions

  • All major tourist attractions will be open from 1st August, and are also required to have a health & safety protocol

Visa restrictions

Sri Lanka has indefinitely suspended the issuance of on-arrival visas for all visitors. All passengers arriving in Sri Lanka are required to have a valid visa that will be issued for 30 days (can be extended for up to six months after arrival), and can only be obtained online through the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) website www.eta.gov.lk.

The requirements are:

  • A negative PCR test report from an accredited laboratory taken within 72 prior to landing in Sri Lanka 
  • A confirmed travel itinerary covering at least 5 nights at certified accommodations
  • A valid return air ticket
  • Proof of Travel insurance

Visa Fee of USD 100 per person will be applicable (this covers the visa fee of USD 35 as well as USD 65 per person for all PCR tests required during the stay)

Further information & Reading

  • Khiri Travel will comply with all health & safety guidelines recommended by Sri Lanka Tourism
  • Masks and Hand sanitizers will be provided in all our vehicles
  • https://srilanka.travel/covid19/

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