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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: 30/03/2020

 

Vietnam

 

Are there currently Covid-19 infections in the country?

  • Yes

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

  • Yes, we ask all clients from all nationalities arriving before the 30th April to postpone their trips because they will not be able to enter the country

Travel restrictions / bans

  • All foreign nationals are denied entry into the country, even with already issued visas.  This policy is valid until further notice
  • Vietnam Airlines suspended all international flights until 30th April 2020

Border arrival Screening process

  • All visitors to Vietnam must fill out a medical declaration upon arrival. For a faster arrival process, guests can fill out the form online via the link below and show the QR code to the airport personnel http://tokhaiyte.vn/
  • “Strengthened” screening at international points of entry for all nationalities. So far this has had no effects on domestic travel

Tourist attractions with restrictions

  • There are currently many hotels and services that are temporarily closed until further notice. Please contact us for the most updated list of affected hotels and services
  • Bars, Clubs, Cinemas and other entertainment facilities are closed in major cities
  • All restaurants, cafes, and bars can only offer their services as takeaway service or for delivery
  • The inaugural Formula One Grand Prix in Hanoi in April is canceled

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 Foreigners are not allowed to enter into Thailand until further notice.

 

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

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has issued an order for shopping malls, markets and an expanded list of sports, entertainment and service shops considered high-risk areas for the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to be closed for three weeks.

Orders from the provincial governors of other provinces all around Thailand follow a similar scheme with a blanket closure of similar types of venues throughout the same period.

The venues to be closed from Sunday, 22 March to Sunday, 12 April, 2020, are:

  • Restaurants (except takeaway and restaurants serving food for hotel guests)
  • Shopping malls (except supermarket zones, pharmacies or zones selling necessary items and food shops (takeaway is permitted)
  • Eat-in corners at convenience stores
  • Markets and weekend markets (except sales of fresh and dried food and cooked meals for takeaway, animal feed, pharmacies and other necessary items)
  • Beauty salons and barbershops
  • Tattoo service shops
  • Skate and rollerblade venues or other similar services
  • Amusement parks and bowling lanes
  • Gaming and Internet shops.Golf courses and golf driving ranges
  • Swimming pools and similar service venues
  • Fighting cock venues
  • Buddha amulet sales stalls
  • Exhibition and convention centers
  • Educational institutions at all levels including tuition schools
  • Weight-control services and cosmetic clinics
  • Health spas, massage shops and beauty treatment shops
  • Animal spas, animal care centers and clinics
  • Massage parlors
  • Saunas and herbal treatment centers
  • Cinemas and theatres
  • Fitness centers and sports clubs
  • Service venues and entertainment places
  • Boxing stadiums and boxing schools
  • Sports stadiums
  • Horse race tracks

The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) in Bangkok will be closed temporarily until 15 April 2020.

Doi Suthep Temple is closed until further notice.

All national parks in Thailand are closed until further notice.

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

  • All travelers from Italy, Germany, Spain, France, and the US are banned to enter the Kingdom of Cambodia for 30 days from 17 March 2020 onwards
  • From today, 13th Mar 2020, until future notice, all international tourist cruises are not allowed to enter Cambodia in order to control the COVID-19 spreading. An official announcement by The General Department of Waterway And Maritime Transport, and Ports of Cambodia
  • By order of the Cambodian government, entertainment venues such as KTV, movie theaters and shows must close. This is effective from the 18th of March and until further notice
  • From 30th of March, suspension of issuance of tourists visas, e-visa, and visa on arrival to any foreigner for a period of 1 month
  • 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. A certificate must attest that the person has not tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus. In Addition, she/he must provide proof of insurance that shows a minimum medical coverage in the amount of not less than 15 thousand US Dollars

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 temporarily closed. This is effective from 18th of March 2020 until further notice

Visa restrictions

  • Entry requirements as usual

Further information & Reading

 

Laos

 

Are there currently Covid-19 infections in the country?

  • No

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

  • Yes

Travel restrictions / bans

  • Travelers who are coming from a country with confirmed cases of COVID-19 who do not have a fever or show any symptoms related to COVID-19 will be asked (not required or forced) to self-quarantine and monitor COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days
  • Travelers who are coming from a country with confirmed cases of COVID-19 who have a fever and/or other signs of COVID-19 will be sent to the hospital for COVID-19 testing
  • Flights cancellations :
    Lao Airlines  22 March to 20 April, 2020
    Vietnam Airlines 21 March to 30 April, 2020

Border arrival Screening process

  • Temperature check and tougher screening process for visitors who have visited either China or South Korea in the past 14 days / Visitors entering from China must fill in a health declaration form
  • 10 border checkpoints are temporarily closed;
    Lao-VIETNAM border:
    Panghok checkpoint in Phongsaly
    Nam Soy checkpoint in Huaphanh
    Namkan checkpoint in Xieng Khuang
    Phoukeua checkpoint in Attapeu
    Daktaok border crossing in Sekong
    Nam Phao checkpoint in Bolikhamxay
    Na Phao checkpoint in Khammouane
    Lao-THAI border:
    Nam Heuang checkpoint in Xayabouly
    Nam Ngeun checkpoint in Xayabouly
    Savannakhet International Airport

Tourist attractions with restrictions

  • None

Visa restrictions

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

  • Persons who have traveled in the last 14 days to the following areas will be denied entry
    • China
    • Iran: Teheran, Qom en Gilan
    • Italy: Lombardije, Venetie, Emilia Romagna, Marche and Piedmont
    • South Korea: Daegu-city and Gyeongsangbuk-do province
  • Travelers from other areas in Iran, Italy and South Korea must provide a health certificate from a qualified doctor

Border arrival Screening process

  • The Indonesian government is taking precautions were possible with scanning passengers on symptoms and thermal measuring scanners

Visa restrictions

  • The Indonesian government bars travelers who have visited China over the past 14 days from visiting or transiting in Indonesia, and also halts the provision of visa-free and visa-on-arrival facilities for Chinese citizens

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?

  • No

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

  • Yes

Travel restrictions / bans

  • Not currently

Border arrival Screening process

  • On arrival, form to be filled in with places you have been prior, temperatures are taken on arrival

Tourist attractions with restrictions

  • As a precaution, cruise ships not allowed to enter Myanmar

Visa restrictions

  • Passengers arriving from China (People’s Rep.) on any Chinese airline can no longer obtain a visa on arrival
  • Passengers who have been in Hubei Province of China (People’s Rep.) and Daegu and Gyeongbuk Regions of Korea (Rep.) in the past 14 days are not allowed to enter Myanmar
  • Passengers who have been in areas other than Daegu and Gyeongbuk Regions of Korea (Rep.) are required to present a medical certificate that proves no symptoms of acute respiratory illness prior to boarding. They are subject to 14-day quarantine at their home or hotel upon arrival in Myanmar
  • All passengers who have been in France, Germany, Iran, Italy or Spain in the past 14 days are subject to quarantine for 14 days

Further information & Reading

  • Some preferred hotels have face masks to give and hand sanitizers in public areas

 

 

Sri Lanka

 

Are there currently Covid-19 infections in the country?

  • Yes

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

  • No

Travel restrictions / bans

  • Passenger arrivals from all countries have stopped at Bandaranaike International Airport from today
  • Jaffna Airport closed for the period 16 – 30 March

Border arrival Screening process

  • Chinese nationals and those arriving from South Korea, Japan, Italy, and Iran will face additional checks and screening
  • All Passengers arriving in Sri Lanka are required to submit a duly filled self-declaration form with personal particulars and travel history
  • Measures have been put in place at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) with 24-hour monitoring being conducted by BIA staff including body temperature screening machines to detect the virus with the assistance of the health and medical professionals

Tourist attractions with restrictions

  • Botanical Gardens & National Parks will be closed for the period 15 – 29 March

Visa restrictions

  • Issuance of on arrival visa for all nationalities has been temporarily suspended. Chinese Nationals are required to apply for a visa while in China and visas will be granted only after carefully scrutinizing the applicant’s province and other information

Further information & Reading

  • Masks and sanitizers are often out of stock or sold overpriced. Sanitizers and wet tissues will be provided in all Khiri vehicles
  • In case any further cases are reported, the government is well prepared and has already identified 12 hospitals around the island as potential treatment centers
  • https://srilanka.travel/coronavirus_countermeasures

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