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Covid-19 Travel Restrictions Updates

December 1, 2021 by Khiri Travel | Filed Under:

Travel Recovery Updates

Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand opening country

See below for details on the reopenings of the individual destinations, such as vaccination in the country, current requirements entering the country, and the opening plans for our other destinations:

Sri Lanka

Wilputta National Park - home of wildlife

Vaccinations in-country

As of 15th November 2021, around 13.6 million or roughly 62% of the total population have been fully vaccinated and 15.9 million or 72% of the population have received at least the first dose. The plan is to have 85% of the population fully vaccinated by the end of 2021.

Almost all the guides and hotel staff are fully vaccinated.

 

Current situation entering the country

Sri Lanka has already opened its borders for tourists since January 2021 and has welcomed many tourists since then.

All tourists are required to have a negative PCR Test result within 72 hours prior to boarding the flight to Sri Lanka. No minimum number of days is required for a stay and no fully restrictive quarantine required (even for unvaccinated tourists).

 

All visitors to apply visa online through eta.gov.lk.

 

Fully Vaccinated travelers can stay at any type of accommodation and No on-arrival PCR test required. Unvaccinated children aged 12-18 years traveling with fully vaccinated parents will be required to undergo an On-arrival PCR test at an approved laboratory or a Level 1 Safe and Secure Certified hotel. Unvaccinated Children below 12 years traveling with fully vaccinated parents will not be required to undergo an on-arrival PCR test.

Unvaccinated travelers are required to undergo on arrival PCR tests and travel within a bio bubble for 14 Nights/15 Days while undergoing further PCR tests depending on the duration of their tour. Since the protocols are much tighter, we do not encourage unvaccinated travelers until the protocols are relaxed.

Most of the travel restrictions and partial lockdown measures for the locals have been lifted off with only inter-provincial travel limited for the locals.

All tourists must abide to social distancing measures and wearing masks in public is mandatory.

Sri Lanka has been open for vaccinated travelers with a PCR test before departure since September. Khiri Travel Lanka already welcomed scores of guests since. Travel in Sri Lanka is without restrictions, other than common Covid safety measures.

 

Detailed information here: https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/

Or simply contact [email protected]

 

Thailand

Bangkok - Thailand

Vaccinations in Thailand

As per 30 November, 59% of the population of Thailand is fully vaccinated. Daily around 800,000 new vaccinations are being administered, making the goal of 70% fully vaccinated by the year-end a reality.

 

Current situation entering the country

Test & Go

Thailand has reopened with quarantine-free for vaccinated travelers from 63 approved countries, starting November 1st. The list of countries includes The United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden. Full list is below.

The Omicron Variant has no effect on the entry regulations.

To enter Thailand, those coming from any of the 63 countries need to register on the Thailand Pass  with the following documents: 

    • Passport
    • Thai Visa (if required)
    • Certificate of Vaccination
    • Proof of reservation and payment for 1 night at a SHA+ hotel, including the fee for one RT-PCR test and the airport transfer
    • Insurance with minimum coverage of 50,000 USD 

Khiri Travel can assist with making the reservations for the first night and the arrival PCR test. Please note that most hotels that Khiri Travel uses are already SHA+ certified, however, each hotel has different ways on how they handle the PCR test. 

Those arriving on an international flight in either Chiang Mai or Phuket can do their test on arrival there. In Phuket, the test is done at the airport, not at the hotel. 

Getting the Thailand Pass is the responsibility of the passenger. The system is easy to use with the above document prepared. It can take up to 7 days to get the Pass, though usually, it comes much faster, 

Proof of a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure is needed. 

The above are the main considerations. On arrival, travelers are also required to download the ‘MorChana’ application and they will receive an ATK self-test kit, to be taken on day 6.

 

Potential changes to the PCR Test on arrival

Thailand was planning to exchange the PCR test to a rapid ATJ test on 16 December and onwards.  The appearance of the Omicron Variant may push this backward by a few weeks.

 

Daily life in Thailand

Life in Thailand is back to normal. The exception is that nightclubs remain closed. However, outside venues and restaurants are all open. The time limit for serving alcohol in these places has just been extended from 9 pm to 11 pm. While Phuket is already quite busy over the Christmas and New Year period, other parts of Thailand have plenty of places. In fact, this is a great period to travel to Thailand as the famous tourism sites, and beaches are very quiet. 

 

Khiri Travel Thailand is full-back open 6 days a week and happy to give further information and take bookings!

 

Send your enquiries to [email protected]

Thailand opening boarder for 63 countries from 1 Nov 21

Cambodia

Phnom Pehn at night

Vaccinations in Cambodia

Cambodia has been vaccinating at a rapid pace and 13.2 million or 79% of the population is fully vaccinated. Booster jabs are already available.

 

Cambodia is open! 

Effective 15 November, Cambodia lifted all quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travelers. 

Test & Go

To enter Cambodia, foreign travelers will require to show proof of double-vaccination health insurance, and a negative PCR test within 72 hours before departure and another one upon arrival in Cambodia. 

To enter Cambodia, fully vaccinated travelers need the following documentation:

    • Passport
    • Cambodian T (Tourist) Visa, which can be obtained at can be obtained at www.evisa.gov.kh
    • Certificate of Vaccination
    • Travelers are required to have the local FORTE Covid insurance policy. It is recommended to obtain this prior to departure and for travelers to carry with them a color print out of their policy. It is also strongly recommended that travelers obtain a full and proper travel insurance policy from a provider that also includes cover for covid-19.

Proof of a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure is needed. 

Upon arrival travelers will be required to undergo a rapid covid-19 test, currently there is no charge for this test however this is subject to change. The results will be confirmed within 15-20 minutes, travelers returning a negative rapid test are then free to explore and discover Cambodia, without any restricted areas within the country.

The above are the main considerations. On arrival travelers are also required to download the ‘Tracerapp’ application. 


For more detailed information, last changes contact us on [email protected] or follow us on our social media.


Maldives

Maldives travel restriction updates

Vaccinations in-country

As of 15th November 2021, around 395,000 (74% of the population) had received at least the first dose and 360,000 (66.7% of the population) have been fully vaccinated. Ever since its daily peak new case back in May, Maldives has been very well organize with managing the spread of the virus. However, around 100 new case daily is still some what a problem, hence, the vaccination rate has been flat out since August. 

 

Current situation entering the country

Maldives has already opened its borders for tourists since mid-July 2020 and has welcomed a lot of tourists in 2021 itself.

All nationalities are welcome into the Maldives. Below are the requirements for fully vaccinated travelers;

 1. A negative PCR for Covid 19 was taken 96 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure from the first port of embarkation en-route to the Maldives. The PCR test should contain the following information:

      • Name of passenger (same as passport)
      • Passport Number
        Name and Address of the testing laboratory
      • Type of test stated as PCR test
      • Date of sampling
      • Result

 2.  A confirmed booking at a hotel/s for the entire duration of the stay

 3.  A completed Health Declaration Form completed within 24 hours of travel – https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv/ethd

 

Detailed information here: https://visitmaldives.com/en/covid19-updates

Or simply contact our experienced team in Sri Lanka: [email protected]

 

So far, from our destinations, Cambodia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Thailand are open for vaccinated travelers. 

There has been recent news that Laos may open on similar conditions as Cambodia and even that Thailand may reopen its land border at Nong Khai – Vientiane (the Friendship Bridge). There is still no news from Indonesian authorities and Bali still requires a 5-day quarantine. Also no news yet about reopening dates for Vietnam and Myanmar

Below is the latest information for these destinations in more detail. Check back often updates, or contact the country for the latest.

 

Laos

Kuang_Si_Waterfall - Laos

Vaccinations in-country

Today, more than 3.2 million people received their first jab (44.7% of the population), and 2.7 people or around 38.2% are fully vaccinated.  

 

Current situation entering the country

International Restrictions: The government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival service at all international entry points. No visas are being issued to people traveling from a country with cases of COVID-19. However, the Lao authorities may consider granting special entry permission 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)

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.

 

Entry procedures for Laos:

    • All foreigners must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Health Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel.
    • Passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the origin country
    • All arrivals will be subject to a COVID-19 RT-PCR test upon arrival. Positive cases will be admitted to the hospital for treatment
    • Quarantine requirements: Passengers must have a reservation confirmation for 14 days at a designated hotel and transportation arrangements
    • Passengers must install the “LAO KYC” application on their personal device. A mandatory tracking device is fitted on arrival to be worn during quarantine.
    • All travelers must have insurance covering COVID-19; a suitable policy is available for purchase on arrival.
    • Only visas with a written authorization from the Task Force Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are considered valid.

The application form for the health declaration is available on the official website for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Enhanced health screening is in place at border crossings between Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam where restricted access is allowed. You should allow additional time to include this possibility and check with your airline if traveling by air.

 

Country reopening plans

There is currently no plan to reopen borders for tourism.

The Head of the Savannakhet provincial Department of Health, Sengdao Sydalay, aiming to vaccineated 50% of people in the province by the end of 2021.

 

Send your enquiries to [email protected]

 

Indonesia

MAJ Oceanic is a traditional hand-crafted two-masted Phinisi yacht in Komodo National Park

Vaccinations in-country

As per 15 November, Indonesia reached the target of more than 129.7 million doses for the first dose, or around 47.4% of the population, and more than  83.4 million people had fully vaccinated. Accounted for 30.5% of the total population increase 8% from last month. Jakarta has the highest percentage of the population fully vaccinated, followed by Bali and Yogyakarta. Reminding one of the highest number of vaccination in the world.  

The Khiri Indonesia team as well as our GM, Herman Hoven is 100% vaccinated. About half of our guides and drivers are fully vaccinated, with the remainder expected to get their jabs soon.

 

Current situation entering the country 

Indonesia has already opened its borders to citizens from: 

Bahrain, China, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Norway, France, United Arab Emirates, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Spain, and Sweden. 

Foreigners from the 19 countries above are allowed to come and enter only to the island of Bali and to the Riau Island by using direct flights from their countries. In addition to direct flights from their country, they can also come by using a cruise ship or a sailing ship (yacht). However, currently, tourist visas are not granted

Upon arrival, an RT-PCR re-test is conducted and required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 5 x 24 hours. After 4 days of quarantine from the date of arrival for Indonesian citizens and foreigners are re-examined RT-PCR. If the RT-PCR result is negative, then after 5 days of quarantine, foreigners are declared to have completed quarantine. 

Free Visit Visa Waiver and Visit Visa on Arrival are still suspended by the Ministry. Visa approval that is available currently are:

    • Visit Visa approval; or
    • Limited stay visa approval.

Visa applications are submitted online through https://visa-online.imigrasi.go.id/

Travelers can enter the territory of Indonesia with the following provisions/conditions:

    • Through entry points (airports) in Bali and the Riau Islands.
    • Can show a card or certificate of receipt of COVID-19 vaccine (has received the full dose of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 (fourteen) days before departure as a requirement to enter Indonesia)
    • Show negative results through the RT-PCR test in the country of origin whose samples are taken within a maximum period of 3 x 24 hours before the hour of departure 
    • Proof of ownership of health insurance with a minimum coverage value of USD 100,000 which includes financing for handling COVID-19.
    • Proof of booking confirmation and payment (booking) for accommodation from the accommodation provider while staying in Indonesia.
    • Use the PeduliLindungi application https://pedulilindungi.id/ and fill in E-HAC through the PeduliLindungi application.

Country reopening plans

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

 

Send your enquiries to [email protected]

 

Vietnam

Ha Long Bay_Vietnam

Vaccinations in-country

In November, at least 90 million doses have currently been administered in Vietnam, with more than 64 million of their 97 million or 65.8% of the total population already received their first jab. While around 33.7 million people is fully vaccinated (34.7%). With the new government in place, there is a renewed focus on delivering vaccines, and they are pushing forward with purchasing more doses. During the last week reported, Vietnam averaged about 1.19 million doses administered each day. The Vietnam’s government aiming to reopen the country by the beginning of 2022. 

 

Current situation entering the country

The country is effectively closed for tourism. Vietnam has suspended the entry of all foreigners since March 2020 until further notice to limit spread of virus. 

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

Vietnam plans to reopen the resort island of Phu Quoc to vaccinated foreign visitors in late November, authorities said, as the country looks to reboot its tourism industry after almost two years of closure. Similar to their neighboring countring strategy Thailand’s Phuket and Indonesia’s Bali. The island alone attracted around 670,000 tourism and generated more than $18 billion in 2019.

 

Send your enquiries to [email protected]

 

Myanmar

bagan_Myanmar_Covid-19 updates

Vaccinations in-country

Despite the military coup, the vaccination program that started on January 27, 2021, is continuing. Myanmar has administered around 22.2 million does of vaccines. Due to the political situation, sadly, most people are against receiving the vaccination.

However, the reported number of this month has rapidly increases, over 13.9 million or 25.6% of total population has received their first dose. While 8.2 million or 15.2% is fully vaccinated. Increase from 7.07% or double compare to last month. 


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.

 

Send your enquiries to [email protected]

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