Southeast Asia Tourism Information

Southeast Asia is gradually reopening to foreign tourists, mainly as long as you are fully vaccinated.

Main picture Frank McKenna on Unsplash

Here we summarise the latest details for the region.

Brunei

Brunei was, together with Germany, one of two pilot destinations for the Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lanes scheme (see below). There are currently no further updates on travel to Brunei for travellers from other countries.

Cambodia

Cambodia recently announced its reopening plans for fully vaccinated tourists.

Beach paradise Koh Rong, neighborouring Sihanoukville and the Chinese-developed resort of Dara Sakor will all reopen on 30th November.

Paddling along a Cambodia river

The most famous, and popular, tourist destination in Cambodia, Siem Reap and Angkor Wat will reopen in January 2022.

Indonesia

Bali reopened to fully vaccinated tourists from selected countries from 14th October 2021.

All visitors must be fully vaccinated, have a recent negative PCR test and then pass temperature checks and a further PCR test on arrival. Everyone must quarantine in an approved mandatory quarantine facility hotel.

Other areas of Bali are likely to follow once local vaccination rates meet minimum levels and there is confidence in the screening and control measures in place

Laos

There are currently no updates on travel to Laos.

Malaysia

Malaysia has announced that Langkawi will reopen to foreign tourists from 15th November, quarantine-free, and that the rest of the country may follow before the end of the year.

All visitors will need a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours prior to departure, have minimum health insurance of US$80,000 and must be part of tourism services licensed by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC). Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by fully-vaccinated parents or guardians.

Myanmar

Despite the military coup that took place earlier this year, and th eongoing issues being experience, Myanmar has announced that it is hoping to reopen to foreign tourists from early in 2022.

Myanmar credit Julian De Salaberry on Unsplash

Philippines

The Philippines have been working to prepare for the return of foreign tourists and has been watching the situation in the rest of the region closely. However no further details are yet available.

Singapore

Singapore has recently launched the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme which allows two-way travel between permitted countries. The list of countries is slowly increasing.

The VTL enables visitors who are fully vaccinated from certain countries/regions to enter Singapore for any purpose. Visitors will not have to serve a stay-home notice in Singapore.

Current countries allowed under the scheme are:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland (from 29th November)
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Malaysia (from 29th November)
  • The Netherlands
  • South Korea (from 15th November)
  • Spain
  • Sweden (from 29th November)
  • Switzerland
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States

Thailand

Thailand began to welcome tourists from 1st July through the Phuket Sandbox as part of the Thailand Reopening programme.

From 1st November Thailand launched “Exemption from Quarantine (Test & GO)” which allows fully vaccinated visitors from 63 countries to visit anywhere in the country without any need for quarantine. All travellers need to complete the Thailand Pass procedure prior to travel.

Chiang Mai, Thailand credit Adli Wahid on Unsplash

Travellers from outside of the 63 countries can still visit, if they are fully vaccinated through the Blue Zone “Sandbox” programme. Visitors must travel by air but can come from any country. They must stay in one of the designated Blue Zone destinations, for at least the first 7 nights if planning to travel elsewhere in Thailand.

There is also a third option for those who are not fully vaccinated or want to visit areas outside of the designated “Blue Zone” through the Alternative quarantine scheme. Travellers are required to complete either a 7 or 10-day quarantine depending on their vaccination status.

Timor

There are currently no updates on travel to Timor.

Vietnam

Vietnam has announced a phased plan that will initially see 5 areas of the country reopen.

Phu Quoc, Da Nang, Quang Nam Province (including Hoi An), Khanh Hoa Province (including Nha Trang) and Quang Ninh Province (including Ha Long Bay) will be opening first later in November. Saigon has also announced that it would like to open as part of the first phase although this has not been confirmed at the present time.

Da Nang Beach in Vietnam

Phase two is likely to begin in January next year which will allow travellers to move to other approved areas after completing 7 days in their initial arrival area.

Phase three will see Vietnam fully reopening at a time yet to be confirmed.

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