Could Malaysia Open Its Borders Soon

There are rising hopes that Malaysia may start to welcome back tourists following comments from Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob. Main picture Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia credit Azlan Baharudin on Unsplash The borders to Malaysia have been closed since March 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic started to spread globally apart from the recent introduction of theContinue reading “Could Malaysia Open Its Borders Soon”

Hopes Of Tourism Recovery In Singapore

In 2019 around 19.1 million people visited Singapore, that dropped to just 330,000 in 2021, a record low, as the pandemic halted international travel. Main picture Gardens by the Bay, Singapore credit Hanisah Kamis on Unsplash There are hopes now however that the first seeds of recovery have already been sown after the launch ofContinue reading “Hopes Of Tourism Recovery In Singapore”

Indonesia Opens Islands To Singapore Visitors

Indonesia today announced that visitors from Singapore will be allowed to travel to Batam and Bintan as part of their efforts to restart tourism in the country. Main picture Bintan beach Indonesia credit Kharl Anthony Paica on Unsplash The two islands sit around 15 km (9.32 miles) and 30 km from Singapore and prior toContinue reading “Indonesia Opens Islands To Singapore Visitors”

Singapore VTL Daily Test Change

Concerned about rising global cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, Singapore imposed mandatory daily antigen rapid testing (ART) for all visitors under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme on days 2 to 7 after arrival. This move has been credited with helping to detect more than 700 imported cases of the Omicron variant. MainContinue reading “Singapore VTL Daily Test Change”

Confirmed Changes To Thailand Test and Go Programme

Following the announcement of the relaunch of the Test & GO “quarantine-free” programme from 1st February we now have more details of the plan which includes an additional confinement day. In the previous incarnation of Test & GO travellers would complete a PCR test on arrival and would have to wait at an approved SHA+Continue reading “Confirmed Changes To Thailand Test and Go Programme”

Thailand Quarantine Free Travel To Return

Authorities in Thailand have today announced that the Test & GO scheme, suspended prior to Christmas, will be reinstated from 1st February. Test & GO had seen visitor numbers increase in the seven weeks since it was introduced at the start of November. The scheme allowed fully vaccinated visitors to travel to Thailand without havingContinue reading “Thailand Quarantine Free Travel To Return”

New Thailand Sandbox Zones Could Be Created

Yesterday we reported that the suspended Test & GO programme could be reinstated soon and now there are reports that the Sandbox programme could be expanded. When Test & GO was suspended just before Christmas it left just the Phuket Sandbox as route into the country without undergoing a full quarantine. The Sandbox scheme wasContinue reading “New Thailand Sandbox Zones Could Be Created”

Could Thailand Test And Go Make A Rapid Return

There are reports coming out of Thailand today that the Thai government is considering reinstating the Test & GO programme, less than a month after it was suspended. Test & GO, which allowed fully vaccinated travellers from 63 countries to visit without quarantine requirements once they had completed an initial arrival PCR test, was suspendedContinue reading “Could Thailand Test And Go Make A Rapid Return”

New Thailand Tourist Entry Fee

The Thai Tourism and Sports Ministry  has announced that a tourist entry fee will be imposed on all foreign arrivals from April. The 300 baht (approx £6.60 / US$8.99) per person fee will be used to develop tourist attractions, accident and death insurance. Plans are for the fee to be collected through air fares althoughContinue reading “New Thailand Tourist Entry Fee”

Tourists Still Heading To Phuket Despite Changes To Entry Rules

The Phuket Tourism Association (PTA) has announced that the popular Thai tourist destination is still getting 4,000 applicants a day through the Thailand Pass despite the suspension of the Test & GO entry scheme. The Test & GO programme, which allowed quarantine-free travel to fully vaccinated travellers from more than 60 countries, was suspended toContinue reading “Tourists Still Heading To Phuket Despite Changes To Entry Rules”

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