Covid-19 & Visa Policy

➡ Below are the current Covid-19 & Visa policy in Southeast Asian countries.….

➡ These are all information and guidance for your Pre-arrival & On arrival.…..

➡ These updates may change, so please double-check before traveling.………

➡ Feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions or requests about Southeast Asia.

VIETNAM – CAMBODIA – LAOS – THAILAND – MYANMAR

Vietnam

The Current Covid-19 Updates

For Adults

•   Travelers entering Vietnam by air must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test within 72 hours of departure.

•   Or a negative rapid antigen test administered by a medical professional within 24 hours of departure.

•   Travelers entering by land, rail, or sea must present a negative test result as described in the preceding section.

•   Entrants are required to undergo a SARS-CoV-2 test at the border gate before entry

•   If they do not present proof of a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 as specified above (using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2). 

•   They are permitted to enter and participate in tour activities after receiving a negative SARS-CoV-2 test result.

•   If the RT – PCR test results are positive, they must strictly adhere to the health authority’s regulations.

For Children

•   SARS-CoV-2 testing is not required for children under the age of two.

•   They are allowed to enter and participate in outdoor activities with their parents and relatives if they have not been immunized against COVID-19

•   Or have never been infected with SARS-CoV-2.

For Medical Expenses, Including COVID-19 Treatment

•   You’ll need a valid health insurance policy with a minimum coverage of $US 10,000.

•   This usually costs around USD 40. The policy must cover you for the duration of your stay in Vietnam.

•   Visitors to Vietnam are advised to take reasonable precautions against COVID-19.

•   PC-Covid mobile app (Apple/Google Play) downloaded, which must be presented to enter all VN establishments.

Travel Visa Policy

To begin, travelers’ passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Vietnam.

Visa Exemption

With an ordinary passport of the below countries, you can travel to Vietnam without a visa up to:  

 14 Days for Brunei, Myanmar

  15 Days for Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and The United Kingdom.

 21 Days for The Philippines

 30 Days for Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand

To stay beyond this number of days, you may apply for a visa extension upon your arrival in Vietnam.

Visa Required 

If you are not exempt, you must apply for a Vietnam visa by one of the methods listed below:

•  You can apply for a Vietnam visa at your nearest Vietnam Embassy.

•  You can also request that your travel agent or the person organizing your trip to Vietnam obtain a Letter of Visa Approvalon your behalf, this service also takes only about 2-3 working days. Then, you present this visa letter, along with your original passport and the visa fee (approximately $25-30 USD), to get a Vietnam Visa on your arrival date at one of three international airports in Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, or Hanoi.

•  Simply click here to apply online for your tourist E-Visa, valid for 30 days.

E-visa fee is USD 25 and this fee is paid via the electronic payment gateway owned by the Vietnamese Immigration Department, processing time is 2-3 working days.

You will receive your code by email to print your visa.

Travelers with an e-Visa can go directly to immigration counters at their point of entry and do not need to queue at Visa on Arrival counters.

With Vietnam E-visa, you do not need to wait for a visa approval letter or pay a stamp fee at the airport.

Click here for a list of 80 countries (nations) that are eligible for Vietnam E-Visa (Single Entry, Valid 30 Days)

Cambodia

The Current Covid-19 Updates

•  Vaccinated travelers aren’t required to quarantine on arrival.

•  You must present evidence of your COVID-19 vaccinations.

•  Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 14 days at a government-designated hotel or Alternative State Quarantine hotel.

•  If you quarantine at a government-designated hotel you’ll need to deposit $US2,000 to cover these costs. The deposit should be paid in cash. Any unused funds will be returned to you.

•  Pre-departure and on-arrival COVID-19 tests are not required.

•  The Cambodian Government encourages all visitors to Cambodia to undertake a voluntary COVID-19 test before traveling and after arrival.

Travel Visa Policy 

To begin, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Cambodia and you must have at least one blank visa page.

Cambodia Visa Exemption

With an ordinary passport of the below countries, you can travel to Cambodia without a visa up to:

•   30 days for Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia

•   14 days for Thailand                                                                 

•   21 days for The Philippines                                                       

For all visitors from other countries, the visa has remained valid for 30 days.

The international airports of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, as well as the international border inspection station, handle visas.

Cambodian visas are accepted at any embassy or consulate in the country.

Tourist visa fees are $30 

At the immigration office in Phnom Penh, the visa is extended.

Cambodians living abroad are eligible for a free visa (visa k).

Cambodia E-Visa

With a few exceptions, nationals of any country can obtain an e-visa. 

E-visa is also not available for: 

•    Those who hold diplomatic passports

•    Those who hold official passports

•    Those who hold spouse or parent-endorsed passports

•    Those who hold international travel documents

To obtain an E-visa, you will only need two additional documents:

•    The biodata page of your passport

•    A photograph of the applicant.

Cambodia’s E-visa is a government-issued electronic authorization in PDF format.

The E-visa is required to enter Cambodia and travel within the country for tourist purposes.

The e-visa must be printed and presented at the port of entry.

When entering Cambodia, an e-visa can only be used once, and you will need to apply again on your next visit.

You can apply for an e-visa a few days before your trip, so you do not concerned as long as your flight departs in more than 72 hours.

If you are flying to Cambodia, E-Visas are accepted at the following entry points:

•    Phnom Penh International Airport.

•    Siem Reap International Airport.

•    Sihanouk International Airport

If you are traveling overland, you can gain entry through: 

•    Cham Yeam (Koh Kong Province) (from Thailand).

•    Poi Pet (Banteay Meanchey Province) (from Thailand).

•    Bavet (Svay Rieng Province) (from Vietnam).

•    Tropaeng Kreal Border Post (Stung Treang) (from Laos)

E-visa is not yet issued for certain countries

•    Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, and Sri Lanka.

Click here to apply online for your tourist E-visa to Cambodia, valid for 30 days. 

Flight time between domestic flights within Cambodia is approximately 45 minutes to one hour.   

Laos

The Current Covid-19 Updates

▸ As of 9 May, Laos is officially fully open to international travelers

▸ A Lao Green Pass, Covid insurance, and the on-arrival test are no longer required.

▸ Fully-vaccinated travelers only need to provide their certificate of vaccination upon entering, and those who are not fully vaccinated only have to take a Covid ATK test within 48 hours before departure.

▸ Private vehicles may be used to enter and exit Laos.

Travel Visa Policy 

To begin, a passport valid for at least 6 months is required and you should have at least one blank visa page.

Laos Visa Exemption

With an ordinary passport of the below countries, you can travel to Cambodia without a visa up to:

•  30 Days for Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Singapore: 

•  14 Days for Brunei and Myanmar

•  15 Days for Japan, South Korea, Russia, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland)

Laos Visa On Arrival

Most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival in Laos or E-Visa before arrival to Laos, valid 30-day, including    •   EU citizens 

                                                                                                                                                                •    Australians

                                                                                                                                                                •    North Americans

Visa on arrival in Laos is available at all ports of entry in this country, including international airports and major cities.

Visa on arrival is also available at all border checkpoints in Laos:   •  Thailand – Laos

                                                                                                •   Cambodia – Laos

                                                                                                •   Vietnam – Laos

                                                                                                •   China – Laos border

Fee for Visa on arrival:          •    China: US $20

                                           •    Australia and other countries: US $30

                                           •    USA and UK: US $35

                                           •    Canada: US $42

                                           •    India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka: US $40

You should bring two passport-size photos with you if you want to apply for a visa on arrival.

Travelers from Africa and the Middle East must apply for Visas in advance.

Click here to apply online for your tourist E-visa to Laos, valid for a maximum of 60 days after receiving the Approval Letter

Laos Visa Extension

•   Traveler can extend visa up to an additional 60 days for about US $1 for each day through the Department of Immigration in Vientiane.

•   However, if you extend after the visa expiry date, you will be fined TheUS $10 for the days you overstayed.

Note: On weekends or Laos public holidays as well as before 8 am and after 4 pm on weekdays, an additional US $1 is charged from the overtime fee.

Thailand

The Current Covid-19 Updates 

Below are Thailand’s latest entry requirements from 1st May 2022, it may change, so please check prior to travel. Currently, these are the guidelines to follow.

Pre-arrival Requirements

Vaccinated travelers must have the following documents for entering Thailand:

•   A valid passport and a Thailand Pass (via https://tp.consular.go.th/), or a Border Pass for arrivals via border checkpoints.

•   An insurance policy with coverage no less than US$10,000. Thais and foreign expatriates under Thailand’s national health care coverage are exempt from this requirement.

•   A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination

•   Everyone 18 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before traveling to Thailand.

•   Travelers 5-17 years of age traveling to Thailand unaccompanied must get vaccinated with at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before traveling to Thailand. Those traveling with parents are exempt from this requirement.

•   Travelers with a history of COVID-19 infection who have received at least 1 dose of an approved vaccine post-infection must have a medical certificate of COVID-19 recovery.

On Arrival Requirements

•  Upon arriving in Thailand, all travelers must undergo entry screening including a body temperature check, and present the required documents to the Immigration/Health Control officer to carry out the checks.

•  The vaccinated travelers will then be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom. *For arrivals by land using a border pass, they will be allowed a stay of no longer than 3 days within the specified areas only.

•  Likewise, unvaccinated / not fully vaccinated travelers who have uploaded proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel via the Thailand Pass system will be allowed entry and are free to go anywhere in the kingdom.

Vietnam Covid-19 updates

REMARK: For more detailed information kindly visit https://www.tatnews.org/2022/04/thailands-latest-entry-requirements-from-1-may-2022/

Travel Visa Policy 

To begin, travelers’ passports must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Thailand.

Thailand Visa Exemption

With an ordinary passport of the below countries, you can travel to Thailand without a visa up to:

•   90 Days for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, South Korea, Peru

•   30 Days for Germany, Brunei, Andorra, Canada, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Netherlands, Singapore, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Liechtenstein, France, Ireland, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, Mongolia, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain. Sweden, Switzerland., Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, and Vietnam.

•   14 Days for Cambodia, Myanmar

If you want to extend your stay beyond the period that’s allowed you may be able to apply for an extension at the Thai Immigration Bureau office in Bangkok for a fee of 1,900 Thai Baht.

You will be fined if you overstay without a formal extension.

Overstay fees begin at 500 Thai Baht per day and can reach 20,000 Thai Baht per day if you stay for more than 40 days.

The countries are eligible to get a Thailand visa on arrival

Bulgaria, Bhutan, People’s Republic of China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Mexico, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu

Apply for Thailand E-Visa/Visa online

For the time being, only citizens of a few countries can apply for Thai visas online:

•  China, the United Kingdom, and France

Simply click here to apply online for your tourist E-Visa, valid for 16 days.

Obtain a Thailand Visa

If you are not exempt from a Thailand Visa and are not eligible for a Visa On Arrival or a Thailand Visa Online. You must apply for a Thai visa at a Thai diplomatic mission office (Embassies or Consulates) in your country.

You must do the following:

•  Make an appointment with the Thailand Embassy or Consulate in your country, or the one closest to you, to learn about any specific visa application requirements.

•  Collect the required documents for a Thai Visa.

•  Submit the documents and pay the fee.

•  Depending on which Embassy/Consulate you apply in, you can submit the application:

In-person

•  Through the post, in which case you have to enclose a pre-paid and self-addressed envelope

•  Wait for the application to be processed

•  Collect the passport and visa.

•  If you applied by mail, they will be mailed back to you.

•  If your Thailand Tourist Visa is approved, you have to enter the country within the time stated on your visa.

A Thailand airport transit visa

Foreigners transiting in a Thai airport do not need to have a Thailand airport transit visa if:

•  Their connecting flight is in less than 12 hours

•  Their flight is booked on the same ticket

•  They do not leave the international airport transit area

•  Have the necessary documents for the final destination

Myanmar

The Current Covid-19 Updates

 •  Incoming travelers need to present evidence on the arrival of a COVID-19 (PCR) test completed within 72 hours prior to the date of departure.

 •  Fully vaccinated travelers (with a Myanmar-approved vaccine) need to complete 10 days of hotel quarantine on arrival. All non-vaccinated travelers need to complete 14 days of hotel quarantine on arrival.

 •  All travelers must undergo COVID-19 testing at the direction of the Ministry of Health and Sports.

Travelers who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the 3 months prior to entry into Myanmar and can present appropriate evidence of a COVID-19 positive result to the Ministry of Health and Sports will be subject to reduced quarantine requirements.

 •  Travelers should confirm details directly with the Ministry of Health and Sports as quarantine protocols are subject to change at short notice.

 •  Incoming travelers identified as COVID-19 positive will be immediately isolated and a transferred to government medical facility. Travelers may need to meet all of the costs of isolation and treatment at the facility.

Travel Visa Policy

To begin, your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date you enter Myanmar, and you must have at least one blank visa page.

Visa Exemption for Myanmar

With a passport from the countries below, you can travel to Myanmar without a visa for up to 30 days.

•  14 Days for Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Myanmar: 

•  30 Days for Singapore

The length of stay for a tourist visa in Myanmar is 28 days from the date of arrival.

E-Visa for Myanmar

•  Tourist e-visas are available to passport holders from over 100 countries.

Check here to do E-Visa for Myanmar if your nationality is not an exemption visa.

•  Passengers with an e-visa can enter the country only through three main ports: Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw International Airport.

Visa Processing Fees

  Tourist Visa (Online) US$ 50.00:  28 days Online

  Tourist Visa Express (Online) US$ 56.00:  28 days Online

  Business Visa (Online) US$ 70.00:  70 days Online

Don’t apply for your visa too soon or too late, as it can take up to two weeks to be processed.

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