Covid-19 & Visa Policy

➡ Below are the latest 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……….

➡ Please contact us any time if you have any questions or requests about your destinations in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian countries include VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, LAOS, THAILAND, and MYANMAR.

Vietnam

The Current Covid-19 Travel Updates

Since March 15, 2022, Vietnam has been open to international visitors. Visitors who have been vaccinated will be allowed to enter the country without being quarantined and will be able to travel throughout the country.

Pre-arrival 

Travelers are not required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recent recovery certificates, but you should do so just in case. 

Travelers must obtain medical insurance that covers Covid treatment for up to $10,000 USD, the estimated cost is $30 USD per person.

Before traveling, travelers must present a negative Covid test result. Rapid antigen tests must be taken within 24 hours of departure. For PCR tests, this must be done within 72 hours of departure, and the test must be labeled “RT PCR,” including the traveler’s passport number, and be printed. Travelers with negative COVID tests can travel without quarantine from the start.

If travelers cannot provide proof of negative tests, they must take a test within the first 24 hours of arrival using the RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method or rapid antigen tests. If the results are negative, they may leave their current location as long as public health measures are in place. If the results are positive, they must notify the appropriate health authorities for more guidelines.

On arrival

Children under the age of two are not required to take the COVID-19 tests, and they can still enter Vietnam and participate in activities outside of their accommodation with their parents or relatives.

If a traveler exhibits symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection at the border, they must immediately notify the border health agency so that medical measures can be taken as prescribed.

Travelers should self-monitor their health for the first 10 days after entry and seek assistance from the nearest medical facilities if any symptoms develop.

Travelers are encouraged to wear masks and wash their hands frequently.

The Current Updates on Travel Visa for Vietnam

Visa Exemption

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

  •  14 Days Visa exemption for Brunei, Myanmar
  •  15 DaysVisa exemption for Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Tahe United Kingdom.
  •  21 DaysVisa exemption for The Philippines
  • 30 Days Visa exemption 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 Vietnamese 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.

Below are 80 Countries that are Eligible for E-Visas (Valid 30 Days)

Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China (including Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR passport holders, not applicable to Chinese e-passport holders), Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Myanmar, Nauru, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Palau, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Romania, Russia, Salomons Islands, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, and Western Samoa.

 

Thailand

Fully vaccinated travellers can apply to enter Thailand under the Test and Go scheme. Refer to the Thailand Pass website for further details regarding the latest requirements and conditions of entry. Restrictions may change at short notice. Check with your airline, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) or the nearest Thai Embassy for the latest information.

International passengers can transit Surnavbahumi Airport, Bangkok. If your travel to Thailand includes a transit in a non-approved country or territory, your transit in Bangkok must not exceed 12 hours. You must also not pass immigration control. Otherwise, you won’t be exempt from the quarantine scheme.

You’ll need a valid health insurance policy for medical expenses including treatment relating to COVID-19, with minimum cover of $US 20,000. The policy must cover you throughout your period of stay in Thailand.

COVID-related restrictions, including on domestic travel, are in place. Restrictions may apply at the local or provincial level. Check what restrictions apply before travelling and follow the advice of local authorities.

Thailand continues to experience local transmission of COVID-19. Wear a mask, practice social distancing and follow government restrictions

Cambodia

Vaccinated travellers aren’t required to quarantine on arrival. You must present evidence of your COVID-19 vaccinations. Unvaccinated travellers 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 travelling and after arrival.

You need a visa to enter Cambodia. Tourists can apply for an e-visa online or get a tourist visa on arrival. These are valid for 30 days. For longer stays or other situations, get a visa through an embassy or consulate of Cambodia. Don’t overstay your visa. This is a serious offence. Penalties include fines, prison sentences and deportation.

Laos

Foreigners are currently not allowed to enter Laos except in very limited circumstances. To enter, you’ll need prior approval from the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a negative COVID-19 test conducted less than 72 hours before your travel. You’ll be subject to a further test on arrival.

You’ll need to quarantine for 14 days at a government designated venue at our own cost. You’ll also be required to wear a medical tracking device on your wrist or ankle for the entire quarantine period. You’ll need to have USD 200 in cash to pay for the tracking device. You’ll need insurance to cover the cost of treatment for COVID-19 during your quarantine period, or will need to buy insurance on arrival for USD 100 (cash only).

Lao authorities have broad powers to implement measures to contain COVID-19. These include lockdowns, checkpoints and enforcement of quarantine, testing and treatment. Measures may change at short notice.

The local currency is the Lao Kip (LAK). Only exchange money at official outlets. ATMs are available in major cities. High-end hotels and restaurants accept credit cards.

Myanmar

Incoming travellers need to present evidence on arrival of a COVID-19 (PCR) test completed within 72 hours prior to the date of departure. Fully vaccinated travellers (with a Myanmar-approved vaccine) need to complete 10 days hotel quarantine on arrival. All non-vaccinated travellers need to complete 14 days hotel quarantine on arrival. All travellers must undergo COVID-19 testing at the direction of the Ministry of Health and Sports.

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

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