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Our hearts go out to you amid the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It cannot be overstated how difficult this time is for the global community, for the industry that is grinding to a halt, for your clients, for your companies, and for each of us as individuals. We will look back upon this period as a defining time for our era. The travel industry is experiencing the greatest reduction in business in our lifetimes.

Please see specific information about the member countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion below: Cambodia. PR China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam.  

To learn about government policies to provide aid and assistance to businesses in the respective countries, please click HERE.

Travel around the world continues to be affected by the novel corona virus.

The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office would like to inform its partners on the latest developments around COVID-19. We are constantly gathering updates on the measures taken by the different destination countries to stop the spreading of COVID-19.

The outbreak of the corona virus has hit some destinations particularly hard, as a stark decline in Chinese Outbound tourists, and a general fear of traveling, especially to some destinations in Asia. While nobody can predict when things turn back to normal, or if we need to adapt to a new reality in travel, destinations can do a few things during this time, instead of solely focusing on declining numbers and fear:

Diversify Source Markets: We have seen many destinations have relied dangerously on the Chinese market. And when it comes to the Chinese market, many destinations have focused on easy to capture, but less profitable mass tour groups, that showed nice growth numbers. Diversifying should be one of the biggest lessons from the coronavirus, and even within China, there are multiple market segments that drive more yield and sustainability. Develop a robust Feeder Market Channel Strategy vs the usual market segmentation channel strategy. Focus on your short-haul feeder-markets and especially on your drive-in feeder markets. Why? People will continue to travel, especially on short-haul and shorter stay trips.

Develop Sustainability Strategies and Programs: Now is also a good time to step back and look at developing more robust and scalable digital platforms, reduce single-use plastic and food waste, and revamp your product and distribution strategies. Implementing sustainability strategies sometimes is not always top priority, especially when business is good and the hectic of the day to day operations makes implementation challenging. Many of these programs can result in financial benefits in the long-term, in addition to saving the planet.


Leverage Industry Association and Partnerships: For destinations in the Mekong Region, taking advantage of the free or low-cost programs of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office. Also, organizations like the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has various services in the region, as well as other travel industry associations. This is a way to collaborate as judging from the past SARS outbreak, individual destination campaigns are unlikely to be very effective with long-haul travelers, even if the destinations are virus-free. North American and European travelers will be hesitant to return to Asia until it is completely safe. Now is the time to collaborate to work together in restoring confidence and rebuilding business. This cannot be done alone in silos but has to be done in partnership as a united industry.


Assess risks and prepare solutions to potential challenges in advance. Destinations have to assess potential risks and prepare for potential emergency cases in advance. This does not only apply for cases such as COVID-19 or natural disasters. It can also be responses to over-crowding of destinations or environmental emergencies. Destinations have to take long-term look and opportunities and challenges and prepare in advance. We are working with destinations to support them in their strategies and align them throughout the region.

As many destinations have relied on the Chinese outbound market, the effect has resulted in a drastic decline in tourism numbers.

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GMS COUNTRY UPDATES

Please see below for updates about travel requirements in each of our six GMS member countries:

Official Tourism Department Website

Last updated on July 6:

The latest announcement from Cambodia that all travellers wishing to enter Cambodia should take note that Cambodia has suspended all visa exemptions, visa on arrival, tourist visas and e-visas. For more information, please read more here.

Last updated on July 3:

Cambodia has announced that all casinos in the country will be allowed to resume operations, but only with gambling and slot machines. Read more

Last updated on June 29:

Cambodia’s State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) has cancelled the USD3,000 deposit for Covid-19 related costs and USD50,000 medical insurance requirements for Cambodian nationals who are holding foreign passports with a Visa K entry permit.

The update to the entry requirements came into force at all of the country’s airports on 26 June. The two requirements on the cash or credit card deposit and insurance cover remain in place for all non-Cambodian travellers. Read more

Last updated on June 24:

The government yesterday informed Vietnam regarding its decision to lift the ban on cross-border movement via borders shared with the country but said prevention guidelines remain in place to mitigate risks of coronavirus transmission. Read more

Last updated on June 16:

The State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) of the Kingdom of Cambodia presents its compliment to all local airlines of Cambodia, foreign airlines, and commercial private jets operating into and out of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, and Preah Sihanouk International Airports and would like to update the latter on the pricing policy for COVID-19. Read more

Upon their arrival in Cambodia, all foreign nationals must provide proof of Health Insurance Documents with a minimum medical coverage of not less than USD 50,000 and must make deposits, by cash or credit card, of USD 3,000. Read more

Last updated on June 11:

The government has decided to charge all foreign visitors for lab testing, medical treatment and accommodation under health measures to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 (C-19) transmission in the country.

Under the Kingdom’s health measures, all travelers, both Cambodians and foreigners, who travel to Cambodia will be transferred from airports to waiting centres where COVID-19 swab tests are done. They are required to remain at the centres until the test results are released. 

“Upon arrival, all foreign passengers are required to deposit $3,000 at the airport to pay for the virus prevention services,” Read more

Last updated on June 10:

Cambodia has required foreigners to pay for COVID-19 lab test, quarantine and treatment services, Economy and Finance Minister Aun Pornmoniroth said in a letter dated Monday and released to the media on Tuesday.

Under the kingdom’s health measures, all travelers, both Cambodians and foreigners, who travel to Cambodia will be transferred from airports to waiting centers for COVID-19 lab tests and they are required to wait for the test results at those centers. Read more

Last updated on June 8:

Hotels and international flights forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Cambodia are expected to reopen this month. Clais Chenda, President of Cambodia Hotel Association, said that some hotel owners confirm they will resume operations shortly and international flights are expected to commence from mid-June, as the local disease situation is seemingly calm. Read more

Last updated on June 6:

Hotels and international flights forced to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Cambodia are expected to reopen this month.

Clais Chenda, President of Cambodia Hotel Association, said that some hotel owners confirm they will resume operations shortly and international flights are expected to commence from mid-June, as the local disease situation is seemingly calm. Read more

Last updated on June 5:

Covid-19 measures are strict at Cambodia’s airports. To gain access to the country travellers need to present a health certificate issued within 72-hours of travel that confirms the traveller is Covid-19 free and they must show health and immigration officials proof of medical insurance cover valued at USD50,000. Read more

Last updated on May 25:

Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng confirmed that measures to prevent Covid-19 from being imported from abroad had been tightened, and all passengers arriving at airports would now be quarantined.

Bun Heng was quoted by Fresh News as saying: “It is not only the flights from South Korea. All passengers who return to Cambodia have to be quarantined for 14 days and tested for Covid-19 to prevent spreading the virus. Read more

Last updated on May 21:

The Ministry of Health issued a declaration allowing foreign nationals from six countries (Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the United States) to re-enter Cambodia. Read more

Last updated on Apr 28:

The Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Immigration (GDI) announced that it would not grant visa extensions to foreigners staying in Cambodia if their names are not listed on the Foreigners Present in Cambodia System (FPCS) by July 1.  Read more

Last updated on Apr 6:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced tourists holding Visa T and arriving in the Kingdom after January 1 will be allowed to prolong. Read more

Last updated on March 30:

The government of Cambodia has announced the following measures effective from 23h59, 30th of March:

  • Suspension of visa exemption policy and issuance of tourist visa, e-visa and visa on arrival to any foreigner for a period of one month.
  • Any foreigner wishing to travel to the Kingdom of Cambodia must obtain a prior visa from Cambodian missions abroad. He/She must provide a medical certificate, issued by the competent health authorities of his/her country no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel, certifying that he/she is not tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (covid-19). In addition, he/she must provide proof of his/her insurance policy that shows minimum medical coverage during his/her intended stay in Cambodia in the amount of not less than fifty thousand US Dollars.
  • The requirements for a medical certificate and insurance do not apply to any foreigner holding diplomatic visa (Visa A) or official visa (Visa B) of Cambodia.
  • Upon entry into the Kingdom of Cambodia, any foreigner will be subject to health risk assessment and screened by competent government officers before he/she is allowed to enter into the country. He/She will be subject to a mandatory isolation, quarantine or any other measures for the prevention and containment of this virus as prescribed by the Ministry of Health of Cambodia.
  • All the above-mentioned travel restrictions are temporary and will be reviewed regularly by the Royal Government of Cambodia based on the evolution of the global situation as related to this virus. Source

Last updated on March 20

Passengers arriving from France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain or USA are not allowed to enter Cambodia. – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Cambodia. Nationals and residents of Cambodia, diplomats and officials of foreign embassies and international organizations and their family members who have a Diplomatic Visa Type A and Official Visa Type B who live or have been in France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain or USA in the past 14 days will be quarantine for 14 days. – This does not apply to airline crew. Source

Other nationalities can technically still arrive however given the introduction of quarantine measures in which travellers can get caught up, we advise nationalities other than the 5 above to POSTPONE any travel to CAMBODIA until 31 March 2020. 

Last updates on temporary closure for 18th of March

Phnom Penh

The National Museum is closed until further notice.
The S21 Toul Sleng Museum is closed until further notice.
The Killing Fields are closed until further notice.
Wat Phnom is closed until further notice.
The Royal Palace is closed until further notice.
The Silver Pagoda is closed until further notice.
The Angkor National Museum is closed until further notice.

There are no travel restrictions issued by the Cambodian government. Officials perform temperature screenings on arriving travelers at international airports.

The General Department of Waterway And Maritime Transport, and Ports of Cambodia has announced that from the 13th Mar 2020 until future notice, all international tourist cruises are not allowed to enter Cambodia.

The Cambodian government has announced a temporary entry stop for Italian, German, Spanish, French and American citizens for a period of 30 days starting from Tuesday the 17th of March till 16th April 2020.

Official Tourism Department Website

Last updated on June 16:

More info about the measures taken in each province with regards to travellers from Beijing or high-risk areas is provided here

Last updated on June 15:

Quarantine and Covid-19 tests may be imposed on travellers coming to Kunming from outbreak areas elsewhere in China. Green health code is mandatory in order to enter Kunming without further measures. Read more

Last updated on June 3: 

Please check it out here for some re-opening policy updates for China including restaurants, hotels, and related tourism businesses.

Last updated on June 1: 

China will soon relax its border controls for Singapore and several countries, allowing certain categories of people to travel to some cities.

Chinese state media on Wednesday (May 27) reported that the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) will let domestic and foreign airlines apply for “green channels” for chartered flights to airports in the mainland.

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Last updated on May 21: 

International flight restrictions expected to continue until October according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) announced Tuesday 19 May. 

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Last updated on May 19: 

The aviation regulator is requiring extra ventilation and sterilisation of airplanes and airports. Passengers are required to fill out an electronic health declaration before boarding and are asked to sit apart from each other onboard if possible. Temperature checks are required for every passenger and workers like cabin crew and security officers are offered protective gear. Passengers need to wear a mask throughout the flight.

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Last updated on May 1: 

Korean nationals traveling to China for business purposes may qualify for special “fast-track” immigration clearance provided they meet the following criteria:
1) They are sponsored by a Korean or Chinese firm in China that has successfully applied for permission to use the “fast-track” program;
2) They hold a letter of invitation from the sponsoring firm;
3) They were issued a valid visa by a Chinese embassy or consulate in Korea.
 
Prior to departing for China, persons using the “fast-track” program must:
1) Self-monitor for 14 days for symptoms of COVID-19;
2) Obtain a certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to scheduled departure from a healthcare provider designated by the Ministry of Health and Welfare stating they have tested negative for COVID-19.
 
Upon arrival in China, persons using the “fast-track” program must:
1) Undergo 1-2 days quarantine at a designated location;
2) Test negative for COVID-19 on both a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and a serological (antibody) test;
3) Use prearranged transportation to their final destination upon confirmation of negative test results.
 
Korea nationals using the “fast-track” program are restricted to the following regions in China: Anhui Province, Chongqing Municipality, Guangdong Province, Jiangsu Province, Liaoning Province, Shaanxi Province, Shandong Province, Shanghai Municipality, Sichuan Province, and Tianjin Municipality.
 

Last updated on March 28: 

1) Foreign nationals holding valid visas or residency permits are prohibited from entering China (see above for a possible exemption for Korean business travelers);
2) Foreign nationals holding APEC Business Travel Cards are prohibited from entering China;
3) The following visa-free or temporary visa arrangements are temporarily suspended:
Port visas, 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit, Hainan 30-day visa-free entry, 15-day visa-free entry for foreign cruise ships or groups tours at Shanghai Port, Guangdong 144-hour visa-free entry for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong SAR or Macau SAR, and Guangxi 15-day visa-free entry for foreign tour groups from ASEAN countries.
4) Diplomatic, service, courtesy, or “C” visas are not impacted;
5) Foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities, or for emergency humanitarian needs may continue to apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates. Foreign nationals holding visas issued after these policies were implemented may enter China.
 
Be advised, many provincial authorities in China have implemented additional policies and restrictions on both Chinese and foreign nationals. All persons may be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine in a designated facility at their own expense.
 

Last updated on March 25: 

Effective 00:00 local time 28 March 2020, passengers are not allowed to transit or enter China (People’s Rep.).
– This does not apply to nationals of China (People’s Rep.).
– This does not apply to passengers with a diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visa.
– This does not apply to passengers with a visa issued after 28 March 2020.

 

  1. All passengers arriving at PEK will have a PCR test and be quarantined at the designated location in Beijing for 14 days.
  2. Passengers who live in or have been in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain , Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or USA in the past 14 days arriving at Shanghai Pudong (PVG) or Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) must undergo 14-day quarantine at home or in designated places for medical observation.
  3. Passengers who have not been in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iran, Italy, Korea (Rep.), Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain , Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom or USA in the past 14 days arriving at Shanghai Pudong (PVG) or Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA) must undergo a Nucleic Acid Testing.
  4. Passengers who live in or have been in France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Spain or USA in the past 14 days arriving at Guangzhou (CAN) or Shenzhen (SZX) must undergo 14-day quarantine at home or in designated places for medical observation. All passengers arriving at SZX will have a PCR test.
  5. All passengers arriving at XMN will be quarantined for medical observation at the designated hotels for 14 days on their own expenses.
    – This does not apply to passengers under 18 years old, passengers above 70 years old, pregnant women and passengers suffering from illness. They must apply for permission to undergo a 14-day quarantine at home. Source

 

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry into China by foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits still valid to the time of this announcement, effective from 0 0:00 am. 28 march 2020. Entry by foreign nationals with APEC Business Travel Cards will be suspended as well. Policies including port visas, 24/72/144-hour visa-free transit policy, Hainan 30-day visa-free policy, 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign cruise-group-tour through Shanghai Port, Guangdong 144-hour visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups from Hong Kong or Macao SAR, and Guangxi 15-day visa-free policy specified for foreign tour groups of ASEAN countries will also be temporarily suspended. Entry with diplomatic, service, courtesy or C visas will not be affected. Foreign nationals coming to China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates. Entry by foreign nationals with visas issued after this announcement will not be affected. Read more

 

China has banned outbound tourist groups and individuals.

 

Authorities have introduced preventative measures across China, including temperature checks at transport hubs and other locations; quarantine arrangements for travel between different parts of the country; and restrictions on travel between and within cities.

 

Many tourist attractions are closed, in addition to other public and private entities such as schools and businesses.

 

On Wednesday (March 11), Beijing announced a 14-day mandatory quarantine on all international travelers arriving in the Chinese capital.

 
Meanwhile, international business travelers will be required to stay at a select number of designated hotels in Beijing where they will be tested for the virus. They will not be allowed to leave until their test results have been returned.

 
Countrywide, passengers arriving from Iran, Italy, Japan or Korea and traveling to Beijing, Guangzhou, or Shanghai are subject to quarantine for 14 days. Read more

Official Tourism Department Website

Last updated on July 1:

A new government notice issued yesterday allows for the further easing of certain restrictions and Covid-19 prevention measures.

Under the notice, a ban on sporting competitions has been lifted, however, organizers are to ensure stadiums do not become overcrowded.

Strict Covid-19 prevention guidelines issued by the national taskforce must remain in place at all sporting events, such as social distancing measures and provision of face masks and hand gel.

Casinos will be allowed to resume operations, according to the notice, but must also comply with covid prevention measures.

Social gatherings, weddings, parties, and traditional festivals may now be held, however, organizers must follow strict guidelines laid out by the national taskforce.

Meanwhile, entertainment venues including karaoke bars, nightclubs, and internet cafes will remain closed in order to prevent a second wave of the Covid-19 virus appearing in Laos.

Also off-limits are traditional border crossings, which will remain closed with the exception of freight transportation.

International borders are open for Lao citizens and foreigners with proper authorization to enter or exit Laos, while freight transportation will continue as normal. Read more

Last updated on June 24:

Laos has decided to keep its border checkpoint with Cambodia closed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Stung Treng Provincial Governor Mom Saroeun was quoted in the Khmer Times as saying that he had been informed by authorities in Laos that the country had elected to keep its sole border checkpoint with Cambodia closed.

“Currently, our international checkpoint will remain closed. Laos has not decided to reopen its border checkpoint and we also haven’t received any instruction from the government to open ours,” Read more

Last updated on June 4:

Laos has announced an easing of entry and exit rules effective 1 June. Details were announced by the Secretariat of the National Taskforce Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control under the Ministry of Health.

Lao nationals in foreign countries who wish to return to Laos are required to register with a Lao PDR embassy or consulate in the country of their residence to determine how their return can be facilitated.

People who already have a valid entry visa can now use it to enter Laos. Those who do not have one should apply for a visa from a Lao embassy or consulate in their country of origin to begin the process of approval to visit the country.

All incoming foreigners must be tested for Covid-19 and obtain a certificate indicating they have tested negative for the virus. This must be issued in the country from which they have departed and presented to authorities at the Lao border.

The certificate must have been issued no less than 72 hours before the start of their journey. Upon arrival at the Lao border, all visitors need to have their temperature checked and fill in a health declaration form.

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Last updated on May 29:

The Prime Minister’s Office has released a notice detailing updated lockdown measures, slowly allowing more sectors to reopen as the country transitions toward the new normal. 

The Ministry of Education and Sports and the education sector, in general, have been informed that schools and colleges may begin to resume certain classes, commencing 2 June.

Preschools and kindergartens, as well as primary school levels 1 to 4, and secondary school levels 1,2 3, 5, and 6 may resume classes. Final year classes at vocational schools, teacher training colleges, and universities may resume classes, as well as training sessions or short courses.

Other classes and levels may resume classes beginning 15 June but must continue social distancing of at least one meter and abide by other measures as outlined by the National Taskforce. Read more

Last updated on May 15:

Laos has announced it will resume domestic flights, begin to reopen schools, and ease other lockdown restrictions starting 18 May.

The National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control announced at a press conference held today nine measures that will be eased, and four restrictions that will remain in place, effective from 18 May. Read more

Last updated on May 8:

The ban on flights to Laos continues with no end date in sight as far as government announcements go. Lao Airlines, owned by the government, confirmed this week it had suspended plans to resume domestic flights 8 May. Travel professionals in the country hoped the return of domestic flights would help reboot confidence. Read more

Last updated on May 3:

The Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism has released guidelines for operators of restaurants, resorts, and other tourism-related businesses in line with new regulations prescribed by the Prime Minister’s Office that are to enter into effect from 4-17 May. Read more

Last updated on April 17:

The Lao government has extended the period of suspending the Lao eVisa service to 3rd May 2020. Read more

Last updated on April 15:

Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has moved to prolong Prime Ministerial Order 06/PM, effectively extending the lockdown period for Laos until 3 May. Read more

Last updated on April 2:

Government Orders Temporary Closure of All Private Hospitals in Laos.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has ordered the closure of all private hospitals and clinics in the country.

A MOH notice dated 1 April mandated the immediate suspension of operations for all private hospitals, clinics, and treatment centers. The notice, signed by the Director-General of the Treatment and Rehabilitation Department Dr. Khampua Soudthisombat, is to take effect immediately. Read more

Last updated on April 1:

The Laotian government has suspended the issuing of new visas and visa-on-arrival services. All persons (including Lao nationals) arriving in Laos are required to strictly follow the rules and regulations set-forth by the Ministry of Health to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Foreign nationals are required to self-isolate for 14 days following arrival in Laos. Read more

Last updated on March 30:

The Government of Laos has announced that the country will be on lockdown from the 1st until the 19th of April.

All people are confined to their houses. You are only allowed to go outside to buy food and essentials, visit hospitals or clinics. An exception is made for the staff of organizations that are allowed to continue to work from their office.

The festivities for the traditional Lao New Year have been cancelled. Source

Last updated on March 20: 

The government of Laos has announced that travellers who are unable to leave Laos because of the COVID-19 outbreak, can extend their tourist visa at the provincial immigration offices.

The fee would be the same as for a regular extension, and the process would take 24 hours. Source

Last updated on March 19: 

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic presents its compliments to all Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations accredited to the Lao PDR and has the honour to inform the latter that in response to the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, the Lao PDR will further implement the visa measures, beyond those already in place, to reduce the risk of importation of the virus to the Lao PDR as follows:

1. Suspend issuing visa on arrivals for all nationals

2. Suspend issuing Tourist Visa at Lao Diplomatic Mission Overseas

3. Suspend issuing eVisa

4. Suspend practicing of visa exemption for nationals of ASEAN countries and nationals of countries that signed agreement on visa exemption both unilateral and bilateral with the Lao PDR ( excluding holders of diplomatic and official passports)

5. Issue visas for visitors who intended to visit the Lao PDR with non tourist purposes only. Visitors will have to submit requisite information on their health and related documents to the Lao diplomatic missions in the country they are resident for approval before the intended date of travel. Visitors who arrive in the Lao PDR without the necessary approval will be denied entry into the country. Application form on health declaration will be available on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs“ ”

The above mentioned measures will enter into force from 00 hour of 20th March 2020, PM to 00 hour of 20th April 2020, PM.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic avails itself of this opportunity to renew to all Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations accredited to the Lao PDR in Vientiane the assurances of its highest consideration. Source

Lao PDR has suspended flights to China. There are no official restrictions for travellers entering Laos.

Lao PDR has sealed off Golden Triangle roads at the borders with China and Myanmar.

Official Tourism Department Website

Last updated on July 6:

The Myanmar government announced on 1st July 2020 that the last township stay at home restriction has been lifted which means within Myanmar – people can travel without any restrictions on movements yet flights arrivals are restricted till 31st July 2020. Read more

Last updated on June 30:

Myanmar’s tourism is in a holding pattern as authorities extend the ban on foreigners entering the country until at least 31 July and continue to suspend international flights. Read more

Last updated on June 16:

The ban on international flights in and out of Myanmar has been extended to 30 June the country’s Department of Aviation announced 12 June.

Myanmar closed its airports to international commercial flights in March and extended the ban most recently to 15 June. Reliable sources in government say it is now very likely that international flights will get the green light 1 July. Read more

Last updated on June 5:

A total of 663 hotels, about one-third of the hotels in Myanmar, reopened across regions and states so far after temporary suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an official from the Hotels and Tourism Ministry told Xinhua late Thursday.

“There are 2,053 hotels operating in the country and one-third of them have reopened after getting health and safety inspection passes by the authorities concerned as of May 29,” said Deputy Director General U Aung Aye Han of the ministry.

As of May 29, Yangon region topped the list with 284 re-operating hotels, followed by Shan state with 94 hotels while hotels in Mandalay region, Chin and Kachin states have not been reopened. Read more

Last updated on June 4:

Myanmar has extended its suspension of all travel visas until 15 June. The announcement extends the suspension of all visas including visa exemptions that were introduced in mid-March under a ruling that was due to expire 31 May.

The entry ban covers e-visas, visa-on-arrival and includes all nationalities that eligible for visa-free travel to Myanmar. Read more

Last updated on June 1:

Myanmar National Airlines continues its suspension of international routes for the time being, but according to the airline’s booking system, it may resume some international flights as early as mid-June.

According to a recent schedule update, MNA has filed plans to resume international flights from Yangon to Hong Kong and Singapore possibly as early as 17 June.

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Last updated on May 29:

The Department of Civil Aviation has announced the further extension of the effective period of temporary measures through international air travel up to 15 June 2020 23:59 Hours MST. Read more

Last updated on May 26:

Myanmar tour companies are preparing to organise tours again and awaiting government guidelines to ensure a safe reopening of their businesses. Also, some international airlines have announced the resumption of flights to Yangon starting on June 1. Read more

Last updated on May 5:

In order to keep the fight against the COVID-19 virus going, Myanma Railway (MR) will be extending suspension of train schedules until May 15th.

The MR had suspended running of some passenger trains from April 10 to April 30th.

However, the 11/12 up and down Yangon-Mandalay trains, 41/42 up and down Mandalay-Myitkyina mail trains, 89/90 up and down Yangon-Mawlamyine trains and 63/64 up and down Yangon-Pyay trains are being operated regularly. Read more

Last updated on April 24:

The Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has Issued Circular 6 (on 11 April 2020) to Inform all airlines operating International air services to and from Myanmar that the Ministry of Health and Sports has extended the effective period or its Temporary Measures to prevent Importation of COVID-19 to Myanmar through air travel dated 29 March 2020, up to 30 April 2020 2359 Hours Myanmar Standard Time (MST).

In order to continue to contain effectively the spread of COVID-19 in Myanmar, the National Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment or COVID-19 has decided to further extend the effective period of the aforementioned Temporary Measures Up to 15 May 2020 2359 Hours MST. Read more

Last updated on April 11:

The Government  of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Ministry of Health and Sports:

Extension of Effective Period of Temporary Measures to Prevent Importation of COVID-19 to Myanmar through Air Travel

  1. The Ministry of Health and Sports, with the approval of the National Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19, has put in place on 29 March 2020 Temporary Measures to Prevent Importation of COVID-19 to Myanmar through Air Travel effective from 30 March 2020 2359 Hours MST up to 13 April 2020 2359 Hours MST.
  2. A review of the Temporary Measures was carried out and it was found that most of the COVID-19 confirmed cases in Myanmar were imported through air travel prior to the introduction of the Temporary Measures or through local transmission of close contacts with these imported cases. Therefore, the Temporary Measures have proved to be effective in limiting the spread of COVID-19 in Myanmar.
  3. In order to contain effectively the spread of COVID-19 in Myanmar during the early stage of the outbreak and to gain more time to implement effective preparedness and response measures, the Ministry of Health and Sports, with the approval of the National Central Committee for Prevention, Control and Treatment of COVID-19, is extending the effective period of the Temporary Measures to Prevent Importation of COVID-19 to Myanmar through Air Travel up to 30 April 2020 2359 Hours MST

From April 11 to May 15, 2020, all persons (including Myanmar nationals) arriving from abroad must undergo a 21-day quarantine at a designated facility followed by 7 days of self-isolation at home. All international flights are suspended. Read more

Last updated on March 30:

Starting March 30, 2020 at 11:59 P.M., the government will no longer allow international commercial passenger flights to land at any airport in Burma. This suspension will last until May 15, 2020. All landing permissions previously granted are suspended. Exceptions apply to “relief flights, all-cargo flights, medical evacuation flights and special flights specifically approved by the Department of Civil Aviation.” Read more

Last updated on March 29:

Announcement on Temporary suspension of all types of visas for foreign nationals from all countries visiting Myanmar

  1. With a view to further strengthening measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has decided to adopt the following entry visa restrictions for visitors from all countries with effect from 29 March 2020, 0001 hours (Myanmar standard time). These temporary measures will be in force till 30 April 2020:

(a) Suspension of the issuance of all types of visa (including social visit visa) to all foreign nationals, except diplomats accredited to Myanmar, United Nations officials resident in Myanmar and crew of ships and aircraft operating to and from Myanmar.

(b) Suspension of visa exemption granted to all foreign nationals on the basis of bilateral arrangements, including those from ASEAN member countries, except those holding diplomatic and official passport.

(c) All diplomats accredited to Myanmar and United Nations officials resident in Myanmar may obtain entry visas through respective Myanmar Missions abroad. They shall be required to provide certification of the absence of COVID-19 infection issued by a recognized laboratory no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel and before boarding any aircraft destined for Myanmar. They shall be subject to home quarantine for 14 days on their arrival in Myanmar.

(d) Crew of ships or aircraft operating to and from Myanmar may also obtain entry visa through respective Myanmar Missions abroad. They shall be required to follow the latest guidelines and directives issued by the Ministry of Transport and Communication of the Republic of Union of Myanmar.

  1. Foreign nationals who are required to visit Myanmar on urgent official mission or for a compelling reason may contact the nearest Myanmar Missions abroad for possible exception on certain entry restrictions from the authorities concerned of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Nay Pyi Taw

Source

Last updated on March 25: 

Additional Precautionary Restrictions for travellers from all countries visiting Myanmar

  1. With a view to preventing importation and spread of COVID-19, the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is obliged to take additional precautionary measures to control and limit the risk that travellers from all countries may pose to the populations in Myanmar.
  2. The following additional temporary restrictive measures will take effect for incoming travellers from all countries starting from 25 March 2020, 0000 hours (Myanmar standard time) –

2.1 All incoming Myanmar nationals from any country will be subject to a 14-day facility quarantine on their arrival in Myanmar.

2.2 All foreign nationals travelling to Myanmar are required to present laboratory evidence of absence of CoVii)-i9 infection issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel before boarding any airline destined for Myanmar. They will be subject to a 14-day facility quarantine on their arrival in Myanmar. 

2.3 All diplomats accredited to Myanmar and United Nations officials working in Myanmar are also required to present laboratory evidence of absence of COVID-19 infection issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel before boarding any airline destined for Myanmar. They will be subject to home quarantine for 14 days on their arrival in Myanmar.

This notification shall supersede the precautionary measures announced earlier.

Last updated on March 24: 

Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has shut all border checkpoints to foreign visitors. The temporary closure remains in place until further notice. Read more

  1. All visa issuances are suspended until 30 April 2020.
  2. Nationals of China (People’s Rep.) are not allowed to transit Myanmar without a visa.

Effective 25 March 2020:

Passengers will be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.

Passengers must have a lab test proving they are free from Coronavirus (COVID-19). This does not apply to nationals of Myanmar. Source

Last updated on March 18

The government of Myanmar has announced that all entertainment venues such as KTV, movie theaters, night clubs, spas, and massage parlours are closed until further notice. Source

Latest updated on March 16: 

  1. The Myanmar government is preparing to quarantine or turn away tourists from Italy, Germany, France, Spain, and Iran, the countries that have been hit the worst by COVID-19, according to the Union of Myanmar Travel Association on Sunday (March 15).
  2. The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement has ordered the closure of all preschools and nurseries starting March 16 until the end of April as part of the efforts to protect people from COVID-19 pandemic.
  3.  The Central Bank of Myanmar announced March 13 that the implementation of a 0.5 percent cut in interest rates will start on Monday (March 16), instead of April 1 as originally planned.
  4.   The Myanmar Rice Federation announced on March 13 it will ensure a steady supply of grains in the local market to support demand. It also said the public need not worry about rice shortages as Myanmar has sufficient reserves. Dealers will continue distributing rice at normal pricesRead more

Latest updated on March 15: 

The government of Myanmar has issued a 14 days quarantine on arrival for citizens of the following nations AND for travellers having visited these countries: China, Italy, Iran, S-Korea, Spain, Germany, France.  We advise ALL travellers to POSTPONE any travel to MYANMAR EFFECTIVE today Sunday 15th March until 31 March 2020.  We will keep you updated if travel to Myanmar and vis policies are able after this date. Source

Travellers from outbreak regions are asked to report to the Airport Quarantine Desk to fill in a medical report form. Upon arrival at the point of entry Travellers are subject to primary fever screening. Temperature checks are also set up at hotels and shopping malls.

No restrictions have been put in place for tourist attractions.

Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has suspended visas-on-arrival for Chinese travelers to Myanmar. Read more

Official Tourism Department Website

Last updated on July 2:

Thailand has made a public announcement regarding the Notification on Conditions for Aircraft Permission to Enter Thailand (No.2) Read more

Last updated on July 2:

A travel bubble plan for leisure travellers has been drafted with three phases for opening, starting with a mere 1,000 tourists per day across five provinces.

The number of international tourists is capped at 1,000 per day nationwide in the first phase without a 14-day quarantine and is expected to start in August. If any province’s capability to handle swab tests for the coronavirus rises, the government will allow a higher number based on that volume. Read more

Last updated on June 30:

Thailand will reopen checkpoints on the border with all neighboring states to resume cross-border cargo transport and trading from Wednesday (July 1), according to the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha.

CCSA decided on Monday to reopen a total of 37 checkpoints on the borders with Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia, so that cargoes can be transported and traders can be allowed to cross the border, said CCSA spokesman Thaweesilp Visanuyothin. Read more

Last updated on June 30:

The government on Tuesday declared July 27 as a substitute day off for the cancelled Thai New Year holidays, or Songkran.

Government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said the decision was made by the Cabinet today. The festival, held annually and recognized as public holidays from April 13-15, was postponed this year due to the threats of the coronavirus infection.

Despite Songkran’s reputation as the water festival, there is no mention of any water fights, parades, and other related festivities to be held on the substitute Songkran day off. Large gatherings will likely remain banned throughout July under the Emergency Decree, which was extended for the third time today. Read more

Last updated on June 30:

The cabinet on Tuesday formally approved the extension of the emergency decree nationwide for another month, until July 31, as proposed by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration.

With the fifth phase of the relaxing of restrictions beginning on Wednesday, powers under the executive decree for administration in emergency situations were still needed to control travel in and out of the country and support the tracking and quarantine of people suspected of being infected with the virus. Read more

Last updated on June 30:

Thailand will lift a ban on international flights on Wednesday, its aviation regulator said on Monday. The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) said the ban on international flights will be lifted on Wednesday under some conditions. Read more

Last updated on June 30:

The latest announcement from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) that several groups of foreigners will be allowed entry into the kingdom from tomorrow, 1 July, 2020, onwards.

CAAT’sNotification on Conditions for International Flight Permit to Thailand dated yesterday, 29 June, 2020, referred to its previous notifications issued since 3 April, 2020, imposing a temporary ban on all international flights entering Thailand for the prevention and control of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID – 19) pandemic.

According to CAAT, as the present situation of COVID–19 in many foreign countries remains severe, it is necessary to impose measures to restrict the travel to Thailand in accordance with the screening capability of the competent officers or the communicable disease control officers in order to efficiently control and prevent the new epidemic in the Kingdom. Read more

Last updated on June 26:

There is no current timetable to reopen the main gateway with Cambodia, through Aranyaprathet, provincial governor Worapan Suwannut said. The governor said the province was not ready to open the gate to Poipet at Klong Luk border crossing in Aranyaprathet district, closed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Read more

Last updated on June 25:

The first group of foreigners to be allowed to enter Thailand will comprise business representatives, skilled workers, experts, people with Thai families, teachers, students and patients who agree to quarantine, according to the government.

Taweesilp Visanuyothin, spokesman of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), on Wednesday elaborated on the government’s plan to allow foreign nationals back into the country. The plan was drafted by a sub-committee of CCSA. Read more

Last updated on June 20:

Thailand was removed from the list of risk areas for SARSCov2. Therefore, there is no more quarantine required in Germany upon arrival from Thailand. Read more

Last updated on June 17:

Airports of Thailand has updated the list of available airlines at its six airports nationwide. Please see the list here

Last updated on June 16:

Bangkok’s mass transit systems have resumed normal operations following the fourth phase for easing restrictions on businesses and activities, starting from 15 June.

All public transport systems nationwide are operating under strict measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), including temperature screening practices, wearing masks, check-ins and check-outs with the Thai Chana platform, and social distancing. Read more

Last updated on June 14:

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) has announced the restoration of normal bus services from June 15, after the government decided to lift the night curfew from Monday. The BMTA will run 3,000 buses, a total of 25,000 trips a day, to serve daily passengers expected to increase to 650,000, and will maintain Covid-19 prevention measures. Read more

Last updated on June 13:

The Royal Thai Government has approved the fourth phase for easing restrictions on businesses and activities, but kept the Emergency Decree in place to maintain controls on all entry – by air, water and land – because all recent new Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) confirmed cases were people returning from other countries.

Published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette on 12 June, 2020, the fourth stage of relaxation of restrictions on business and other activities, effective from Monday, 15 June, 2020. Read more

Last updated on June 12:

Thailand to reopen national parks next month according to Varawut Silpa-archa, minister of environment and natural resources, said today.

Given the environmental concerns, not all park attractions will reopen immediately. Of the 127 slated to open their gates in July, 64 will open fully, while the other 63 will be partial. The remaining 28 national parks will remain closed until further notice. Read more

Last updated on June 11:

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has announced that it will resume interprovincial train services nationwide from 11 June with bookings already begun from 10 June, onwards. 

“The resumption of service follows an earlier announcement on the first phase of services and will reduce the economic impact on the local people and society. Health and security measures will follow the rules of the World Health Organisation and according to the ongoing assessment of Thailand’s public health situation,” Read more

Last updated on June 10:

Bars, pubs, beer houses, karaoke bars, erotic massage parlours, and children’s ball pits will not be allowed to reopen in the next phase of reopenings, the government said on Wednesday. 

The Phase 4 reopening measure, slated for late June or early July, will not include those establishments because they are considered “high-risk” of spreading the coronavirus, according to Taweesin Visanuyothin, spokesman for the government’s COVID-19 crisis center. Read more

Last updated on June 9:

Thailand’s health department and public health ministry are recommending curbs on the number of visitors at popular tourist spots to avoid a second wave of Covid-19, as the government mulls the reopening of more attractions and businesses ahead of schedule.

Department of Health (DOH) director-general, Panpimol Wipulakorn, said that even though restrictions on domestic travel have been eased, travellers should continue to practise safety measures such as social distancing, wearing masks, and regular handwashing. Read more

Last updated on June 9:

The Transport Co., Ltd. has announced the resumption of inter-provincial bus services on the Southern routes from today, 9 June, following the government’s relaxations for public transport to travel across provinces during the night-time curfew hours (23.00 – 03.00 Hrs.). Read more

Last updated on June 8:

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has announced a list of additional airports that are allowed to resume operations from 00.01 Hrs. of 6 June, 2020.

Tak, Trat, Nakhon Ratchasima, Narathiwat, Pai, Phetchabun and Sukhothai are authorised to resume daily operations during 06.00 – 20.00 Hrs., or within a shorter timeframe as deemed appropriate. Read more

Last updated on June 3:

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to provide a summary of Bangkok’s third phase of easing the COVID-19 control measures: what reopens and what remains closed, starting from Monday, 1 June, 2020.

For the period of 1-30 June, 2020, Bangkok has allowed the following businesses and activities to reopen:

  • Restaurants and beverage shops, convenience stores, street stalls, food courts and cafeterias.
  • Shopping malls, department stores and community malls can remain open until 21.00 Hrs.
  • Exhibition and convention facilities and event halls.
  • Meeting rooms in hotels or convention centres.
  • Retailers and wholesalers, community shops, markets, floating markets, flea markets.
  • Hypermarkets and wholesale markets.
  • Beauty salons, hairdressers, and barbers with a time limit of not more than two hours for each customer and no waiting in the premises.

Read more

Last updated on June 2:

The latest list of provinces where now is opening for tourists with the protection measures. Please see here 

Last updated on June 2:

Phuket airport to reopen to domestic flights on June 15. All passengers were advised to arrive at the airport one to two hours before scheduled departure, to allow time to go through health screening procedures. Read more

Last updated on June 1:

A long holiday in July is being considered to make up for the cancellation of Songkran festivities, if the Covid-19 situation allows it, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Monday.

The government delayed the Thai new year festival holiday from April 13-15 until further notice due to fears large gatherings and the homecoming of revellers could exacerbate the virus outbreak. Read more

Last updated on May 30:

The Foreign Ministry has informed Thailand’s foreign chambers of commerce that foreigners who have work permits or permission from Thai government agencies will soon be allowed to enter the kingdom. Read more

Last updated on May 29:

The government has announced the third stage of the easing of the business and activity lockdown, effective from Monday. It allows restricted activities at schools, theatres, beauty parlours, fitness clubs, sports fields, recreational ponds, ballroom dancing venues, convention halls and zoos.

The curfew is also shortened to 11pm to 3am from June 1.

Read more

Last updated on May 29:

The government plans to completely lift the lockdown of all businesses and activities on July 1 across the country with preparations made in advance next month. This includes lifting inter-provincial travel restrictions as well as ending the emergency decree and curfew. Read more

Last updated on May 26:

The Royal Thai Government has decided to extend the Emergency Decree for one more month, until 30 June, 2020, to prevent a second wave of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections as seen recently in some other countries. Read more

Last updated on May 26:

The Tourism and Sports Ministry wants the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to lift the domestic tourism lockdown starting in June. 

Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said this Friday the ministry plans to talk with the CCSA about easing domestic tourism restrictions, such as allowing inter-provincial travel and hotel operations to resume in many provinces, in line with the third stage of Covid-19 restrictions.

If CCSA agrees with the scheme, domestic travel will start again on June 1, but within the same region for the first two weeks, before gradually allowing inter-regional travel. Read more

Last updated on May 25:

Thailand has extended its automatic visa extension for stranded foreigners up to 31 July the Immigration Bureau announced at the weekend.

The provision extends all categories of temporary visas automatically without fees and the need to show up at an Immigration Bureau office or present any documents. Read more

Last updated on May 22:

The government on Friday decided to extend the emergency decree for another month through June. Read more

Last updated on May 19:

The aviation regulator requires airlines to leave at least one seat empty between passengers, who are required to wear surgical masks onboard. No food and beverages will be served during flights and passengers are not allowed to eat or drink. In an event of an emergency, the cabin crew may provide water. Read more

Last updated on May 17:

The Transport Co., Ltd. has announced the resumption of inter-provincial bus services on the Northern, Northeastern and Eastern routes from 18 May, after more than a month of suspension due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more

Last updated on May 16:

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has announced the extension of its temporary ban on all international passenger flights to Thailand from 1 June to 30 June 2020. Read more

Last updated on May 15:

Starting Sunday, malls and several other public venues will be allowed open, and the curfew pushed an hour back to 11 pm, the government announced Friday. Read more

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has announced the resumption of train services on 15 May, following a temporary suspension of some routes due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more

The Royal Gazette announced on May 15 that China, South Korea, Hong Kong an Macau would be delisted as they had shown their effectiveness in preventing and containing the coronavirus. Read more

Last updated on May 14:

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest announcement from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) regarding the reopening of Phuket International Airport for domestic flights from 00.01 Hrs. of 16 May. Read more

Last updated on May 12:

The Department of Airports (DOA), which operates 22 provincial airports across Thailand, is reiterating via its Facebook Page: DepartmentOfAirports that 14 of its airports are in operations while either others remain close for this month.

For the period of 1-31 May, 2020, four airlines – Nok Air, Thai AirAsia, Thai Lion Air and Thai Vietjet Air – have resumed domestic flight operations to DOA’s airports in Buri Ram, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Lampang, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phitsanulok, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Surat Thani, Tak’s Mae Sot, Trang, Ubon Ratchathani, and Udon Thani. Read more

Last updated on May 11:

The National Security Council (NSC) told the media on Monday that it is highly likely that the Thailand’s State of Emergency will end on May 31. Read more

Last updated on May 8:

Shopping malls and large retail outlets selling construction materials will be allowed to reopen as lockdown mea­sures are eased further on May 17 if there is no surge in new infections.

China and South Korea will also be the first countries to be removed from a list of the government’s dangerous communicable disease zones.

The issues were discussed at a meeting of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday. Read more

Last updated on May 4:

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update from the Airports of Thailand (AOT) regarding the resumption of domestic flights at its airports, following over a month of temporary flight suspensions by several airlines as part of the efforts to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Read more

More airports have been given permission to operate special international flights between 7am and 7pm each day, according to a new order issued by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) on Sunday.

After domestic flights resumed on Friday, most airports, except Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-Tapao, have remained closed to international flights.

Read more 

Last updated on May 2:

According to the directives published in the Royal Thai Government Gazette on 1 May, 2020, the Bangkok Governor and Provincial Governors may consider easing measures for the reopening of businesses and activities under two categories – economics and daily life, and health and wellness activities.

For economic and daily life activities, businesses and activities that are allowed to reopen are sales of food and drinks in hotels, airports, train stations, bus stations, hospitals, restaurants and beverage shops, convenience stores, and street stalls. Pubs and bars can be reopened for takeaway only or under strict disease control. Sales of alcoholic drinks can resume for takeaway only.

Read more

Last updated on April 30:

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update that the temporary closure of Phuket International Airport has been extended until 15 May, 2020.

The existing order by the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) covers the period from 10-30 April, 2020.

According to the CAAT, its decision to extend the closure of Phuket International Airport for 15 more days is based on the proposal from Phuket Province citing new cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) infections are still being reported in the province on a daily basis. Read more

Last updated on April 29:

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to provide the latest update that eight types of venues will be allowed to reopen after the closure order by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) expires on 30 April, 2020.

According to the BMA, the exact reopening dates will be in line with the government’s announcement, which is expected to be made within today or tomorrow. The reopening of the eight types of venues will also follow the government’s strict health measures and guidelines as Thailand continues its efforts to limit the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The eight types of venues in Bangkok that will be allowed to reopen are:

  • Restaurants, excluding those located in shopping malls or supermarkets.
  • Markets and flea markets.
  • Barbers and hairdressers.
  • Health clinics, excluding weight-control services and cosmetic clinics.
  • Golf courses and driving ranges.
  • Sports facilities, but only for limited types of sports, including tennis and badminton courts, running tracks and other types of sports per the government’s announcement.
  • Public and private parks.
  • Pet grooming shops.

Read more

Last updated on April 28:

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update that the Thai Cabinet today approved the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration’s (CCSA) proposal to extend the Emergency Decree for one more month, starting from 1 May, 2020. Read more

Last updated on April 27:

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has extended its ban on all incoming passenger flights for the third time, covering the new period from 00.01 Hrs. of 1 May, 2020, until 23.59 Hrs. of 31 May, 2020. The ban was first imposed on 4 April, 2020. Read more

Last updated on April 27:

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday decided to extend the Emergency Decree to the end of May. Read more

Last updated on April 26: 

Suvarnabhumi airport is set to resume its services on May 1 for domestic flights. Read more

Last updated on April 24:

The Ministry of Public Health has issued a new announcement, defining five more countries as dangerous communicable disease areas for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
 
The “Announcement Regarding the Areas Outside the Kingdom Which Are Considered Dangerous Communicable Disease Areas for COVID-19” is in effect from 23 April 2020 onwards, after it was published in the Royal Gazette on 22 April 2020.
 
In this announcement, the five countries include Malaysia, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Republic of Indonesia, and the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Read more

Last updated on April 22:

The cabinet approved a second automatic visa extension for foreigners for three more months on Tuesday. Foreigners whose visas had expired since March 26 will be permitted to stay until July 31 without having to apply for an extension. Read more

Last updated on April 20:

Bangkok has extended its alcohol sales ban until 30 April, 2020, according to Bangkok Governor Mr. Aswin Kwanmuang. The ban was previously from 10-20 April, 2020. Read more

Last updated on April 16:

Thai government officially announced a blanket extension for the country’s migrant labourers which will now be permitted to stay until November 30 this year and will be exempted from any sort of overstay penalty. Read more

Last updated on April 15:

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has extended its inbound flight ban to April 30 except repatriation flights and some others for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) control. Read more

Last updated on April 14:

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) updated the situation to the international and domestic tourists that Thailand remains on guard in its unprecedented effort to prevent and mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) despite a continuous drop in the daily rate of new Covid-19 cases. Read more

Last updated on April 13:

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) updated and provide Summary of Thai provinces banning entry and alcohol sales. 

Nationwide ban on alcohol sales

According to the Centre for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) and the Ministry of Interior, all 77 provincial governors have issued orders banning alcohol sales temporarily to reduce the risk of infection and prevention of COVID-19. 

Already in effect, the end dates for the temporary ban on alcohol sales vary depending on the rules and regulations of each province.

Ending on 15 April, 2020, are Bueng Kan, Krabi, Rayong, and Ranong.

Ending on 16 April, 2020, are Chiang Rai, Lop Buri, Mae Hong Son, Phichit, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Sakon Nakhon, and Yala.

Ending on 17 April, 2020, are Amnat Charoen, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Surat Thani, Uttaradit, and Yasothon.

Ending on 18 April, 2020, are Nakhon Ratchasima and Phetchabun.

Ending on 19 April, 2020, are Chachoengsao, Nakhon Nayok, Nan, Pathum Thani, Ratchaburi, Satun, Songkhla, and Trat.

Ending on 20 April, 2020, are Ang Thong, Bangkok, Chaiyaphum, Chiang Mai, Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Maha Sarakham, Nakhon Sawan, Narathiwat, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nong Khai, Nonthaburi, Phayao, Phrae, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Sing Buri, Sukhothai, Tak, and Uthai Thani. Read more

Thai provinces/cities that ban entry and exit:

Region  ProvinceEffective Date
Central, East & WestTrat4 April, 2020, until further notice
 Pattaya, Chon Buri9 April, 2020, until further notice
SouthPhuket30 March, 2020 – 30 April, 2020
 Krabi4-30 April, 2020
 Phang Nga4 April, 2020, until further notice
 Songkhla6-30 April, 2020
 Satun3-30 April, 2020
 Phatthalung5-16 April, 2020
 Pattani28 March, 2020, until further notice
 Yala29 March, 2020, until further notice
 Narathiwat29 March, 2020, until further notice
 Trang10-30 April, 2020
NorthTak2-16 April, 2020
 Nan5-30 April, 2020
 Chiang Rai9-30 April, 2020
 Phrae10-17 April, 2020
NortheastBueng Kan7-30 April, 2020
 Roi Et10-17 April, 2020
 Nakhon Ratchasima
*Suspension of inter-provincial bus services
11 April, 2020, until further notice

Last updated on April 8:

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to inform foreigners in Thailand who have been affected by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) that they will be granted automatic visa extensions. Read more

Last updated on April 6:

Thailand’s ban on all incoming passenger flights has been extended for the period from 00.01 Hrs. of 7 April, 2020, until 23.59 Hrs. of 18 April, 2020, from previously covering a three-day period from 00.01 Hrs. of 04 April, 2020, until 23.59 Hrs. of 06 April, 2020. Read more 

Last updated on April 4: 

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update regarding the temporary ban on all incoming passenger flights into the country in an intensified attempt to curb the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Read more

Last updated on April 2:

The Tourism Authority of Thailand would like to provide the latest update that Thailand has imposed a nationwide nighttime curfew to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Read more

Last updated on March 30:

Bangkok

  • All markets and malls will remain closed until the 30th of April.

Lampang

  • Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is closed until further notice.

Phuket

  • The government of Thailand has announced that Phuket City will be on lockdown until the 30th of April.
  • Phuket Aquarium is closed until further notice. Source

Please see the latest link of all the temporary closures in Thailand here

Last updated on March 27: 

The Office of International Cooperation, Department of Disease Control (DDC), Ministry of Public Health has opened a dedicated hotline for foreigners in Thailand to inquire about COVID-19 related matters at +66 (0) 96 847 8209 or +66 (0) 92 726 0474, from 08.00 – 20.00 Hrs. Thailand local time. 

DDC previously handled all inquiries from both Thais and foreigners via the main Hotline 1422. Read more

Last updated on March 26:

Please see Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) update on  Summary of the Directives Issued under Thailand’s Emergency Decree here.

Last updated on March 24: 

Thailand closes border checkpoints. Read more

Last updated on March 23: 

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update that the Department of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health has updated its list of ongoing local transmission areas regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), including affected areas reported by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Read more

Starting from the 22nd of March at 00 h 00, the following measures will be in effect in Thailand:

For foreign nationals:

  • All passengers must be able to produce a Health Certificate certifying that they are not infected. This document must be issued within 72 hours of the departure time. 
  • All passengers must have health insurance for minimum medical coverage of 100 000 USD in Thailand and covers the treatment of COVID-19.

Thai Nationals returning to Thailand:

  • All passengers must be able to produce a Health Certificate certifying that they are fit to fly.
  • All passengers must have a letter issued by the Royal Thai Embassy, Thai Consular Office or Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Kingdom of Thailand certifying that the passenger is Thai National returning to Thailand. Read more

On March 20

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update that the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has upgraded its notification on the practical guidelines for airlines operating international flights to Thailand in its intensified effort to support Thailand’s nationwide surveillance measures to combat the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Issued on 19 March, 2020

effective from Sunday, 22 March, 2020, at 00.00 Hrs. Thailand local time onwards, the CAAT’s upgraded guidelines now require all airlines to check the required documentation from foreign travellers regardless of their flight origins.

Upon flight check-in, all foreign travellers must present a health certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel certifying that they pose no risk of being infected by the COVID–19. Each traveller must also present a health insurance policy with a minimum medical coverage of US$ 100,000 in Thailand of COVID-19. Read more

On March 18

The Government of Thailand has announced the following measures:

  • Thai New Year, or Songkran, holidays and celebrations, from the 13th to the 15th of April, 2020, are postponed until further notice.
  • 14-day closure of universities, international schools and tutorial schools, from the 18th to 31st of March, 2020.
  • Temporary closure of Muay Thai stadiums, sports stadiums, horse race tracks, cinemas, pubs/bars, and entertainment venues in Bangkok and the vicinity until further notice.
  • The hosting of events and activities which attract large crowds; such as, concerts, exhibitions and trade fairs, and religious, cultural and sports events, will be up to the discretion of each provincial governor and the local communicable disease control office. 

For venues that need to remain open, including shopping venues, markets and office buildings, the government has asked for stricter surveillance measures. Operators of shops and restaurants are also asked to implement stricter screening and cleanliness. Source

On March 15, The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide clarification on our recent update issued on 13 March, 2020, titled Thailand temporarily suspends visas for 21 countries to contain COVID-19,” especially for passport holders of South Korea, Hong Kong SAR and RussiaRead more

Upon arrival at the point of entry travelers are subject to primary fever screening by thermo scanners and infrared thermometers and a questionnaire on their travel history and contact information. Travelers with no fever will receive a health beware card and be allowed to enter the country. Travelers with a body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius and who have COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated and transferred to a designated hospital for quarantine or treatment. Travelers who have been in contact or seated in the close vicinity of the suspected cases will be followed up for 14 days in accordance with the disease prevention and control standards.

Thailand has recently announced the visa on arrival cancellation for 18 countries and visa exemption of three countries including South Korea, Italy, and Hong Kong. Read more 

The Airports of Thailand (AOT) has stepped up its surveillance, prevention and control measures for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at Don Mueang Airport. Aimed at ensuring health confidence among travellers, the enhanced measures at Don Mueang Airport include extra screening points with handheld thermometers at:

  • Immigration’s passport control, International Departures, Level 3, International Passenger Terminal 1
  • Security screening, Domestic Departures, Level 3, Domestic Passenger Terminal 2
  • Entry screening, Domestic Arrivals, Level 1, Domestic Passenger Terminal 2

The extra screening points are in addition to the entry screening points at the International Arrivals, Level 1, International Passenger Terminal 1.

Due to the extra screening, travellers are advised to arrive at Don Mueang Airport at least three hours before your scheduled departure time.

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The Airports of Thailand (AOT) has stepped up its surveillance, prevention and control measures for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The enhanced measures include:

  • 5 entry screening points with thermal scans and handheld thermometers
    • 2 at the Arrival Concourse D.
    • 3 at the Immigration’s passport control.
  • 4 departure screening points with thermal scans and handheld thermometers
    • 1 at the security screening, International Departures Zone 3.
    • 1 at the Immigration’s passport control, Fast Track Lane, International Departures Zone 3.
    • 1 at the Immigration’s passport control, Fast Track Lane, International Departures Zone 2.
    • 1 at the Immigration’s passport control, International Departures Zone 1. Read more

Official Tourism Department Website

Last updated on June 24:

Vietnamese carriers’ plans to resume international flights next month will come to nought, given fresh Covid-19 outbreaks in Asia and other factors. “In this current situation, the reopening of international commercial flights from July 1 as planned by Vietnamese carriers in which passengers are not subject to the 14-day quarantine is unfeasible,” Read more

Last updated on June 24:

Only Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers are currently allowed to travel to Vietnam, the official website Vietnam Tourism reported 23 June.

Active since 22 March the ban on tourist visits remains in place for all foreign nationals. No subsequent announcements have been made on officials channels on the planned timeline to reopen borders to international travel, and there have been no hints as to when embassies will resume the issue of tourist visas. Visa-on-arrival and visa-free travel have also been suspended indefinitely. Read more

Last updated on June 15:

Borders with China, Cambodia and Laos are currently closed except to tourists. The country has temporarily banned entry for all foreign nationals for all visa types including eVisa, visa-free entry and visa-on-arrival. There are a very small number of exceptions for diplomats on official business and certain high-skilled workers where permission is granted on a case-by-case basis.

Everyone allowed to enter Vietnam under the exemption will be required to undertake 14 days of quarantine and follow Vietnam’s Covid-19 protocols if tested positive. Source

Last updated on June 11:

Vietnam said on Thursday it is preparing to resume international flights to China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and Laos in a bid to sustain growth, with the first flights set for early July. Read more

Last updated on June 9:

Vietnam plans to allow a resumption of flights to and from countries that have had no cases of coronavirus for 30 days, state media cited the prime minister as saying on Tuesday, with priority destinations including Japan, South Korea and Cambodia. Read more

Last updated on June 4:

Vietnam Airlines resumed its domestic routes at almost pre-COVID-19 levels transporting more than 500,000 commercial passengers since services restarted in late April. Read more

Last updated on May 29:

Vietnam will resume issuing e-visa for citizens from 80 countries starting 1 July according to a government resolution. Read more

Last updated on May 27:

The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) has also been tasked with proposing a specific time frame for resuming the flights on a bilateral basis to restore trade and investment activities and revive the tourism industry while ensuring strict maintenance of anti-pandemic measures. 

The Transport Ministry has asked civil aviation authorities to submit plans by June 10 for reopening some international flight routes. Read more

Last updated on May 20:

Vietnam’s Immigration Department has announced that all foreigners who entered Vietnam after March 1 on visa exemptions, e-visas or tourism visas will be given automatic stay extensions at no charge until June 30, 2020. Travellers still in the country should declare their temporary residence to local police, through their landlords or hotels, and must complete Vietnam’s online health declaration.

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Last updated on Apr 23:

Vietnam lifted its 22-day social distancing campaign on April 23. The government advises all citizens and foreigners to wash hands regularly, and maintain interpersonal distance of at least one metre. Gatherings of more than 20 people are banned, and masks must be worn when out in public.

Festivals, religious ceremonies, and sporting events are still suspended across the country. Facilities such as bars, beauty salons and massage parlours must remain closed until further notice. Most trades and services including hotels are allowed to resume. Flights, public transportation, inter-provincial transportation, monuments, tourism attractions, and government offices have reopened with safety measures in place.

Entry restrictions remain with only Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers allowed to enter the country at this time. All persons entering Vietnam must undergo medical checks and 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Read more

Within the country, Vietnamese health officials have temporarily isolated several locations that are deemed high-risk, or those that have been recently visited by travellers with confirmed cases of the virus. Tourism sites across the country are also setting aside closure days to disinfect their premises.

As of April 23, tourism attractions in the country are allowed to reopen but must ensure safety measures are in place for all visitors. 

Last updated on Apr 1: 

All passenger flights to Vietnam on all airlines are suspended from April 1 to 15, 2020. Since February 1, all flights to and from mainland China on all airlines have been indefinitely suspended by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam. Vietnam Airlines has announced it will suspend all of its two-way international flights from March 25 to April 30, 2020. 

All inbound travellers coming to Vietnam will be required to submit a health declaration and undergo COVID-19 medical checks upon arrival. Travellers can fill out the health declaration at the airport or submit it in advance at this link.

Last updated on March 22: 

From March 22 until further notice, Vietnam has temporarily suspended entry for all foreign nationals, as well as Vietnamese and their spouses and children holding visa exemption certificates. Vietnam will not be issuing visas or allowing entry to travellers at this time. Read more

Last updated on March 20:

Vietnam Airlines will temporarily suspend all international flights within its network until the estimated date of the 30th of April, 2020.

  • Flights connecting Vietnam and China, Hongkong, Macau, South Korea, France, Russia, Malaysia, and Taiwan have been halted.
  • Flights to and from Southeast Asian countries, including Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar will be halted from the 21st of March.
  • Flights to and from the UK and Japan will be temporarily suspended from the 23rd of March.
  • Flights to Germany and Australia will be stopped from the 24th while those returning to Vietnam will be halted from the 25th of March. Read more

Last updated on March 18:

Vietnam Airlines has announced it will suspend its flights to France starting from the 17th of March until further notice. The national carrier added that their flights between Vietnam and Malaysia will be suspended from the 18th until the 31st of March because of the Malaysian government’s temporary border closure announcement.

The government of Vietnam has announced measures in the following provinces:

  • Binh Thuan: all boats, all accommodations, all tourist sites, and all restaurants are closed until further notice.
  • Ha Giang: all accommodations, all tourist sites, and all restaurants are closed until further notice.
  • Dong Nai: all tourist sites, and all entertainment venues are closed until further notice.

Phu Quoc

  • Aquatopia Water Park (Hon Thom) is closed until further notice. The Hon Thom cable car remains open.

Source

Latest update on March 15: Starting at 12 PM Sunday, 15 March 2020 (for 30 days), no entry to visitors from the European Schengen Area and U.K, or visitors coming from these countries, is allowed. Visitors travelling through or coming from China, South Korea, and Iran will also be denied entry. Visa-on-arrival for all foreigners will not be possible.  

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed Vietnam from the list of destinations with risk of community spread.

Upon arrival at the point of entry travelers are subject to primary fever screening by thermo scanners and infrared thermometers and a questionnaire on their travel history and contact information. Travelers with no fever will receive a health beware card and be allowed to enter the country. Travelers with a body temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius and who have COVID-19 symptoms will be isolated and transferred to a designated hospital for quarantine or treatment. Travelers who have been in contact or seated in the close vicinity of the suspected cases will be followed up for 14 days in accordance with the disease prevention and control standards.All flights to and from mainland China on all airlines have been indefinitely suspended by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam. Flights connecting to Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan are operational with many airlines running reduced routes. Read more

Travelers arriving from as well as those who have transited through South Korea are required to submit medical declarations upon arrival in Vietnam, and may be placed in quarantine if showing symptoms of the virus. 

Travelers who have transited through mainland China, and outbreak areas of South Korea within the past 14 days will be refused entry to Vietnam.

The Italian Embassy has confirmed that visitors from Italy and Iran will be placed under quarantine for 15 days, or will be asked to return to their port of departure. Italian citizens arriving from other countries are asked to fill in a form upon arrival and undergo a temperature check. Each case will be decided upon separately by the Vietnamese Immigration Police. 

Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific have announced they will temporarily waive flight change and refund fees for passengers flying to or from Chinese cities until further notice. 

Vietnam Airlines and Air Seoul have reduced flights between South Korea and Vietnam, while Bamboo Airways’ routes from Nha Trang and Đà Nẵng to Seoul are cancelled indefinitely from February 26. 

Visitors from other affected countries may be subjected to restrictions at the discretion of the Vietnamese government. 

The following events have been cancelled or postponed:

  •  Yen Tu Festival in Quang Ninh – Cancelled
  • Tam Chuc Festival in Ha Nam – Cancelled
  • Tran Temple Festival in Nam Dinh – Cancelled
  • Huyen Tran Festival in Hue – Cancelled
  • Da Nang International Fireworks Festival 2020 – Cancelled
  • Activities for Visit Vietnam Year 2020 in Ninh Binh, Hoa Lu – Postponed
  • Huế Festival 2020 – Postponed to August 28, 2020
  • Da Lat Sufferfest – Postponed
  • Quang Binh Marathon – Postponed
  • Techcombank Ha Noi Marathon – Postponed
  • Sunrise Sprint – Postponed to May 3, 2020
  • Vietnam’s inaugural Formula One Grand Prix is postponed. New dates will be announced later on this year.
  • Da Lat Ultra Trail 2020 – Postponed to June 19-21, 2020

Pedestrian and walkig zones in Hue and Hanoi — common gathering places for locals and tourists — will be closed until the situation improves.

Source: Focus Asia, Forwardkeys, Dragon Trail, MTCO, National Tourism Department

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