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.
GMS COUNTRY UPDATES
Please see below for updates about travel requirements in each of our six GMS member countries:
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
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.
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.
Last updated on May 1:
Last updated on March 28:
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.
- All passengers arriving at PEK will have a PCR test and be quarantined at the designated location in Beijing for 14 days.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
Last updated on March 25:
Additional Precautionary Restrictions for travellers from all countries visiting Myanmar
- 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.
- 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
- All visa issuances are suspended until 30 April 2020.
- 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:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 prices. Read 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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
|Central, East & West||Trat||4 April, 2020, until further notice|
|Pattaya, Chon Buri||9 April, 2020, until further notice|
|South||Phuket||30 March, 2020 – 30 April, 2020|
|Krabi||4-30 April, 2020|
|Phang Nga||4 April, 2020, until further notice|
|Songkhla||6-30 April, 2020|
|Satun||3-30 April, 2020|
|Phatthalung||5-16 April, 2020|
|Pattani||28 March, 2020, until further notice|
|Yala||29 March, 2020, until further notice|
|Narathiwat||29 March, 2020, until further notice|
|Trang||10-30 April, 2020|
|North||Tak||2-16 April, 2020|
|Nan||5-30 April, 2020|
|Chiang Rai||9-30 April, 2020|
|Phrae||10-17 April, 2020|
|Northeast||Bueng Kan||7-30 April, 2020|
|Roi Et||10-17 April, 2020|
*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:
- All markets and malls will remain closed until the 30th of April.
- Wat Phra That Lampang Luang is closed until further notice.
- 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 Russia. Read 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.
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
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.
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.
- Aquatopia Water Park (Hon Thom) is closed until further notice. The Hon Thom cable car remains open.
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