The 11th info-graph of the COVID-19 Travel Situation in the Mekong Region as of January 14, 2021 [Text]

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Hotels & Restaurants: Businesses across Cambodia, including hotels, restaurants, resorts, tourism transportation by water and land, and community-based tourism have been operating mostly as usual with safety precautions since mid-April. Cambodia’s Ministry of Health has lifted its restrictions on restaurants and shops which were ordered to close due to the “November 28 community incident” All restaurants and shops can now operate as normal but must strictly adhere to the guidelines given by the ministry so as to protect their patrons from COVID-19. ** The Ministry of Tourism of Cambodia in collaboration with the National Committee is putting measurements in place to contain the spread of COVID-19. Lead by the Ministry of Public Health, the New Normal Health and Safety Guidelines have been implemented. *

Airlines: The flights between Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Sihanouk Ville have been resumed and operated normally referring to Civil Aviation Reported to the Ministry of Tourism on September 25, 2020. The flights between Siem Reap, Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville have resumed. As of July 25th, 2020, the Royal Government of Cambodia has not reopened the flights from Malaysia and Indonesia, which has been effective since August 1st, 2020 to curb the spread of the pandemic to the public. *

Immigration: All visa exemptions, visas on arrival and e-visas are suspended until further notice. All travellers, as well as diplomats and the officials of International Organizations, must have valid medical certificates issued 72 hours prior to the departure, but all travellers must purchase a health insurance package for COVID-19 treatment, with a cost of USD90 for a 50,000 US dollars Insurance package and is valid for 20 days through FORTE insurance Company, be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival both all travellers and diplomats and officials of International Organizations and undertake a full 14-day quarantine with a re-test on the 14th day. All passengers must deposit $2,000 upon arrival at international airports in Cambodia, which will be used to cover hotel accommodation costs during the quarantine, Covid-19 test fees, and local transportation cost from the international airport to the reserved hotel. In case that the budget remained after actual expenses, the MOH will transfer that amounts of money to each traveller in three days after completion of the health measures. For Diplomats and the Officials of International Organizations, all expenses shall be borne by the persons concerned.

 

More information about Cambodia travel restrictions at https://cutt.ly/OhBnQd1

 

Source

*Ministry of Tourism

**Vietnam Plus

 

 

PR China

Hotels & Restaurants: Most of the hotels and restaurants in Yunnan and Guangxi have reopened since the beginning of May, with safety measurements in place. *  Mandatory requirements to check temperatures and use health apps or scan QR codes to prove travel history are in place at transport hubs, hotels, commercial buildings including restaurants, residential compounds and other locations – such locations are also increasingly requiring use of ‘health kit code’ apps to demonstrate health condition and travel history.*** Travel during Chinese Spring Festival is not advised in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The authority said that non-essential travel should be avoided, especially to overseas destinations and to medium- and high-risk areas within China. ****

Airlines: Commercial flights are operating to and from China. International airlines may only maintain one route to China, operating one flight per week. As of December 24, Chinese government suspends all flights to and from the U.K. due to the new COVID-19 strain. ***

Immigration: From December 1, 2020, all persons (including Chinese nationals) traveling from abroad to destinations in Mainland China must have proof of dual negative results for COVID-19 using both a nucleic acid test and a serological test for IgM antibodies. Both tests must be performed no more than 48 hours prior to departure and results must be submitted for approval to a local Chinese embassy or consulate. Chinese nationals should upload results into their mobile Health QR Code app in order to obtain a “green” code containing an “HS” designation, which they must present to airline staff prior to boarding. ** All persons (including Chinese nationals) must undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated location upon arrival in Mainland China. This policy includes an option for persons entering via Shanghai to undergo a 7-day quarantine in a designated location followed by 7 days of self-isolation at home. **

 

Source

Ministry of Culture and Tourism, PR China

*Horwath HTL

**Trip.com

***Travelbans.org

****Thatsmag.com

 

Lao PDR

Hotels & Restaurants: As of October, 31rd 2020, reopening of hotels, resorts, guesthouses, restaurants, karaoke schools and government offices are permitted. * Laos has extended its Covid-19 prevention measures until 30 February

Airlines: Starting May 18th, domestic flights, interprovincial travel and transportation are permitted, but prevention measures and guidelines must be strictly followed. International scheduled flights are currently suspended. Laos and Vietnam resumed international commercial flights, with Vietnam Airlines operating the flights between Hanoi-Vientiane.**

Immigration: Closing international borders checkpoints for individuals, except for health emergency, experts, charter flights, and authorized transportation of goods; Suspension of the issuance of all types of visas, including visa-on-arrival, e-visa as well as a tourist visa, for all nationalities. Laos’ agreement for a fast-track immigration with China will begin on 1 Nov. Chinese nationals will need to test negative on arrival and to have been quarantined for 14 days in China prior to departure, as well as 48 hours on arrival in Laos.***

 

  • A 14-day quarantine for inbound/outbound travellers from risk countries, including experts, Lao migrant workers and Lao students returning home, is required. As of August 31st, any individual with essential and urgent need to entre Lao PDR for their work in any cases must get approval first from the Task Force Committee and must comply with the following procedures.
  • Every individual must have a negative COVID 19 test certificate using RT-PCR of no more than 12 hours before departure to Lao PDR.
  • After arrival, every individual must undergo COVID-19 test using RT-PCR and do a strict 14 days self-quarantine at a venue designated by the Task Force Committee only. Quarantine at other venues apart from the designated ones are not allowed and must strictly follow the preventive measures against COVID 19 infection.*

 

Source

*MICT

**The Laotian Times

***RFA.org

 

 

Myanmar

Hotels & Restaurants: A total of 970 hotels have reopened across Regions and States after getting health and safety inspection passes by the Ministry of Health and Sport. Yangon Region topped the list with 265 reopened hotels, followed by Shan State with 269 hotels as of January 5, 2021.* All the hotels in Mandalay Region are temporarily closed.

 

Airlines: The ban of international flights has been extended until the end of January. * According to a statement by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, domestic airlines in Myanmar have been resumed operations since December 16. **

 

Immigration: The Myanmar government has temporarily suspended the issuance of all types of visas to all foreign nationals as well as e-visa and visa-on-arrival programs.* No entry for foreign nationals through Myanmar land borders until January 31.* To prevent importation and spread of COVID-19, the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar has temporarily suspended entry of any foreign nationals through any border checkpoints between Myanmar and its neighboring countries. All diplomats accredited to Myanmar and United Nations official’s resident in Myanmar may obtain entry visas through respective Myanmar Mission abroad. The entry and exit of the local population on both sides of the border through the existing checkpoints concerned will not be restricted. They will be subject to health check and temperature screening at the entry of the border checkpoints.

 

Source

*Ministry of Hotels and Tourism

**The Myanmar Times

 

 

Thailand

The latest update regarding the status of interprovincial travel in Thailand under the current stricter COVID-19 controls nationwide. Currently, only essential travel is allowed to and from the 5 provinces declared as maximum controlled areas by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). People who want to travel to and from Samut Songkhram, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trat must receive approval from the local authorities. In addition, the Bangkok and provincial governors have also announced more measures to curb local transmission. For more information about the definition of different areas categorised by the CCSA as well as the stricter restrictions imposed by the Royal Thai Government specifically on the highly controlled areas, please visit https://www.tatnews.org/

 

Hotels & Restaurants: Most businesses in the country have allowed to resume their activities since 1 July 2020 while the government decided to extend the Emergency Decree until 28 Februray 2021. *

Airlines: The ban on international commercial flights will remain in force indefinitely while the Covid-19 pandemic situation remains critical in many countries. ** For domestic air travel, most airlines are operating as usual with the exception of some reduced frequencies and suspension of service but are offering flexible rescheduling options. Meanwhile, U-Tapao International Airport suspends flights until 31 January 2021. *

Immigration: Royal Thai Government is now allowing long-stay visitors from around the world to apply for the ‘Special Tourist Visa’ (STV), previously available only to travellers from countries considered low- to medium-risk for the COVID-19 pandemic. This latest announcement covers long-stay visitors to Thailand of all types – from tourists to business travellers, investors and others, as well as travellers and crews of foreign yachts. To qualify for the STV, visitors must comply with Thailand’s COVID-19 control and preventive measures. This includes undergoing a 14-day quarantine upon arrival, having proof of their long-term accommodation or residence in the kingdom – such as a hotel reservation, rental contract or evidence of condominium ownership, holding the required medical and travel insurance, and a valid Fit To Fly medical certificate. For applicants to enquire at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate-General in their home country before making any bookings. This is because application for the STV is to be made only in the traveller’s country of origin at a Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate-General. *

 

Source

*TAT News

**Bangkok Post

 

 

Viet Nam

Hotels & Restaurants: All tourist destinations, festivals and religious events, sports events, large gatherings, and non-essential businesses such as karaoke bars, clubs and massage parlours operate in new normal situation. Foreigners and residents in Ho Chi Minh City and Ha Noi are required to wear masks in public and may be fined for failure to comply. *

Airlines: Vietnamese carriers have almost completely recovered their domestic flights. As of December 1, Vietnam has temporarily suspended all inbound commercial flights, except for repatriation flights carrying Vietnamese nationals’ home. * Vietnam Airlines has requested passengers on domestic flights to fill in compulsory health declaration within 24 hours before departure. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has instructed the Ministry of Transport the Ministry should consider resuming international scheduled flights after Lunar New Year with the aim to serving basic and compulsory travel needs by citizens**

Immigration: Vietnam has been not allowing entry or issuing visas to foreign nationals for purpose of tourism visit since March 22. Vietnam has officially suspended all visa exemptions. At this time the country is offering entry to diplomats, experts, investors and their respective family members, and the Vietnamese returning home. The Vietnamese as well as foreigners entering the country must comply with specific health and quaratine regulations. Foreigners in the country must fill out medical declarations online.

 

Source

*Vietnam National Administration of Tourism

** http://baochinhphu.vn/

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