The 12th info-graph of the COVID-19 Travel Situation in the Mekong Region as of March 1, 2021 [Text]

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­Cambodia

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 2021. 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. Currently, all types of licensed tourism businesses have been exempted from the renewed license fees for one year in 2021. Moreover, the Royal Government of Cambodia continues to provide 40 US Dollars per month to the employees who are working for Hotels, Restaurants, and Travel Agents from Jan-Mar 2021. *

 

Covid-19 and Vaccine Status:  As the 1st place in Asia  and the 3rd place among the 166 countries across the world in terms of the Kingdom’s effective measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to handle pandemic’s fallouts, many domestic tourists travelling a lot of tourism attractive places during the holiday throughout the country.  In term of the Covid-19 Vaccine, Cambodia is one of the developing countries receiving the first 600,000 doses of   Sinopharm Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine donated by China.to vaccinate the leaders of the Ministries, together with the Government Officials who are working as the Health Workers and the military. The vaccine injections have been operating at three main hospitals in Phnom Penh city.  

 

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. In addition, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville airports have received the Airport Council International (ACI) under its Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) programme. The audits took place in November and focused on the health and hygiene measures put in place in the three airports in the context of Covid-19 as quoted from Cambodia Airport. **

 

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

**Cambodia Airport

 

 

PR China

Hotels & Restaurants: Most of the hotels and restaurants in Yunnan and Guangxi have reopened since the beginning of May 2021, 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.***

 

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, the Chinese authorities have suspended all direct flights from the UK. This measure will be subject to review but no date has been announced. ***

 

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. Many provincial authorities in China have implemented additional policies and restrictions on both Chinese and foreign nationals. ** Guangxi 15-day visa-free entry for foreign tour groups from ASEAN countries is temporarily suspended. ** The government has further increased restrictions on travel and requires negative Covid tests for those traveling from risk areas domestically. ****

 

Source

Ministry of Culture and Tourism, PR China

*Horwath HTL

**Trip.com

***Travelbans.org

****Go Kunming.com

 

Lao PDR

Hotels & Restaurants: As of October 31, 2020, reopening of hotels, resorts, guesthouses, restaurants, karaoke schools and government offices are permitted. * Laos has extended its Covid-19 prevention measures until further notice and now requires travelers entering the country to purchase Covid insurance as well as wearing a health tracking device. ***

 

Airlines: Starting May 18, 2020, domestic flights, interprovincial travel and transportation are permitted, but prevention measures and guidelines must be strictly followed. International scheduled flights are currently suspended.

 

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

**RFA.org

***The Laotian Times

 

 

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 272 reopened hotels, followed by Shan State with 274 hotels. * All the hotels in Mandalay Region are temporarily closed.

 

Airlines: Suspension of international flights has been extended till 31 March 2021. * According to a statement by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, domestic airlines in Myanmar has resumed since 15 December 2020 and now in service with full compliance with public health’s recommended practices from authorities. **

 

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 until 31 March 2021.* 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 officials 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

Hotels & Restaurants: The government approved to extend the Emergency Decree until 31 March 2021. **** As of 22 February 2021, the government has adjusted the classification of formerly five areas to currently four areas in line with the improvement in the COVID-19 situation in the country. The surveillance (green) areas now increase from 35 to 54 provinces, the high surveillance (yellow) areas decrease from 17 to 14 provinces, and the controlled (orange) areas down from 20 to eight provinces, while Samut Sakhon remains the maximum controlled (dark red) area. The controlled areas reopen with strict disease control measures allowed for Entertainment venues of all types including pubs, bars and karaoke shops, but dining-in and the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks must stop at 23.00 Hrs. Music performances are allowed, but dancing is prohibited. Restaurants and eateries, but sales and consumption of alcoholic beverages must end at 23.00 Hrs.  Shopping malls, department stores, community malls, supermarkets and convenience marts can resume normal operating hours, but crowd activities are prohibited. *

 

Airlines: Commercial flights are operating on a semi-regular basis and the Thai government is organizing special repatriation flights for Thai nationals at regular intervals. ** Most of the domestic air traffic has resumed their operations from July 1st, 2020 onwards. Transit flights are now being allowed through Suvarnabhumi airport, but travelers would be confined to a specific area at the airport terminal. Transit passengers would not have to go through COVID-19 screening. They would be required to wear face masks, sanitize their hands and observe social distancing, while their stay at the airport would be limited at 12 hours. ***

 

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 and a COVID-19 test result. 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.

 

-The Ministry of Public Health’s Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) for COVID-19 announced a list of government-approved golf resorts to allow foreign golfers with advance arrangements for golfing in Thailand an opportunity to undergo a golf quarantine as an alternative local state quarantine option. However, golfers still need to have all of their advance arrangements in good order for arrival and entry, including a visa, which can include a Single-Entry Tourist Visa (TR) or a Special Tourist Visa (STV); medical and travel insurance; and a Certificate of Entry. *

 

– The Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced the first group of 70 foreign tourists to have ‘villa quarantine’ at Sri Panwa Hotel in Phuket, Thailand. For the first five days of their 14-day quarantine, the visitors will stay in their rooms. After that, they can leave their rooms and make use of the facilities within the grounds of the hotel. ****

 

For more information about the current COVID-19 control measures, please visit: https://www.tatnews.org/

 

Source

 

*TAT News

**Trip.com

***NBT World

****Bangkokpost

 

 

Viet Nam

Hotels & Restaurants: Large gatherings and events including festivals, bars, karaoke parlours and clubs are still suspended in Hanoi Capital, Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Duong Province until further notice. Street food stalls and cafes in Hanoi are temporarily closed, and all in-house restaurants must observe social distancing measures. Social distancing measures in the whole Quang Ninh and Hai Duong provinces has been being removed since February 22 and March 3, 2021 respectively. Mask wearing in public areas is compulsory nation-widely. *

 

Airlines: As of December 1, Vietnam has temporarily suspended all inbound commercial flights until further notice, except for repatriation flights carrying Vietnamese nationals’ home. All domestic air passengers are requested to make health declaration before 12-hour departure. Van Don international airport was unblocked on February 22, 2021, for operation. HCMC will quarantine randomly COVID-19 10-20% of arrivals at the airport and at crowded areas like a beer restaurant. Travellers from  Hai Duong and Quang Ninh provinces will be allowed to take 14-day quarantine at home instead of concentrated isolation areas. *

 

Immigration: Vietnam has been not allowing entry or issuing visas to foreign nationals for purpose of tourism visit since March 22, 2020. 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. Anyone entering Vietnam will need to undergo medical checks upon arrival and 14-day quarantine. 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 until Mar. 31, 2021. *

 

Source

*Vietnam National Administration of Tourism

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