Asia is open! Where can I travel?

Here is an overview of the destinations you can visit now! Asia travel made easy!

 

ASIA IS OPEN CHART V.2 (1)

This page will be updated with new information and announcements as necessary.

If you have any questions or require more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at  sales@diethelmtravel.com.

Travel Traffic Light

Access our “Travel Traffic Light” anytime online which is an at-a-glance listing of international border updates, visa and travel regulations, and country operations:

Bhutan

June 9, 2020 , 10:00 am 

Travel restrictions in Bhutan

From the Tourism Council of Bhutan, the tourist ban implemented on 6 March 2020 will continue until further notice. The restriction applies to all tourists regardless of nationality.

Travelers who were planning to visit Bhutan in March must postpone their trip until later this year.

Email bhutan@diethelmtravel.bt for more information or help adjusting bookings.

 

Cambodia

17 March 2022,  09:00 a.m.

Travel restrictions in Cambodia

Cambodia is fully open for quarantine free travel with entry by land, sea and air for all vaccinated people. Visa on arrival is available.

 

For all travelers the below requirements and regulations are in place:

  • It is possible to obtain a visa on arrival at the airport. On the following link you can also apply for an e-visa before arrival: https://www.evisa.gov.kh/
  • No PCR or rapid test is necessary upon arrival in Cambodia
  • You will need to provide proof of vaccination 

 

Life in Cambodia is back to what we can consider the new normal. Mask are no longer required in open spaces but might be required in super markets and malls. No masks are required in bars and restaurants.  

We recommend travel insurance but it is not required.

Cambodia is back to normal with the only exception being proof of vaccination.

Email reservations@kh.diethelmtravel.com for more information or help adjusting bookings.

 

China

25 May 2020 , 10:00 a.m.

Situation updates in China

Things are beginning to open up and return to normal across the country. Many open spaces, natural sights, public cultural sites and low-risk areas nationwide have reopened. Some museums, such as the Shanghai Natural History Museum, have reopened with new virus protection procedures. Hotels and restaurants are also gradually opening up, while many provinces are planning to open schools beginning as early as the end of March.

Starting 15 March, travel agencies have been allowed to organize trips for local tourists within their province.

Any travelers entering China from COVID-19 areas need to self-quarantine at home or in a designated place for 14 days.

While in public, all people must wear a face mask and access to public places requires disinfection and registration.

China has decided to temporarily close the borders for foreigners with a valid visa or residence permit from 28 March. Entry with diplomatic passports, official, honorary or C visas is still possible. Foreigners wishing to enter China for economic, scientific, technological and humanitarian purposes should still apply for visas at Chinese embassies and consulates.

Email reservation@cn.diethelmtravel.com for more information or help adjusting bookings.

 

Hong Kong

01 Sep 2021  , 4:00 p.m.

Immigration 

Currently opened only to Hong Kong residence and certain category of visitors from Mainland China, Taiwan and Macao SAR (subject to quarantine) For reference please refer to the following links for updated status:

https://www.hongkongairport.com/en/COVID19.page 

https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_US/covid-19/hong-kong-travel-restrictions.html

Quarantine measures 

For reference please refer to the following links for updated status:

https://www.hongkongairport.com/en/COVID19.page

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html

 

Laos

January 2022 , 09:00 a.m. 

Visitors can enter Laos via Vientiane (overland from Thailand or flight) on a pre booked tour, stay overnight in a hotel in Vientiane and accommodation that is LaoSafe. 

Travelers will require a Laos VISA, certificate of entry, a vaccination certificate dated at least 14 days prior to entry, a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 done 72 hours or less before departure and insurance covering $50,0000.

 

Malaysian

11 November 2021, 12:47 p.m.

 

MALAYSIA’S NATIONAL RECOVERY PLAN (NRP) AND PHASE UPDATES.

As of 08 November, there are NO STATES listed under Phase 1 & 2, and only Kelantan & Sarawak listed in Phase 3 while Sabah, Perlis, Perak, Pulau Pinang, Kedah, Pahang, Terengganu, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor, Melaka & Negeri Sembilan are under Phase 4 of the Malaysia National Recovery Plan (NRP).

Fully Vaccinated Definition

Under the National Recovery Plan SOP, an individual is only considered fully-vaccinated if they meet these requirements:

  • For vaccines that require two doses (like the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines), the individual must  exceed 14 days  after receiving  the second dose.
  • For vaccines that require only one dose (like the Johnson & Johnson and CanSino vaccines), the individual must  exceed 28 days  after receiving  the second dose.

For individuals who cannot be vaccinated on medical reasons, they must produce a medical report that has been verified by a registered medical practitioner.

Overseas Travelers in Phase 4 Areas

Malaysian citizens or foreigners who have homes in Malaysia (including PR and Malaysia My Second Home participants) arriving from overseas, are ALLOWED to undergo mandatory quarantine at home if they are fully vaccinated, on accepting a digital Home Surveillance Order (HSO) subject to these conditions:
– Show proof of a valid negative RT-PCR test taken within 3 days prior to departure
– Have a valid and complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate (depending on the type of vaccine).
– Have no symptoms during the health screening conducted at the International entry point.
– Have suitable accommodations to undergo quarantine

Individuals who arrive from overseas and are not fully vaccinated, or have not been vaccinated, must undergo mandatory quarantine in a KKM-approved quarantine centre.

The mandatory quarantine for overseas travelers is 7 days at home (if appropriate) or quarantine station for fully-vaccinated individuals, and 10 days in a quarantine station for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated.

Travelers must conduct a self-assessment using the Home Assessment Tool (HAT) in the MySejahtera app, every day until the end of the quarantine period (7 or 10 days after arrival).

Travelers must undergo a COVID-19 RT-PCR screening test on arrival.

Monitoring for Close Contacts

07 days’ home quarantine for fully-vaccinated individuals.

10 days’ home quarantine for individuals who are not fully-vaccinated. 

Travel Restrictions in Phase 4 Areas

As of 11 October 2021;

  • Interstate travel is only ALLOWED for FULLY-VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS, by showing their digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate or card.
  • Fully-vaccinated individuals are allowed to bring children 18 years and younger, subject to general health protocols.
  • Interstate travel is FORBIDDEN in Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO / PKPD) areas.
  • Interstate travel by workers are subject to worker’s pass or employer’s confirmation letter.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated may travel for funerals and emergencies, after getting permission from the police.
  • All vehicles, whether driven by individuals, for transportation of goods or public transport, are allowed to travel at full capacity.
  • Airports, ports and logistics sector are  ALLOWED to operate  24 hours .

General Health Protocol in Phase 4 Areas

  • License holders and premise owners must provide MySejahtera QR code and a manual logbook to register customers.
  • Hand sanitiser must be provided at the entrance, and customers must use it before entering.
  • The use of MySejahtera is mandatory is areas with good Internet connectivity. The use of logbook is only allowed in areas with no Internet connectivity, or other reasonable excuse.
  • License holders and premise owners must ensure that customers and workers check in using MySejahtera. or the manual logbook if there’s no Internet connectivity.
  • Employers, employees, customers and visitors are required to check in using MySejahtera or write their names and phone numbers legibly in the logbook (if there is no Internet connectivity).
  • In shopping malls, customers only need to scan their body temperatures ONCE at the mall entry point. It is not necessary to scan their body temperature at every premise in the mall.
  • Those with body temperatures exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius are NOT ALLOWED to enter.
  • Malls and premise owners must ensure that only customers with Low Risk or Casual Contact Low Risk in MySejahtera are allowed to enter.
  • License holders and premise owners must ensure that customers must maintain physical distance of at least 1 meter entering or leaving their premises.
  • Individuals 18 years and below are not encouraged to be in public places and facilities.
  • Premise owners and business license holders must restrict the number of customers within their premises to ensure at least 1 meter physical distancing.
  • Every premise must publicly display the limit of customers allowed inside at any one time. The use of a numbered queue system is encouraged to control the number of customers.
  • All building owners must provide QR Codes for each floor / level.
  • It is MANDATORY for employees, suppliers and customers to properly wear face masks while within the premise.
  • There must be good VENTILATION at the premise according to ventilation and indoor air quality guidelines issued by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (JKKP).
  • It is MANDATORY to wear a face mask, especially in crowded public areas, EXCEPT in these places or situations:
    a) hotel room or paid accommodation, alone or with your own family
    b) Personal working space
    c) Sporting activities and outdoor recreation
    d) Personal vehicle, alone or with your own family
    e) Indoor or outdoor public areas, when there are no other individuals
    f) While eating or drinking in public areas, when there are no other individuals (except in restaurants or other food & beverage premises)

For more updates on NRP and phase status, please visit; https://www.malaysia.gov.my/portal/content/31194

Email  inbound@my.diethelmtravel.com  for more information or help adjusting bookings.

 

 

Maldives

2 May 2021  , 10:00 a.m. 

Travel requirement updates

Please know that amid the increasing infection rates from around the world the Maldives has reversed its recent policy and now state that all arriving tourists and permit holders are required to present a negative PCR test where samples were taken no later than 96 hours from arrival. 

 

The announcement was made by the Health Protection Authority and will be in effect from 3 May 2021 onwards.

 

The rule shall be strictly enforced and also applies to those who have completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.

 

The order is to be kept in place until further notice by the health authorities in the nation.

 

Additional to the above also know that restrictions have been imposed that Indian Nationals will not be allowed to stay in guest houses or any locally inhabited islands until further notice. The official communique’s for the latest information could be found at https://www.tourism.gov.mv/en/circulars

As the situation continues to evolve and change, we shall continue to monitor and update you accordingly.

 

Email carmen.k@mv.diethelmtravel.com for more information or help adjusting bookings.

 

Myanmar

 4 May 2022 , 11:00 a.m. 

Myanmar’s borders have been closed  since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic  in March 2020 and issuing of Myanmar E-Visas, Visas on arrival, and visa exemptions has also been suspended.

On 1st April 2022, the online E-visa system reopens for Business visa application  only in accordance with the covid-19 rules and regulations of the Ministry of Health.

International flights are resumed as of 17 April 2022 . However, e-Visa for (Tourist visa) is still under temporary suspension.

Myanmar COVID-19 Requirements: 

All international visitors will need to meet the latest COVID-19 entry requirements.

Full vaccination is required to travel to Myanmar

All foreign arrivals must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter Myanmar.

Passengers must have a printed COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing full vaccination at least 14 days before arrival.

Passengers under the age of 6 traveling with fully vaccinated parents of guardians do not need a vaccination certificate.

Starting from 01 May 2022, travelers who arrived by regular commercial flights will no longer need to stay at quarantine hotel for 24 hours for a test with the RT-PCR method . Instead, the RDT test immediately available in a short period and at a low cost will be conducted at Yangon International Airport.

Email leisure@mm.diethelmtravel.com for more information.

 

Philippines

30 March 2022, 12:30 p.m.

Starting April 1, there will be no limit to the number of international passengers arriving in all ports of entry in the country. Philippine embassies and consulates will likewise resume visa issuances from the same date.
Furthermore, in place of the initial requirement of an RT-PCR test taken 48-hours prior to departure from point of origin, as an alternate option Philippines is now allowing submission of a negative laboratory—based antigen test taken within 24 hours from departure. The updated resolutions also allows the entry of passport holders from Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR for a period not exceeding 14 days. And approves the reciprocal recognition of Covid-19 vaccination certificates from Croatia, Cyprus, and Nepal which are among of the 157 countries whose citizens can enter the Philippines without a visa under EO 408. 

Updated Guidelines for Tourists Arriving to the Philippines

As the country gears up to its scheduled re-opening to foreign tourist on February 10, 2022, here are important updates you need to know before travelling:

A. Foreign Nationals Entering the Philippines Visa-Free

  1. Foreign nationals traveling to the Philippines for business and tourism purposes may enter the Philippines without visas, provided they:
  • Qualify as former Filipino citizens with Balikbayan privilege under Republic Act No. 9174, including their spouse and/or children who are not Balikbayans in their own right and are traveling with them to the Philippines; provided they are not restricted nationals; OR
  • Are a citizen/national of the following countries entitled to a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days: click here to view the list.  
  • Are fully vaccinated, as defined in Section A(2) below, except only for minor children below twelve (12) years of age traveling with their fully-vaccinated foreign parent/s;
  • Carry/possess an acceptable proof of vaccination, as set out in Section A(3) below;
  • Present a negative RT-PCR test taken within forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that, he/she has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over;
  • Have valid tickets for their return journey to the port of origin or next port of destination not later than thirty (30) days from date of arrival in the Philippines;
  • Have passports valid for a period of at least six (6) months at the time of their arrival in the Philippines; AND
  • Obtain, prior to arrival, a travel insurance for COVID-19 treatment costs from reputed insurers, with a minimum coverage of USD 35,000.00 for the duration of their stay in the Philippines.  

 

2. A foreign national shall be deemed fully vaccinated only if he/she is fully compliant with the following requirements:

  • Received the second (2nd) dose in a 2-dose series or a single dose vaccine more than fourteen (14) days prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/port of embarkation.
  • The vaccine is included in any of the following:
    • Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration; OR
    • Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization. Click here for the list  

3. The following shall be the only acceptable proofs of vaccination, which shall be presented prior to departing/boarding from the country

of origin/port of embarkation and upon arrival in the country:

  • World Health Organization International Certificate of Vaccination and Prophylaxis; OR
  • VaxCertPH; OR
  • National or state digital certificate of the country/foreign government which has accepted VaxCertPH under a reciprocal arrangement; click here for list OR
  • Other proofs of vaccination permitted by the IATF.

4. Visa-free foreign nationals who fail to fully comply with the conditions and requirements set forth in Section A(1) to (3) above shall be denied admission into the country and shall be subject to the appropriate exclusion proceedings.

5. Once admitted into the country, they are no longer required to observe facility-based quarantine but shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom for seven (7) days with the first day being the date of arrival. However, they are required to report to the local government unit (LGU) of their destination should they manifest any symptoms.

B. Foreign Children Traveling with Filipino Nationals

  1. A foreign child or children below twelve (12) years of age who are not vaccinated for any reason whatsoever and traveling with their Filipino parent, shall follow the entry, testing, and quarantine protocols of their Filipino parent traveling with them.
  2. A foreign child or children from ages twelve (12) to seventeen (17) years of age traveling with their Filipino parent, shall follow the protocol based on their vaccination status (ie, vaccinated or unvaccinated). In case of such unvaccinated minor children, either foreign or Filipino parents should accompany such child or children during their facility-based quarantine.

C. Foreign Nationals Entering Through 9(a) Visa

  1. Foreign nationals not covered or qualified under Section A(1)(a) or Section A(1)(b) above, or foreign nationals from visa-required countries or restricted foreign nationals, may enter the Philippines through an entry exemption document (EED). ) issued under existing IATF rules and regulations, provided:
  • They are fully vaccinated, as defined in Section A(2) above, except only for minor children below twelve (12) years of age traveling with their fully-vaccinated parent/s;
  • They carry/possess an acceptable proof of vaccination, as set out in Section A(3) above; AND
  • They present a negative RT-PCR test taken within forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date and time of departure from the country of origin/first port of embarkation in a continuous travel to the Philippines, excluding lay-overs; provided, that, he/she has not left the airport premises or has not been admitted into another country during such lay-over.
  • Once admitted into the country, they are no longer required to observe facility-based quarantine but shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom for seven (7) days with the first day being the date of arrival. However, they are required to report to the local government unit (LGU) of their destination should they manifest any symptoms.
  • Foreign nationals who are found not compliant with the condition set forth in Section A(3) above shall be required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth (5th) day. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their fourteenth (14th) day, with the date of arrival being their first day.

D. Foreign Nationals with Other Types of Visas

  1. Foreign nationals with valid and existing visas other than 9(a) visas may be allowed entry into the Philippines provided they are fully vaccinated as defined in Section A(2) and are able to present proofs of vaccination as set out in Section A(3). ), and shall no longer required to observe facility-based quarantine but shall self-monitor for any sign or symptom for seven (7) days with the first day being the date of arrival. However, they are required to report to the local government unit (LGU) of their destination should they manifest any symptoms.
  2. Foreign nationals covered by this Section D who shall not be fully vaccinated as defined in Section A(2) above shall be denied admission into the country and shall be subject to the appropriate exclusion proceedings.
  3. Foreign nationals covered by this Section D who fail to fully comply with the conditions and requisites set forth in Section A(3) above shall be required to undergo facility-based quarantine until the release of their negative RT-PCR test taken on the fifth (5th) day. After which, they shall be required to undergo home quarantine until their fourteenth (14th) day, with the date of arrival being their first day.

For list of reopened destinations and entry requirements click this link. We will continue to communicate with you any relevant updates on the Philippines’ reopening and travel news. You may also check Philippines Official site for travel updates through https://philippines.travel/safetrip

Email sales@ph.diethelmtravel.com for more information.

 

Singapore

3 November 2021  , 14:00 hours 

In the latest announcement made on 23rd October 2021, Singapore will be preparing for safe resumption of activities by building strong foundation in the stabilisation phase.

First, we will consolidate our capabilities in safeguarding the health of anyone who might become infected in Singapore. This entails ensuring that everyone is familiar and comfortable with being places on Home Recovery Programme (HRP), and ensuring that our onboarding and medical support for those who enter HRP are primed optimally. This also entails beefing up hospital capacity, including augmenting intensive care unit (ICU) beds and expanding healthcare manpower to care for those need more medical attention. Private hospitals have also been prepared to help ease the patient load on public hospitals and ensure timely delivery of care to all patients, COVID-19 and non-COVID.

Second, we will expand the Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS) by requiring all onsite workers to be fully vaccinated, or minimally to be tested regularly.

Third, Singapore has introduced the Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) to allow fully vaccinated travellers to enter Singapore without the need for quarantine. This scheme has been extended to 10 countries such as Brunei, Germany, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and United States. From 08 November 2021, Australia and Switzerland will be added to the list and South Korea on 15 November 2021.

  • All VTL travellers must take two COVID-19 PCR tests:
  • A pre-departure test within 48 hours before departing to Singapore and obtain a negative test result; and
  • An on-arrival test at Changi Airport and remain self-isolated until their test result is confirmed to be negative. Children aged 2 years and below in the calendar year are not required to undergo these tests.
  • Travellers must have been fully vaccinated and present their proof of vaccination issued in any VTL country or Singapore, regardless of which VTL country the traveller departs from.
  • Travellers who are travelling to Singapore under the VTL must travel into Singapore on designated VTL flights. They may transit via another VTL country to take a designated VTL flight into Singapore.

 

For more information on travel to Singapore, please visit this website: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/

 Email: enquiry@sg.diethelmtravel.com  for more information or help in adjusting bookings. 

Until our next update, please take care and stay safe!

 

Sri Lanka

28 February 2022 , 11:00 hours 

We are pleased to state that the Ministry of Health in Sri Lanka has further relaxed travel protocols to Sri Lanka. Kindly note below latest amendments in Green. Fully Vaccinated Travellers no longer require a COVID-19 test prior to entering the country. These changes will come into effect from 01st March 2022.

  • Unvaccinated/ Partially-Vaccinated Travellers (12 years and above) to carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test report (done within 72 hours prior to embarkation) OR Rapid Antigen Test report (done within 48 hours prior to embarkation), Self Swabs are disallowed.
  • All vaccinated travellers must carry valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination (in English) throughout their travel.
  • Click here to pay for mandatory COVID-19 insurance at USD 12 for a policy of USD 75,000 for all travellers including children.
  • Each traveller to fill the online Health Declaration Form here prior to boarding the flight. Upload documents (vaccination record (if applicable), predeparture COVID-19 negative test report (if applicable), data page of the passport etc.) and obtain the QR code. Ensure to carry this code on mobile or a hardcopy.
  • Definition of a Fully Vaccinated Traveller (applicable to Sri Lanka) – As different countries have different phases of vaccination, for inbound travellers, if the “recommended doses” of the COVID-19 vaccination are complete and they depart from abroad two weeks after completion of vaccination, they will be considered as “Fully Vaccinated”.
  • Recommended doses to be considered as a Fully Vaccinated Traveller – If the traveller is vaccinated with a 2-dose vaccine, or a recommended combination of them, traveller must have had both doses to be considered as fully vaccinated for travel to Sri Lanka. If the traveller had an approved one dose vaccine (e.g. Janssen vaccine), traveller is considered as ‘Fully Vaccinated”.

Procedure after formalities at the Airport

Vaccinated (departed 14 days after complete vaccination)

**No Covid-19 tests (PCR or RAT) required to be done BEFORE travelling to Sri Lanka.

  1. Free to travel to the community WITHOUT any other tests or quarantine stays.
  2. Children (18 years and below) if departed 14 days after obtaining at least a single dose of a recognised Vaccine, will be considered ‘Fully Vaccinated’.

Unvaccinated Children of Vaccinated Parents

  1. Up to 12 Years: No tests are needed.
  2. 12 – 18 Years: Day 1 PCR to be done at a Lab in Katunayake or Level 1 Safe & Secure Hotel before being allowed to go to the community. If test report is positive (with a CT value > 30), they will be free to travel.

Unvaccinated/ Partially Vaccinated

  1. On-Arrival PCR Test and undergo a 7-day bio-bubble travel in Level 1 Safe & Secure Hotels.
  2. Exit PCR Test/ RAT by Day 7 and be released to the community.
  3. Travellers who wish to leave to other foreign countries during the bio-bubble period can do so after getting a negative PCR test report.

Unvaccinated Children of Unvaccinated/ Partially Vaccinated Parents

  1. Up to 12 Years: No tests are needed
  2. 12-18 Years: Protocol same as ‘Unvaccinated/ Partially Vaccinated’ Parents.

Pre-infected travellers (within 7 days to 6 months prior to arrival) and arriving with a single dose of vaccine taken 2 weeks after recovery.

  1. If arriving 14 days post-vaccination, the above protocol for ‘vaccinated’ will apply (Exempted from Pre-departure COVID-19 test).
  2. If not fully vaccinated, should arrive after obtaining a single dose of a recognised vaccine.
  3. Should carry a diagnosis card, previous positive PCR test report, positive RAT, verified proof of past illness in English.
  4. If 14 days have not passed post-vaccination, protocols under ‘partially vaccinated’ will apply.
  5. Unvaccinated children up to 18 years will be free to move to the community with their parents.

*Pre-infected travellers (more than 6 months from infection before arrival and arriving after two weeks from vaccination) with a single dose of a two dose vaccine should carry a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test report.

*For travellers departed within less than two weeks after completion of recommended doses of vaccination, protocols under ‘unvaccinated/ partially vaccinated’ will be applied until they complete Day 14 post-vaccination.

This will be revised depending on the COVID-19 situation in the country and globally.

Should you require further clarification, please get in touch with your Account Manager.
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(source: https://srilanka.travel/helloagain/documents/Health_Protocols_for_Arrival__to_Sri_Lanka.pdf ).

Before applying for visa ensure you have the following.

  1. Obtaining a COVID-19 local travel insurance cover for USD 12 for a policy of USD 75,000 for a period of one month is mandatory.
  • Pay for PCR tests if applicable (USD 40 per PCR test) depending on the number of days of stay.

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Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) together with the Ministry of Health has laid out safety protocols and for your ease of understanding of all this information, the Tourism officials have segregated these under multiple headings under ‘things you need to know’, prior to making plans to visit Sri Lanka.

The headings containing hyperlinks on the website https://www.srilanka.travel/helloagain/ will easily direct you to the documents comprising important information (note: this information gets updated frequently).

Sri Lanka reopened its airports (Bandaranaike International Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport) for international travelers from January 21, 2021.

Sri Lanka received the Safe Travel Stamp from World Travel and Tourism Council, reflective of the sound protocol implemented by Sri Lanka Tourism. One such protocol was awarding the ‘Safe and Secure Certification’ for Tourism service providers, which Diethelm Travel Sri Lanka was able to obtain, after completing a thorough assessment of the safety initiatives established by us, as a responsible DMC.

Email sales@lk.diethelmtravel.com  for more information or help adjusting bookings.

 

Thailand

01 February 2022 , 18:00 hours 

 

UPDATE: Thailand is easing up entry regulations from February 1, 2022 

Thailand authorities have officially confirmed the following specially-designed entry schemes starting from February 1, 2022: 
 
TEST & GO scheme welcomes fully vaccinated visitors travelling from any country around the world to enter Thailand. Travellers are required to spend their first and fifth night at a SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) accommodation, while waiting for their COVID-19 test result (booked and prepaid 2 RT-PCR tests are required). After receiving a negative COVID-19 test, travellers are then free to travel anywhere in Thailand. More information can be found here
 
The Blue Zone Sandbox continues to be available and is now expanded to Chonburi and Trat. Guests must travel to one of the Sandbox Destinations (collectively called the Blue Zone) and spend 7 days there before leaving to other parts of Thailand. More information can be found here
 
Happy Quarantine welcomes everyone around the world who is unvaccinated/partially vaccinated and do not fit into the Test & Go and Living in the Blue Zone to undergo the quarantine measures set by the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
 
Thailand also launched a new tourism portal to make visiting the Land of Smiles easier. Here’s a link where you may check all the latest information. For more information or any questions, please contact Victor Mogilev, our Group Director of Sales, at  victor.m@diethelmtravel.com  or Miguel Mendez Reus, our General Manager of Diethelm Travel Thailand, at miguel.reus@th.diethelmtravel.com

Vietnam

16 March, 17:00 hours

VIETNAM TO WELCOME INTERNATIONAL TOURISTS FROM MARCH 15, 2022
 As scheduled Vietnam fully reopened to international tourist last Tuesday, 15 March 2022. In order to reopen tourism safely and efficiently the following guidelines was released by the Government and the Prime Minister:

 

Entry Protocols

  • Travellers who wish to visit the country will only need to present a negative Covid-19 test certificate using RT-PCR/RT-LAMP method done within 72 hours before departure from country of origin or a RAT (Rapid Antigen Test) done within 24 hours from departure
  • Travellers who are unable to take the test before arrival is required to undergo testing at the border gate before entry using the same above-mentioned method
    • At the border gate, if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (a fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficult breathing, muscle or body aches – fatigue – chills, new loss of taste or smell, etc.), be sure to immediately notify the health authority at the border gate to take medical measures as prescribed.
  • If test result is negative travelers are allowed to leave their accommodation and proceed with their travel plans
  • If test result returns positive, travelers are required to undergo quarantine and follow the regulations of the health authority
  • Children under 2 years old are exempted from the mandatory testing
  • Travellers are required to install and use Vietnam’s health declaration application (PC-COVID) before entry
  • Travellers must have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment with a minimum liability of USD10,000
  • During the 10 days from date of entry, travelers are requested to continue to self-monitor and follow minimum health standards (wear medical face mask and disinfect hands regularly). Travelers who are experiencing signs and symptoms of Covid-19 must notify the nearest medical facility
 
For more information or any questions, please contact our Managing Director for Vietnam – Mr. Jeff Redl at jeff.r@vn.diethelmtravel.com or sales@vn.diethelmtravel.com

FAQs

Q: What is Diethelm Travel’s refund policy regarding booking changes or cancellations due to COVID-19?

A: We understand that traveling during this time is unpredictable and want to give you and your clients peace of mind when planning future journeys.

 

Book any Diethelm Travel product now until the end of October 2021 with the option to cancel for a full refund – no questions asked – for travel through 31 December 2021.

 

  • Cancel up to 15 days prior to travel – FREE
  • Cancel 14 or less prior to travel – regular charges are applied

 

Note: Some flights and select hotels / products with limited capacity may be exempt as well as travel during peak periods.

 

Q: Who can I contact at Diethelm Travel for more information regarding travel updates, booking changes or new developments? 

A: If you’re already in contact with one of our country-specific sales representatives, please feel free to reach out to them directly.

For all other questions, general inquiries or questions about our new booking and cancellation policy, please contact sales@diethelmtravel.com .

 

Q: What health and safety precautions are Diethelm Travel taking?

A: The safety of our guests and employees across Asia is always our number one priority. In addition to our already stringent health and safety procedures, our enhanced health & hygiene protocols can be found HERE .

 

Q: What should travelers do to protect themselves while traveling?

A: At this time, we recommend that travelers take general, common-sense precautions to minimize their risk. (They are smart practices any time when traveling!)

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Avoid touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Use your elbow or a tissue to cover your cough or sneeze. Immediately throw the tissue away and wash hands.
  • Wear a face mask if you feel unwell or have a cough. (In Asia, wearing a face mask is in public is common but not necessary if you are healthy, according to WHO.)
  • Clean and disinfect with an alcohol-based disinfectant frequently touched objects and surfaces such as phones, computers or armrests.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you start to feel unwell, seek medical assistance, stay away from public areas and do not travel.

 

Q: Where can I find trusted information regarding COVID-19?

A: We recommend the following international organizations:

 

Q: Where can I find more country-specific information regarding travel restrictions, country policies or on-the-ground updates?

A: Information, policies and procedures are changing daily. It is best to regularly check countries’ official government websites and tourism board websites for the latest information. We will also be emailing relevant important information and updating this page as necessary.