Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian countries has taken the cautious approach to inbound travel and has had some of the strictest border restrictions and closures. At the moment, the nations of the region are in the beginning stages of reopening their borders for tourism, with every country introducing its own regulations.

The “unlocking” statuses vary widely. Travelers entering Asian countries may be required to do everything from going into quarantine, submitting negative COVID-19 test results, presenting proof of health insurance, and proof of vaccination (known a vaccine passports).

There is an understandable uncertainty with how you should travel to the Asian region if you are planning to. This is why we present you the list of 19 Asian countries, along with details on the current travel situation. As each country applies precisely defined regulations, you should always check the official websites listed in the article below for the latest government announcements.

When will Asia reopen for tourism?

Compared to Western countries, Asia experiences significant delays when it comes to COVID-19 prevention and vaccination programs. These will have a direct impact on the opening dates, which for the majority of Asian countries will only come in 2022.

The dates for the re-opening of the borders below are only approximate and will most likely change. Keep following us on our social media (@sonasiaholiday) for the latest information.

Asia reopening dates

COUNTRY REOPENING DATE
Australia February 21, 2022
Cambodia November 2021
China second half of 2022
Fiji December 1, 2021
Hong Kong mid 2022
India October 15, 2021
Indonesia October 14, 2021 (Bali)
early 2022 (country)
Japan spring 2022
Laos January 2022
Malaysia September 2021
The Maldives July 1, 2020
Myanmar early 2022
Nepal summer 2021
New Zealand October 2022
Pacific Islands Date unknown
Papua New Guinea Q1 2022
Philippines February 10, 2022
Singapore September 2021
South Korea September 2021
Sri Lanka June 1, 2021
Taiwan date unknown
Thailand July 2021 (selected islands)
end of 2021 (country)
Vietnam February 15, 2022
The United Arab Emirates August 30, 2021

Asian countries open for tourism without quarantine

Mandatory quarantines are perhaps the least desirable element of going abroad in the post-pandemic world. Fortunately, with the implementation of the vaccine passport, many countries are easing their quarantine requirements and making allowances to accommodate international arrivals.

As of March 2022 these countries are open to visitors without compulsory quarantine: Cambodia, Thailand, VietnamLaos, FijiFrench PolynesiaIndiaThe Maldives, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and The United Arab Emirates.

While these countries do provide a quarantine-free entry, in most cases waiving the quarantine period is contingent on the testing and/or vaccination status of the visitor (see the table below). Please note that mandatory quarantine will still be imposed on those who test positive during the health screenings conducted at the airport.

Here’s the list of Asian countries open to international tourists without quarantines:

Quarantine-free countries (2022)

Country Quarantine COVID test Vaccination
Cambodia no yes yes
Fiji no yes yes
French Polynesia no yes yes
India no yes yes
Laos 1 no yes yes
The Maldives no yes no
Nepal no yes yes
Philippines no yes yes
Singapore 2 no yes yes
Sri Lanka no yes yes
Thailand no yes yes
The United Arab Emirates no yes yes 3
Vietnam no yes yes
1 Laos "green zone" regions only
2 selected countries only
3 Vaccination is not required for visitors from "green" countries

 

Check out the below infographic for your reference of the reopening status of the 4 destinations that we offer.

Country-by-country reopening plan.

Now, we will take a closer look into the reopening plan of each country with some main points such as Overview, entry restrictions, visa policy, quarantine rules, or the expected opening date.

Cambodia

Cambodia is welcoming fully vaccinated travelers to visit without quarantine. On March 17, the country stopped requiring overseas travelers to test before their trip or on arrival. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 14 days. Even though testing is no longer mandatory, Cambodia’s ministry of health encourages travelers to take a rapid test out of precaution.

Cambodia travel status

Open for tourism Yes (since Nov 15, 2022)
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine Unvaccinated visitors only (14 days)
PCR test before departure No
PCR test on arrival No
% of population vaccinated 90%
Official travel advisory mfaic.gov.kh

 

Visas

The visa on arrival system is re-enabled since March 17th, 2022. It is now very easy to have your Cambodia visa when arriving at the international airports or borders of the Kingdom of wonders.

Here is more detail about Cambodia visa

Cambodia travel requirements

All vaccinated travelers need to demonstrate their vaccination status on arrival. Additionally, those who are eligible to enter Cambodia must:

  • present proof of health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment
  • (unvaccinated travelers only) deposit $2000 in cash on arrival to cover the cost of quarantine

Unvaccinated travelers will be subject to a COVID-19 RT-PCR test on arrival.

Quarantine rules

Fully vaccinated visitors are not required to quarantine on arrival. 

Unvaccinated visitors must undergo 14 days quarantine at a government-designated hotel or Alternative State Quarantine hotel.

Here is more detail about Cambodia reopening tourism

Thailand

Thailand is fully open for travel without quarantine for vaccinated guests. Furthermore, the country has just reinstated the popular Test & Go scheme with a few notable changes:

  1. It now applies to ALL fully vaccinated travelers (previously only ‘COVID-safe’ ones)
  2. From April 1st, there is no need to have your Covid test before boarding your flight to Thailand.
  3. A second PCR test will be required on day 5. For both the PCR test upon arrival and on day 5, guests will need to remain in their hotel while waiting for results to come back.
  4. The country plans to consider Covid-19 as endemic from July 1st and all the entry restrictions will be lifted at that time.

Afterwards, they are free to explore Thailand unimpeded.

Thailand travel status

Open for tourism Yes (from Feb 2022)
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine No
PCR test before departure No
PCR test on arrival Yes
% of population vaccinated 80%
Official travel advisory tp.consular.go.th

 

Thailand entry regulations

All arriving visitors are required to undergo two COVID PCR tests – one upon entry and another on the fifth day (reduced to a self-administered Antigen Rapid Test from 7 March 2022).

As part of the Test & Go quarantine-free scheme, travelers must also book day 1 and day 5 stays at a Safety & Health Administration (SHA) approved hotel (the package includes an RT-PCR test).

Travel insurance that covers at least USD$20,000 in COVID-19 related medical/treatment expenses and hospitalization costs is also required.

Tourist visas

Two types of new visas have been introduced:

  • Long-stay Special Tourist Visa (STV). Allows staying for up to 90 days, which can be extended twice, each time for another 90 days (9 months of total stay length). The issuance of visa costs 2,000 THB (~66 USD / ~83 AUD), and the same fee applies for every extension.
  • Regular 60-day Tourist Visa (TR). Allows staying for up to 60 days. Cost: 1,900 THB (~63 USD / ~80 AUD).

Both visas require a Certificate of Entry (COE), which can be granted after applying online on the official Thai Government website.

The following entry requirements must be met to apply for COE:

  • Both visa and COE must be approved by the Thai embassy/consulate in the traveler’s home country
  • A copy of a recent bank statement with a minimum balance of $700 per person and $1,500 per family.
  • Health insurance that covers COVID-19, and minimum medical coverage of $20,000 USD.

Furthermore, for an STV visa, the visitor must present proof of payment for 90 days of accommodation in Thailand.

Here is more detail about Thailand visa

Thailand quarantine details

Vaccinated travelers arriving in Thailand are free from the compulsory quarantine.

Here is more detail about Thailand reopening tourism

Laos

Laos is officially open for tourism. Currently in Phase 1 of a 3-phase ‘Lao Travel Green Zone Plan’, fully vaccinated travelers from 31 countries may now enter Vientiane and, after a 48h quarantine, explore ‘Green Zones’ of Vientiane, Luang Prabang and Vang Vieng before being able to explore ‘Green Trails’ including Oudomxay, Xataboury, Xieng Khouang, Khammouane and Champasak.

Laos travel status

Open for tourism Yes (from Jan 2022)
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine Visitors tested positive only (14 days)
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival Yes
% of population vaccinated 65%
Official travel advisory mofa.gov.la

 

Visas

On March 18, 2020, all tourist visas were suspended until further notice. However, authorities may grant entry permission for foreigners in some cases – after submitting an application to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Starting January 2022 under the Green Tourism Plan, foreign visitors can apply for a visa to Laos when booking a tour with a local travel agency. Contact us for more detail.

Here is more detail about Laos visa

Laos entry restrictions

All arriving visitors must present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure, and complete a health declaration form.

To enter any tourist site located in the green zone, visitors must show a Covid vaccination certificate.

Laos quarantine rules

Upon arrival in Laos, a PCR test must be taken by all passengers. A visitor can travel to the “green tourism zone” if the test result is negative. Other visitors must undergo a 14-days mandatory quarantine at designated locations, with all expenses covered by the visitor.

Laos reopening date

Covid-19 is still a threat in Laos, but as the vaccination program has accelerated recently, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism introduced the “Lao Travel Green Zone” program to revive tourism from January 2022. Vientiane, Vangvieng, and Luang Prabang are designated as green zones which fully vaccinated foreign travelers are permitted to visit.

Here is more detail about Laos reopening tourism

Vietnam

As of March 15, Vietnam is fully open for travel, ending the vaccine passport program it put in place last November. Travelers 2 and older must provide proof of a negative PRC test taken within 72 hours before boarding their flight, as well as purchase a coronavirus-specific travel insurance policy covering at least $10,000. They’re also required to fill out a health declaration form and download the PC-Covid Viet Nam app to monitor their health for the first 10 days of their trip.

Vietnam travel status

Open for tourism Yes
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine No
PCR test before departure Yes / No
PCR test on arrival No / Yes
% of population vaccinated 85%
Official travel advisory vietnam.travel

 

Note: Travelers can either have the Covid test before boarding the flight to Vietnam or upon arrival.

Vietnam entry requirements

All foreign tourists entering Vietnam are required to:

  • Present Vietnam’s e-visa (for countries not included in visa exemption program) – available online.
  • Present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, with the last dose taken not more than 1 year prior to the date of entry.
  • Present a negative result from a PCR/LAMP test administered within 72 hours, or Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) within 24 hour before boarding. If not, the test upon arrival will be required.
  • Have medical or travel insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment, with a minimum liability of $10,000.

Quarantine measures

As long as you are fully vaccinated and have NEGATIVE Covid test before arrival, there is no more compulsory quarantine upon arrival in the country.

Here is more detail about Vietnam reopening tourism

Myanmar

Myanmar is closed for international tourism. Based on recent political events, the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the significant disruptions to Myanmar’s transportation network the current travel advice from most governments is “do not travel to Myanmar“.

Currently, the junta eyes reopening the country to foreigners, while Myanmar’s shadow government warns tourists to stay away: “Our citizens are being slaughtered, raped, jailed, and their homes and belongings are being confiscated or destroyed. This isn’t the time to go sightseeing.”

Myanmar travel status

Open for tourism No
Vaccination required No
Mandatory quarantine Yes (7 days)
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival Yes (2 times)
% of population vaccinated 45%
Official travel advisory tourism.gov.mm

 

Safety

On 1 February 2021, a violent political coup took place in Myanmar with deadly clashes across the country. The country’s military declared a state of emergency and assumed control. Following the coup, the security situation in the country has worsened, and there are active conflicts between armed groups. A curfew is in place and daily internet outages, disruptions to basic services, communications and public health occur across the country. Foreign visitors are at risk of being arbitrarily detained or arrested.

Quarantine measures

All arriving passengers must comply with Myanmar’s COVID-19 quarantine requirements. There is a mandatory 7 days quarantine in a government facility followed by a further 7 days of self-isolation at home.

When Myanmar will reopen for tourism?

Junta plans to reopen its land border crossings with Thailand and China by December 2021, and to resume international air travel in early 2022.

Here is more detail about Myanmar reopening tourism

China

China’s borders remain closed for international tourism. Only foreign nationals with valid residence permits or visiting China for emergency reasons are allowed to enter.

There is also a Fast Lane agreement with Singapore and South Korea, allowing travel between countries for business travelers.

China remains committed to the zero-covid strategy – international travel remains largely barred, and the country may stay isolated with closed borders well into 2023. On the other hand, domestic travel is booming as people are allowed to travel within the country and most domestic flights have resumed their operations.

China travel status

Open for tourism No
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine Yes (21 days)
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival Yes
% of population vaccinated 85%
Official travel advisory mfa.gov.cn

China entry regulations

All travelers must apply for an official permit or a visa with the Chinese consulate in their native country. They also must prove to have a compelling reason for traveling (for example humanitarian needs). For a visa, a physical application needs to be sent by mail to the consulate. The total fee is around $150 ( A$205) and must be paid by money order or check.

A PCR test took 48 hours before boarding is required. The test report along with and letter of commitment on COVID-19 vaccination should be submitted on the China Health Declaration Certificate website.

Quarantine rules

Travelers entering Mainland China must undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival and a 21-days quarantine at their own cost. To be released from the quarantine travelers must agree to a variety of invasive COVID-19 tests.

When China will open its borders for tourism?

The Chinese government announced that the realistic date to lift border restrictions would be in the second half of 2022. However, the country will only reopen after meeting a number of requirements.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is currently closed to international tourism – Non-Hong Kong residents from overseas will be denied entry in most cases. The exception has been made for tourists coming from Macau, Taiwan, and Mainland China – they are permitted to enter Hong Kong provided they do not have a recent travel history elsewhere in the past 14 days.

Hong Kong travel status

Open for tourism No
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine Yes (7-14 days)
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival Yes
% of population vaccinated 75%
Official travel advisory coronavirus.gov.hk

Quarantine measures

Hong Kong has some of the world’s strictest quarantine policies. All arriving passengers are required to undergo a medical test for COVID-19 prior to clearing immigration and baggage collection. There is a compulsory 7-days (visitors from low-risk countries) 14-days (medium-risk countries) or 21-days (high-risk countries) quarantine for the unvaccinated visitors. Vaccinated visitors may undergo a shorter quarantine (conditions apply).

Please note that violating the quarantine requirements is considered a criminal offense in Hong Kong, and offenders can face a heavy fine or/and imprisonment.

When will Hong Kong open its borders to tourists?

Though the authorities have announced that Hong Kong will open its borders to international travelers in mid-2022, the exact date has not been announced yet.

Recently Hong Kong put even more countries on its high-risk list that require three weeks of hotel quarantine. It strongly follows the “Zero Covid” policy and will not reopen its border until Covid is kept at bay. At the same time, it is struggling to inoculate its population of about 7.4 million people.

India

India’s borders are now open for international tourists. Vaccinated foreigners from more than 100 countries are allowed to enter India quarantine-free from November 15, 2021. The Indian Bureau of Immigration website outlines categories of foreign nationals who are currently eligible to travel to India.

India travel status

Open for tourism Yes (from Nov 15, 2021)
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine No
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival Yes
% of population vaccinated 70%
Official travel advisory boi.gov.in

Quarantine rules

Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to undergo a quarantine.

All arrivals are screened. Anyone showing symptoms will be taken to a medical facility for a 14 day quarantine. An exemption from institutional quarantine may be considered if a negative RT-PCR test result has been conducted within 96 hours prior to departure.

When did India reopen for tourists?

India has begun to reopen its borders for international tourism in November 2021.

Indonesia

Indonesia is gradually reopening for international tourism. The island of Bali is open to foreign tourists, however, even vaccinated visitors must undergo 3 or 5 days of quarantine in a designated hotel (there’s an exception for visitors from 23 countries who are no longer required to quarantine).

Currently visitors can enter through the airports at Soekarno-Hatta (Jakarta), Ngurah Rai (Bali), Hang Nadim (Batam), and Haji Fisabilillah (Tanjung Pinang).

Indonesia travel status

Open for tourism Yes (from Oct 14, 2021)
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine Yes (3-7 days)
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival Yes
% of population vaccinated 70%
Official travel advisory kemlu.go.id, welcomebacktobali.com

Entry restrictions

Starting July 6, 2021, all exempted foreign travelers entering Indonesia have to be fully vaccinated. The proof of vaccination (a vaccination record card in physical or digital form) must be presented prior to departure to Indonesia and on arrival. Also, all travelers are required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test obtained within 72 hours of their departure and a completed electronic Indonesia Health Alert Certificate (e-HAC).

Everyone landing in Indonesia must also undergo a PCR retest at the airport.

Visas

Holders of the Indonesia Temporary Residence Card (KITAS) and Indonesia Permanent Residence Card (KITAP) are allowed to enter the country.

Free visa-on-arrival and the visa exemption system have been suspended until the pandemic is declared ended by the authorities. At the moment visitors can use long-term e-visas instead. It’s a gateway that the government made available in October 2020 by introducing a new e-visa system.

Any foreign nationals can apply for a single-entry visa B211A that allows staying in the country for 2 months and can be extended 4 times with 30-days extensions. It can be used by anyone who wishes to stay in Indonesia for tourism or social purposes. The best way to obtain a single-entry visa is to use an agent in Indonesia (cost around 6mln IDR or 410 USD / 540 AUD). For more information read the official guide (PDF, Bahasa Indonesia) or visit e-visa section of the Indonesian immigration website.

Quarantine rules

All foreign visitors to Indonesia and Bali (including those who are fully vaccinated) are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 5 days at a hotel approved by the Indonesian government.

You can search for quarantine hotels in Jakarta or check the list of quarantine hotels in Bali. The quarantine is free of charge for Indonesian citizens but comes with a significant cost for foreign visitors. A PCR test will be administered on the fourth day – a negative result is required for a release from quarantine.

Japan

Japan is not yet opened to international tourism. All foreign nationals (both tourists and business travelers) are barred from entering the country. At the moment, only Japanese citizens and residents, as well as people in exceptional circumstances, are allowed to enter Japan.

Japan travel status

Open for tourism No
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine Yes (14 days)
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival Yes
% of population vaccinated 80%
Official travel advisory mofa.go.jp

Visas

Under directions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visa restrictions have been introduced, including cancellation of already-issued visas and suspension of visa-free entry.

Vaccine passports

The Japanese government has created its own vaccine certification system and started issuing “vaccine passports” to its vaccinated citizens and residents.

“Japan will ask other countries to ease entry requirements for holders of its COVID-19 vaccination certificate while exploring reciprocal moves for incoming travelers as part of a push to revive international travel.” (Nikkei Asia). Outside Japan, its vaccine passports are currently honored by 23 other countries.

Quarantine rules

All passengers entering Japan are required to submit proof of a negative test result for COVID-19. There is a 14-days quarantine at a designated facility after arrival.

Japan reopening date

The most likely date for the reopening of Japan’s borders to general tourism is early 2022.  It is expected that lifting Japan’s travel ban will be a phased process – starting with students, business travelers, and then foreign tourists. If you plan to visit Japan, we recommend that you book your flights and accommodation for dates in the spring of 2022 at the earliest.

Malaysia

Malaysia will reopen its borders for fully vaccinated international tourists on April 1. Visitors must provide a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of their trip, and take a rapid test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.

Malaysia travel status

Open for tourism April 1st, 2022
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine No
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival Yes
Country vaccination status 80% of population
Official travel advisory www.imi.gov.my

Malaysia entry requirements

All visitors arriving in Malaysia are required to:

  • present a negative of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure (digital or hardcopy in English or Bahasa Malaysia is accepted),
  • undergo a COVID-19 screening test upon arrival (free for Malaysian citizens but borne by the non-Malaysian visitor),
  • show the proof of payment (QR code) for the mandatory quarantine,
  • present a return travel ticket.

Malaysia quarantine rules

Quarantine length varies according to the vaccination status:

  • Fully vaccinated passengers: No
  • Partially vaccinated or unvaccinated passengers: 10 days

Quarantine should be undergone in a designated facility (or in the hospital if symptomatic). The cost is borne by passengers and includes COVID-19 screening test, transport, accommodation, meals, etc. Visitors are required to make payment in advance through the MySafeTravel website (where preferred quarantine accommodation and bespoke amenities can be chosen) or the MyQR phone app. A unique QR code will be designated upon completion of payment (to be used for verification on arrival).

Maldives

The Maldives is open for international tourism. The Maldives took a different approach than most APAC countries, pursuing one of the most liberal opening policies in the world. To protect tourism country reopened its borders to all travelers in June 2020.

The Maldives are presenting themselves as a tourist destination offering a “normal” vacation thanks to the fact that most hotels are located on isolated islands, and that the vast majority of leisure-seekers stay in-resort rather than venture out. In fact, when visiting the Maldives you should be prepared to stay in one place as movement between resorts and islands is subject to authorization.

Maldives travel status

Open for tourism Yes (from Jun 2020)
Vaccination required No
Mandatory quarantine No
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival Yes (visitors with Covid symptoms only)
% of population vaccinated 75%
Official travel advisory tourism.gov.mv

Entry restrictions

There is no quarantining mandated upon arrival in the Maldives. However, travelers will have to follow some procedures to enter the country:

  • Present a PCR test with a negative result (taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure)
  • Present a confirmed booking at a registered tourist facility
  • Fill in an HDF (Traveller Health Declaration form).
  • Wear face masks in all indoor public spaces

Visas

A free 30-day tourist visa is issued upon arrival.

Quarantine rules

Upon arrival into the Maldives, travelers presenting symptoms of COVID-19 will be subject to PCR test at their cost and in case of positive result transported to quarantine facilities to isolate for 14 days. Tourists who do not show COVID-19 symptoms are not required to quarantine on arrival.

Nepal

Vaccinated foreigners are allowed in Nepal without a quarantine requirement as long as they pass a rapid antigen test upon arrival. Travelers must provide proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test taken three days before arrival, proof of a hotel reservation, and any trekking or mountaineering permits, among other requirements.

Nepal travel status

Open for tourism Yes (from June 2021)
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine Unvaccinated visitors only (10 days)
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival Unvaccinated visitors only
% of population vaccinated 65%
Official travel advisory ntb.gov.np

Visas

Issuance of tourist entry visas has resumed. Foreign tourists should apply for a visa at the Nepali embassies and diplomatic missions in their respective countries. You may contact the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for current information.

Entry restrictions

All tourists entering Nepal must present the following documents:

  1. Nepalese visa, or recommendation letter from the Nepal Tourism Board.
  2. Negative COVID-19 test result (taken at most 72 hours before departure), or document showing complete vaccination against COVID-19.
  3. Proof of travel insurance that covers (among others) health, immediate crisis, or rescue for the duration of the trip.
  4. Barcode generated from the International Travel Arrival Form.

Quarantine rules

There is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival for fully vaccinated travelers who are entering by air or land. Unvaccinated visitors have to quarantine for 10 days in a designated hotel.

Rules for vaccinated travelers

Covid vaccination passports or certificates are not mandatory to enter Nepal. However, Covid vaccine certificate holders don’t need to present negative PCR test results on arrival. Also, the quarantine is waived for fully vaccinated visitors.

Nepal reopening date

Nepal began to reopen its borders to foreign tourists in the summer of 2021. On June 24 international flights with Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Istanbul, Dammam, and Kuwait have been resumed, and on July 1 domestic flights restarted operations with 50% capacity.

Philippines

The Philippines’ borders have been reopened to international tourism on February 10, 2022. Fully vaccinated foreign tourists are now allowed to enter the Philippines, quarantine-free. Nationals from 157 countries (including Australia, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom) can enjoy visa-free short visits for up to 21 days.

Unvaccinated foreigners are banned from entering the Philippines.

The Department of Tourism provides an official Facebook page where travelers can ask questions and clarify any concerns.

Philippines travel status

Open for tourism Yes (from Feb 10, 2022)
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine No
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival No
% of population vaccinated 60%
Official travel advisory philippines.travel

 

Philippines travel requirements

The Philippines moved to scrap its “traffic light” system (which ranked countries based on their handling of Covid-19) and shift the focus onto individual travelers. All foreign visitors arriving in the Philippines must now present:

Proof of vaccination

  • PCR test for Covid-19 with a negative result (taken no more than 48 hours before departure).
  • Completed the Electronic Case Information Form (e-CIF).
  • Children below 18 years of age are exempted from the requirement of full vaccination.

All visitors are required to self-monitor for any signs of Covid for 7 days after arrival and must report to their local government office if they experience any symptoms.

Philippines quarantine regulations

Foreign travelers are no longer be required to quarantine upon arrival if they have been fully vaccinated and tested negative prior to arrival.

While unvaccinated foreign travelers remain banned, unvaccinated, partially vaccinated and unverified Filipino passengers must undergo facility-based 5-days quarantine until the release of the negative test results.

Singapore

Singapore is gradually opening its borders for international tourism. Visitors entering the city-state via Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) do not need to undergo a mandatory quarantine, and instead of taking a PCR test upon arrival, they can choose a supervised self-swab test.

Singapore plans to substantially ease travel restrictions once the Omicron wave of infections peaks, raising quotas on VTLs – this will pave the way for quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated travelers.

Singapore travel status

Open for tourism Partially
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine No
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival No
% of population vaccinated 95%
Official travel advisory safetravel.ica.gov.sg

 

Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)

Starting September 2021 vaccinated travelers from selected countries are able to use Vaccinated Travel Lane to enter Singapore for any purpose (including tourism) and without having to quarantine. Among eligible countries are Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Denmark1, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Maldives, Netherlands, Philippines, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, UK, UAE, and the US.

Eligible visitors will need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of the departure and undergo a supervised self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) at a Quick Test Centre (QTC) on arrival. Fully vaccinated recovered travelers may qualify for exemption from COVID-19 tests.

All visitors requesting VTL are required to purchase travel insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 (~$22,500, ~A$29,100), and travel to Singapore on a direct flight without transit.

Quarantine rules

There is no mandatory quarantine for fully vaccinated travelers eligible for Vaccinated Travel Lane.

Other travelers arriving in Singapore must undergo a COVID-19 PCR test at the Changi airport (cost of S$125 / ~$93 / ~ A$173) or a supervised self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART, cost S$15). They must remain in isolation at the previously declared accommodation until they are notified that their test result is negative.

Travelers should be aware that Singapore takes its rules very seriously. Quarantine violations carry a penalty of a fine of up to S$10,000 (~$7,500,~A$9,700) and/or up to six months in jail.

Singapore reopening date

Singapore is gradually reopening tourism from September 2021. It has 95% of its population fully vaccinated – placing the nation in a solid position to start reopening borders and establishing travel corridors with countries that have infections under control. The first step is to waive quarantine for vaccinated travelers from selected countries entering Singapore through Vaccinated Travel Lane. In the early stages of reopening, visitors have to take a point-to-point itinerary – transits in Covid hotspots is not be allowed.

South Korea

South Korea is partially open to international tourism. As most foreign visitors are denied entry into the country, there are some exceptions. Foreign nationals on long-term visas and nationals of countries covered by the new K-ETA policy are allowed to enter South Korea subject to self-quarantine.

South Korea travel status

Open for tourism Yes, partially (since Sep 2022)
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine Unvaccinated visitors only (14 days)
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival Yes
% of population vaccinated 87%
Official travel advisory www.hikorea.go.kr

South Korea visa-free entry (K-ETA)

In May 2021, South Korea launched a pilot project for Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for visa-free entry for foreign nationals. It will be followed by full implementation from September 2021.

Currently, only citizens of the 21 visa-exempt countries will be able to apply for an ETA to South Korea: US, UK, Mexico, Nicaragua, Dominican Federation, Barbados, Venezuela, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Malta, Ireland, Guyana, Monaco, Vatican City, San Marino, Andorra, Albania, Slovenia, Guam, New Caledonia, and Palau.

Travelers are required to apply for the ETA through the government K-ETA online portal at least 24 hours before boarding their flight. Once approved, the ETA will be valid for 2 years. It will permit multiple short stays in South Korea for purposes of tourism, family visits, or conducting business activities.

Quarantine measures

All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea by air are required to provide a printed negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Also, health screening and health questionnaire are mandatory for visitors from all countries.

14-day quarantine rules apply to all international passengers entering Korea. Foreign travelers must present a Self-Isolation Exemption Certificate issued by the Embassy of Korea or, alternatively, must agree to quarantine at a government facility at a cost of KRW1,400,000 (A$ 1750 / $1150).

All visitors must install the self-quarantine safety protection mobile app.

No quarantine for vaccinated travelers

Starting 2 July 2021, visitors who have been vaccinated overseas against COVID-19 are exempted from the mandatory 14 days quarantine upon arrival in South Korea. To be qualified for the exemption, travelers have to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before entering the country. They still need to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result though.

When will South Korea open its borders?

With the introduction of the new K-ETA policy, South Korea opens its borders to 21 countries in September 2021.

As the worldwide situation regarding COVID-19 eases, visitors from around 90 other countries for which visa-free entry is currently suspended, will become eligible for the K-ETA. The South Korean government has announced plans to include the European Union countries in the K-ETA program from 2022.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is open to international tourism. The government decided to reopen the country on 21 January 2021, after 10 months of strict pandemic closure. Fully vaccinated travelers can enter Sri Lanka without an on-arrival PCR test or a quarantine.

Sri Lanka travel status

Open for tourism Yes (since June 1, 2021)
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine Unvaccinated visitors only (7 days)
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival Unvaccinated visitors only
% of population vaccinated 78%
Official travel advisory www.srilanka.travel

Travel requirements

To enter Sri Lanka all foreign passengers are required to:

  • Apply online for a tourist visa
  • Present COVID 19 PCR test with a negative result (taken within 72 hours before the departure) or Rapid Antigen Test taken (48 hours before)
  • Purchase health insurance from People’s Insurance with at least one month cover of $50,000
  • Complete Health Declaration Form (online)
  • Upload the relevant documents (vaccination record, COVID 19 test result, etc.) and obtain a QR code

Additionally, visitors who are not fully vaccinated:

  • Must reserve a certified quarantine hotel
  • Must undergo COVID-19 PCR test on arrival

There is no on-arrival PCR test for vaccinated travelers. They are also allowed to make their own arrangements for accommodation, airport transfers, and local transportation.

Sri Lanka quarantine rules

Fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter the country without undergoing quarantine.

Travelers who haven’t been fully vaccinated will have to go first through ‘the protection’ of the Tourism Bio Bubble – stay at a quarantine hotel for a duration of 7 days. It is not a strict quarantine as guests are allowed to leave their rooms and use hotel facilities like pools, gyms, and restaurants. An exit PCR/Rapid Antigen test will be performed on day 7.

Taiwan

Taiwanese borders remain closed to tourism. Beginning January 2022 entry restrictions for foreign nationals have been tightened. Currently, foreign nationals without a residency permit are not allowed to enter Taiwan unless they obtain special permission (mainly for emergency or humanitarian reasons) and a visa beforehand. Tourism is not accepted as a purpose of visit.

Taiwan travel status

Open for tourism No
Vaccination required No
Mandatory quarantine Yes
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival Yes
% of population vaccinated 85%
Official travel advisory boca.gov.tw

Travel requirements

All passengers arriving or transiting in Taiwan are required to present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 2 days of boarding their flight to Taiwan. There will be another test upon arrival at the airport.

Quarantine rules

Recently the quarantine measures have been tightened for all passengers eligible to enter Taiwan. There are multiple COVID-19 tests required. Travelers who visited a high-risk country in the last 14 days must quarantine in government facilities, paid for by Taiwan. Those who travel from other countries will be directed to a quarantine hotel or a government facility at their own expense.

Passengers who have been fully vaccinated must undergo 7-day mandatory quarantine at either a quarantine hotel or a designated quarantine facility, followed by a 7-day quarantine at their residential property.

When will Taiwan reopen to tourism?

The exact date when Taiwan will allow tourists to visit the country remains unknown. According to travel industry experts, the quick spread of the Covid Delta variant, shortage of vaccines, and low numbers of vaccinated citizens will be the reasons for Taiwan to be among the last destinations in Asia to welcome foreign travelers again.

United Arab Emirates, UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is open to fully vaccinated visitors from all countries. Tourist visa issuance resumed on August 30, 2021 (some additional rules apply).

UAE travel status

Open for tourism Yes (from Aug 30, 2021)
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine No
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival No
% of population vaccinated 97%
Official travel advisory u.ae

UAE entry restrictions

Passengers arriving on tourist visas must register their vaccination status on the government’s health app.

Passengers arriving from the high-risk countries must present a printed negative result of a PCR test issued within 48 hours and are required to undergo another testing at the airport. Passengers traveling from other countries must present a negative result of a PCR test done less than 72 hours before departure.

A valid health insurance cover is required.

The transit passengers are not required to present the PCR test certificate unless it is required at their final destination.

Quarantine rules in UAE

Vaccinated passengers and unvaccinated passengers arriving from ‘green’ countries do not have to quarantine themselves.

Passengers who are required to undergo a PCR test at the airport will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine if the result is positive. Unvaccinated travelers arriving from ‘red’ countries will be quarantined for 10 days.

Is UAE open to tourism?

The United Arab Emirates reopened to international tourism in October 2021. The compulsory quarantine has been lifted for vaccinated travelers.

Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and other UAE destinations are now safe to travel to. When visiting the country, you are obliged to follow standard health guidelines though – to ensure your own safety and that of others.

Extra: Reopening plan of other countries in Asia Pacific region

Here are the reopening plans of some other countries in Asia Pacific region

Australia

Australia is open to vaccinated international travelers from February 21, 2022. You must be double vaccinated to come to Australia unless you qualify for a medical exemption. Quarantine rules are determined on a state level.

For most of the pandemic, the country pursued a “zero COVID” policy, but it was abandoned after rolling out vaccines. Currently, more than 95% of Australia’s population received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Australian Travel Status

Open for tourism Yes (since Feb 21, 2022)
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine Rules determined on a state level
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival No
% of population vaccinated 95%
Official travel advisory health.gov.au

 

Australia entry restrictions

All travelers need to be fully vaccinated and are obliged to present proof of a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of departure. If you arrive by plane you should complete an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) available online.

Everyone traveling to Australia must wear a mask for the duration of their flight, and in all Australian airports.

Quarantine rules

Quarantine rules are determined on a state level. Reduced quarantine may apply depending on the state or territory the visitor is traveling to. Most states require travelers to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in Australia.

New Zealand

New Zealand is not yet open to international tourism. At the moment only New Zealand, Australia, and some Pacific islands (Samoa, Niue, Cook Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Vanuatu) citizens are allowed to enter the country without quarantine. However, you may still be able to enter the country if you have a critical purpose to travel.

New Zealand has started easing some of its tough pandemic border restrictions in February 2022 but the country will not fully reopen until October 2022 according to this 5-step plan for a phased reopening.

New Zealand travel status

Open for tourism No
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine Yes (14 days)
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival No
% of population vaccinated 85%
Official travel advisory immigration.govt.nz

Quarantine rules

Mandatory standard operating procedures have been put in place where 14-day quarantine and a negative PCR test are compulsory upon arrival. Passengers are legally required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming their place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight.

New Zealand opening date

New Zealand plans to fully open its borders in October 2022. The opening will take place in phases, starting February 2022. Visitors from visa-waiver countries will be permitted to enter starting July 2022.

Fiji

Fiji is open to fully vaccinated tourists from December 1, 2021. There is no quarantine for those arriving from Travel Partner countries, but all visitors must follow guidelines laid out by the country’s CareFiji plan.

All transportation, businesses, and tourist venues operate at full capacity. However, mask-wearing is still being enforced.

Fiji travel status

Open for tourism Yes (since December 1, 2021)
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine Visitors from non-Travel Partner countries only (10 days)
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival Yes
% of population vaccinated 90%
Official travel advisory www.fiji.travel

Entry restrictions

All vaccinated visitors are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the country and must take an additional PCR test 48 hours after arriving. Travelers can be accompanied by their unvaccinated children.

There is also a minimum 3-night accommodation booking requirement (at a Care Fiji Commitment certified property) and a mandatory PCR test 48 hours after arriving.

Recognized vaccines

Currently, Fiji recognizes Astra-Zeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson.

Quarantine rules

Foreign visitors arriving from Travel Partner countries can enjoy Fiji quarantine-free. Those who travel from non-Travel Partner countries are required to stay at a Managed Hotel Quarantine Facility for 10 days.

Fiji reopening date

Fiji reopened its borders to international tourism on December 1, 2021.

New Caledonia

With an improved COVID situation and a good vaccination rate, the Government of New Caledonia has decided to reopen its borders to countries with a similar vaccination policy since 1st December 2021.

Full vaccination certificate (except for children under 18), PCR-tests and travel certificate are required to enter the country.

Seven days quarantine at home or at the hotel upon arrival is mandatory.

Entry Restrictions

Overseas travellers can come to New Caledonia. 

Entry Requirements

All travelers need to:

  • Submit a request to the Government of New Caledonia to obtain a travel certificate 
  • Meet the health requirement as listed below.

Vaccination is mandatory for adults (18 and over) entering the territory. You will need to provide evidence of full vaccination with one of the vaccines authorised by the European Commission.

For children under 12 years of age or travellers not vaccinated due to medical contraindications, please read Government of New Caledonia’s information (https://gouv.nc/niveau-alerte/infos-arrivees-se-rendre-en-nouvelle-caledonie) online.

  • All passengers have to fill a form and present a negative PCR test before boarding and after 7-day isolation to enjoy New Caledonia, more details here.
  • Non-vaccinated adults (without medical contraindications) are not allowed to enter New Caledonia.
  • Specific health measures apply to passengers exposed to new variants not present in New Caledonia.

Following the detection of two probable cases of the Omicron variant on 22 December 2021, health controls at borders have been reinforced.

Upon arrival, travellers coming from a country at risk or symptomatic must perform an RT-PCR test within 24 hours and then at the end of the isolation period.
Travellers coming from a country not considered to be at risk must undergo an antigenic test within 48 hours and then at the end of the isolation period.

All travellers entering the territory must complete a 7-day quarantine at home or at the hotel. They will also be subject to mandatory Covid-19 tests upon arrival in New Caledonia and after the isolation period. An antigenic test must be performed at the end of the isolation period. 

Allowed vaccines in New Caledonia

Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca

Pacific Islands

Most Pacific Islands are closed for general tourism, with some exceptions. New Zealand and Australia are reportedly in talks about the possible expansion of their existing Trans-Tasman travel bubble to include some parts of the Pacific Islands. At the moment New Caledonia, Tahiti, Fiji, and Tonga are considered.

Here’s the travel situation in some popular Pacific Islands:

French Polynesia

On May 1 French Polynesia has reopened its borders to travelers who have been in the US for at least 30 days prior to departure. Vaccinated travelers are required to include an official certificate of vaccination. All travelers are required to supply negative PCR test results. Non-vaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine for 10 days (regardless of test results), while vaccinated visitors will be allowed to bypass it.

Cook Islands

This South Pacific nation made up of 15 islands scattered over a vast area of the Pacific Ocean has reported 0 (zero) COVID-19 cases. Starting 17 May, New Zealanders can enjoy the stunning beaches of the Cook Islands by using a new travel bubble that allows quarantine-free visits. Passenger arrivals from other countries to the Cook Islands are still suspended.

Fiji

The island is opened for tourist since December 1st, 2021. Scroll up for more detail.

New Caledonia

The island is opened for tourist since December 1st, 2021. Scroll up for more detail.

Niue

The island of Niue is closed to international tourism. Only repatriating Niue residents and essential services people are permitted entry. All arriving passengers must undergo a 14-days quarantine at government-appointed accommodation. Niue is discussing a two-way travel bubble with New Zealand. At the moment it only works one way: you can travel from Niue to New Zealand quarantine-free.

Samoa

Still largely untouched by mass tourism, Samoa remains free of COVID-19 (zero cases). Unfortunately, the current State of Emergency requires that all international borders remain closed until further notice. There is a possibility though that by the end of 2021, Samoa is will join the Trans-Tasmanian travel bubble with New Zealand and Australia.

Tonga

At the moment, Tonga keeps its borders closed for tourism. Only Tongan citizens and permanent residents can enter the island at this time (14-day self-isolation is required). The plans to establish a travel bubble with New Zealand have been delayed.

Vanuatu

Currently, entry into Vanuatu is suspended, and only limited exemptions can be made. All arriving passengers 18 years or older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and should expect extra health screening measures plus a 14-days mandatory quarantine.

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is not open for tourism yet. Only fully vaccinated travelers that have permission from local authorities can enter Papua New Guinea (PNG). There are no further restrictions for eligible vaccinated visitors to travel domestically within PNG.

Papua New Guinea travel status

Open for tourism No
Vaccination required Yes
Mandatory quarantine Yes (14 days)
PCR test before departure Yes
PCR test on arrival No
% of population vaccinated 5%
Official travel advisory covid19.info.gov.pg

Entry restrictions

To visit PNG you must be fully vaccinated, have written exemption from the National Pandemic Controller, and present evidence of a negative PCR test result taken a maximum of 7 days before boarding.

To apply for an exemption to enter PNG you should email the National Control Centre Travel Desk ([email protected]) and attach the following documents:

  • International Air Passenger Travel Form (I-APTF)
  • a letter to the National Pandemic Controller, stating your reason for travel
  • if applicable, your work permit details or/and resident permit details
  • copy of your passport biodata page
  • copy of your visa for Papua New Guinea
  • copy of your reservation at a designated hotel for quarantine

To enter Papua New Guinea, you’ll need:

  • evidence of your vaccination
  • approved exemption from National Control Centre Travel Desk
  • negative COVID-19 test
  • proof of reservation at one of the designated quarantine hotels
  • online electronic health declaration form

Quarantine rules

Starting 15th January 2021 all arriving passengers need to quarantine at a designated hotel for 14-days. No physical visits or interaction with friends, family or any other people are allowed during the quarantine.

Papua New Guinea reopening date

Papua New Guinea will open its borders to tourism no earlier than Q1 2022.

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