COVID-19 Travel Updates

Last updated: 15 december 2020

Our team is keeping up to date with the ongoing changes in travel policies for inbound travel to Southeast Asia. While we are starting to see destinations open up for domestic travel, Smiling Albino destinations are still not in a state to welcome international guests.

Restrictions are still in place across Southeast Asia regarding international arrivals. At this time, there is no definitive date for when international travel will resume to any of our destinations.

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Our team is keeping up to date with the ongoing changes in travel policies for inbound travel to Thailand. 

Thailand has begun the slow process of reopening its borders. There are currently heavy restrictions on the types of persons allowed into the country, most of which include Thai nationals, work permit holders, family members of Thai persons and permanent residents.

What is life like in Thailand right now?

Domestic travel has resumed, and passengers should expect health screening measures in place at airports when boarding trains and buses. All businesses must follow social distancing and hygiene guidelines. Face masks are compulsory on public transport and on flights. Masks are to be worn in public but all persons in Thailand.

Can I travel to Thailand?

Yes. All persons are now welcome to travel to Thailand. However, there is still a mandatory 14-day quarantine period before you can travel freely around the country. 

Thailand currently offers two types of visas for citizens wishing to travel to Thailand. The Tourist Visa (TR) and Special Tourist Visa (STV). The TR visa is a stort-stay visa, while the STV visa is a long-stay visa. 

The Tourism Visa (TR) is maybe granted to short term visitors who intend to stay in Thailand for 60 days per trip or less. You can learn more about that visa here. Note: This visa requires tourists to quarantine for 14 days on arrival into Thailand. 

The Thailand Special Tourist Visa (STV) is a special visa introduced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand for long-stay tourists who would like to travel to Thailand. It is one of the economic measures by the Thai government to restore the local tourism industry that has been affected heavily by COVID-19. 

Thailand Tourist Visa and Special Tourist Visa Qualifications

Foreigners applying for Thailand's visas must be:

  • Accept compliance of preventive measures as prescribed by the government, including submitting to alternative state quarantine (ASQ) in accredited hospitals/hotels for not less than 14 days upon arrival.
  • Provide evidence of a place to stay or accommodation during the long stay visit.
  • Show proof of payment for hotel accommodation or admittance to hospitals chosen as alternative state quarantine (ASQ) facilities.

It is highly recommended for those who are wishing to apply for the STV they must enquire at the Royal Thai Embassy or a consulate in their home country before making any self-bookings without the advice of a travel professional.

At this time, most individuals are not permitted to travel to Vietnam. 

The resumption of international commercial flights has been postponed until further notice. Authorities are still finalizing COVID-19 testing and quarantine procedures for arrivals.

At last update, only the following individuals are allowed to enter Vietnam:

  • Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers.

 

Can I travel to Vietnam? 

No. At this time, only certain individuals are able to travel to Vietnam. 

 

What is life currently like in Vietnam?

It is currently compulsory to wear a mask in all public places in Vietnam. Domestic travel has resumed in Vietnam at a limited capacity. Restaurants and bars have now reopened.

Can I travel to Cambodia? 

No, in most cases. Cambodian Embassies are only accepting applications for diplomatic, official and sponsored business-linked visas, and are not issuing tourist or other visas to enter Cambodia.

  • Travelers who are eligible to enter (and have obtained a visa in advance) must provide a negative COVID-19 test result that is no older than 72 hours.
  • Purchase medical insurance with minimum coverage of US $50,000.
  • Travelers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, and must wait in accommodation until test results are returned.
  • Anyone who tests positive will be quarantined for 14 days at designated facilities.
  • Travelers who test negative must self-isolate at their own accommodation for 14 days.
  • Foreign travelers are required to deposit US $2,000 for COVID-19 service charges at the airport upon entry. Once deductions for services have been made, the remainder of the deposit will be returned.

 

What is life currently like in Cambodia? 

Domestic travel has resumed in Cambodia. Most businesses have reopened.

Can I travel to Myanmar? 

No. Myanmar and its international airports remain closed until at least 31 October 2020.

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