Covid 19 Travel Updates

While Covid-19 has spread across the globe, the impact is mostly stable to date in Asia as the virus and intensive security measures were set from Day 1 but with the numerous travel restrictions set within our destinations regular updates are of need to remain upfront of news.

The travel industry is working as a whole with ASEV Travel making sure to crosscheck all information and valid sources to ensure to provide accurate information to all. 

All our operations offices are continuing to work as usual for any information you could require

ASEV Travel has and will continuously follow up on the COVID-19 virus within our destinations of operations  and suggests to follow strict safety guidelines (FAQ with WHO Travel Advice).

Health actions taken by ASEV - Post Covid-19

To ensure traveller’s safety, ASEV is committed to establish hygiene procedures, for the trips that will occur after the COVID-19 crisis:


  • GUIDES ARE TRAINED ABOUT HYGIENE AND PROTECTIVE MEASURES.
  • ONLY HOTELS THAT IMPLEMENT PROTECTIVE MEASURES AGAINST THE COVID - 19 ARE SELECTED.
  • ONLY RESTAURANTS THAT IMPLEMENT PROTECTIVE MEASURES AGAINST THE COVID - 19 ARE SELECTED.
  • MODIFICATION OF ITINERARY AND VISITS TO PROMOTE SOCIAL DISTANCING.
  • HAND SANITIZERS AT DISPOSITION.
  • MASKS AT DISPOSITION.

Action taken by gouvernement on Covid - 19 crisis

 THAILAND

General Travel News:  

  • Vaccine information: The government aims to administer 6 million doses of a mix of AstraZeneca (AZN.L) and imported Sinovac (SVA.O) vaccines within this month. So far, 986 vaccination centres reported a total of 143,116 people received shots. That adds to 2.8 million people deemed vulnerable, including frontline health and transport workers.
  • Flights: Domestic travel options within Thailand are available but remain subject to disease control measures.
  • Restrictions:  The Thailand Government has decided to further measures as below:

Suspension of all visa exemptions and visa on arrival facilities.

Type of actions

Thailand

General government action

  • Travelers entering under the "Tourist visa exemption scheme" can stay for up to 45 days.
  • Most travelers to Thailand are now required to complete 10 days (11 nights) quarantine at a State Quarantine or Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) facility.
  • Travelers from countries identified by Thailand as having COVID-19 variants will be required to complete 14 days (15 nights) of quarantine.
  • Vaccine certificate holder and are entering Thailand from a country with no COVID-19 variant strains may be eligible to only complete 7 days of quarantine.
  • It is compulsory for all individuals to wear a face mask when going out in public, while temperature checks are the norm. Those who do not wear masks face fines.

Transport companies actions

(Air & land)

  • All travelers must provide proof of an insurance policy that covers treatment for Covid-19 up to the cost of $100,000 and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.
  • Domestic travel options within Thailand are available but remain subject to disease control measures. Passengers will be required to download an app or complete additional travel documentation.

 

VIETNAM

  • Vaccine information: Vietnam is expecting to receive 125 million COVID-19 vaccine doses (including AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, Moderna, and Pfizer) in 2021. Currently, The Vietnamese government is vaccinating only individuals in defined priority groups: healthcare workers, staff working at quarantine sites, Vietnamese diplomats and immigration officers, essential service workers, senior citizens over 65 with chronic diseases, residents in outbreak areas, etc. (For more information on COVID-19 vaccination access, please contact the Vietnamese Ministry of Health - https://ncov.moh.gov.vn/- directly)
  • Flights: International arriving flights are being suspended to deal with the local outbreak. Domestic flights are limited to 63 per day until further notice.
  • Restrictions:  The Vietnam Government has decided to further measures as below:

Temporarily suspend visa applications to all nationalities until further notice

Type of actions

Vietnam

General government actions

  • Since March 22, 2020, entry of all foreigners are suspended until further notice. The measure will not apply to diplomats, officials, foreign investors, experts, and skilled workers.
  • Vietnam’s Ministry of Health extended the mandatory quarantine period to 21 days for all foreign arrivals as well as those who has come in contact with COVID-19 positive patients.
  • Non-essential services have been suspended in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Ha Nam, Vinh Phuc, and Quang Nam until further notice.
  • All passengers using public means of transport (bus, taxi, trains, planes, ships, etc.), or accessing public spaces (including hospitals) must complete online health declaration.

Transport companies actions

(Air & land)

  • Vietnam Airlines resumed some international flights connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with South Korea, Japan, and Australia from April 3.
  • However, only repatriated approved Vietnamese citizens and approved foreign experts will be allowed to enter Vietnam.

 

CAMBODIA

  • Vaccine information: Cambodia has so far acquired more than 7 million doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines from China and the World Health Organization's COVAX Facility. Nearly 4.97 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, with 2.2 million people fully vaccinate.
  • Flights: Limited flights to Cambodia primarily via Singapore or Seoul. Airlines can cancel flights according to countries ban of entries (with short or no notice at all)
  • Restrictions:  The Cambodia Government has decided to further measures as below:

All visa exemptions, visas on arrival and e-visas are suspended.

Type of actions

Cambodia

General Government actions

  • All visa exemptions, visas on arrival and e-visas are suspended (except passengers with a diplomatic visa (Visa A) or an official visa (Visa B), BUSINESS   (Type-E) Visa , (Type-C) Visa - for registered NGOs with a valid MoU, (Type-K) Visa - for Cambodians holding valid foreign passport issued by Cambodia).
  • Passengers must obtain an insurance policy issued by “FORTE” with a minimum medical coverage of USD 50,000, and have a deposit of $2000 on a designated bank on arrival (does not apply to Cambodian nationals, passengers with a diplomatic visa (Visa A) or an official visa (Visa B) issued by Cambodia, nationals of Cambodia with a foreign passport and a Visa K entry permit issued by Cambodia, or passengers traveling on business with a Validation Application on Payment Guarantee/Invitation” (VAPGI).
  • All passengers are subjected to a COVID-19 test. Negative cases will still have to undergo a 14-day quarantine.
  • It is compulsory for all individuals to wear a face mask when going out in public.
  • Siem Reap Provincial Administration has started a “self-registration program” for travelers wishing to visit the province from June 21, 2021

Transport companies action

Air & land 

  • All passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • Passengers are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days.

 

MYANMAR

  • Vaccine information: Myanmar has administered at least 2,994,900 doses of AstraZeneca COVID vaccines, account to approximately 2.8% of the country’s population. Currently, Myanmar averaged about 53,695 doses administered each day.
  • Flights: Until 30 June 2021, flights to Myanmar are suspended.
  • Restrictions:  The Myanmar Government has decided to further measures as below:

Suspension of all visa exemptions and visa on arrival facilities.

Type of actions

Myanmar

General government action

  • Myanmar’s Foreign Affairs Ministry announced the extension of entry restrictions for all travelers to the end of June.
  • Suspension of all types of visas issuance and visa exemption services.
  • Foreign nationals, including diplomats and United Nations officials, who wish to travel to Myanmar by relief or special flights due to urgent official missions or compelling reasons, are asked to contact Myanmar mission for possible exception to certain visa restrictions.
  • It is compulsory for all individuals to wear a face mask when going out in public.

Transport companies action (Air & land)

  • Until 20 June, 2021, flights to Myanmar are suspended (this does not apply to medevac flights).
  • All passengers must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at no more than 72 hours before departure (does not applied to Myanmar nationals)
  • Passengers are subjected to 14-day quarantine.
  • Airline crew are subjected to quarantine until their next flight.

 

LAOS

  • Vaccine information: On June 2nd, Laos received a shipment of 100,620 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX Facility – a partnership between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO). The Government of Lao PDR will use this batch to vaccinate 50,300 people above 60 years of age and with underlying health conditions. The vaccination will start in Vientiane capital and later roll out to high risk areas including Bokeo, Champasak and Savannakhet.
  • Flights: Commercial flights to and from Laos remain very limited.
  • Restrictions:  The Laos Government has decided to further measures as below:

The government of the Lao PDR has suspended the visa on arrival service at all international entry points.

Type of actions

Laos

General government action

  • No visas are being issued to people travelling from a country with cases of COVID-19.
  • However, the Lao authorities may consider granting special entry permission for foreigners e.g. experts, technicians and foreign nationals that are needed for essential projects (all must present a Certificate of Entry (issued by the MFA); a completed Health Declaration form; and a ‘Fit to Fly’ Certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to travel).
  • All arrivals will be subjected to a COVID-19 test at their own expenses. Positive cases will be admitted to hospitals for treatment. Negative cases will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine at designated locations (with all expenses covered by individuals or their organisations/companies)
  • Lockdown are extended through July 4, 2021.

Transport companies action (Air & land)

  • International freight and cargo transportation will be required to comply with COVID-19 prevention measures.
  • Domestic flights are to resume on 25 June in accordance with measures determined by the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control.

FAQ's:

  • Is it safe to travel to Southeast Asia?

- All tourism authorities have reacted efficiently as soon as the virus was made known of to limit risks
- Local authorities also issue public announcements informing about general safety measures
- ASEV Travel has managed at the best of abilities the repatriation of guests and worked on the postponing of current travels for the smoothest of outcomes

  • How is safety managed by ASEV Travel?

- Travelers are advised to frequently wash their hands and wear a health mask in public if preferred. It is recommended for travelers to bring along masks with them as stocks may be low in some countries. Assistance is given to travelers on the ground if they require any mask purchases. Sanitary gel recommended to be brought along by travelers
- All emergency numbers are running at all times and our teams remain available for any support 

  • How is ASEV preparing the future?

- We are eager to look forward to the future and give all postponed projects or new ones to come a great impulse. All teams are at work and well preparing for the second part of the year activities. Time is ideal for new production and innovative tours!
- We would like to thank in advance tour operators and agents in the trust they will give to SE Asia and the potential of the region to rebound.