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UPDATE ON OUR DESTINATIONS 2022

Last Update: 8 September 2022 

At Phoenix Voyages, we are continuing our crusade through this spatiotemporal rift to tell you about our remarkable stays to offer your clients in the near future. Here is our latest news on the current situation of our destinations.    

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

Vietnam fully reopens its borders to foreign travelers without quarantine.

Vietnam has lifted the pre-entry COVID-19 testing requirements for all foreign arrivals entering the country.

Updated entry conditions include:

✓ A valid Passport & an e-Visa (via Click Here) if needed.

✓ A Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination and/or a Medical Certificate of COVID-19 Recovery (not mandatory).

The above conditions apply to all entries into Vietnam: by air, sea, and land.

VISA conditions include:

The Vietnamese government announced the restoration of visa exemption (15 days) for arrivals from the following 13 countries and territories:

Belarus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Citizens of these 13 countries are exempt from visas when entering Vietnam with a temporary stay of 15 days, no matter the passport type and entry purpose.

Vietnam Visa Exemption Re-entry Process:

For the re-entry visa exemption process, clients may now exit and re-enter Vietnam immediately without waiting for a specified time to return. The initial need to wait for 30 days after the first entry is no longer mandated (for a new stay of a maximum 15 days). Additionally, clients do not have to pay a visa fee for the visa exemption.

However, citizens from the list of 80 eligible countries in Vietnam have to apply for an e-Visa.

VACCINES:

Around 80.6% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated, and around 67.4% has received a 3rd dose (booster). 

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

Since 1st July 2022, Thailand lifted the "Thailand Pass" registration scheme.

Foreign visitors are only required to show the proof of either a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative RT-PCR or RAT (Rapid Antigen - NOT self-Antigen) test result within 72 hours of travel.

The unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers without a negative test result within 72 hours of travel are required to follow the public health instructions and guidelines as deemed appropriate by the Health Control officer at the point of arrival. All expenses incurred will be the responsibility of the travellers.

During the Stay:

While in Thailand, both vaccinated and unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers are advised to strictly follow the health and safety standards. Travellers who are experiencing COVID-like symptoms should get tested. If tested positive, they must get the appropriate medical treatment.

VISA EXEMPTION AND BILATERAL AGREEMENT

Thailand Grants Visa Extension for Foreign Travelers from 1st October 2022

From 1st October 2022 to 31st March, 2023, Thailand has increased the period of visa-free stay for foreign arrivals entering the country. 

For travelers from countries entitled for visa exemption, the period of stay has been extended to 45 days, and to 30 days for those eligible for a Visa on Arrival (VOA).

The following countries eligible for visa exemption: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Monaco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UAE, UK, Ukraine, and USA. 

passport with a validity of more than 6 months and a plane ticket to exit Thailand within 45 days of arrival are requested when applying for the mandatory “Certificate of Entry” (COE) at the Thai Embassy of their home country. 

For detailed information on this new visa extension policy, please Click Here.

Also, please feel free to contact us for any questions regarding the entry requirements or conditions to obtain the “Certificate of Entry” (COE).

VACCINES:

Around 82% of the country’s population has received at least 1 dose of vaccination (and 77% fully vaccinated). Moreover, around 46% of the eligible population has received a booster (3rd dose) vaccine so far.

 

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

Cambodia has reopened its borders to fully vaccinated and non-vaccinated foreign travellers without quarantine. Likewise, visa-exempted countries, especially from the ASEAN regions is also welcomed in Cambodia.

However, foreign nationals are fully responsible for the Covid-19 treatment expenses that may occur during the trip in Cambodia. It is encouraged (but not compulsory) to purchase an insurance covering these possible expenses.

VISAS:

Cambodia has reopened its electronic visa scheme (e-visa certificate) for foreign tourists entering the country. Visa exemptions for business people and "sponsored" persons are authorized. In addition, Cambodia has allowed the re-issuance of “Visa on Arrival” for all international travelers, by air, land, and sea. 

VACCINES:

There are around 88% of the country’s population who are fully vaccinated, and 60% who have received a booster dose.

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

Laos has lifted COVID-19 Testing for Fully Vaccinated Travelers.

Laos has fully reopened its borders to foreign visitors, allowing fully vaccinated arrivals to enter the country with no requirements of COVID-19 testing and quarantine. This is applied to all visitors arriving by land, air, or water.

Also, fully vaccinated entrants can now travel freely anywhere within Laos without restrictions.

Fully vaccinated travelers entering Laos only need a COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (2 doses).

Foreign arrivals in Laos, who may become infected with COVID-19 during their trip in Laos, must bear the responsibility for any and all medical costs involved in the treatment.

However, non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must take a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) not self- antigen test within 48 hours before departure and present the results upon arrival, except for children under 12 years old. Likewise, they are no longer required to have a test upon arrival. 

VISAS:

Citizens of countries that have bilateral or unilateral visa waiver agreements with Laos may now enter Laos without the need for a visa.

Citizens of countries that do not have a visa waiver agreement with Laos may now apply for a visa at a Lao Embassy or Consulate abroad or via the e-Visa online system.

However, visa on arrival for all foreign nationals has resumed. Visa fee is 40 US$ (except for Chinese and Vietnamese nationals), when applying for a tourist visa at an international checkpoint. 

For more information about the conditions to enter Laos, flights, and reservations, please feel free to contact us.

VACCINES:

The first dose of vaccinations has reached around 82% of the eligible population, while the second dose of vaccinations has now reached 73%.

 

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

Myanmar has resumed the international flights and they operate regularly.

Persons authorized to enter Myanmar must comply with the following conditions:

✓ Have a passport valid for 6 months after the date of entry into Myanmar;

✓ Have a valid visa;

✓ Have a negative antigen test result within 48 hours of arrival in Myanmar;

✓ Take an insurance covering COVID-19, online with "Myanmar insurance";

✓ Submit to an antigen test upon arrival.

VACCINES:

Myanmar has administered at least 66,954,796 doses of COVID vaccines so far, meaning about 64% of the country’s population.

REOPENING OF THE BORDERS:

South Korea allows travelers to enter the country without quarantine.

Moreover, from 3rd September 2022, South Korea lifted the Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Testing.

However, all travelers are still required to take a PCR test within 1 day (before 23:59 the next day) after arriving in Korea, and must stay at their place of residence or accommodation until test results become available. Short-term visitors can take a PCR test at the COVID-19 Testing Center inside the Incheon International Airport or at a nearby medical clinic at their own expense. Long-term visitors may take a PCR test at a public health center near their home/accommodation. Rapid Antigen Tests on day 6 or 7 are recommended, but not mandatory.

Note: For a smooth transition, visitors are notified of the testing requirement by the flight crew upon boarding the plane. They can book their post-entry PCR test through the Q-Code system ahead of time.

For more information about the Post-entry testing process, please Click Here

In addition, all travelers must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (K-ETA).

All these conditions also apply to children from 12 years old.

Vaccination Status for Visitors Under 18 years old:

Visitors under 18 years old must have a second dose of vaccine completed (at least 14 days prior to entry).

Entry Process (Special Entry Procedure)

All individuals entering Korea are required to go through a special immigration process to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  

STEP 1:

Fill-out the Health Questionnaire and Travel Record Declaration (Special Quarantine Report) on board the plane.

Does not apply to Q-code applicants who have pre-registered their information.

STEP 2:

Upon arrival at the airport, proceed to check your temperature and submit the documents at the quarantine checkpoint.

✓ Q-code applicants may use their pre-issued QR code instead of submitting printed documents.

✓ Required documents:

- Health Questionnaire & Travel Record Declaration

- Passport

All documents above can be registered in advance via Q-code.

STEP 3:

Quarantine Procedure 

✓ COVID-19 Asymptomatic:

Individuals who are fully vaccinated (either in Korea or overseas) and show no signs of symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, etc.) during the health screening process and on their Health Questionnaire may proceed to their destination after immigration check.

✓ Symptomatic:

Travelers showing signs of fever (37.5 or higher), coughing, difficulty in breathing, and/or other possible signs of COVID-19 upon entry to Korea must take a PCR test at the Arrival Hall or the quarantine facility (Central Quarantine & Medical Support Center).

- If the test result is positive, the individual will be transferred to a hospital or residential treatment center depending on the severity.

- If the test result is negative, the individual is exempted from quarantine and must take a follow-up Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on Day 6 or 7 after their arrival. To perform a RAT, visitors can either use a self-test kit or visit a nearby medical clinic.

- After taking a test, visitors must take their personal car or a quarantine taxi and wait at the place of residence or accommodation until the results are available. All visitors must inquire at the testing facility and follow the provided procedure.

STEP 4:

Submit Test Results

✓ Upon arriving in Korea, all travelers are required to take a PCR test within 1 day (before 23:59 the next day) and must submit the test results.

- Access Q-Code website → Select “Registration of Post-Entry Inspection” → Input your passport number, date of birth, and date of entry and select “Inquiry” → Input the date your test was taken and upload the test results.

- Screenshots of the text message of the test results (including name, name of the test facility, and PCR test result) sent by the testing facility can be uploaded.

- In the case of difficulty in submitting the test results on the website, travelers can submit the results in person at a local public medical center. (Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency Hotline: +82-1339)

For more information on the actual South Korea entry conditions, please Click Here:, or feel free to contact us.

South Korea K-ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization)

South Korea has launched a Korea Electronic Travel Authorization system, known as K-ETA. It is a new electronic authorization allowing visa-free travelers to visit the country.

Foreign nationals will only be able to enter South Korea without a visa by registering for a K-ETA. Upon acquiring the waiver, visitors will be exempt from submitting arrival cards, enabling them to clear immigration quickly.

It permits eligible travelers to visit South Korea for short stays for tourism, visiting family members, or business activities. In addition, the K-ETA is valid for 2 years, allowing the holder a stay of between 30 to 180 days per entry, depending on the nationality.

Visitors must apply for the K-ETA at least 72 hours before boarding the flight. Those who apply now can also use the visa waiver for future trips to South Korea.

To enter the country for purposes other than those authorized with the K-ETA or for extended consecutive stays, travelers must contact the nearest South Korean Embassy.

How to get a K-ETA

Application form: Click Here

To complete the online form, applicants need to enter basic information including:

✓ Personal details: name, nationality, date of birth

✓ Contact information: including email address

✓ Passport data: passport number, issue, and expiry date

✓ Health and security information

✓ A recent individual photo

✓ A non-refundable application fee of 10,000 KRW (about 7,5 euros) is paid using a debit or credit card to finalize the request.

On approval, the travel permit is sent to the applicant by email.

Travel Conditions

✓ For a full list of eligible countries, please Click Here

✓ 1 RT-PCR test within 48 hours or Rapid Antigen Test (NOT self-antigen test) within 24 hours of departure.

For essential information and further details, Click Here

VACCINES:

Around 88% of the 52 million population has been fully vaccinated. Moreover, around 66% of the population has received their booster shots.

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As it is so dear to us, the Phoenix Voyages team is at your disposal to prepare for your clients' future trips in Asia.  

The Phoenix Voyages Team