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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) a pandemic. The number of coronavirus cases continues to rise around the world. As a result, we’re witnessing its massive impact on tourism. Below is a full overview of the COVID-19 situation in our destinations, updated on a daily basis.

Vietnam

UPDATE April 1

Vietnam on April 1 implemented strict social distancing rules nationwide for 15 days to curb the spread of COVID-19. The measures include self-isolation and restricting people from leaving homes except for food and medicines. The gathering of more than two people is also banned while also keeping a distance of two meters when outside.

Entry Conditions: To staunch the spread of COVID-19, from March 18, Vietnam will stop issuing new visas to all foreign nationals for 30 days. Travellers from countries with visa exemptions will only be allowed to enter if they can show medical papers certifying they are free of the virus. All incoming travellers from the United States, European and ASEAN nations must undergo medical checks and 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Vietnam. The travel ban also applies to those who currently hold visas or visa letters.

Health Check/Declarations: Health screening is performed at all airports, including temperature checks.

Hotel News: For safety reasons, some hotels in Vietnam are being blocked for quarantine. In addition, a few homestays and local houses are closed and refuse to welcome guests. We will make sure our clients are informed about any changes as soon as possible. For more information, please contact our sales team.

Attraction News: A number of festivals and events in Vietnam have been cancelled or postponed in alignment with the government’s directive to avoid public gatherings.

Flight Information:
- Vietnam will suspend all inbound international flights.
Domestic flights have been significantly reduced to just one round trip a day between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City; Hanoi and Da Nang; Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang. Passenger trains between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are also limited to two trips a day. 
- Vietnam Airlines will suspend all international flights until at least April 30.

Current snapshot of COVID-19 cases in Vietnam

Confirmed infections 212
Recovered cases 58
Deaths 0


Thailand

UPDATE April 1

The Ministry of Public Health will continue to categorise travellers arriving in Thailand in three groups for a different level of surveillance, including: Disease Infected Zones, countries with ongoing local transmission and other destinations.

Requirements for travellers from the Disease Infected Zones: including The People’s Republic of China (including Special Administrative Regions Macau and Hong Kong), Republic of Korea, Republic of Italy, and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

1. Before check-in at the airport of origin, travellers must show the documents to the airlines including:

- Health certification describing “No evidence of COVID-19 infection in the previous 48 hours and no signs of sickness in the 14 days prior to the departure date.

- Health insurance (in an amount of US$ 100,000 that should cover all expenditures of medical treatment while travelling abroad. Travellers need to purchase health insurance before travelling. This does not apply to Thai citizens and people already covered under the Thai government’s health insurance plan or foreign diplomats who are covered by their host countries).

2. Travellers arriving in Thailand must complete the health form (T.8 form) accurately and truthfully (or the AOT Airports Application).

3. Travellers with a fever and at least one of the following symptoms: runny nose, sore throat, and difficulty breathing must notify the disease control officers at the quarantine office immediately upon arrival in Thailand.

4. All travellers will pass a fever screening through a thermal scan. Travellers who meet the criteria of surveillance will be referred to a designated hospital.

5. Travellers who pass the initial fever screening must implement self-quarantine and report to the Disease control officers within 3 hours if exhibiting any clinical syptom.

Requirements for travellers from the ongoing local transmission areas: including France, Spain, the United States of America, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain, Japan (specific cities), and Germany

1. Before check-in at the airport of origin, travellers must show the documents to the airlines including:
– Health certification describing “No evidence of COVID-19 infection in the previous 48 hours and no signs of sickness in the 14 days prior to the departure date.
– Health insurance (in an amount of US$ 100,000 that should cover all expenditures of medical treatment while travelling abroad. Travellers need to purchase health insurance before travelling).

2. Travellers arriving in Thailand must complete the health form (T.8 form) accurately and truthfully (or the AOT Airports Application).

3. Travellers with a fever and at least one of the following symptoms: runny nose, sore throat, and difficulty breathing must notify disease control officers at the quarantine office immediately upon arrival in Thailand.

4. All travellers will pass a fever screening through a thermal scan. Travellers who meet the criteria of surveillance will be referred to a designated hospital.

5. All travellers are recommended to implement control for observation (meaning supervision without quarantine) in order to ensure self-monitoring at their residence for no less than 14 days  and report to the Disease control officers within 3 hours if exhibiting any clinical syptom. They have to obtain permission from the officers for going out of the hotels/residences when deemed necessary.

Requirements for travellers from other areas

1. Travellers with a fever and at least one of the following symptoms: runny nose, sore throat, and difficult breathing must notify the disease control officers at the quarantine office immediately upon arrival in Thailand.

2. All travellers will pass a fever screening through a thermal scan. If the travellers exhibit disease symptoms, the officers will take their history for further details and to provide recommendations.

3. The travellers should take care of themselves with good sanitation, self- protection, avoiding crowded places, eating cooked food, using serving spoons, washing hands and wearing cloth masks. While coughing or sneezing, cover the mouth and nose in an appropriate way.

Thai New Year, or Songkran, holidays and celebrations, from 13-15 April, 2020, to be postponed until further notice.

Current snapshot of COVID-19 cases in Thailand

Confirmed infections 1524
Recovered cases 229
Deaths 9

 

Hotel News: No hotel closures.

Cambodia

UPDATE March 31

Entry Conditions: The government has announced an entry ban of foreigners from Italy, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States for a period of 30 days to prevent the possible spread of Covid-19. The ban takes effect from March 17, 2020.

Current snapshot of COVID-19 cases in Cambodia

Confirmed infections 107
Recovered cases 21
Deaths 0

 

Health Check/Declarations: Health screening is performed at all airports, including temperature checks.

Hotel News: Some hotels are choosing to renovate during this quiet period. For details on renovations taking place, please contact us for more information.

Angkor Village Resort will be closed from April 01, 2020, until October 10, 2020.

Attraction News: The Cambodian government has decided to close all schools & training schools in Siem Reap for 2 week from 10–24 March. To respect this local announcement, Bayon Pastry School as well Sala Bai Restaurant (from Sala Bai Training School) will close during this period.

Laos

UPDATE March 31

There are 8 confirmed cases in Laos.

Entry Conditions: Laos has suspended the issuance of visas for foreign tourists for 30 days to prevent Covid-19. All types of visas on arrival and electronic visas (E-visas) are suspended. Those already holding an entry visa need to get a health certificate from the concerned authorities and declare their movement history.

Health Check/Declarations: Health screening is performed at all airports, including temperature checks.

Flight Information: No flight restrictions.

Hotel News: No hotel closures.

Attraction News: Various events & festivals have been canceled or postponed. Please contact us if you have any specific inquiries about festivals, events or shows.

Indonesia

UPDATE March 31

Entry Conditions: Indonesia now prohibits the entry and transit of visitors who have travelled in the last 14 days to Italy and Vatican City, Spain, France, Germany, the UK, and Iran. Restrictions for travellers from China and South Korea's Daegu City and Gyeongsangbuk-do province remain in place.

For the next month, all travellers who wish to visit Indonesia will also have to obtain a health certificate from their home countries and must apply for a visa from Indonesian missions.

Current snapshot of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia

Confirmed infections 1414
Recovered cases 75
Deaths 122


Myanmar

UPDATE March 31

Current snapshot of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar

Confirmed infections 14
Recovered cases 0
Deaths 0

 

Entry Conditions: Myanmar announced a temporary suspension of issuance of visas on arrival and e-visa for all countries from Saturday (March 21), according to a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry as the move is to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. The suspension will be effective until April 30. All incoming travellers including Myanmar nationals from the United States, Switzerland, Britain, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Norway, Sweden and Denmark will be put under facility quarantine on their arrival in the country.

Health Check/Declarations: Health screening is performed at all airports, including temperature checks. All incoming travellers are required to present medical certificate issued by a medical facility recognised by the health authorities of their respective countries to enter Myanmar.

Hotel News: No hotel closures.

Attraction News: No tourist attractions or activities have been canceled.

Other health and safety precautions for travellers:

- All travellers are encouraged to take sensible precautions against COVID-19 before and during their trips.

- The World Health Organization outlines these basic practices to keep yourself and your loved ones safe as below:

- Avoid travelling if you have a fever and cough. If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, alert health care services and share with them your recent travel history.

- Maintain social distancing. Stay a metre or more away from others, especially those who are sneezing or coughing, or have fever. 

- Wash your hands regularly with soap and running water. You can also use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer to spray your hands as often as you like.

- Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of dirty tissues immediately and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. 

- Avoid contact with live animals. Wash your hands with soap and water if you touch live animals or animal products in markets.

- Eat only well-cooked food. Make sure your meals, especially animal proteins and dairy products are thoroughly cooked and prepared in a sanitary environment. 

- Discard single-use masks. If you choose to wear a single-use mask, ensure it covers your nose and mouth, avoid touching the mask, and wash your hands after removing it.

- We will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Statistics listed above are based on: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
 

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