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COUNTRY UPDATE - COVID-19
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Not Accessible Limitations & restrictions applyNormal Operations
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Last update:23 December 2020
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Bhutan
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International BordersAll entry points both by land and Air are temporarly closed untill further notice.
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Visa & Travel RegulationsIssuing of Visa is kept on halt for the time being.
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Country OperationsTravelling from regoin to region is as normal. However, people are asked to minimize the movement and travel only if it is an urgent. Most of the hotels are temporarly closed or working on partial.
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Cambodia
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International BordersFlights are very restricted but it is possible to fly into Cambodia. Current status on international flights indicate that International connections are available through Seoul Incheon with Korea Air.
Land borders are more unsure, it is not certain if you will be let in.
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Visa & Travel RegulationsIt is not possible to obtain visa on arrival, visa will have to be obtained before entry. To apply for a visa prior to arrival the following must be documented
Provide a negative Covid 19 test not older than 72 hours (easy too as most of the countries provide drive-in testing or testing are done at hospital and clinics).
Purchase a health insurance package for Covid-19 treatment before arrival, with a cost of USD90 and is valid for 20 days. This insurance package can be purchased from FORTE Insurance Company that can be reached through; https://www.forteinsurance.com/covid-19-insurance/ (in some places it is mentioned that it is enough for you to provide documentation of a private insurance covering at least 50.000$. We do not recommend this as we have heard passengers denied boarding without the Forte insurance.)
Upon arrival you must take another Covid test. If the test is negative you will be transported to your designated hotel for a 14 day quarantine. If your test is positive you will be transported to the hospital for further treatment and only be released once you have been cured of Covid.
All travelers are requested to deposit 2000US$ on arrival in cash or by credit card to cover all expenses, ea. tests, accommodation, transport to the center and food. Quarantine facilities have been arranged at hotels around Phnom Penh and it is not possible to book hotels in advance. These costs will be deducted from your deposit. If on the 13th day your test is negative you’ll be able to get the balance from your deposit refunded at the bank.
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Country OperationsCambodia is opening up and business is more or less back to normal with traffic at almost regular level. Many restaurants are open, bars and nightlife areas as well as gyms. Tourist sights are now open again for visitors. Many hotels are still closed and especially Siem Reap is seriously affected, but there is plenty of accommodation available as hotels are gradually opening up. There is no restriction for travel inside Cambodia.
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China
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International BordersClosed
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Visa & Travel RegulationsThe entry is temporarily suspended by all foreign nationals holding visas or residence permits
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Country OperationsMost of the businesses and activities have resumed its normal operations, while continuing to stay vigilant and maintaining high level of personal protection (ie. using masks, sanitizing gels, temperature checks). Domestic travelling is allowed, domestic flights have resumed its operations
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Hong Kong
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International BordersOpened only to Hong Kong residence and visitors from Mainland China, Taiwan and Macao SAR (all subject to quarantine)
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Visa & Travel RegulationsTravel restrictions for all foreign tourists and also transit arrivals to the city until further notice
Passengers will be permitted to transit through Hong Kong International Airport
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Country OperationsThe city remains vigilant and maintaining a very high level of public hygiene and personal protection (i.e. using masks, sanitizing gels, temperature checks etc.) .. Social distancing policies are in place whereby public gathering is restricted to four at this time. It is also mandatory to wear face masks in all public venues and open areas (with a few exceptions) and travelling in all public transport .A good number of sightseeing spots and attractions are assessable. All hotels are operating normally
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Laos
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International BordersClosed until further notice.
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Visa & Travel RegulationsEntry Visa suspended until further notice with the exception of Laos returning overland with tight restriction and government controlled quarantine. All international flights suspended until further notice.
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Country OperationsToday Vientiane went into lockdown until 5 May 2021. All domestic flights and travel to and from Vientiane and prohibited. The lockdown comes following an outbreak of more than 20 new cases believed to have begun during the Lao New Year holiday period.


Testing centres are being set up and the vaccination programmes continue.
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Malaysia
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International BordersAll borders are still closed until further notice, as for now Malaysia is in the phase of Emergency until 31 August 2021.
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Visa & Travel RegulationsNo issue of visa until further notice
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Country OperationsOur offices, operates daily (Mon-Fri) from 08.30hrs to 17.30hrs
Prime Minister’s Office has made a statement release to nationwide of “ Total Nationwide Lockdown Phase 1” for all social and economic sectors from 1st June to 14th June 2021.
Only 17 essential economic sectors and services will be allowed to operate. These sectors include healthcare, telecommunications and media, food and beverage, utilities as well as banking.
The government will also allow companies under 12 manufacturing sectors to continue operating, such as food and drink manufacturing, medical devices, textiles for producing personal protection equipment as well as oil and gas. They will need to operate at 60 per cent capacity. All shopping malls are closed during this period. Only two people from each household would be allowed to go out to buy essentials or for medical services, with movement limited to a 10km radius.

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Maldives
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International BordersOpen since 15 July 2020
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Visa & Travel RegulationsPlease know that amid the increasing infection rates from around the world the Maldives has reversed its recent policy and now state that all arriving tourists and permit holders are required to present a negative PCR test where samples were taken no later than 96 hours from arrival.

The announcement was made by the Health Protection Authority and will be in effect from the 3rd of May onwards.

The rule shall be strictly enforced and also applies to those who have completed both doses of the COVID-19 vaccines.
The order is to be kept in place until further notice by the health authorities in the nation.

Additional to the above also know that restrictions have been imposed that Indian Nationals will not be allowed to stay in guest houses or any locally inhabited islands until further notice. The official communique’s for the latest information could be found at https://www.tourism.gov.mv/en/circulars

As the situation continues to evolve and change, we shall continue to monitor and update you accordingly.
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Country OperationsA Further Ease of Travel Restriction -
We are happy to let you know that the Maldives continues to have a positive approach in handling worldly crises and has announced further ease in the arrival restrictions for tourists.

Please be informed that as of 20th April, all travellers to Maldives (including tourists) who have completed their two doses of Covid-19 vaccination (recognized by WHO) 2 weeks prior to travel are now exempted from the pre-arrival Negative PCR requirement and do not require to undergo or observe the travel quarantine on arrival to the Maldives.

Complete detail of the circular is attached and we would advise that it is reviewed and if you or your service teams have any questions please let us know.

An Updated Resort Development Report -
Please find an updated resort development report that indicates approximate dates of new openings and changes in what was reported previously. We now understand that Grand Melia has withdrawn from the resort project it had planned, similarly, Hurasveli too has temporarily suspended construction. You may find the complete details in the attached report please review and let me know if you have any questions.

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Myanmar
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International Borderscurrently closed until further notice.
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Visa & Travel RegulationsNo visa until further notice - Temporary ban on international commercial air traffic until further notice
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Country OperationsYangon region is under stay-at-home order until 28 February 2021. all domestic and international flights are suspended until 30 April. Most Hotels remain closed except for long stay guests. A night curfew is still valid (24:00 -04:00 hrs).
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Philippines
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International BordersManila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport has begun to unwind a temporary ban on international arrivals. The relaxation of the ban has seen both commercial and charter flights allowed to touch down since Monday 11th May 2020. Philippine boarders remains closed for foreign tourists. Please refer to visa and travel regulations below.
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Visa & Travel RegulationsThe following are allowed to travel and enter the Philippines: Eligible Passengers For Travel To The Philippines
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Country OperationsMetro Manila retains GCQ status until year-end 31 December 2020 including other identified highly urbanized cities such as Batangas, Iloilo City, Tacloban City, Lanao del Sur, Iligan, Davao City, and Davao del Norte. Link: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2020/12dec/20201201-Memorandum-from-the-Executive-Secretary.pdf
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Singapore
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International BordersBelow is summary of countries which are able to enter Singapore subject to the various requirements:
Australia – Travel entry open: For Leisure & Business (unilateral)
Brunei – Travel entry open: For Leisure & Business
China- Travel entry open: For Leisure Business but limited to 6 provinces
Germany– Travel entry open: For Business
Japan- Travel entry open: For Business
Malaysia- Travel entry open: For PCA pass holders & Business
New Zealand- Travel entry open: For Leisure/Business (unilateral)
Korea- Travel entry open since 2nd Sep: For Business
Vietnam- Travel entry open 8th Oct: For Leisure & Business (unlilateral)
Indonesia - Travel entry open since 12th Oct: For Business
Hong Kong- Travel entry postponed to January 2021
Taiwan- Travel entry open 18th Dec: For Leisure & Business (unilateral)
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Visa & Travel RegulationsFor more detailed information on Visa Requirement, please click on : https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/
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Country Operations1) As Singapore gradually reopen her borders to international travellers, the latest addition to the list of countries is Taiwan, all visitors from Taiwan will not be subject to 14-Day if tested negative prior entry. This is unilateral as Taiwan entry conditions remain unchanged to visitors from Singapore.
2) The World Economic Forum 2021 ( WEF) will convene the Special Annual Meeting 2021 in Singapore from 13-16 May, marking the first time the global leadership summit will be held in Asia and only the second time that it will take place outside of Switzerland since its establishment in 1971. An affirmation of Singapore’s ability to provide a safe, neutral and conducive venue for global leaders to meet despite the ongoing pandemic.
3) Inbound travellers arriving in Singapore can now purchase insurance coverage for Covid-19 related costs incurred during their stay here. Three insurance companies have developed travel insurance products which provide at least $30,000 in coverage for Covid-19 related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs. This give a peace of mind to visitors as under present rules, inbound foreign travellers entering Singapore through various safe travel lanes are required to bear the full cost of medical treatment, tests and isolation, should they be suspected of being infected with Covid-19. The premiums for these inbound travel insurance plans start from $5.35c per day , with GST, and can be purchased directly from the insurers through their respective websites. AIG Asia Pacific Insurance Pte. Ltd., Chubb Insurance Singapore Limited and HL Assurance Pte. Ltd
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Sri Lanka
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International BordersSri Lanka reopened its airports (Bandaranaike International Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport) for international travellers from January 21, 2021.

Update as at 01.06.2021: Temporary ban on inbound travellers to Sri Lanka, lifted from 1 June

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Visa & Travel Regulations-No minimum number of days is required for a stay.
-No restrictive quarantine required.
-Tourists must stay at certified ‘Safe and Secure’ Level 1 hotels for upto 14 days of their stay and travel to sites within a bio bubble (irrespective of the vaccination status)
-All facilities of the hotel/s would be made available to the guests.
-Pay for PCR Tests ( 40 USD per PCR test depending on the number of days of the stay) when applying for visa online and for insurance (12 USD) with one month cover of 50,000 USD.
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Country OperationsSri Lanka is currently experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases and government is imposing lockdowns in selected areas as a preventive measure. Currently National Safari Parks are also closed for visitors and other excursion sites may close during cetain periods or have limitations for visitors. Hotels and other businesses are in operation with limited capacity with strict health measures. Authorities have imposed inter-provincial travel restrictions and asked public to minimise travel to other districts and follow all health guidelines. Travellers can however tour around the country with a special permit. A portion of the citizens have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine since January and arrangments are being carried out to vaccinate more citizens with available Chinese and Russian vaccinations.
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Thailand
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International BordersOpen wiht quarantine requirement
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Visa & Travel RegulationsEffective from 1 May, 2021, until further notice, Thailand’s latest restrictions to curb the new spread of COVID-19 infections are introduced as the country is preparing for the mass vaccination programme, which is scheduled to start in June 2021.

Thailand has already procured 63 million doses of vaccine (61 million doses from AstraZeneca and two million doses from Sinovac) and is now in talks to procure 37 million more doses from other suppliers.

Preliminary rollout already started since late February in a number of Thai provinces, including Bangkok and four major tourist destinations – Phuket, Chon Buri which includes Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Surat Thani which includes Ko Samui, Ko Phangan and Ko Tao.

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Country OperationsFor now, and prior to the mass vaccination rollout, the Royal Thai Government recognises the need to strengthen COVID-19 restrictions to curb local transmission.
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Vietnam
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International BordersClosed to all nationalities until further notice
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Visa & Travel RegulationsTravellers from 80 countries will be able to apply e-visa from 1 July onwards.

For the full country listing, visit: www.diethelmtravel.com/wp-content/uploads/media/Marketing/Nations-that-allowed-E-Visa.pdf

For more detailed information, visit: www.diethelmtravel.com/wp-content/uploads/media/Marketing/E-visas-for-Foreigners-from-80-Countries-to-Vietnam.pdf
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Country OperationsDomestic travelling is resuming with most of the sights opening up for visitors, international travelling though remaining closed.
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For more information of each country, please visit www.diethelmtravel.com/covid-19
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