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Asian Countries Open for Tourism: 2022 LATEST Update

Despite the fourth and fifth waves of COVID-19 infections, most Asian countries continue efficiently managing their pandemic figures. 

Let’s take a look at the current reopening status of 21 Asian countries reopening (or not) for tourism.

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Which Asian countries are open for tourism?

  • Brunei is open to international travelers. Different rules apply for vaccinated and unvaccinated arrivals.
  • Cambodia reopened for tourism on Nov. 20.
  • China is open to foreign nationals with work or residence visas.
  • Hong Kong citizens can come back from 9 banned countries
  • India has lifted post-arrival testing and the 7-day mandatory quarantine. Some areas have lifted all restrictions.
  • Indonesia extended its VoA to 58 countries and removed quarantine for visitors to Bali and other islands.
  • Japan increse the entry cap to 10,000 visitors per day. The country further easy restrictions on 106 banned countries.
  • Maldives is open to most countries. No mandatory quarantine.
  • Laos reopened for tourism on May 9.
  • Malaysia reopened for international tourism on April 1.
  • Myanmar plans to reopen for tourism in “early 2022.”
  • Nepal Open for tourism. Quarantine for vaccinated travelers have been removed.
  • Pakistan is open to all countries. No quarantine required. New – Proof of vaccination is now mandatory
  • The Philippines reopened for fully vaccinated visitors on Feb. 10.
  • Singapore to change entry rules as of July 1.
  • South Korea is open to visitors from most countries. Quarantine is mandatory.
  • Sri Lanka is open to all tourists from multiple countries. Health Insurance, visa and test are required.
  • Taiwan continues the travel ban on all foreign nationals.
  • Thailand modified its entry restrictions as of May 1
  • Vietnam reopened for tourism on Nov. 20.

Asian countries open for tourism – Latest Update April 4)

Brunei 

Mosque in Brunei

As of May 6, 2022, the Travel Green Lane classification will be lifted and visitors will no longer be required to apply for entry or exit permits.

Everyone entering the country must be fully vaccinated and have received a booster shot. A second dose given in the last 3 months is also valid.

Fully vaccinated arrivals must present 3 negative “ART” tests (on Day 1 of entry, Day 2, and Day 3), but isolation is no longer required. The cost for the 3 ART tests is BND $40.

Unvaccinated travelers must present proof of medical exemption and be tested upon arrival, RT-PCR test on the third day after arrival and self-isolation until the negative RT-PCR result is required. The cost is BND $100.

Cambodia Reopening

Cambodia

Cambodia 

Cambodia reopened for fully vaccinated international tourists on Nov. 20. 

The country cites its effective nationwide campaign as the main reason enabling the reopening. 

Prime Minister Hun Sen confirmed that fully vaccinated tourists are now permitted to enter the country without quarantine from Saturday.

“I hope our compatriots enjoy our reopening. It is widely due to the country having achieved such an outstanding rate of vaccination,” he said.

Entry requirements – Updated

  1. Have a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72-hours before arrival.
  2. Proof that they have health insurance with coverage of at least USD $50,000.

Read our full article: Cambodia To Reopen Borders To International Tourists on November 30

China Reopening

China

For the very first time in more than a year, China is reportedly having conversations with multiple countries to resume the visa/entry request process for travelers who have received two doses of the Chinese vaccine. 

Visitors will still need to bring a negative COVID-19 test result and undergo a 14-21 day quarantine.

Using their own homemade vaccine, China has set a new goal to boost the ratio to 40 vaccines per 100 people by the end of June 2021.

Most restrictions on local travel have been lifted and life has almost gotten back to normal. However, allowed visitors must go through a strict process of obtaining a visa, get tested for Covid-19 and undergo mandatory quarantine.

As of today, China is open to foreign nationals with work or residence visas, or those who need to travel for family reunification. Commercial airlines are covering multiple routes.

Entry requirements:

Check the full and updated post on China reopening borders to foreigners!

Hong Kong Reopening

Hong Kong

Fully vaccinated Hongkongers are allowed to return from the US, Canada, the UK, France, Australia, India, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines from April 1.

Hong Kong authorities plan to resume flights from Australia, Canada, France, India, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States on April 1.

Residents of India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand, and South Korea can also enter Hong Kong if they are fully vaccinated, but they must still quarantine up to 21 days, according to a news release.

Other essential travelers such as diplomats and students also need to undergo a mandatory 7-day quarantine, plus agree to the rest of the regular restrictions.

Read our full post on Hong Kong reopening borders.

India Reopening

India

Maharashtra has removed all Covid-related restrictions as of April 2.

“All COVID restrictions in Maharashtra will be lifted, as we bring in the new year this Gudi Padwa!” read a tweet from its handle, referring to the spring festival to mark the traditional New Year for Marathi and Konkani Hindus.

India’s Ministry of Health announced that all travelers will no longer be subject to quarantine or post-arrival testing from Feb. 14.

Travelers must still upload a negative RT-PCR test result to the Air Suvidha portal within 72 hours of their arrival in India.

Foreign arrivals will no longer be required to produce samples and wait for results at the airport and the categorization as a “high-risk” country has also been withdrawn.

Read our full post: India Lifts its 7-day Quarantine, Testing and List of ‘At-risk’ Countries from Feb. 14

Entry requirements

  • All travelers must apply for a visa.
  • In order to enter the country, visitors must fill out a self-declaration form 72 hours before departure and submit a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test before departure.

Also read: India opening tourism.

Indonesia Reopening

Indonesia

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno announced that the visa-on-arrival program at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport has been expanded to included people from 58 countries.

Indonesia also removed all quarantine requirements for international visitors from March 21.

Visitors still need to present a negative Covid-19 test result taken within 72 hours of their departure.

Entry requirements

  • Tourists visa
  • Negative COVID-19 test
  • Health insurance with coverage of at least US$100,000

For more details, check out our post:  Bali Reopens for Tourism.

Japan Reopening

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Japan has eased entry restrictions for students, business travelers, and other non-tourist visitors who have a sponsor.

As part of measures to gradually ease Covid 19 restrictions, Japan lifted its ban on foreigners entering the country from 106 countries, including the United Kingdom, India, and the United States, starting April 8.

However, the policy change does not mean Japan has reopened to tourism. The country will continue to suspend the validity of visas issued before Dec. 2, except for diplomats, spouses of Japanese nationals and permanent residents.

As a general rule, visas will not be issued unless individuals seeking to enter Japan do so under “extraordinary circumstances,” such as visiting the terminally ill or attending funerals. Foreign tourists are still not permitted to enter Japan.

The quarantine time for these visitors has been reduced from seven days to only three days.

Entry requirements for returning nationals

  • PCR COVID-19 test results no older than 72 hours
  • Agree to get tested on arrival (at no cost)
  • Complete an online health declaration
  • Agree to a 3-day quarantine 

Read the full post on Japan opening for tourism for the latest updates!

Maldives Reopening

Maldives

Maldives is open to all countries, and has lifted the obligation for fully vaccinated travelers to produce a negative COVID-19 test to enter the island.

Visas are issued on arrival at no cost. No quarantine is required, but if a visitor gets in close contact with a positive patient they will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

Check out our full post: Maldives is open for tourism

Entry requirements

  • Booking at a hotel, resort, or any other government-approved lodging facility.
  • Negative results of a PCR COVID-19 test taken in the 92 hours before departure.
  • Agree to undergo health screenings on arrival, and additional testing if necessary.

Laos Reopening

Laos

Laos has reopened all its international borders as of May 9, 2022.

Fully vaccinated individuals will not require pre-departure or arrival testing.

Unvaccinated individuals must undergo ATK testing no more than 48 hours prior to departure.

Quarantine is not required and visas are available upon arrival.

Malaysia Reopening

Malaysia

Malaysia will reopen for international tourism on April 1.

After that date, there will be no more quarantine for fully vaccinated passengers. They must, however, have a Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test two days prior to travel and a professional Rapid Test Kit-Antigen (RTK-Ag) test within 24 hours of arriving in Malaysia.

Also, Malaysia Airlines has introduced its brand-new Digital Travel Health Pass to allow passengers to schedule COVID-19 tests with trusted medical partners and upload their COVID-19 vaccination certificates. The idea is to make travel to the country easier for locals and visitors.

Read our full post: Malaysia Plans To Reopen for International Tourism on December 1

Additional entry Requirements

  • Travelers must apply for permission to enter through MyTravel Pass portal

Also read: Malaysia reopening requirements!

Myanmar Reopening

Myanmar

The country has stated that it plans to open its doors to international visitors in early 2022.

“We are planning to reopen tourism for vaccinated tourists if plans are well-prepared for safe and convenient travel,” Zeyar Htun, deputy director of the Public Relations and Information Department at the military-run Ministry of Hotels & Tourism, confirmed to CNN Travel.

Myanmar is still struggling with the effects caused by a coup in February 2021. According to experts, it will be hard to see any airlines resuming commercial flights to the country for the time being.   

Nepal Reopening

Nepal

Nepal resumed commercial flights to and from Kathmandu on June 24. Multiple restrictions apply.

U.S. visitors still need to obtain a tourist visa from a Nepali diplomatic mission abroad or obtain a pre-approval recommendation from the concerned ministry for ensuring their on-arrival visa. 

Also read: Nepal reopening for tourism – Travel restrictions

Entry requirements

If allowed, visitors must bring, 

  • A proper visa.
  • Negative results of a COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before arrival.
  • Booking in an approved hotel
  • 5-day quarantine only for unvaccinated. 
  • Trekkers and Mountaineers need to bring proof of insurance that covers COVID-19 up to, at least, US $5,000.

Special entry requirements for Mount Everest climbers

Apart from the insurance that covers COVID-19 related expenses, Mount Everest climbers will need to agree to potential additional testing, mandatory face mask-wearing, and mandatory social distancing during the climbing period. 

The Nepali government has stationed trained medical personnel at the Base Camp to deal with infected patients but this is increasing the total costs of the trip.

Check our post for more information about when is Nepal opening for tourism?.

Pakistan Reopening

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Pakistan has ordered an 80% reduction of international flight operations and the closure of most non-essential businesses including tourist spots.

Effective August 1, all domestic air travelers must provide proof of vaccination, according to the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC).

Important! – In certain provinces only fully vaccinated people will have access to public transportation.

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Entry requirements for allowed visitors

Philippines Reopening

Philippines

The Philippines reopened for fully vaccinated visitors from countries that are permitted visa-free travel, including the United States, on Feb. 10.

Travelers must show confirmation of vaccination as well as negative RT-PCR results from a test taken within 48 hours after leaving their home country, and they must self-monitor for symptoms for seven days after arrival in the Philippines.

“We are confident that we will be able to keep pace with our Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) neighbors who have already made similar strides to reopen to foreign tourists,” Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said last week.

Also read: The Philippines reopening for tourism

Entry requirements

  • A Negative COVID-19 test
  • Proof of vaccination

Singapore Reopening

Singapore

As of July 01, 2022, all long-term passport holders between the ages of 13 and 17 must be fully vaccinated.

Pre-departure testing COVID -19 will no longer be required for vaccinated visitors.

However, the rules remain unchanged for travelers aged 13 and older who are not fully vaccinated.

These travelers will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test, comply with a 7-day mandatory quarantine upon arrival, and undergo another PCR test on the 7th day of their stay.

Current Entry requirements

  • Negative COVID-19 test results (or a test on arrival for Air Travel Pass visitors)
  • Agree to a 14-day quarantine
  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19
  • Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) 

Also read: Singapore is open for some tourists but reimposing strict local restrictions

South Korea Reopening

South Korea

South Korea continues to be open to tourists with restrictions. However, the government is reportedly negotiating travel bubbles with a number of Asian countries. The beneficiaries of these new agreements will forgo quarantine and other requirements. The names of these countries have not been released yet but Australia and Japan are two of the candidates. (Source)

The country has introduced an additional entry requirement for all foreign arrivals, they will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result obtained within 72 hours prior to departure. 

Entry requirements

  • Foreign travelers will need a visa and present proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
  • All travelers will need to quarantine for 14 days at their own cost
  • Nationals returning from the UK, South Africa or Brazil need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test. (source)

Sri Lanka Reopening

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka reopened for tourism from June 1. The country had to temporarily close its borders due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, but it is open again. Commercial airlines can operate at a limited capacity.

People who have visited or transited through India, South Africa, Vietnam, as well as South American countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela over the last 2 weeks will be denied entry regardless of nationality or vaccination status. 

Check our full post: Sri Lanka opening for tourism!

Entry requirements

  • Apply for a visa or travel permit online here.
  • Bring a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours before departure.
  • Pay for on-site COVID-19 testing and health insurance.
  • Undergo a 14-day quarantine regardless of vaccination status at a government-designated facility.

Visitors cannot leave their hotels for 14 days but they can enjoy the hotel facilities and common areas.

Taiwan Reopening

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Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has announced that entry restrictions will be enforced until at least February 28. 

In order to reopen to the world and gradually restore regular live, Taiwan’s stringent COVID-19 quarantine policy will be eased by mid-March, the government announced last week,

The CECC said it would be able to lower the quarantine period from 14 to 10 days since testing measures can detect infections within that time.

For the time being, to be granted access workers are evaluated on a new point-based system that takes into account their vaccination status, the epidemiology situation in their home country, and “the prospective employer’s epidemic prevention plan.”

Entry requirements

  • Negative PCR COVID-19 test results, in English or Chinese issued within three days before boarding.
  • Show proof of a reservation at an approved hotel or quarantine facility.
  • Mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government facility or a government-approved hotel (residents can stay at their homes if they can prove is a one person household)

Check our full post Taiwan opening for tourists!

Thailand Reopening

Thailand

As of May 1, fully vaccinated travelers can enter Thailand via Thailand Pass and do not need to quarantine. RT-PCR Testing before and upon arrival is not required.

Those who are not not fully vaccinated, may still enter Thailand under the Alternative Quarantine scheme or be exempt from quarantine if they can produce a Covid-19 RT-PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure

According to Taweesin Visanuyothin, a task force spokeswoman, foreign tourists will now only need to show confirmation of vaccination and health insurance coverage of at least $10,000, rather than the prior requirement of $20,000.

Meanwhile, tourists who have not been vaccinated are no longer required to present proof of pre-departure or post-arrival testing, but they must still apply for a Thailand visa, stay in a hotel for five days, take an RT-PCR test on Day 5, and show proof of medical insurance.

Check our full post: Thailand reopens for tourism!

Vietnam Reopening

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Vietnam fully reopen for tourism on March 15. 

Effective March 15, 2022, the Vietnamese government has resumed pre-pandemic visa issuance policies and reopen to all international visitors.

Passengers must present either a negative PCR test conducted within 72 hours prior to travel or a rapid test taken with 24 hours.

In addition, travelers must self-monitor their health status for 10 days after arrival. However, there are no quarantine requirements for travelers without COVID -19 symptoms.

Also read: Vietnam Officially Reopens For tourism Under Strict Controls