Is Asia open to Americans? Here's where you can go. – The Washington Post


This story has been updated.
While many of Americans’ favorite international tourism destinations across Europe and the Caribbean have reopened (albeit with fits and starts), Asia has trailed behind and remained largely closed to leisure travelers.
For Asian countries that heavily rely on tourism, the closures have had a massive economic impact. A study by the flight booking company Next Vacay estimates that Thailand’s economy lost more than $13.5 billion last year because of the pandemic.
“Testing and tracking methods across Asia have allowed infection rates to stay relatively low, while their tourism destinations have become some of the worst-hit in the world,” said Next Vacay founder and chief executive Naveen Dittakavi.
That doesn’t mean demand isn’t there.
“[Clients] want to go to Asia again, and it’s restricted,” said John Rose, chief risk officer for the travel management company Altour. “So they’re asking, ‘Hey, who’s open for business now?’ ”
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TourScanner co-founder and chief executive Simone Semprini said that with a trend of significant declines in coronavirus cases, more countries in Asia are lifting travel restrictions for domestic travelers and plan to welcome international travelers once again.
Here’s a look at where Americans can go and what might be on the horizon.
Beginning April 1, Thailand will allow international visitors to enter without testing ahead of their trip. They will still have to follow one of the Kingdom’s three entry schemes and test on arrival.
After temporarily suspending Test & Go because of the omicron surge, Thailand has resumed the program. Travelers must stay at a government-approved hotel on the first day of the trip, where they will take their PCR test and wait for their results in their room.
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As of March 1, visitors are required to take a rapid at-home test on the fifth day of their trip, uploading the result to a mobile app. Test & Go applicants have to provide proof of payment for those nights in advance, as well as transportation from the airport to their hotel, two PCR tests and a coronavirus-specific travel insurance policy covering at least $50,000.
Travel advisers Tom and Lora Chongruk of Escape 2, an independent affiliate of Montecito Village Travel, planned a couple’s three-week honeymoon to Thailand last October. They say that despite the pandemic and restrictions, the couple would be able to have a relatively normal honeymoon. Popular Thai tourism activities such as scuba diving and spas are available, but they may be tweaked for safety reasons.
As of March 15, Vietnam is fully open for travel, ending the vaccine passport program it put in place last November. Travelers 2 and older must provide proof of a negative PRC test taken within 72 hours before boarding their flight, as well as purchase a coronavirus-specific travel insurance policy covering at least $10,000. They’re also required to fill out a health declaration form and download the PC-Covid Viet Nam app to monitor their health for the first 10 days of their trip.
On Feb. 10, the Philippines reopened to vaccinated tourists and business travelers without a quarantine requirement. Visitors from approved countries — including the U.S. and Canada — must provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48-hours before their flight.
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The government has requested travelers self-monitor for any signs of a covid infection for their first seven days and report symptoms should they appear. Children under 12 must follow the same protocols as the adult or guardian with them.
Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors or individuals whose vaccination status cannot be confirmed also have to provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48-hours before their flight, in addition to other quarantine requirements provided on the Philippines tourism website.
On March 21, Indonesia lifted all quarantine requirements for international visitors. The country’s Tourism and Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno said travelers must still provide proof of a negative PCR test taken before arrival in Indonesia.
As of March 1, vaccinated adults and children under 12 are not required to present a coronavirus test to enter Sri Lanka. Visitors 12-and-older who are unvaccinated must take a PCR test within 72 hours of their inbound flight, or a rapid antigen test within 48 hours.
Those who have always wanted to stay in an overwater bungalow in the Maldives don’t have to wait. The island in the Indian Ocean revoked its public health emergency March 13. Visitors must complete a travel health declaration form within 48 hours of their flight, but they are not required to test or quarantine. The government recommends taking a PCR test three to five days after arrival.
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As of March 16, Nepal allows fully vaccinated visitors to enter the country without testing. Travelers who can’t present a certificate of vaccination have to take an approved covid-19 test (RT-PCR, NAAT, Gene Xpert) within 72 hours of their inbound flight.
As of Nov. 15, foreign tourists arriving by commercial flights are allowed into India. Visitors must get a tourist visa ahead of their trip and present a negative test taken within 72 hours before departure to India.
Beginning March 27, India will begin allowing international flights to resume after they were suspended more than two years. Experts say the move will increase the availability of flights to the country, making fares more affordable. The government has also resumed tourist visas for foreign nationals.
On Oct. 12, Singapore began accepting applications for vaccinated travelers from the United States as a part of the “Vaccinated Travel Lane.” Travelers can apply for a “Vaccinated Travel Pass” (VTP) three to 60 days before visiting Singapore and must fly in on a designated VTL flight. VTPs are valid for 13 days from your arrival date in Singapore. Ahead of their trip, short-term visitors must provide proof of covid-specific travel insurance covering their whole stay with a minimum coverage of S$30,000.
Travelers are required to submit a pre-trip health and travel history declaration up to 72 hours ahead of arrival to Singapore. In addition to proof of vaccination — by presenting their CDC card or via SMART health card (SHC) by issuers in Canada or the U.S. on the Common Trust Network — travelers must show results of a PCR or approved rapid antigen test (ART) taken within two days of their departure or proof of recovery. For more information on approved tests, visit the Ministry of Health website.
Within 24 hours of arrival, travelers are required to take a self-administered rapid test using an authorized kit and report their results online.
The Singapore SafeTravel website has more information and a helpful tool to guide travelers through their specific requirements.
Vaccinated travelers to the UAE do not have to take a PCR test if they can present an approved vaccine certificate that contains a QR code. Unvaccinated visitors have to show a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure or a QR-code enabled certificate of recovery that was obtained within a month of the travel date.
Malaysia will reopen its borders for fully vaccinated international tourists on April 1. Visitors must provide a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of their trip, and take a rapid test within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia.
Cambodia is welcoming fully vaccinated travelers to visit without quarantine. On March 17, the country stopped requiring overseas travelers to test before their trip or on arrival. Unvaccinated travelers must quarantine for 14 days. Even though testing is no longer mandatory, Cambodia’s ministry of health encourages travelers to take a rapid test out of precaution.
Effective March 14, international visitors may enter Mongolia without any travel restrictions. The country removed its testing requirements for both vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors. Travelers will be asked to fill out a medical declaration form on arrival to Mongolia.
On April 1, South Korea will allow fully vaccinated travelers to enter the country without quarantine, according to its tourism authority. Before departing for Korea, travelers must submit their vaccination records online through Q-CODE to receive a QR code they’ll be required present on arrival.
Myanmar’s military junta announced the country will reopen for tourism on April 17. However, travel to Myanmar is discouraged. Both the CDC and the State Department have issued Level 4: Do Not Travel advisories for the country for its civil unrest and armed conflict, as well as its covid-19 situation.
On March 21, Secretary of State Antony Blinken designated actions taken by military in Myanmar against the country’s Rohingya Muslims a genocide and crimes against humanity.
Nathan Diller and Gabe Hiatt contributed to this report.
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