update on the latest health measures

Asian countries seem to have promised themselves! At the dawn of spring and the return of fine weather, many are reopening their borders after being closed for 2 years or easing Covid-19 related health measures.

India: resumption of international flights

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India (DGCA) announced on March 8 Resumption of scheduled international commercial flights to and from India from 27 March 2022. The aviation authority said on Twitter that this recovery “will include a return to bilaterally agreed capacity rights and the termination of air bubble agreements” (agreement between several countries to facilitate the movement of their citizens from one state to another). another, despite the health crisis).

As a reminder, on February 10, India announced lifting quarantine for all international arrivalsElimination of pre-departure testing for vaccinated citizens of 88 countries, regardless of vaccination status. As France is not on this list, despite its air bubble deal with India, French travelers are still A negative PCR test result 72 hours before take off and register online when filling out the health form. In addition, in order to stimulate tourism in the country, India is proposing to issue electronic tourist visas without government fees until the end of March 2022.

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Malaysia: reopening borders

The Malaysian government, after the two-year shutdown, the country’s borders will reopen from April 1, 2022. “We believe this decision will boost our economy and revive our struggling tourism sector,” he said.Prime Minister İsmail Sabri confirmed at a press conference. However, travelers have to offer a negative PCR test before departure and upon arrival. They will also need to download the monitoring app MySejahtera and fill out a travel form before leaving. Electronic visa is possible to go to this destination.

Indonesia: Quarantine Waiver Trial Program

Since Monday, March 14, 2022, Indonesia has allowed travelers to enter Bali without quarantine as part of a trial program. This program is for travelers who are fully vaccinated and have received their boosters. Travelers will still need to take a PCR test upon arrival in Bali and wait for the result at their hotel. If the result is negative, travelers will be able to continue their activities on the island. Travelers will also need to provide proof of at least four days stay in the pre-booked accommodation and perform a second PCR test at the hotel on the third day of their stay. If the trial program in Bali is successful, the new entry requirements are expected to apply across Indonesia from April 1. All this information was shared by Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Minister of Maritime and Investment Coordinator, at a press conference held on February 27.

Japan: reopening borders for business travelers

Since March 1, Japan has again allowed business travelers (only) to enter its territory. This last directive applies to vaccinated international travelers. If the French are exempt from quarantineSome travelers from “unsafe” countries must follow a 3-day isolation period and submit a negative PCR test. However, the Japanese government remains cautious and has set an entry quota: Currently 5,000 international travelers and 7,000 as of March 14.

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South Korea: quarantine exemption for world travelers

International travelers from 21 March 2022 (Except Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Myanmar) Will be exempt from quarantine upon arrival in Korea. In the announcement made by the Ministry of Health on March 11, it is stated that this measure only concerns passengers who are fully vaccinated against Kovid-19, more precisely, those who will have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks before their arrival. and in less than 180 days, also those who receive reminders. However, all travelers entering South Korea are still required to take antigen tests on the 6th and 7th days after their arrival in the country. For the past few months, all visa-exempt passengers have been required to apply for K-ETA to travel to South Korea.

Nepal: removal of PCR testing before departure

On March 10, the Nepalese government, Removal of mandatory PCR test before takeoff For passengers fully vaccinated against Covid-19 at least 14 days before arrival. Therefore, foreign visitors entering Nepal by air or land must present a certificate of full vaccination against Covid-19 or, if unsuccessful, a certificate with a negative PCR test result. A new action plan, accompanied by new resilience measures, should also be published in April 2022.

Thailand: towards the end of Thailand Pass?

The end of the Thailand Pass should be formalized in July 2022. Indeed, TAT (Thailand Tourism Authority) Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn announced that the project to qualify Covid-19 as endemic from the second half of the year will lead to further easing, such as the removal of the Thai Pass. this complex document that is giving travel professionals and visitors a hard time. A PCR test result is still mandatory for now. TAT plans to propose further relaxation of travel rules at the next meeting of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Management (CCSA) on March 18.

Bangladesh: help for the vaccinated and unvaccinated

On March 8, Bangladeshi authorities announced the relaxation of entry conditions for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers with immediate effect: PCR testing is no longer mandatory for vaccinated travelers and quarantine is lifted for non-vaccinated travelers. Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority has clarified new entry and exit procedures for passengers on all types of international flights, namely:
– Passengers with a full vaccination schedule with a WHO approved Covid-19 vaccine may enter Bangladesh with proof of official vaccination certificate and a negative COVID-19 certificate based on RT PCR is not required.
– Passengers who do not have a WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine and a complete vaccination schedule can enter Bangladesh if they have a negative COVID-19 certificate based on the RT-PCR method and is made within 72 hours before departure time. .

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