Unlocking Asia Pacific Travel: Which Countries Are Open for Tourism Now?

Asia Pacific countries are in the early stages of reopening their borders to tourism. Learn about travel restrictions by country, re-opening dates, vaccine passport requirements, COVID-19 testing, and quarantine procedures.

This page is updated frequently with the most recent news. For general COVID-19-related health advice please visit the WHO website. Official COVID-19 statistics for Asia Pacific are provided by Reuters and Bloomberg. Discounted flights to Asia can be booked on Tiket2.

19 September 2021
Maksim Koval

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asia Pacific has taken the cautious approach to inbound travel and has had some of the strictest border restrictions and closures. At the moment, the nations of the region are in the beginning stages of reopening their borders for tourism, with every country introducing its own regulations.

The “unlocking” statuses vary widely. Travelers entering APAC countries may be required to do everything from going into quarantine, submitting negative COVID-19 test results, presenting proof of health insurance, and proof of vaccination (known a vaccine passports).

There is an understandable uncertainty with how you should travel to the Asia Pacific region if you are planning to. This is why we present you the list of 25 APAC countries, along with details on the current travel situation. As each country applies precisely defined regulations, you should always check the official websites listed in the article below for the latest government announcements.

When will Asia reopen for tourism?

Compared to Western countries, Asia experiences significant delays when it comes to COVID-19 prevention and vaccination programs. These will have a direct impact on the opening dates, which for the majority of Asian countries will only come in 2022.

The dates for the re-opening of the borders below are only approximate and will most likely change. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive the latest updates.

Asia Pacific reopening dates
CountryReopening date
Australialate 2021
Cambodialate 2021
Chinasecond half of 2022
FijiNovember 1, 2021
Hong Konglate 2021
India2021/2022
IndonesiaNovember 2021
Japanspring 2022
LaosQ1 2022
MalaysiaSeptember 2021
MaldivesJuly 1, 2020
Myanmardate unknown
Nepalsummer 2021
New ZealandQ1 2022
Pacific Islandsdate unknown
Papua New GuineaQ1 2022
Philippinesdate unknown
SingaporeSeptember 2021
South KoreaSeptember 2021
Sri LankaJune 1, 2021
Taiwansummer 2021
ThailandJuly 2021 (selected islands)
end of 2021 (country)
VietnamOctober 2021 (Phu Quoc island)
Q2-Q3 2022 (country)
UAEAugust 30, 2021

Can I travel to Asia right now?

Countries open for tourism without quarantine

Mandatory quarantines are perhaps the least desirable element of going abroad in the post-pandemic world. Fortunately, with the implementation of the vaccine passport, many countries are easing their quarantine requirements and making allowances to accommodate international arrivals.

As of October 2021, these countries are open to all visitors without compulsory quarantine: The Maldives, Sri Lanka, The United Arab Emirates, and French Polynesia.

Thailand joins this list with selected popular holiday destinations and Singapore has established a quarantine-free travel bubble with Germany and Brunei.

While these countries do provide a quarantine-free entry, in most cases waiving the quarantine period is contingent on the testing and/or vaccination status of the visitor (see the table below). Please note that mandatory quarantine will still be imposed on those who test positive during the health screenings conducted at the airport.

Here’s the list of Asia Pacific countries open to international tourists without quarantines:

Quarantine-free countries (2021)
CountryQuarantineCOVID testVaccination
French Polynesianoyesyes
Maldivesnoyesno
Singapore 1noyesyes
Sri Lankanoyesyes
Thailand 2noyesyes
UAEnoyesyes 3
1 German and Brunei citizens only
2 Phuket and Samui (from July 2021). Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan (from October 2021)
3 Vaccination is not required for visitors from "green" countries

Where can I travel without quarantine?

Australia travel border reopen for international tourism opt
Australia's borders are likely to remain closed until 2022.

🇦🇺 Australia

Australia’s borders are closed for international tourism. Only Australian citizens, residents, immediate family members, and visitors from New Zealand can travel to Australia. The Australian Government has released an official four-stage roadmap to COVID-19 recovery which predicts that the country may be closed for international travel at least until late 2021.

Travel ban

There is a ban on overseas travel from Australia – with an exception of New Zealand, Australian citizens are restricted from traveling to other countries.

Travel bubbles

To reunite families and back the tourism-depended businesses Australia has established a travel bubble with New Zealand (Trans-Tasman Travel Bubble). Anyone who has been in either New Zealand or Australia for at least 14 days can travel between these two countries quarantine-free, and without the need to apply for a travel exemption.

The next travel bubbles with the Singapore and Pacific Islands (Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands) may follow in the near future.

Quarantine rules

All arriving travelers (including Australian citizens) must quarantine for 14 days at a designated facility and may be required to pay for the costs. Mandatory quarantine applies to travelers entering Australia from overseas, except if arriving from a green zone country.

When will Australia reopen borders for tourism?

Australia is expected to open its borders no earlier than late 2021.

The country may not allow foreign visitors until the vaccine has been widely rolled out – the final “post-vaccination” phase of the four-stage roadmap outlined by The Doherty Institute.

Can I travel to Australia right now?

Cambodia borders open to international tourism and travel

🇰🇭 Cambodia

Cambodia is not yet reopened for general tourism. Flights to Cambodia from most countries remain indefinitely suspended and land border checkpoints (Laos–Cambodia, Thailand–Cambodia, Vietnam–Cambodia) are still closed.

Visas

The government has suspended all tourist visas including e-visas, visas on arrival, and visa-free entry. To travel to Cambodia, you will have to arrange your visa in advance, before arrival. Currently, Cambodian Embassies only accept visa applications for diplomatic, official, and business-related travels.

Travel requirements

Travelers who are eligible to enter Cambodia must:

  • present COVID-19 negative test issued no more than 72 hours prior to the travel
  • present health insurance of minimum coverage of $50,000
  • deposit $2000 at a designated bank on arrival for mandatory COVID-19 testing and potential treatment services.

Vaccine passports

A COVID-19 vaccine and its proof (vaccine passport) are not yet mandatory to enter Cambodia. However, according to the Cambodian Ministry of  Tourism, when international travel returns to normal, vaccine passports can become compulsory for quarantine-free entry.

Quarantine rules

Upon arrival, they will undergo another COVID-19 test and wait to receive laboratory results. If one or more travelers test positive for COVID-19, all accompanying passengers will be subject to 14-days quarantine at their own expense, at a location designated by Cambodian authorities.

Cambodia reopening date

Late 2021 is the most likely date for Cambodia to reopen its borders for tourism. There are plans to reopen tourism in October 2021, starting with Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. Initially, only group tours will be allowed, rather than independent travelers. Vaccine passports are expected to be compulsory.

Can I travel to Cambodia right now?

China travel borders open to international tourism tourists
China has not yet opened up to tourism

🇨🇳 China

China’s borders remain closed for international tourism. Only foreign nationals with valid residence permits or visiting China for emergency reasons are allowed to enter.

There is also a Fast Lane agreement with Singapore and South Korea, allowing travel between countries for business travelers.

China remains committed to the zero-covid strategy – international travel remains largely barred, and the country may stay isolated with closed borders well into 2023. On the other hand, domestic travel is booming as people are allowed to travel within the country and most domestic flights have resumed their operations.

Entry restrictions

All travelers must apply for an official permit (or a visa) with the Chinese Embassy in their native country. They also must prove to have a compelling reason for traveling.

Quarantine rules

Travelers entering Mainland China must undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing on arrival and a 21-days quarantine at their own cost. To be released from the quarantine travelers must agree to a variety of invasive COVID-19 tests.

When China will open its borders for tourism?

The Chinese government announced that the realistic date to lift border restrictions would be in the second half of 2022. However, the country will only reopen after meeting a number of requirements.

Can I travel to China right now?

Fiji travel: borders open to international tourism and tourists
Most foreigner travelers are not allowed to visit Fiji yet

🇫🇯 Fiji

Fiji remains closed to tourism, and international flights are suspended until further notice.

Entry restrictions

Currently, most foreigners are not allowed to visit Fiji. Only returning nationals are permitted to enter the country, and must undergo 14 days of mandatory quarantine in a government-designated quarantine facility.

Pacific Pathways

As the travel bubbles becoming a popular way to gradually reopen world tourism, Fiji plans to establish “Pacific Pathways” to allow travel from nearby islands such as Tuvalu, Kiribati, Tonga, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.

For those visiting Fiji by yachts and boats, the pilot project called “blue lanes” has been established. Currently, boats coming to Fiji are carefully considered on a case-by-case basis.

When will Fiji borders reopen?

Fiji is gearing up for a reopening of the country’s borders for tourism on 1 November 2021. It may also soon be included in the Trans-Tasmanian travel bubble with Australia, New Zealand, and other Pacific Islands. We can expect that visitors wanting to take advantage of a Fiji travel bubble will need to be fully vaccinated.

Can I travel to Fiji right now?

Hong kong travel borders open to international tourism tourists
Hong Kong will open its borders to international travelers "at some point in 2021".

🇭🇰 Hong Kong

Hong Kong has only opened its borders to international tourism from selected countries. Non-Hong Kong residents from overseas will be denied entry in most cases. The exception has been made for tourists coming from Macau, Taiwan, and Mainland China – they are permitted to enter Hong Kong provided they do not have a recent travel history elsewhere in the past 14 days.

Quarantine measures

Hong Kong has some of the world’s strictest quarantine policies. All arriving passengers are required to undergo a medical test for COVID-19 prior to clearing immigration and baggage collection. There is a compulsory 7-days (visitors from low-risk countries) 14-days (medium-risk countries) or 21-days (high-risk countries) quarantine for the unvaccinated visitors. Vaccinated visitors may undergo a shorter quarantine (conditions apply).

Please note that violating the quarantine requirements is considered a criminal offense in Hong Kong, and offenders can face a heavy fine or/and imprisonment.

When will Hong Kong open its borders to tourists?

Though the authorities have announced that Hong Kong will open its borders to international travelers “at some point in 2021”, the exact date has not been announced yet.

Recently (August 2021) Hong Kong put even more countries on its high-risk list that require three weeks of hotel quarantine. It strongly follows the “Zero Covid” policy and will not reopen its border until Covid is kept at bay.

Can I travel to Hong Kong right now?

India travel borders open to international tourism tourists
India’s borders remain closed for tourists.

🇮🇳 India

India’s borders remain closed for tourists.

Due to concerns over the third wave of Covid driven by the Delta variant, the Indian Medical Association has asked the government not to reopen the country to tourism in the coming months. Most countries advise their citizens against all but essential travel to India.

Travel to India is restricted to specified categories of passengers, such as Indian nationals on repatriation flights, All Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders, business travelers, visitors from certain countries who qualify for visas other than a tourist visa, humanitarian staff, etc.

The Indian Bureau of Immigration website outlines categories of foreign nationals who are currently eligible to travel to India.

Travel bubbles

India has entered in bilateral travel bubble arrangements with 28 countries: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, the Maldives, Nepal, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Ukraine, the UAE, the UK, Uzbekistan, and the US. However, due to the recent Covid situation, most of those countries decided to impose a travel ban on India – temporarily putting the bubbles on hold.

Quarantine rules

All arrivals are screened. Anyone showing symptoms will be taken to a medical facility for a 14 days quarantine. An exemption from institutional quarantine may be considered if a negative RT-PCR test result has been conducted within 96 hours prior to departure.

When will India reopen for tourists?

India is expected to reopen its borders for international tourism not earlier than at the turn of 2021 and 2022.

Can I travel to India right now?

Indonesia and bali travel borders open to international tourism tourists
November 2021 is often cited as the possible date for Indonesia to open its borders to general tourism.

🇮🇩 Indonesia

Indonesia is not yet officially open for international tourism. Only foreigners holding a valid diplomatic/official/business visa or a stay permit (KITAS, KITAP) are allowed to enter Indonesia.

Entry restrictions

Starting July 6, 2021, all exempted international travelers entering Indonesia have to be fully vaccinated. The proof of vaccination (a vaccination record card in physical or digital form) must be presented prior to departure to Indonesia and on arrival. Also, all travelers are required to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test obtained within 72 hours of their departure and a completed electronic Indonesia Health Alert Certificate (e-HAC​).

Visas

Holders of Indonesia Temporary Residence Card (KITAS) and Indonesia Permanent Residence Card (KITAP) are allowed to enter the country.

Free visa-on-arrival and the visa exemption system have been suspended until the pandemic is declared ended by the authorities. At the moment visitors can use long-term e-visas instead. It’s a gateway that the government made available in October 2020 by introducing a new e-visa system.

Any foreign nationals can apply for a single-entry visa B211A that allows staying in the country for 2 months and can be extended 4 times with 30-days extensions. It can be used by anyone who wishes to stay in Indonesia for tourism or social purposes. The best way to obtain a single-entry visa is to use an agent in Indonesia (cost around 6mln IDR or 410 USD / 540 AUD). For more information read the official guide (PDF, Bahasa Indonesia) or visit e-visa section of the Indonesian immigration website.

Quarantine measures

All visitors to Indonesia are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 8 days at a hotel approved by the Indonesian government. The quarantine is free of charge for Indonesian citizens but comes with a cost of around 400 USD (~525 AUD) for foreign visitors. Two PCR tests will be administered during this period – on the first day and on the seventh day after arrival. A negative result is required for a release from quarantine.

Indonesia and Bali reopening date

Indonesia and Bali aim to reopen their borders to foreigners in November 2021 – once 70% of the population gets at least one vaccine shot. Most likely, during the first stage of reopening only tourists from low-risk countries will be allowed. These restrictions can be eased when 70% of Indonesians receive two doses. The authorities in Bali are have already taken steps that would allow reopening the island to international tourism.

Can I travel to Indonesia right now?

Japan travel borders open to international tourism and tourists
Japan remains closed to foreign visitors.

Japan

Japan is not yet opened to international tourism. All foreign nationals (both tourists and business travelers) are barred from entering the country. At the moment, only Japanese citizens and residents, as well as people in exceptional circumstances, are allowed to enter Japan.

Visas

Under directions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visa restrictions have been introduced, including cancellation of already-issued visas and suspension of visa-free entry.

Vaccine passports

The Japanese government has created its own vaccine certification system and started issuing “vaccine passports” to its vaccinated citizens and residents.

“Japan will ask other countries to ease entry requirements for holders of its COVID-19 vaccination certificate while exploring reciprocal moves for incoming travelers as part of a push to revive international travel.” (Nikkei Asia). Outside Japan, its vaccine passports are currently honored by 23 other countries.

Quarantine rules

All passengers entering Japan are required to submit proof of a negative test result for COVID-19. There is a 14-days quarantine at a designated facility after arrival.

Japan reopening date

The most likely date for the reopening of Japan’s borders to general tourism is early 2022.  It is expected that lifting Japan’s travel ban will be a phased process – starting with students, business travelers, and then foreign tourists. If you plan to visit Japan, we recommend that you book your flights and accommodation for dates in the spring of 2022 at the earliest.

Can I travel to Japan right now?

Laos travel borders open to international tourism and tourists
Laos is still closed to international tourism.

🇱🇦 Laos

Laos is closed to international tourism. Most flights are suspended, and borders are closed to foreign travelers. However, the entry ban does not apply to Lao citizens, returning residents, students, skilled workers, diplomats, and foreign nationals that are required for essential projects.

Visas

From March 18, 2020, all tourist visas (including visas on arrival, e-visas, and visa exemptions) are suspended until further notice.

However, authorities may grant entry permission for foreigners in some cases – after submitting an application to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Quarantine details

All arriving visitors must present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued no more than 72 hours before departure, and complete a health declaration form. There is mandatory health screening followed by 14 days of quarantine at designated locations (with all expenses covered by the visitor).

Laos reopening date

Covid-19 is still a threat in Laos, but as the vaccination program has accelerated recently, Laos may start planning to reopen to international travel in the near future. The exact dates have yet to be announced, but we don’t expect that to happen before the first quarter of 2022.

Can I travel to Laos right now?

Malaysia travel borders open to international tourism tourists
Malaysia may only start allowing international travelers from the fourth quarter of 2021.

🇲🇾 Malaysia

Malaysia is not yet reopened for general tourism. The recent updates point that Malaysia may only start allowing international travelers from the fourth quarter of 2021.

Entry restrictions

Passengers (except Malaysian nationals, permanent residents, work pass and MM2H permit holders, expatriates with special approval from Malaysian immigration) are not allowed to enter at least until the beginning of 2022.

Quarantine rules

On arrival, anyone who gets permission to enter the country will be obliged to enter a 14-days quarantine in a designated facility (or in the hospital if symptomatic) at their own expense. Effective from 15 November 2020, guests who will be entering Malaysia will be required to make payment in advance for their quarantine accommodation as well as an after-arrival COVID-19 screening test.

When Malaysia will reopen tourism?

Malaysia is gearing up to reopening its borders to tourism in the fourth quarter of 2021. The pilot scheme will start with the Langkawi archipelago. The first to return will be vaccinated domestic tourists in September 2021, with international visitors following in early 2022. There will be no mandatory hotel quarantine, but the visitors will have to undergo a short period of self-isolation.

If the Langkawi reopening proves successful, Malaysia will expand the reopening plans to Kuching in Sarawak (west Borneo) and other holiday islands off peninsular Malaysia, such as Redang, Perhentian, Pangkor, and Tioman.

Can I travel to Malaysia right now?

Maldives travel borders open to international tourism tourists
Maldives is one of the first countries to reopen its borders to tourism.

🇲🇻 Maldives travel guidelines

The Maldives is open for international tourism. The Maldives took a different approach than most APAC countries, pursuing one of the most liberal opening policies in the world. To protect tourism country reopened its borders to all travelers in June 2020.

The Maldives are presenting themselves as a tourist destination offering a “normal” vacation thanks to the fact that most hotels are located on isolated islands, and that the vast majority of leisure-seekers stay in-resort rather than venture out. In fact, when visiting the Maldives you should be prepared to stay in one place as movement between resorts and islands is subject to authorization.

Entry restrictions

There is no quarantining mandated upon arrival in the Maldives. However, travelers will have to follow some procedures to enter the country:

  • Present a PCR test with a negative result (taken a maximum of 96 hours before departure)
  • Present a confirmed booking at a registered tourist facility
  • Fill in an HDF (Traveller Health Declaration form).
  • Wear face masks in all indoor public spaces

Visas

A free 30-day tourist visa is issued upon arrival.

Quarantine rules

Upon arrival into the Maldives, travelers presenting symptoms of COVID-19 will be subject to PCR test at their cost and in case of positive result transported to quarantine facilities to isolate for 14 days. Tourists who do not show COVID-19 symptoms are not required to quarantine on arrival.

Can I travel to Maldives right now?

Myanmar yangon is closed to tourism and travel
Following the violent coup, the security situation in Myanmar has worsened.

🇲🇲 Myanmar

Myanmar is closed for international tourism. Based on recent political events, the health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the significant disruptions to Myanmar’s transportation network the current travel advice from most governments is “do not travel to Myanmar“.

Currently, new tourist visas (including visas on arrival) are not issued. Foreign visitors with business visas may be accepted if the case submitted to the Myanmar Embassy is compelling.

Safety

On 1 February 2021, a violent political coup took place in Myanmar with deadly clashes across the country. The country’s military declared a state of emergency and assumed control. Following the coup, the security situation in the country has worsened, and there are active conflicts between armed groups. A curfew is in place and daily internet outages, disruptions to basic services, communications and public health occur across the country. Foreign visitors are at risk of being arbitrarily detained or arrested.

Quarantine measures

All arriving passengers must comply with Myanmar’s COVID-19 quarantine requirements. There is a mandatory 7 days quarantine in a government facility followed by a further 7 days of self-isolation at home.

Can I travel to Myanmar right now?

Nepal and Kathmandu travel borders open to international tourism
Nepal resumed international flights with selected countries

🇳🇵 Nepal

Nepal is gradually opening for international tourism. Certain trekking routes have been opened, and some trekking and mountaineering permits issuances have been resumed. Foreign tourists are permitted to enter Nepal if they bring a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination, and agree to hotel quarantine.

Visas

Issuance of tourist entry visas has resumed. Foreign tourists should apply for a visa at the Nepali embassies and diplomatic missions in their respective countries. You may contact the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation for current information.

Entry restrictions

All tourists entering Nepal must present the following documents:

  1. Nepalese visa, or recommendation letter from the Nepal Tourism Board.
  2. Negative COVID-19 test result (taken at most 72 hours before departure), or document showing complete vaccination against COVID-19.
  3. Proof of hotel booking or accommodation in the government-accepted list.
  4. Proof of travel insurance that covers (among others) health, immediate crisis, or rescue for the duration of the trip.
  5. Barcode generated from the International Travel Arrival Form.

Quarantine rules

All international travelers must quarantine for 10 days after arrival, regardless of vaccination status.

Rules for vaccinated travelers

Covid vaccination passports or certificates are not mandatory to enter Nepal. However, Covid vaccine certificate holders don’t need to present negative PCR test results on arrival. Visitors who have been fully vaccinated must still quarantine in a designated hotel for 10 days.

Nepal reopening date

Nepal began to reopen its borders to foreign tourists in the summer of 2021. On June 24 international flights with Kuala Lumpur, Doha, Istanbul, Dammam, and Kuwait have been resumed, and on July 1 domestic flights restarted operations with 50% capacity.

Can I travel to Nepal now?

New zealand travel borders open to international tourism tourists
New Zealand remains closed to international tourism.

🇳🇿 New Zealand

New Zealand is not yet opened for international tourism. At the moment only New Zealand, Australia, and Cook Islands citizens are allowed to enter the country. There are plans to gradually add other safe countries to the travel bubble network, starting with Pacific Islands.

Quarantine measures

Mandatory standard operating procedures have been put in place where 14-day quarantine and a negative PCR test are compulsory upon arrival. Passengers are legally required to obtain a Managed Isolation Allocation system voucher confirming their place in a managed isolation facility before boarding a flight.

New Zealand opening date

New Zealand plans to open its borders in the first quarter of 2022. The opening will take place in phases. Initially, entry will be allowed for vaccinated travelers from low-risk countries. Visitors from these countries will undertake a self-isolation or a shorter stay at a quarantine hotel. Those coming from high-risk countries (or are unvaccinated) will still have to undergo a mandatory 14 days quarantine.

Some vaccinated travelers will be able to take part in a pilot program scheduled from October to December 2021, where they can enter New Zealand under the condition of self-isolating at home.

Can I travel to New Zealand right now?

Pacific islands: Polynesia, Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Niue, Samoa, Tonga. Travel borders open to international tourism.
Pacific Islands are expected to reopen soon to international tourism

Pacific Islands

Most Pacific Islands are closed for general tourism, with some exceptions. New Zealand and Australia are reportedly in talks about the possible expansion of their existing Trans-Tasman travel bubble to include some parts of the Pacific Islands. At the moment New Caledonia, Tahiti, Fiji, and Tonga are considered.

Here’s the travel situation in some popular Pacific Islands:

🇵🇫 French Polynesia

On May 1 French Polynesia has reopened its borders to travelers who have been in the US for at least 30 days prior to departure. Vaccinated travelers are required to include an official certificate of vaccination. All travelers are required to supply negative PCR test results. Non-vaccinated travelers will be required to quarantine for 10 days (regardless of test results), while vaccinated visitors will be allowed to bypass it.

🇨🇰 Cook Islands

This South Pacific nation made up of 15 islands scattered over a vast area of the Pacific Ocean has reported 0 (zero) COVID-19 cases. Starting 17 May, New Zealanders can enjoy the stunning beaches of the Cook Islands by using a new travel bubble that allows quarantine-free visits. Passenger arrivals from other countries to the Cook Islands are still suspended.

Fiji

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🇳🇨 New Caledonia

New Caledonia will remain closed for tourism at least until 31 December 2021. Foreign nationals who are not residents of New Caledonia are not allowed to enter the country.

🇳🇺 Niue

The island of Niue is closed to international tourism. Only repatriating Niue residents and essential services people are permitted entry. All arriving passengers must undergo a 14-days quarantine at government-appointed accommodation. Niue is discussing a two-way travel bubble with New Zealand. At the moment it only works one way: you can travel from Niue to New Zealand quarantine-free.

🇼🇸 Samoa

Still largely untouched by mass tourism, Samoa remains free of COVID-19 (zero cases). Unfortunately, the current State of Emergency requires that all international borders remain closed until further notice. There is a possibility though that by the end of 2021, Samoa is will join the Trans-Tasmanian travel bubble with New Zealand and Australia.

🇹🇴 Tonga

At the moment, Tonga keeps its borders closed for tourism. Only Tongan citizens and permanent residents can enter the island at this time (14-day self-isolation is required). The plans to establish a travel bubble with New Zealand have been delayed.

🇻🇺 Vanuatu

Currently, entry into Vanuatu is suspended, and only limited exemptions can be made. All arriving passengers 18 years or older must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and should expect extra health screening measures plus a 14-days mandatory quarantine.

Can I travel to Pacific Islands right now?

Papua New Guinea reopen borders for tourism and travel
The reopening date for Papua New Guinea borders remains unknown, but it will be no earlier than Q1 2022.

🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is not open for tourism yet. Only fully vaccinated travelers that have permission from local authorities can enter Papua New Guinea (PNG). There are no further restrictions for eligible vaccinated visitors to travel domestically within PNG.

Entry restrictions

To visit PNG you must be fully vaccinated, have written exemption from the National Pandemic Controller, and present evidence of a negative PCR test result taken a maximum of 7 days before boarding.

To apply for an exemption to enter PNG you should email the National Control Centre Travel Desk ([email protected]) and attach the following documents:

  • International Air Passenger Travel Form (I-APTF)
  • a letter to the National Pandemic Controller, stating your reason for travel
  • if applicable, your work permit details or/and resident permit details
  • copy of your passport biodata page
  • copy of your visa for Papua New Guinea
  • copy of your reservation at a designated hotel for quarantine

To enter Papua New Guinea, you’ll need:

  • evidence of your vaccination
  • approved exemption from National Control Centre Travel Desk
  • negative COVID-19 test
  • proof of reservation at one of the designated quarantine hotels
  • online electronic health declaration form

Quarantine rules

Starting 15th January 2021 all arriving passengers need to quarantine at a designated hotel for 14-days. No physical visits or interaction with friends, family or any other people are allowed during the quarantine.

Papua New Guinea reopening date

Papua New Guinea will open its borders to tourism no earlier than Q1 2022.

Can I travel to Papua New Guinea right now?

Philippines travel borders open to international tourists
Philippines are still closed for foreign tourists.

🇵🇭 Philippines

Philippines’ borders remain closed to international tourism until further notice. Foreign tourists are not allowed to enter the Philippines. Visa issuance and entry permission are temporarily suspended, and previously granted visas have been canceled.

Travel restrictions

Only Filipino nationals and residents returning from abroad are exempt from the entry ban. Also, foreign nationals with existing long-term visas are still allowed to enter the Philippines. Starting 3 June 2021 travelers who have been fully vaccinated in the Philippines are permitted to enter – as long as they are prepared for a 7-days mandatory quarantine. All visitors are now required to complete the Electronic Case Information Form (e-CIF) before entering the country.

Domestic travel is gradually restarting, with such destinations as the island resort of Boracay, beaches of Batangas, islands of El Nido, and Baguio City being reopened to local tourism.

Traffic light system

The Inter-Agency Task Force introduced the traffic light system for travel to the Philippines. Green, yellow and red classifications have been set for destinations, with allocations based on countries’ COVID-19 incidence rates.

Quarantine regulations

Before flying to the Philippines, all travelers need to submit a negative PCR test result (taken no more than 48 hours before departure). Upon arrival, there will be further health screening at the airport.

All passengers entering the Philippines must undergo a mandatory quarantine – regardless of vaccination status against COVID-19. Travelers arriving from destinations mentioned in the country’s ‘red list’ will have to complete 14 days of quarantine in a government-approved hotel. Fully vaccinated visitors flying from the ‘green list destinations’ need only undergo 7 days of hotel quarantine.

When will Philippines reopen borders to tourism?

The exact date when the Philippines will allow tourists to visit the country remains unknown.

Can I travel to Philippines right now?

Singapore travel borders open to international tourism tourists
Singapore is expected to gradually reopen to tourism by the end of 2021.

🇸🇬 Singapore

Singapore is gradually opening its borders for international tourism. A pilot program to allow vaccinated business travelers from some countries to enter Singapore is scheduled for September 2021.

At the moment, short-term tourist visits from selected countries are allowed to enter, by applying for an Air Travel Pass (ATP) or using one of the “travel bubbles” – without having to quarantine, but with a mandatory PCR test on arrival.

Air Travel Pass

Starting September 2020 travelers from selected countries are able to apply for an Air Travel Pass (ATP) which allows them to enter Singapore for any purpose (including tourism) and without having to quarantine (a valid entry visa is still required). Among eligible countries are Brunei, Mainland China, and New Zealand. All visitors requesting ATP are required to purchase travel insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 (~$22,500, ~A$ $29,100), and travel to Singapore on a direct flight without transit. Additionally, they should register their profile on the TraceTogether app and book their mandatory PCR test that will be conducted on arrival at Changi Airport.

Transiting through Singapore Changi Airport

Reciprocal Green Lanes

Singapore is in ongoing discussions with various countries on developing bilateral arrangements for safe essential travel. These Reciprocal Green Lanes (RGL) are aimed at business and official travels only and are in place for two countries: Brunei and Mainland China (with others to follow).

Quarantine measures

All travelers arriving in Singapore must undergo a COVID-19 PCR test at the Changi airport, at a cost of S$196 (~$148 / A$~190). They must remain in isolation at the previously declared accommodation until they are notified that their test result is negative. Depending on the country they visited before arriving in Singapore, travelers may be required to serve the 14-day Stay Home Notice (SHN) at the dedicated SHN facilities, and at their own expense.

Travelers should be aware that Singapore takes its rules very seriously. Quarantine violations carry a penalty of a fine of up to S$10,000 (~$7,500,~A$9,700) and/or up to six months in jail.

No quarantine for vaccinated travelers

Singapore plans to allow quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated travelers starting September 2021.

Singapore reopening date

According to its government, Singapore will be gradually reopening tourism from September 2021. It expects to have 80% of its population fully vaccinated by then – placing the nation in a solid position to start reopening borders and establishing travel corridors with countries that have infections under control. Germany, Australia, Canada, and South Korea will be among the first batch of countries to have such arrangements.

One of the steps will be waiving or reducing quarantine for vaccinated travelers (although Covid testing may be still required). In the early stages of reopening, it is likely that travelers to Singapore will have to take a point-to-point itinerary – transits in Covid hotspots will not be allowed.

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South Korea and Seoul: travel borders open to international tourism tourists
Reportedly, South Korea may resume international flights later this year.

🇰🇷 South Korea

South Korea is partially open to international tourism. As most foreign visitors are denied entry into the country, there are some exceptions. Foreign nationals on long-term visas and nationals of countries covered by the new K-ETA policy are allowed to enter South Korea subject to self-quarantine.

South Korea visa-free entry (K-ETA)

In May 2021, South Korea launched a pilot project for Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for visa-free entry for foreign nationals. It will be followed by full implementation from September 2021.

Currently, only citizens of the 21 visa-exempt countries will be able to apply for an ETA to South Korea: US, UK, Mexico, Nicaragua, Dominican Federation, Barbados, Venezuela, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Malta, Ireland, Guyana, Monaco, Vatican City, San Marino, Andorra, Albania, Slovenia, Guam, New Caledonia, and Palau.

Travelers are required to apply for the ETA through the government K-ETA online portal at least 24 hours before boarding their flight. Once approved, the ETA will be valid for 2 years. It will permit multiple short stays in South Korea for purposes of tourism, family visits, or conducting business activities.

Quarantine measures

All foreign nationals arriving in South Korea by air are required to provide a printed negative COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Also, health screening and health questionnaire are mandatory for visitors from all countries.

14-day quarantine rules apply to all international passengers entering Korea. Foreign travelers must present a Self-Isolation Exemption Certificate issued by the Embassy of Korea or, alternatively, must agree to quarantine at a government facility at a cost of KRW1,400,000 (A$ 1750 / $1150).

All visitors must install the self-quarantine safety protection mobile app.

No quarantine for vaccinated travelers

Starting 2 July 2021, visitors who have been vaccinated overseas against COVID-19 are exempted from the mandatory 14 days quarantine upon arrival in South Korea. To be qualified for the exemption, travelers have to be fully vaccinated at least two weeks before entering the country. They still need to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test result though.

When South Korea will open its borders?

With the introduction of the new K-ETA policy, South Korea opens its borders to 21 countries in September 2021.

As the worldwide situation regarding COVID-19 eases, visitors from around 90 other countries for which visa-free entry is currently suspended, will become eligible for the K-ETA. The South Korean government has announced plans to include the European Union countries in the K-ETA program from 2022.

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Sri Lanka and Colombo - travel borders open to international tourism
Sri Lanka is open to tourists without compulsory quarantine.

🇱🇰 Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is open to international tourism. The government decided to reopen the country on 21 January 2021, after 10 months of strict pandemic closure. The tourism sector is responsible for a significant 12% of the GDP of Sri Lanka, and opening borders is expected to provide a boost to this tourism-dependent economy.

Travel restrictions

All tourists have to show negative PCR tests (taken maximum 96 hours prior to their flight) and are limited to a selection of hotels across the country. Another COVID-19 test will be conducted when they arrive at their hotel in Sri Lanka, and the next one again seven days later. Guests staying longer will have to take the third test the following week. The cost of all tests must be covered by the guest.

Visitors must stay in a designated “travel bubble” inside of 14 travel zones and should not mix with the local population. Most sightseeing is only allowed as part of an organized tour group or with an approved Sri Lankan guide.

Guesthouses, Airbnb-listed places, and other forms of accommodation are off-limits. The government is also discouraging taking public transport.

All prospective travelers must apply for a visa online and download the Visit Sri Lanka app (to be used for contact tracing and for storing information about test results and hotel bookings).

Sri Lanka quarantine rules

Fully vaccinated travelers (the second dose received minimum 14 days prior to arrival) are allowed to enter the country without undergoing quarantine. All other visitors must stay in accommodation chosen from a government-approved quarantine hotel list for 14 days upon arrival. It is not a strict quarantine as guests are allowed to leave their rooms and use hotel facilities like pools, gyms, and restaurants.

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Taiwan and Taipei open borders to international tourism
Taiwan remains closed for international tourism.

🇹🇼 Taiwan

Taiwanese borders remain closed to tourism. Beginning January 1, 2021 entry restrictions for foreign nationals have been tightened. Currently, foreign nationals without a residency permit are not allowed to enter Taiwan unless they obtain special permission (mainly for emergency or humanitarian reasons). Tourism is not accepted as a purpose of visit.

International airport transits are not permitted.

Quarantine rules

Recently the quarantine measures have been tightened for all passengers eligible to enter Taiwan. There are multiple COVID-19 tests required. Travelers who visited a high-risk country in the last 14 days must quarantine in government facilities, paid for by Taiwan. Those who travel from other countries will be directed to a quarantine hotel or a government facility at their own expense.

When will Taiwan reopen to tourism?

The exact date when Taiwan will allow tourists to visit the country remains unknown. According to travel industry experts, the quick spread of the Covid Delta variant, shortage of vaccines, and low numbers of vaccinated citizens will be the reasons for Taiwan to be among the last destinations in Asia to welcome foreign travelers again.

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Thailand travel borders open to international tourism tourists
Thailand has opened some parts of the country to vaccinated tourists in July 2021.

🇹🇭 Thailand

Thailand is now opened for international tourism. After the successful administration of restricted traveling, the Thai government has finally taken the initiative to open the country, starting in September 2020. International tourists are now welcome to visit Thailand, albeit with some restrictions under newly amended tourist (TR) and long-stay (STV) visas. With the flat pandemic curve and low level of community transmission Thailand is one the safest destinations to travel to now.

All travelers visiting Thailand are required to undergo a two-week quarantine at the approved hotel – after that, they will be able to freely move around the country for up to 60 days.

Tourist visas

Two types of new visas have been introduced:

  • Long-stay Special Tourist Visa (STV). Allows staying for up to 90 days, which can be extended twice, each time for another 90 days (9 months of total stay length). The issuance of visa costs 2,000 THB (~66 USD / ~83 AUD), and the same fee applies for every extension.
  • Regular 60-day Tourist Visa (TR). Allows staying for up to 60 days. Cost: 1,900 THB (~63 USD / ~80 AUD).

Both visas require a Certificate of Entry (COE), which can be granted after applying online on the official Thai Government website.

The following entry requirements must be met to apply for COE:

  • Both visa and COE must be approved by the Thai embassy/consulate in the traveler’s home country
  • A copy of a recent bank statement with a minimum balance of $700 per person and $1,500 per family.
  • Health insurance that covers COVID-19, and minimum medical coverage of $100,000 USD.
  • An agreement to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival (at traveler’s own expense) and proof of Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) reservation.

Furthermore, for an STV visa, the visitor must present proof of payment for 90 days of accommodation in Thailand.

Tests and quarantine details

When boarding flights to Thailand, passengers must present a negative PCR test (no more than 72 hours old), and an additional test is required upon landing. Vaccinated travelers arriving in Phuket are released from the compulsory quarantine. For other destinations, the mandatory 14-day quarantine can be undergone in appointed hotels only, with all costs paid by the visitor. For instance, quarantine hotels in Bangkok and Phuket offer quarantine packages ranging from 28,000 THB (~885 USD / ~1170 AUD) to 200,000 THB (~6,300 USD / ~8400 AUD) per person.

Thailand reopening date

Thailand reopened its borders to tourism in July 2021, allowing quarantine-free entry for vaccinated visitors to the islands of Phuket and Ko Samui. Five more destinations – Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Phetchaburi, and Prachuap Khiri Khan – opens on 1 October, under ‘universal prevention’ guidelines introduced by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

The key to restart Thailand’s tourism is the mass vaccination plan with a target of inoculating 70% of residents by the end of 2021. The next phase of reopening borders is set to proceed in January 2022, when 13 provinces will reopen under travel bubbles with neighboring countries.

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United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Dubai is open for international tourists
Dubai is officially open for international tourism.

🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates, UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is open to fully vaccinated visitors from all countries. Tourist visa issuance resumed on August 30, 2021 (some additional rules apply).

UAE entry restrictions

Passengers arriving on tourist visas must register their vaccination status on the government’s health app.

Passengers arriving from the high-risk countries must present a printed negative result of a PCR test issued within 48 hours and are required to undergo another testing at the airport. Passengers traveling from other countries must present a negative result of a PCR test done less than 72 hours before departure.

A valid health insurance cover is required.

The transit passengers are not required to present the PCR test certificate unless it is required at their final destination.

Quarantine rules in UAE

Vaccinated passengers and unvaccinated passengers arriving from ‘green’ countries do not have to quarantine themselves.

Passengers who are required to undergo a PCR test at the airport will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine if the result is positive. Unvaccinated travelers arriving from ‘red’ countries will be quarantined for 10 days.

Is UAE open to tourism?

The United Arab Emirates reopened to international tourism in October 2021. The compulsory quarantine has been lifted for vaccinated travelers.

Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and other UAE destinations are now safe to travel to. When visiting the country, you are obliged to follow standard health guidelines though – to ensure your own safety and that of others.

Can I travel to UAE right now?

Vietnam reopens borders to international tourism
Vietnam reopens the popular tourist island of Phu Quoc to fully vaccinated visitors from autumn 2021.

🇻🇳 Vietnam

Vietnam is partially opened for international tourism. Currently, foreign visitors can only travel to the island of Phu Quoc. All land borders into Vietnam are closed, and entry to other parts of the country for all foreign nationals is suspended.

Only Vietnamese nationals, foreigners on diplomatic or official business, and highly skilled workers are allowed to enter the country at this time.

Quarantine measures

In order to minimize the risk of contagion, all travelers entering Vietnam must comply with specific health regulations. Quite recently, a mandatory quarantine on arrival has been extended to 21 days.

When Vietnam will open for tourists?

Vietnam starts reopening the country to international tourism in October 2021. The pilot plan allows fully vaccinated foreign travelers to visit the popular island of Phu Quoc. The re-opening takes place in stages, with the first phase lasting three months with a limit of 2000-3000 visitors per month (chartered flights only). The number of visitors increases with the second phase to 5000-10,000 for the next three months (commercial flights).

It is unclear when Vietnam will open the rest of the country to tourism, but cautious forecasts point to Q2-Q3 2022.

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Maksim Koval


Maksim is an industry expert and digital editor at Tiket2. He is also a frequent flyer, travel writer, photographer, and the truest evangelist of the company.

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