UNLOCKING ASIA PACIFIC TRAVEL

WHICH COUNTRIES ARE REOPENED FOR TOURISTS NOW?

Last updated: 6 October 2020

NOT YET FULLY REOPENED

AUSTRALIA

From October 2020, New Zealand citizens and residents are allowed to enter Australia. They can do this without having to undergo the quarantine.

NOT YET  FULLY REOPENED

CAMBODIA

The country has suspended issuing e-visas, visas on arrival or visa exemptions  until further notice. Foreign visitors are required to obtain a visa in advance, but it is still a difficult process.

LIMITED

CHINA

Only travelers from close alliances of China like Pakistan, Cambodia, Denmark, Austria, Greece, and Canada are allowed to enter the country.  All arriving passengers are subject to quarantine policies.

CLOSED

INDONESIA

Indonesia is not yet open for general tourism. Plans to open Bali in September have been canceled. Indonesia will most likely remain closed until the end of 2020. 

REOPENING SOON

JAPAN

Japan plans to reopen soon for selected countries: Australia, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. First, to business travelers and investors, then to students, and finally to general tourists. 14-days quarantine will be required.

NOT YET FULLY REOPENED

MALAYSIA

Malaysia remains closed to general tourism since March. Only medical tourists are allowed to enter the country - if they are coming from green zone countries: Brunei, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand. 

REOPENED

MALDIVES

Contrary to many others on this list, Maldives is open to general tourism. Outbound foreign flights are resumed with normal traveling procedures. There is not even any testing or quarantining mandated upon arrival in the Maldives.

NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand has been closed since March 2020. Due to strict precautionary measures, it will be observing the same restrictions well into next year to maintain closure. 

CLOSED

PAKISTAN

Travelers from all countries are allowed to visit Pakistan under regular visa requirements. There is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Pakistan, but a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate is required. 

REOPENED

PARTIALLY REOPENED

SINGAPORE

Starting September 2020 the borders have been opened for tourists from selected countries: Australia, New Zealand, Brunei,  and Vietnam. There is no quarantine, but visitors must bear costs of PCR  tests and stay at Dedicated SHN Facilities for 2 days.

SRI LANKA

Reopening plans have been delayed. However, Sri Lanka promises to lift the travel ban for foreign tourists once they are over the pandemic’s final wave.

CLOSED

THAILAND

Thailand started opening its borders to foreign visitors in July 2020. At the moment the country allows long-term visitors who wish to stay in the country for at least 90 days, and accept to pay some additional fees for this privilege. 

PARTIALLY REOPENED

TURKEY

Turkey has been one of the first Asian-European countries to officially open its borders to all tourists.  The country allows all foreigners to enter under normal, pre-pandemic regulations.

REOPENED

UAE

Dubai was one of the few megacities that weren’t as severely affected. As of July 7th, 2020, United Arab Emirates welcomed the first batch of foreign travelers. At the moment, the country is opened to all visitors. 

REOPENED