Travel Updates

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COVID-19 SITUATION & TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

17 September 2020

 

 

COVID-19 Cases Worldwide: 30,064,848

Deaths: 945,578

Recovered: 21,821,557

 

Asia has fared better than most parts of the world in reducing the spread of COVID-19. While many countries in the region are currently experiencing a secondwave, national governments have issued stricter measures to ensure safety, without fully closing down economies. Unfortunately, international travel does not seem to be happening anytime soon. Many countries see mid-2021 as the most ideal time for travel to restart.

 

VIETNAM

Positive COVID-19 Cases: 1,063
Active Cases: 92
Recovered: 936
Death: 35                                             

  • Vietnam has gone through 15 straight days without any community-transmitted coronavirus infection
  • Out of 1,063 total cases, three are in critical conditions
  • International tourists still banned; domestic flights have resumed
  • Inter-provincial transport is now allowed
  • Festivals and large gatherings are still suspended in Hoi An, Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen and Ninh Thuan

CAMBODIA

Positive COVID-19 Cases: 275
Active Cases: 1
Recovered: 274
Death: 0

  • Cambodia revised its travel requirements for foreigners: a USD2,000 deposit upon arrival at international airports for hotel accommodation while waiting for COVID-19 test result, medical examination fees, local transportation and other expenses during the quarantine period; purchase health insurance package with a cost of USD90 and valid for 20 days
  • Life around the Kingdom is now back to normal; large gatherings are now allowed but wearing of masks is still strictly imposed

LAOS

Positive COVID-19 Cases: 23
Active Cases: 1
Recovered: 22
Death: 0

  • Lockdown measures have been eased; locals can now travel domestically
  • International borders and ports remain closed. People are forbidden from entering and exiting the country, with limited exceptions
  • Entry visas still suspended
  • All travelers must bring negative COVID test result taken within 72 hours of departure for Laos and will be tested again at the airport.

THAILAND

Positive COVID-19 Cases: 3,490
Active Cases: 107
Recovered: 3,325
Death: 58

  • Thailand is still under state of emergency, but lockdown restrictions have been gradually lifted since mid-June enabling domestic tourism to restart
  • Once the country reopens to leisure travelers, all foreigners entering Thailand will need to buy COVID-19 insurance
  • Travelers need to provide Fit to Fly Health Certificate from Thai embassy and a negative COVID-19 test valid within 72 hours of the flight
  • Thailand will issue special tourist visas for foreigners who agree to 14-day quarantine period and stay for at least 90 days. The 90-day special tourist visa will cost 2,000 baht

MYANMAR

Positive COVID-19 Cases: 3,894
Active Cases: 2,940
Recovered: 908
Death: 46

  • Myanmar has seen a secondwave of coronavirus infections since August 16
  • Myanmar has grounded all domestic flights and banned travel from Yangon until October 1
  • Partial lockdown in Yangon is implemented
  • All entry visas and international commercial flights still banned

 

INDONESIA

Positive COVID-19 Cases: 228,993
Active Cases: 55,792
Recovered: 164,101
Death: 9,100

  • Domestic and international flights have resumed with limited capacity and under strict requirements
  • Bali postponed original plan to reopen in mid-September until at least the end of the year
  • Some outdoor public areas have been temporarily locked down due to spike in cases
  • Partial shutdown reintroduced in Jakarta; public transportation is now limited and public areas now have capacity limits

CHINA

Positive COVID-19 Cases: 85,223
Active Cases: 141
Recovered: 80,448
Death: 4,634

  • Domestic tourism is steadily recovering
  • Direct flights from Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Greece, Denmark, Austria, Sweden and Canada have resumed; travelers subject to centralized quarantine for 14 days
  • Border to Myanmar is under strict lockdown
  • Travel restrictions to Macao will be eased from September 23
  • Domestic air travel has almost fully recovered

JAPAN

Positive COVID-19 Cases: 76,448
Active Cases: 6,455
Recovered: 68,532
Death: 1,461

  • Japanese government lifted its nationwide state of emergency on May 25
  • Large gatherings now allowed; restaurants return to normal hours
  • Entry of foreign tourists still not permitted; All borders and entry ports are closed and tourist visas remain suspended
  • All nationals entering Japan will have to undergo PCR tests, and are requested to quarantine for 14 days at designated places
  • Japan has created travel bubble with Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore; limited to expatriates and long-term residents

SINGAPORE

Positive COVID-19 Cases: 57,532
Active Cases: 550
Recovered: 56,955
Death: 27

  • Business and official ravelers from Brunei Darussalam, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea and Japan can now enter Singapore, but with special regulations
  • Tourist attractions now allowed to increase operating capacity to 50 percent
  • Borders remain largely closed to overseas visitors
  • Singapore Changi Airport – named world’s safest airport — now accepts transit passengers

SOUTH KOREA

Positive COVID-19 Cases: 22,657
Active Cases: 2,742
Recovered: 19,543
Death: 372

  • Tourist visas are still not being issued
  • Some flights are now available but on limited frequency and capacity
  • Flights to and from China have resumed
  • There aren’t any particular nationalities that are being restricted as long as they have valid visa for entry
  • 2-week quarantine period is still mandatory

HONG KONG

Positive COVID-19 Cases: 4,994
Active Cases: 210
Recovered: 4,682
Death: 102

  • Only foreign travelers from mainland China, Macau and Taiwan will be allowed entry
  • Inbound travelers are required to pass a virus test before arriving and will be subject to a 14-day compulsory quarantine
  • Wearing of masks in all indoor and outdoor public places, public transport facilities and bus interchanges is required
  • Hong Kong International Airport now allows transit services, with several restrictions in place. Passengers from certain countries are required to show proof of negative COVID-19 test before boarding. On arrival, all passengers will go through medical screening and will be required to stay at designated areas

PHILIPPINES

Positive COVID-19 Cases: 276,289
Active Cases: 63,408
Recovered: 208,096
Death: 4,785

  • With COVID-19 situations not improving, the country may not be able to open to international tourists anytime soon
  • Tourist-favourites Boracay, Bohol and Palawan have reopened but limited to locals from the same region
  • Local airlines have been allowed to operate limited commercial flights in at least eight airports. International arrivals allowed for repatriation and official purposes
  • Hotels, restaurants and transport are now allowed to operate at 30 to 50% capacity
  • There is a mandatory swab test and 14-day quarantine on incoming travelers
  • Ban on non-essential travel overseas reimposed

MALAYSIA

Positive COVID-19 Cases: 10,052
Active Cases: 674
Recovered: 9,250
Death: 128

  • Conditional Movement Control Order was lifted on June 10 to enable domestic tourism to resume
  • Borders have reopened for medical tourism; travelers from Australia, Brunei, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea may get clearance to travel
  • Entry ban on citizens from countries with more than 150,000 cases has been reinforced (US, Brazil, France, UK, Spain, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Philippines)
  • Country likely to remain closed to tourists until 2021

 

HEALTH & SAFETY MEASURES POST COVID-19


Our passion for discovering and introducing Southeast Asia is as strong as ever, and we remain committed to providing you experiences of a lifetime. The purpose of the following guidelines is to help mitigate the spread of contagious diseases on trip.

 

HEALTH & SAFETY COMMITTEE

Trails of Indochina has appointed a health & safety committee to oversee and implement these new health & safety measure in all destinations. The committee will meet regularly to review the policies and vendors to ensure we are doing everything possible to achieve the necessary health & safety preparedness.

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING

In accordance with travel restrictions and health advice offered by government advisories worldwide Trails of Indochina will work with partners and customers to apply social distancing where possible.

 

GROUP VEHICLES

For larger vehicles and coaches, we will have the option for larger vehicles and less guests per vehicle thereby creating more personal space for each guest.

 

FIT VEHICLES

For smaller vehicles, we will approach this on a case by case basis. As smaller FITs are normally family members, there is no requirement for social distancing. There will be different requirements.

 

BOATS

We aim to provide appropriate social distancing for our guests when using boats while on tour. There are many considerations, so each trip & booking must be reviewed on a case by case basis. For private charter vs join-in, day boat & overnight boats we are working with these vendors to understand their on-board procedures and will act accordingly to ensure safety consideration for our guests.

 

HOTEL LOBBY DURING CHECK-IN

We will ask hotels to ensure physical distancing will be implemented in the event of queues or waiting and all keys and pens used to complete the check-in procedure should be sanitized. Where possible and appropriate, our guide can assist guests checking in and keep an eye for social distance
and hygiene.

 

SIGHTSEEING

Trails of Indochina have always aimed to avoid the crowds when we do our sightseeing to popular locations. We will continue to visit at off-peak areas, use alternative entry & exit points and apply other measure to avoid crowds.

 

PLANES

Different airlines apply their own policy for social distancing and hygiene. We are currently working with all airlines in Asia to advise and collect this information and make it available for all business partners.

 

HYGIENE IN VEHICLES

At a minimum, clean & disinfect all hard non-porous surfaces within the interior of the vehicle such as hard seats, arm rests, door handles, seat belt buckles, light and air controls, doors and windows, and grab handles.
Empty any waste baskets regularly. TOI will provide hand sanitizer in the vehicles for guests to use during the trip, before and after visiting sightseeing locations.

 

MASKS & SANITIZER

We will aim to make Masks & Hand sanitizer available for all guests traveling with us in 2020 and 2021.

 

RESTAURANTS

Trails of Indochina will work with restaurants who have appropriate and strict health & safety guidelines including cleanliness & hygiene. Where possible, TOI will keep a copy of the hygiene certificate on file.

 

BOATS & HOTELS

Trails of Indochina will work with overnight boats and hotels who have appropriate and strict health & safety guidelines including cleanliness & hygiene. Where possible, TOI will keep a copy of the hygiene certificate on file.

 

DAILY HEALTH CHECKS FOR GUIDES & DRIVERS

Guides and Drivers will be required to take their temperature each morning and report to the operations manager before starting their day. If they have a fever, they cannot work and the company will find an alternative.

 

GUIDE & DRIVER HYGIENE

Guide and driver will wash their hands frequently throughout the day and use hand sanitizer each time they get in the vehicles with guests. Guides and rivers should do this in view of guests so guests will feel secure that hygiene is being taken seriously. Drivers should also wipe down and sanitize the hard surfaces in vehicles at each stop. This includes hard seats, arm rests, door handles, seat belt buckles, light and air controls, doors and windows, and grab handles.

 

CRISIS MANAGEMENT

Guides and key Customer Care Staff will be briefed and trained on how to respond to travelers with symptoms of COVID-19. These measures are also covered in TOI’s Crisis Management Plan which is
updated regularly.

 

GENERAL HEALTH AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS FOR TRAVELERS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

Guests are encouraged to take sensible precautions against COVID-19 during their trips with Trails of Indochina. The World Health Organization outlines these basic practices to keep yourself and your loved ones safe:
1. Avoid travelling if you have a fever and cough. If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, alert health care services and share with them your recent travel history.
2. Maintain social distancing. Where possible, stay a metre or more away from others, especially those who are sneezing or coughing, or have fever.
3. Wash your hands regularly with soap and running water. You can also use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer to spray your hands as often as you like.
4. Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when you cough or sneeze. Dispose of dirty tissues immediately and wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
5. Avoid contact with live animals. Wash your hands with soap and water if you touch live animals or animal products in markets.
6. Eat only well-cooked food. Make sure your meals especially animal proteins and dairy products are thoroughly cooked and prepared in a sanitary environment.
7. Discard single-use masks. If you choose to wear a single-use mask, ensure it covers your nose and mouth, avoid touching the mask, and wash your hands after removing it. Bring masks from home as they can sometimes be difficult to buy in Southeast Asia.

 

DEALING WITH SICKNESS (FOLLOWING ECDC GUIDANCE)

TOI representatives to look for symptoms

  • Fever (person feels warm to the touch, gives a history of feeling feverish, or has an actual measured temperature of 100.4°F [38° C] or higher) that has persisted for more than 48 hours OR
    • Fever AND one of the following: persistent cough, difficulty breathing, appears obviously unwell https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/COVID-19-
    resourcesfor-contact-tracing-2-March-2020.pdf

Guidelines established for trip representatives with Medical input on what action should be taken and when. https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/COVID-19-resourcesforcontact- tracing-2-March-2020.pdf

  • Identify sick passenger who meet the above description.
  • Discuss situation with that passenger immediately and arrange for medical services. Depending on the location of the trip, this could be either arranging for the passenger to go to a doctors’ office/hospital, have a doctor come to the hotel or the most suitable medical review based on local conditions.
  • Offer a facemask, if available for the sick person. If a facemask is not available, ask the sick person to cover their mouth and nose with tissues when coughing or sneezing.
  • Minimize contact between the sick person and everyone else. If possible, separate for mothers (2 meters or 6 feet is ideal).
  • Wear disposable gloves when tending to a sick traveler or touching body fluids or potentially contaminated surfaces. Remove gloves carefully to avoid contaminating yourself, then wash hands.
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces according to transportation protocol.
  • Determine what actions should be taken based on the information/status of the medical services:
    • Self-Isolate – passenger agrees to avoid contact with other passengers and trip representative until a more comprehensive medical prognoses can be received.
      o Mandate quarantine – limiting movement and access to sleeping quarters until government/medical expertise can evaluate.
      o Exit from the trip / refusal to rejoin
      o Soliciting assistance from local government officials

 

 

We encourage our guests to stay up to date on government advice from their own countries. Here are some helpful links to get started:
• USA, CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• Public Health England: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
• Australia Dept of Health: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novelcoronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
• New Zealand Ministry of Health: https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-andconditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

 

To prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia, some hotels and resorts have temporarily closed down. These hospitality companies are taking this time to renovate their properties, upgrade facilities and train their workforce to serve guests better in the future. View the list of hotels from this LINK.

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