Travel Updates


12 November 2020



COVID-19 Cases Worldwide: 52,484,945

Deaths: 1,290,567

Recovered: 36,707,467


Many countries in Asia are now battling second and third waves of the coronavirus infections. National governments are continuously implementing travel and movement restrictions for both domestic and international tourists; though some have already opened their borders for official and business travels limited to very select nationalities. In general, inbound tourism is unlikely to restart within the year.



Positive COVID-19 Cases: 1,152
Active Cases: 130
Recovered: 1,087
Death: 35                                                                                         

  • Vietnam has gone through more than two months without any community-transmitted coronavirus infection
  • Business and official travels are now permitted for selected countries
  • International tourists still banned; domestic flights have resumed
  • Inter-provincial transport is now allowed


Positive COVID-19 Cases: 301
Active Cases: 13
Recovered: 288
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


Positive COVID-19 Cases: 24
Active Cases: 1
Recovered: 23
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.


Positive COVID-19 Cases: 3,852
Active Cases: 99
Recovered: 3,693
Death: 60

  • Thailand is still under state of emergency until October 31, 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 has started issuing 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 costs 2,000 baht


Positive COVID-19 Cases: 64,453
Active Cases: 14,441
Recovered: 48,532
Death: 1,480

  • Myanmar has seen a second wave of coronavirus infections since August 16 and thousands of news cases are recorded daily
  • Myanmar has grounded all domestic flights and banned travel from Yangon until October 31
  • Partial lockdown in Yangon is implemented
  • All entry visas and international commercial flights still banned


Positive COVID-19 Cases: 448,118
Active Cases: 54,300
Recovered: 378,982
Death: 14,836

  • Domestic and international flights have resumed with limited capacity and under strict requirements
  • Bali postponed original plan to reopen in mid-September
  • 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


Positive COVID-19 Cases: 86,299
Active Cases: 413
Recovered: 81,252
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


Positive COVID-19 Cases: 110,156
Active Cases: 9,207
Recovered: 99,108
Death: 1,841

  • 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


Positive COVID-19 Cases: 58,102
Active Cases: 84
Recovered: 57,990
Death: 28

  • Business and official travelers from Brunei Darussalam, Australia, Vietnam 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


Positive COVID-19 Cases: 27,942
Active Cases: 2,051
Recovered: 25,404
Death: 487

  • 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


Positive COVID-19 Cases: 5,408
Active Cases: 141
Recovered: 5,159
Death: 108

  • Only foreign travelers from mainland China, Macau and Taiwan are 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


Positive COVID-19 Cases: 402,820
Active Cases: 32,682
Recovered: 362,417
Death: 7,721

  • 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


Positive COVID-19 Cases: 42,872
Active Cases: 11,497
Recovered: 31,073
Death: 302

  • 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


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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



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.



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.



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 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.



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.



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.



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

Guidelines established for trip representatives with Medical input on what action should be taken and when. 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:
• Public Health England:
• Australia Dept of Health:
• New Zealand Ministry of Health:


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.

Frequently Asked Questions


Is Asia now open to international leisure travelers?

As the number of coronavirus infections continues to rise in Asia, international borders and ports remain closed for general tourism as of this time. The World Health Organization and all local governments do not encourage non-essential travel to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. However, countries such as Japan, Vietnam and Singapore have already allowed business travelers to enter their ports, with COVID-19 tests and quarantines implemented. Thailand is also now allowing travelers into Phuket through a special 90-day visa.

How do you ensure the safety of your guests?

The safety of our guests is out top priority. As such, we have established a detailed Health & Safety Policy in all of the destinations we offer. These precautionary measures are in accordance to World Health Organization policies. Social distancing, wearing of masks, sanitation and many other measures will be implemented for guests, tour guides, drivers and everyone involved in your trip.

Is it safe to travel to Asia this year?

While some destinations in Southeast Asia have the health crisis under control and have started offering special visas for travelers, the global pandemic is still very much present. Therefore, it is really not safe to go on leisure trips this year. Several restrictions are still in place, which may hinder you from enjoying your holiday. We will definitely inform you of when our part of the world will reopen to international travelers.

What are your booking and cancellation policies?

We offer most flexible terms at the moment with no cancelation charges. However, we do not recommend to book any trips between now until Q4 2021 to avoid wasting our resources for booking and then canceling due to border closure and on-going pandemic in the world. For further information, please contact our Sales Team.

When is the most practical time to travel?

We don’t know yet but we hope our borders will reopen towards the end of 2021. We will continue to update you on this  through our monthly newsletter, social media updates and virtual meetings.


Responsive To Our Client's Needs

Our team of Travel Experts are dedicated to responding to client's needs and requests in a timely manner. With our 24/7 Customer Care Hotline, travelers can be assured that assistance is available for any last minute requests and emergency