Travel Updates 2023

Latest News as of 17 March 2023


Effective 15 March, China will resume issuing visas for all categories, including tourists and business visas.
  • Foreigners with valid visas issued before 28 March 2020 are allowed to enter China.
  • Visa-free policies have also been reinstated for foreign visitors to Hainan, foreign visitors to Guangdong from Hong Kong and Macao, travelers arriving via cruise ship to Shanghai and ASEAN tour groups to Guilin and Guangxi.
All travelers are required to take a Covid test 48 hours before departure and complete results in their customs health declaration forms.
Please consult with the Chinese Consulate or Embassy in your country for more information on visa application process.



Travelers will NOT need to show any proof of vaccination nor take any RT-PCR test to enter Thailand. HOWEVER, for travelers who are entering Thailand and then traveling onward to countries which require negative results from a PCR test in order to enter, require insurance with minimum coverage of $10 000 for covid-19 medical treatment in Thailand, the duration must cover their stay in Thailand plus 7 extra days is required.

For example:

  • Guest travel from Indonesia – Thailand – Vietnam > Insurance not required because Vietnam does not require negative test result before arrival of the country.
  • Guest travel from Indonesia – Thailand – China > Health insurance is required, because China requires a negative RT-PCR test result obtained within 48 hours before departure to the country.
  • Guest travel from Indonesia – Thailand – Myanmar (but don’t have vaccine certificate) > Health insurance is required, because Myanmar requires a negative RT-PCR test result obtained within 48 hours before departure to the country, if the vaccine certificate is unavailable.

Please refer to the link below for the complete Guideline of Entry Requirements for our destinations. Please click HERE to view file (latest update 9 Jan 2023)



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:


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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