Asia

Welcome to our Asia travel page. Here you’ll find the latest updates from airlines, hotels, rail and car hire companies, as well as information on border restrictions. Our traveller resources also have tips, frequently asked questions and useful links to help you plan and prepare for your next trip so you can get back on the road safely.

Rules and restrictions vary by country and are changing regularly, so if you’re travelling from outside Asia don’t forget to check the latest information on your departure and any transit countries here

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THAILAND: Thailand lifts entry ban for African countries as of 11 January

Thailand will lift entry ban for African countries as of 11 January with two options when entering Thailand. Travel will be allowed into Thailand under either the Sandbox initiative, covering travel into Phuket/Krabi/Phang-Na/Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Pha-ngan, Ko Tao). Or under the Alternative quarantine option, whereby travellers can enter at any point in Thailand, however, must undergo government quarantine for minimum of 7 days before moving on. Under the Sandbox initiative travellers must arrive direct at Phuket Airport with no BKK transits allowed. All travellers must be fully vaccinated, not applicable to children under 18 traveling with vaccinated parents. Further detailed requirements in terms of testing and stay apply.
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AUSTRALIA: Hong Kong announces border update

From 8 January - 21 January, passengers who have been in eight countries including Australia for more than two hours in the past 21 days, will not be permitted to board a flight to Hong Kong. This measure will be effective for 14 days, subject to review. The eight countries are Australia, Canada, France, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. For entry prior to 8 January, you’ll be subject to 21 days of compulsory quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel on arrival, followed by seven days of self-monitoring. You’ll also need to take several compulsory COVID-19 tests.
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Russia announces total ban on nine African countries

A new Russian government ruling on COVID cancels all earlier exceptions for diplomatic passport holders, travellers on business visas, and some other categories of visitors from Hong Kong and nine African nations – Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Eswatini, and South Africa. The highest number of those infected with the Omicron variant has been detected in South Africa. The new strain has since been recorded in over 50 countries.
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AUSTRALIA: Hong Kong border update

Australia is now listed as a ‘high risk place’. If you're travelling from Australia, you can't enter Hong Kong unless you're a fully vaccinated Hong Kong resident. You also can't enter Hong Kong if you have been in Australia for more than 2 hours on the day of boarding or during the 21 days before that day. Fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents or a fully vaccinated Foreign Domestic Helpers with a valid employment visa can arrive into Hong Kong however they will be required to hotel quarantine for 21 days.
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SOUTH AFRICA: Countries applying travel bans and restrictions continues to grow

Due to the Omicron Covid-19 variant, new restrictions on travel between South Africa and further Southern African countries, have been put in place. The newly added countries applying either additional testing requirements, quarantine on arrival, travel for restricted exempt travellers or complete bans on travel for the affected countries include; Kuwait, Norway, Fiji, South Korea, Indonesia, Slovenia, Finland, the Bahamas, Mongolia, Macau, Brunei, Lithuania, Peru, the Ukraine, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, Ecuador, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Iceland, Chile, St Vincent and The Grenadine, Aruba, and Uzbekistan.
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On the ground

Rental car companies are changing their policies to decrease human interaction and touchpoints. Find out what else ground transportation companies are doing to limit the risk of COVID-19.

Accommodation

Hotels around the world are implementing new processes and safety precautions in response to COVID-19. To help prepare for your next trip take a look at our frequently asked questions to discover what measures hotels are taking and what the hotel experience will look like post-pandemic.