COVID-19 Travel Restrictions in Southeast Asia (April 2022)

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Last updated 10th April 2022.

What is the situation like with COVID-19 in Southeast Asia? Like you, we are desperate to hitch on that backpack and set off for adventures – but is that possible right now?

We strive to regularly update this article with the latest travel restrictions across Southeast Asia to keep you up to date with where you can and can’t travel, and what entry requirements are in place (quarantine, PCR tests, mask-wearing etc.).

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Where can you travel in Southeast Asia? – Quick Answers

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  • CambodiaOpen to fully vaccinated tourists, quarantine-free.
  • IndonesiaOpen to fully vaccinated tourists, quarantine-free.
  • LaosReopened to international tourists from selected countries.
  • Malaysia – Open to fully vaccinated tourists, quarantine-free.
  • Maldives Open to tourists with no quarantine.
  • Myanmar Closed to tourists. Will reopen to international fully vaccinated tourists from 17th April 2022.
  • PhilippinesOpen to fully vaccinated international tourists.
  • SingaporeOpen to tourists from selected countries via vaccinated travel lanes or hotel quarantine scheme.
  • Sri Lanka Open to tourists, no quarantine for vaccinated travellers.
  • Thailand Open to international travellers. Fully vaccinated tourists can travel via the Phuket Sandbox, Samui Plus Program and other sandbox schemes. Quarantine free travel is available via Test & Go. Unvaccinated travellers can enter on the Happy Quarantine Scheme.
  • Vietnam Reopened to international tourists on 15th March 2022.

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Southeast Asia (Countries A-Z)

Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South East Asia’s Backpacker’s understanding of the current rules for entry. While we update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as it can be, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.


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Cambodia Travel Restrictions

  • Open to international travellers: Yes, with restrictions for unvaccinated travellers.
  • Visa on arrival: Yes, for vaccinated travellers.
  • Requirements before departure: Take out travel insurance with $50,000 US medical cover.
  • Quarantine: All unvaccinated passengers must quarantine in a government facility or a Government-approved hotel in Phnom Penh for 14 days. You must undertake a further two COVID-19 tests (upon arrival and on the 13th day of stay in a quarantine facility). Fully vaccinated travellers no longer have to quarantine.
  • Extra costs: Unvaccinated travellers must pay a deposit of $2000 US to the Cambodian government to cover COVID services while they are there (tests, waiting facilities, transport, potential medical bills). Anything not spent will be returned once they have completed their 14-day quarantine. 
  • Current internal travel restrictions: Within the country, travel restrictions between provinces, local curfews and regional lockdowns persist. Many hotels, public businesses and tourist attractions have been forced to close due to lack of custom.
  • Face coverings: Masks are not compulsory but are recommended in all public places.
  • Border crossings: You must enter Cambodia by air. Once in the country, you are not allowed to cross the border from Cambodia into Thailand, Laos or Vietnam.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: COVID-19 Cambodia Travel Restrictions.


Indonesia Travel Restrictions

  • Open to international travellers: Indonesia is partially open to international travellers. Those visiting for tourism purposes with a Visit Visa, diplomats, holders of Indonesian residency permits and those travelling for essential business are allowed to enter. As of 14th October 2021, Bali has reopened to fully vaccinated visitors with a mandatory quarantine in a Bali hotel unless you are arriving on the quarantine-free scheme*. *Only for travellers from 23 countries at present.
  • Visa on arrival: Available for travellers from 43 countries.
  • Requirements before departure: Complete the Indonesian eHAC registration to get QR code needed for arrival. Provide proof of funds and willingness to comply with COVID-19 regulations.
  • Quarantine: As of March 21st 2022, there is no longer a quarantine period for fully vaccinated international arrivals.
    Extra costs: Must hold travel/health insurance minimum $25,000USD.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: There are still restrictions on travel and social activity. Schools remain closed, shops and restaurants have limited hours and businesses must limit the number of employees. Restrictions vary according to the region.
  • Face coverings: Masks are compulsory in all public places (indoor and outdoor) and those not adhering to the rule can be fined.
  • Border crossings: The land border crossing into Borneo Malaysia on the island of Kalimantan is currently closed.

READ MORE: COVID-19 Indonesia Travel Restrictions.


Laos Travel Restrictions

  • Open to international travellers: Partially. Laos has reopened a number of provinces via its Green Travel scheme. Travellers from 21 countries are now permitted to enter. All visas on arrival are currently suspended.
  • Visa on arrival: Not available.
  • Requirements before departure: You must arrange a visa in advance, have a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of departure, fill out a Certificate of Entry, get a QR code from the Green Travel Scheme website, a Health Declaration form and show a booking for 14 nights in a quarantine hotel or centre.
  • Quarantine: All passengers must quarantine in a government facility government-approved hotel for 7 nights upon arrival in Laos. All arrivals must wear a GPS tracker for the entire duration of their stay.
  • Extra costs: $200 USD deposit is needed for the GPS tracker, as well as $6 USD for rental
  • Current internal travel restrictions: Travel restrictions vary depending on the province.
  • Face coverings: Masks are compulsory in all public places.
  • Border crossings: The borders to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam are open with restricted access.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: COVID-19 Laos Travel Restrictions.


Malaysia Travel Restrictions

  • Open to international travellers: Malaysia reopened to fully vaccinated international travellers on 1st April 2022.
  • Visa on arrival: Not available.
  • Requirements before departure: Arrange visa, complete MySejahtera form, prepare itinerary and make tour reservations.
  • Quarantine: Any unvaccianted arrivals must quarantine for 5 days in a government-designated facility or at home.
  • Extra costs: You will need travel/health insurance for a minimum $80,000USD.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: Travel restrictions vary depending on the province.
  • Face coverings: Masks are compulsory in all public places including shops, restaurants, cinemas, markets and restaurants.
  • Border crossings: Crossing the border into Thailand (Peninsular Malaysia) and crossing into Indonesia (Borneo) is also disallowed. The land border between Malaysia and Singapore opened 1st April 2022.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: COVID-19 Malaysia Travel Restrictions.


Maldives Travel Restrictions

  • Open to international travellers: Yes. The Maldives reopened to international tourists on 15th July 2020 after closing for only a few months. There are very few restrictions on travel.
  • Visa on arrival: Yes. Travellers from most nations can recieve a free 30-day entry pass on arrival.
  • Requirements before departure: Must complete a Traveller Health Declaration Form 72 hours prior to arrival. Will be required to download a tracing app on arrival.
  • Quarantine: Tourists do not need to quarantine when entering the Maldives.
  • Extra costs: Insurance which covers COVID-19.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: Travel between the islands of the Maldives is not currently restricted.
  • Face coverings: Face masks are advised to be worn in all public places in the Maldives, however, these are no longer compulsory.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: COVID-19 Maldives Travel Restrictions.


Myanmar Travel Restrictions

  • Open to international travellers: No. All international flights to Myanmar and visas have been suspended until further notice. Business visas are available and are assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Visa on arrival: Not available. 
  • Requirements before departure: You will need to be granted access by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You’ll also need a valid visa.
  • Quarantine: Any new arrivals to Myanmar must quarantine in a government facility. Fully vaccinated travellers will need to quarantine for 10 days, unvaccinated travellers will need to quarantine for 14 days. A COVID-19 test must be taken on day one, three and seven before the traveller is allowed to leave the government facility.
  • Extra costs: Insurance which covers COVID-19 and the cost of your COVID-19 tests and quarantine.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: Travel restrictions vary from state to state. Some states have stay-at-home orders. To travel domestically you may have to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine upon arrival, especially if you are travelling from a region with a stay-at-home order.
  • Face coverings: Masks are compulsory in all public places and those disobeying the rule will be fined.
  • Border crossings: The land border crossing into Thailand is closed.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: COVID-19 Myanmar Travel Restrictions.


The Philippines Travel Restrictions

  • Open to international travellers: Fully vaccinated travellers are allowed to enter the Philippines.
  • Visa on arrival: Not available.
  • Requirements before departure: You will have to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of boarding the plane. You will need a valid visa, proof of your vaccination status, One Health Pass and proof of payment of your accommodation or quarantine facility (if applicable). As of 16th February 2022, only foreign travellers who are fully vaccinated are permitted to enter the Philippines.
  • Quarantine: 14 days for unvaccinated Filipinos. (5 of these must be in a designated government facility. If you test negative on a PCR test on day 5, the remainder can be in your place of residence.) See our list of budget quarantine hotels in Manila here. NEW: For fully vaccinated travellers, there is no longer a mandatory quarantine.
  • Extra costs: Cost of quarantine will need be covered if applicable as well as additional PCR tests. Insurance should cover COVID-19.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: There are restrictions on travel and the opening of public places depending on the number of live COVID-19 cases in each city/barangay. There are three levels of restrictions: ECQ, MCQ and GCQ. See the full overview for more information. You must be fully vaccinated to use public transport.
  • Face coverings: Face masks must be worn in all indoor places and on public transport, including jeepneys and taxis.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: COVID-19 Philippines Travel Restrictions.


Singapore Travel Restrictions

  • Open to international travellers: Yes, fully vaccinated travellers are allowed to enter Singapore.
  • Visa on arrival: Not available. 
  • Requirements before departure: Get proof of vaccination status, complete an online SG Arrival Card (3 days before arrival) and take a PCR test no earlier than 48 hours before departing for Singapore. Travel insurance is compulsory and must cover COVID-19 hospitalisation and treatment to at least S$30,000.
  • Quarantine: Fully vaccinated travellers no longer have to quarantine. Other travellers will be required to fulfil a quarantine in a SDF (Dedicated Facility) for 7 days. You can now choose your Singapore quarantine hotel from a preselected list (depending on availability).
  • Extra costs: Insurance (minimum S$30,000) should cover COVID-19.
  • Face coverings: Masks are obligatory in all public spaces in Singapore.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: Within the country, restrictions on crowds persist. There are caps on social gatherings and social distancing is still in place.
  • Border crossings: Land border with Malaysia is open.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: COVID-19 Singapore Travel Restrictions.


Sri Lanka Travel Restrictions

  • Open to international travellers: Yes. Sri Lanka is open to international travellers with valid tourist visas.
  • Visa on arrival: Available. 
  • Requirements before departure: You must arrange a visa in advance (online), show a negative COVID-19 PCR/RT test within 72/48 hours of your flight, have proof of payment of a ‘Level 1 Safe & Secure Hotel’ in Sri Lanka, fill in an online pre-travel health form, pay for your on-arrival PCR tests and purchase and pay for travel insurance online before travelling.
  • Quarantine: Quarantine duration depends on your vaccination status. If you are fully vaccinated, there is no quarantine. If you are not vaccinated, you will need to stay at a ‘Level 1 Safe & Secure Hotel’ in Sri Lanka for at least 14 days. However, bear in mind that during this time you are allowed to use all of the hotel’s facilities and visit approved tourist sites in a ‘bio bubble’.
  • Extra costs: Cost of ‘Level 1 Safe & Secure Hotel’ in Sri Lanka, $12 USD for travel insurance and $40 USD per PCR test.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: There are currently restrictions on inter-provincial travel for all citizens.
  • Face coverings: Masks are compulsory in all public places.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: COVID-19 Sri Lanka Travel Restrictions.


Thailand Travel Restrictions

  • Open to international travellers: Yes. Thailand is open to travellers from all over the world. Sandbox schemes such as the Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus are open. Quarantine free travel via Test & Go resumed on 1st February 2022.
  • Visa on arrival: Available. 
  • Requirements before departure: You must apply for a Thailand Pass and have travel insurance with $50,000 US medical cover. You must have proof of payment for an SHA+ Hotel.
  • Quarantine: If you are not entering via a Sandbox Scheme or via Test & Go, you must quarantine in a state quarantine facility or an alternative state quarantine hotel for 7 days upon arrival if you are fully vaccinated, if not, the quarantine will be 10 days if you arrive by air, 14 days if you arrive by land. You must undertake a further two COVID-19 tests in quarantine. Travellers who enter Thailand on a sandbox sceheme will have to stay in the designated area for 7 days, but will not have to self isolate.
  • Extra costs: Travel insurance policy must have coverage no less than US$20,000.
  • Face coverings: Masks are obligatory in all indoor and outdoor public spaces in Thailand.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: Within the country, restrictions on movement and social activity persist. Many hotels, public businesses and tourist attractions have been forced to close due to lack of custom.
  • Border crossings: You must enter Thailand by air. Once in the country, you are not allowed to cross the border into Cambodia, Myanmar or Malaysia. Some restrictive crossings now allowed into Laos.

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: COVID-19 Thailand Travel Restrictions.


Vietnam Travel Restrictions

  • Open to international travellers: Vietnam reopened to international travellers on March 15th 2022.
  • Visa on arrival: Now available for some travellers.
  • Requirements before departure: Obtain visa, fill in an online passenger entry form. Unvaccinated travellers will need to take a PCR test to enter Vietnam.
  • Quarantine: Quarantine is no longer in place.
  • Current internal travel restrictions: Regulations vary in each province. Within the country, travel restrictions between provinces, local curfews and regional lockdowns persist. Many hotels, public businesses and tourist attractions have been forced to close due to lack of custom.
  • Extra costs: Insurance must cover COVID-19 treatment, with minimum liability at $10,000.
  • Face coverings: Masks are compulsory in all public places in Vietnam and those not adhering to the rule can be fined.
  • Border crossings: All land borders into Vietnam are closed. 

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO: COVID-19 Vietnam Travel Restrictions.


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13 thoughts on “COVID-19 Travel Restrictions in Southeast Asia (April 2022)”

  1. Hey there,

    I am curious on the verbiage. When you say Visas on arrival: None, does that mean it needs to be had in advance prior to entry? I apologise if this makes more sense than I get it, but I appreciate your help.

    Best,
    Nhu

    1. Sheree Hooker

      Hi Nhu! Yes, that is exactly right. Unless VOA is available, all visas will need to be applied for in advance.

  2. Hi, thanks for the updates. Do you know if there is a plan to open the land borders between Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia? Thanks

    1. Sheree Hooker

      Hi Louis,

      There are plans to reopen the land borders in the near future but as always, these things can change! Singapore has already implemented a land VTL which has enabled the Malaysia-Singapore land border to reopen. Keep an eye on the news for the latest developments and feel free to ask travellers on the ground in our Facebook Community. https://www.facebook.com/groups/SEABackpackerCommunity/

  3. Hi Nikki
    Thankyou for this so helpful!
    We are going to the Philippines on the 5th of April and after 30 days we will be heading for Cambodia. I have two questions 🙂

    Do you know what the entry requirements are when coming from the Philippines?

    Also are you allowed to fly within the Philippines, for example from Manila to Coron etc?

    Thankyou 🙂

    1. Hi Mia,
      1. The entry requirements, as far as I can tell, are the same if you are flying in from the Philippines to Cambodia as if you are flying there from anywhere else in the world. There are no special requirements for travellers coming from the Philippines. (Please check with a Cambodian Embassy to be sure.)
      2. Yes. Domestic flights have been running in the Philippines for a while now, plus international travel opened on 10th February so things will hopefully be a lot easier for travellers!
      Hope that helps. Have a great trip!

  4. Hi there,
    I’m Australian with extended family in SEA that I’ve not seen in 2 years because of this damn covid. I’ve just stumbled across this site and it’s proving helpful and informative. I will monitor this site for updates.
    Thanks
    Ferdi

  5. Hello 🙂 I have booked a 30 day tour (15 days in Thailand and 15 days in Vietnam) starting April 30th 2022 – I was then planning on spending a couple of months in Cambodia, Laos and Northern Thailand before heading to Bali in September time!

    Do you think by then things will have settled a bit more/that will be feasible?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Faye!

      At the moment, it’s impossible to give you a concrete answer.

      But, much of SEA is opening up to vaccinated travellers now. By the end of April my personal feeling is that travel will start to be somewhat normal again.

      Keep an eye on this post as we’ve been keeping it regularly updated with all the restrictions and changes in SEA!

    1. You’re very welcome Bob! We hope travel to the region will get easier towards the end of the year and into 2022. All the best, Nikki

  6. Hi Nikki, thank you for keeping this article up to date!
    I’ve been planning to move to Indonesia since the beginning of the year, and had prepared everything including flights, hotel, vaccine, etc. My flight was booked for 1st August, but Indonesia closed their borders just before my flight.

    I’ve been watching the news and submitted a formal complaint as I already have a visa which will expire in September. And I’m losing hope that the border will open anytime soon.

    I’m looking into other options, mainly Thailand and Singapore, but Singapore is crazy expensive for me.
    Is it risky for me to travel to Thailand alone? I don’t know anyone there, but I’m hoping I can meet people. Also, do you know if I can get a visa to stay for longer than 30 days? I’m an Australian citizen.

    Thanks again!

    1. Hi Ari,
      Sorry to hear about your troubles over the past few months! It’s certainly been a challenging time for those of us who want to travel…
      During normal times, I would say it is perfectly safe and easy for you to travel to Thailand alone, and very easy to meet lots of people! However, right now it’s a slightly different story. The only way to access Thailand without having to do a 2-week quarantine is via the Phuket Sandbox, which you can read about here:
      https://southeastasiabackpacker.com/phuket-sandbox/
      This scheme requires you to be fully vaccinated and also stay on the island for 14 days before travelling elsewhere in Thailand. (They have actually just launched a 7+7 program which means you can spend 7 days in Phuket and 7 days on another island, see article for more details.)
      Once you’ve completed 14 days, you can travel throughout Thailand (local travel restrictions apply). The longest you can get a visa is 60 days (TR60 visa) which can be extended at a Thai Immigration Office for a further 30 days, so 90 days in total.
      Have a look at these guidelines also:
      https://southeastasiabackpacker.com/covid19-thailand-travel-restrictions/
      Be aware that things change all the time (as you know!) and Thailand isn’t having the best time with COVID right now. There is a lockdown in Bangkok and many domestic flights are cancelled. Make sure you have a look at local news and decide if you really want to travel during this time. If you were unlucky enough to test positive for COVID whilst on the Phuket Sandbox, or be on the same flight as someone who tests positive, it can be an expensive affair as you have to pay for extra quarantine accommodation on top of the hotel you’ve already paid for. Make sure you read all of the resources on the above pages carefully. Any further questions, feel free to get in touch!
      Also, join our Facebook Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/SEABackpackerCommunity
      All the best,
      Nikki

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