After the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, nearly every nation on the planet imposed a lockdown to contain the spread of the deadly disease. As the contagious disease spreads from person to person, countries have sealed off their borders under a tough lockdown.
With the coronavirus curve flattening a bit, many countries around the world have already started to reopen for tourists. In addition, different nations have imposed different safety and social distancing guidelines for inbound tourists. For example, England had allowed entry without quarantine to people from 60 low-risk countries, excluding India. People from other countries will need to book a COVID-19 test before boarding the flight. Bali also recently reopened for local businesses, and a prayer session was held for the same.
Here is the list of Asian countries reopening in phases after the coronavirus-induced lockdown:
- Taiwan– Taiwan has been very effective in handling the coronavirus situation has reopened the borders for travelers. To travel within the country, one must apply by obtaining special entry permits for reasons other than normal tourism or social visits. People who will receive clearance must submit a negative report on the coronavirus. The test date must be within 72 hours of boarding their flight. In addition, a mandatory 14-day quarantine is required after entering the country.
- Thailand– One of the most popular vacation destinations for Indians. The Thai country has opened its borders but not for tourism. Visitors are required to obtain special entry certificates and need a negative Covid-19 test report 72 hours after departure or to serve a 14-day quarantine period.
- Philippines– From now on, foreign nationals can only enter the country if they are accompanied by members of their Filipino family. They must remain in quarantine for 14 days. The Philippines was the second country in Southeast Asia after Indonesia to be most affected by the coronavirus.
- The Maldives- The island country of the Maldives was reopened to the outside on July 15. When arriving on the island, you will have to stay in a complex or a private mansion. They must complete a self-declaration form upon arrival. They don’t necessarily need to self-quarantine, but if someone shows symptoms, the person will need to take a COVID-19 test.
- Turkey- The Asian-European country opened its hotels, restaurants and museums on June 1. The country had lifted all travel restrictions by mid-June. It was one of the first countries to reopen for international travel. People visiting the country must undergo a thermal check at the airport. No quarantine is required after entering Turkey.
- United Arab Emirates (DUBAI) – The United Arab Emirates opened its borders from July 7, upon arrival, visitors must install the “Dubai Health” app on their phone. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is played in the country.
- Seychelles- The country opened to tourists in August, nationals of Austria, Canada, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, d ‘Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates can visit the country. Travelers will be required to provide a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival or undergo antigen testing upon arrival.
- Uzbekistan-The Central Asian country resumed international flights on June 15. In addition, various tourist sites have opened and visitors will need to follow safety and health guidelines. Additionally, if someone contracts COVID-19 after arriving in Uzbekistan, the government will give up to $ 3,000 (₹ 224,812.50) to cover medical costs.
- Singapore- Singapore allows entry of passengers holding a Safe Travel Pass for essential business and official travel, under the Green / Fast Lane arrangements. So far, only China has obtained approval for the arrangement. However, Changi Airport in Singapore allows New Zealand and Australian nationals to land at the airport for connecting flights.
- Cambodia- The Angkor Wat temple country opened its border in May. But all inbound travelers must deposit $ 3,000 (₹ 224812.50) upon entering the country. The amount will cover the costs of coronavirus tests performed at the government facility within three days of arrival, quarantine costs, and costs of treating patients positive for the coronavirus.