Experience Asia Newsletter For December 2021


December 2021


Welcome to our ‘Experience Asia’ News Update for December 2021



Entry Conditions (URGENT update)

·       Due to increasing concern of the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus, Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the immediate suspension of new ‘Thailand Pass’ registrations which allowed tourists to arrive without quarantine.

·       Thailand Pass will be closed for all new ‘Test and Go’ and ‘Sandbox’ applications (except Phuket Sandbox), starting 22 December 2021 until further notice.

·       New measures apply for all applicants on Thailand Pass, as follows:

o   Applicants who have received their Thailand Pass QR Code can enter Thailand under the scheme for which they have registered;

o   Applicants who have registered, but have not received their QR Code must wait for their Thailand Pass to be considered/approved. Once approved, they can enter Thailand under the scheme they have registered;

o   New applicants will not be able to register for Test and Go and Sandbox measures (except Phuket Sandbox). Thailand Pass will only accept new applicants seeking to enter Thailand under Alternative Quarantine (AQ) or Phuket Sandbox only (as per existing requirements);

o   Passengers who have arrived in Thailand or will arrive in Thailand under Test and Go and Sandbox Programme must undergo their 2nd COVID-19 test using the RT-PCR technique (not ATK self-test) at government-designated facilities (no additional cost)

Remaining Unchanged: 

·       Tourists require an insurance policy with coverage of no less than USD 50,000

·       Everyone aged 18 years and older should be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 with an approved vaccine at least 14 days before traveling to Thailand, and must have a negative RT-PCR test result 72 hours before the travel date


·       Due to the ever changing nature of the travel requirements into the Kingdom of Thailand, we would advise for you to check the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s news portal (https://www.tatnews.org/)  or contact your local Thailand Embassy for the latest updates.  

Thailand News

Krabi’s world famous Maya Bay, where the movie ‘The Beach’ was filmed, is expected to reopen in early January 2022. The bay has been closed for 2 years due to damage to the local nature due to tourism

Hotel News

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts opening in Bangkok

The 110-room ‘Wyndham Queen Convention Centre Hotel & Residences’ opened on 1 December, located nearby Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, while the 135-room ‘Wyndham Garden Bangkok Sukhumvit 42’, opened on 15 December

The Standard, Hua Hin

The brand’s first property in Thailand, has officially opened its doors and features 171 guest rooms and suites, 28 pool villas and a beachfront location

La Vie Hotels and Resorts

Have introduced Quality Resort and Spa Patong Beach, opening early 2022, and is the first Choice Hotels property to launch in Thailand

Hilton International

Announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Phuket Bang Tao, marking the debut of the Hilton Garden Inn brand in Thailand.

Airline News

Thai Airways will introduce flights on the Phuket-Sydney route beginning 7 December.

The airline will operate a three-weekly service on the Phuket-Sydney-Phuket using a Boeing 777-300ER until the end of the winter timetable on 25 March 2022


Entry Conditions

From January 1, 2022, fully vaccinated travelers will only need to be self-isolated for three days instead of centralized quarantine for seven days as before.

We will continue to keep you updated on further health and safety protocol as the Vietnamese ministry of tourism is putting together detailed guideline for international travelers.


‘Cross Resort Long Hai’ and ‘Cross Resort Vibe Long Hai’ are located in the stunning coastal province of Vung Tau, a two-hour drive from Ho Chi Minh City, with an opening set for Q4 2022


Entry Conditions

Indonesia has lengthened the current 3-day quarantine period for all international travelers – both foreign and domestic, to a longer quarantine of 7-days. 
However, the Government has already declared a partial lockdown nationwide for the period from 24 December 2021 until 02 January 2022 to discourage celebrations that might foster the spread of COVID-19           


Entry Conditions

Based on current rules, only fully vaccinated travelers can visit Cambodia.

Lanmei Airlines, headquartered in Phnom Penh, will fly domestic services to famous Siem Reap, while SIA will reintroduce daily flights from Singapore to the heritage destination. 

Experience Asia News

Please note that our website address has now changed to be: https://experiencetravel.asia

We are pleased to introduce to you all, our Sales Representative for the UK and Europe, Mr. Jan Jepsen, who can be contacted at: jan@intouchrep.com

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We Wish you all a Safe and Happy Xmas, and a Prosperous New Year


Stephen McEvoy / Managing Director



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