Welcome to our ‘Experience Asia’ News Update for March 2022
Apologies that this month we are sending out quite late this month as there have been so many changes in the entry rules for our destinations that we wanted to have the latest information to hand
Thailand has dropped the Day 5 hotel stay and PCR test rule, while reducing the mandatory insurance cover down to USD20,000 starting from 1 April 2022
International arrivals under any of the current three entry schemes
TEST & GO, Sandbox, and Alternative Quarantine (AQ) – will be allowed to enter Thailand without the need to show proof of a negative RT-PCR test within 72 hours of travel
Two previous tests in the travelers own country remain in place for the TEST & GO and Sandbox travelers: RT-PCR test upon arrival (Day 0) and an Antigen self-test on Day 5.
Sandbox staying period
Reduced to 5 days from currently 7 days. After completing five days within the Sandbox destinations, travelers will be allowed to travel domestically within Thailand.
We hope the above rule changes will make it easier for you to send your tourists to Thailand
Apply for a Thailand Pass at https://tp.consular.go.th/
Airlines – Thai Smile
Thai Smile, the low-cost subsidiary of Thai Airways International, resumes flights to Siem Reap in Cambodia on 3 March, after a 2 year wait since the last flights
Fares went live on the airline’s website last week for the twice-weekly flights to Siem Reap, the town closest to Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat historical park
Hotels – Kamalaya Koh Samui
with the introduction of pre-arrival health and wellbeing assessments to further enhance the programs at the legendary wellness sanctuary.
Guests have the option to match their chosen wellness program or create their own wellbeing and longevity assessment.
Hotels – Banyan Tree Veya Phuket
Banyan Tree has chosen Phuket as its preferred location for the launch of its flagship Banyan Tree Veya brand.
Banyan Tree Veya Phuket aims to provide a range of bespoke wellness programs that offers a respite from each traveler’s daily life.
The new 23-villa resort is set within a quiet enclave in Laguna Phuket
From March 14 Indonesia will receive international travelers without quarantine in the resort island of Bali under certain conditions. The government hopes to expand the policy across Indonesia
Foreign visitors have to show proof of hotel booking payments for at least four days if they want to enter Bali
International travelers who want to enter Bali should be fully vaccinated or received booster jabs of the Covid-19 vaccine, besides conducting an entry PCR test and waiting for a negative test
From 15th March, Visitors to Vietnam must use the PC-Covid app during their stay in Vietnam. Downloads are available from app stores on appropriate systems
Visa exemptions were lifted for the following 13 countries: Federal Republic of Germany, French Republic, Republic of Italy, Kingdom of Spain, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Russian Federation, Japan, Republic of Korea, Kingdom of Denmark, Kingdom of Sweden, Kingdom of Norway, Republic of Finland and Republic of Belarus. Visitors from other countries will still have to apply for an e-visa well prior to departure from their origin country
The entry conditions for cleared visitors, will be 15 days from the date of entry, regardless of passport type or entry purpose.
Airlines – Bamboo Airways
Bamboo Airways confirmed this week in statements to local media it will launch a new weekly service from Ho Chi Minh City to Sydney, Australia, starting 29 March.
According to a Sydney Airport media release, the airline hopes to increase flights on the route to four per week by the year-end.
Cambodia has dispensed with a requirement for visitors from overseas to take Covid-19 tests, as the country relaxes most restrictions to spur more investment and tourism,
Foreign visitors still need to be fully vaccinated and those unable to show proof of vaccination would need to remain in quarantine for 14 days after arrival.
Authorities also plan to resume issuing visas on arrival
Airlines – Thai Vietjet
Thai VietJet, a low-cost airline based at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, successfully commenced a new international service between Bangkok and Phnom Penh on 16th March
COMPANY UPDATES – ‘THAILAND TRAVEL MART’ (TTM+)
‘Thailand Travel Mart’ (TTM+) will be held for the first time in 2 years, this time hosted in Phuket from 8-10 June 2022
The venue will be at the beautiful ‘Angsana Laguna Phuket’ and the format, as before, will be a chance for overseas travel buyers and local sellers to have one on one in-person meetings
Stephen McEvoy, will be representing ‘Experience Asia’ at this event, and we hope to meet you there, if you plan to attend
COMPANY UPDATES – ‘EXPERIENCE ASIA’ SALES REPRESENTATIVE UK AND EUROPE
If you would like to speak to a representative of ‘Experience Asia’ directly, our man in UK and Europe heading up Sales in those regions is happy to be contacted. Mr. Jan Jepsen / firstname.lastname@example.org
COMPANY UPDATES – ‘EXPERIENCE ASIA’ 2022 TARIFFS ARE NOW AVAILABLE
Our pricing tariffs are now available for 2022, so if you wish to receive a password to access our products, please contact me at email@example.com
We Wish you all Safe and Happy Travels
Stephen McEvoy / Managing Director
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