Covid Travel restrictions

Country-by-country lowdown

Covid Travel restrictions

Country-by-country lowdown

Covid Travel restrictions

Country-by-country lowdown

Covid Travel restrictions

Country-by-country lowdown

Covid Travel restrictions

Country-by-country lowdown

Terms and conditions

With a continually evolving situation it is impossible at this time to predict when tours might return to normal, but we are monitoring the situation closely and stand ready to resume tours as soon as it is safe to do so. We will deal with tours in turn making final decisions as late as two months before departure, so if your tour is still several months in the future don’t worry, we are monitoring events and will keep you informed at the appropriate time.

We would like to reaffirm that all bookings with Birdtour Asia Limited are fully protected, you can be assured that when booking with us your money is fully protected allowing you to plan ahead with peace of mind. Should the tour be cancelled you will be entitled to a full refund, or a change to a replacement tour should you prefer.

Below is a list of 'birding' countries in Asia, and what the current restrictions are*, to give you a feel for what is possible in the coming months, for those visiting for tourism. It should be noted that Asian countries are generally not giving long-term forecasts, so we will continually monitor and update the situation throughout of region, in addition to communicating updates by email to those with forthcoming bookings.

For countries not listed, please refer to https://apply.joinsherpa.com

*as of 13 January 2023

Bangladesh

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists.

Cambodia

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists. E-visas are also available as before.

China

Though China's border is now open, tourist visas are still not available. See https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/china/entry-requirements. We will update once the country becomes available for tours once again.

India

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists.

E-visas are available for most nationalities, including UK, US, Australian and EU citizens.
Note: check on latest requirements for entry, as some countries again require a negative PCR-test for entry, within 72 hours of boarding.

Indonesia

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists. The phone app, Pedulilindungi, must be downloaded and presented at check-in, https://www.pedulilindungi.id.
For domestic flights, a booster vaccination is a mandatory requirements - otherwise a pre-flight covid test will be a required.
Visa-on-arrival has been reinstated for several entry points, costing $30/500,000IDR for 30 days (which is extendable by another 30 days at any immigration office).

Iran

Open for general tourism, though obtaining a tourist visa is a long process, requiring at least two months depending on nationality. More details to follow soon.

Laos

Open for fully vaccinated tourists from most countries. Tourists must be fully-vaccinated.

Japan

Open for fully vaccinated tourists from most countries. Tourists must be fully-vaccinated.

Kazakstan

Open for fully vaccinated tourists from most countries.

Malaysia

Open for fully vaccinated tourists from most countries.

Mongolia

Open for fully vaccinated tourists from most countries. Only a negative PCR covid test, within 72 hours of flight departure is required, see here for details. A PCR test might be requested on arrival.

Myanmar

Though open for general tourism, the on-going political issues mean we are not currently offering tours here.

Nepal

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists. Visitors must completed international travel form, and hotel booking. Information can be found here regarding the government press release.

Philippines

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists.

Russia

Though the country is open for general tourism, the current political situation makes entering the country difficult.

South Korea

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists.

Sri Lanka

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists.

Singapore

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists.

Thailand

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists.

Uzbekistan

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists.

Vietnam

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists.