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 (most of the countries are allowing those with long term and business visas entry). It should be noted that Asian countries are not giving any 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. With tourism such a major financial driver for many countries we expect them to open up as good as they are able.

*as of 8th November 2020

Bangladesh

~420,000 cases, ~6,050 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Cambodia

~295 cases, no deaths

Not yet open for general tourism. However, it is possible to enter if the following is adhered to: Obtain a visa from your local embassy, $2,000 deposit, negative Covid test within 72 hours of flying, and again on arrival while having to wait at the airport until results are confirmed. Following a negative result, 14 days self-isolation under supervision, with additional test on day 13. Traveller must pay for all associated costs.

China

~86,300 cases, ~4,634 deaths

Partially reopened for tourism. Travelers from Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Greece, Denmark, Austria, Sweden and Canada can fly to Beijing only, but must undergo testing and 14 nights state quarantine.

India

~8,550,000 cases, ~126,500 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Indonesia

~440,000 cases, ~14,650 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism. A planned reopening on 1st September into Bali has been delayed, likely until end of 2020.

Iran

~683,000 cases, ~38,250 deaths

Not yet reopen for general tourism.

Laos

24 cases, no deaths

Not yet reopen for general tourism.

Japan

~106,000 cases, ~1,800 deaths

Plans to reopen soon for tourism for selected countries; Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, South Korea, China and Malaysia.
All arrivals will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. However, the Japanese government has stated that travellers who obtain a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, and agree to have another test done upon arrival, can circumvent the 14-day quarantine, providing both tests are negative.

Kazakstan

~116,000 cases, ~1,860 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Malaysia

~41,000 cases, ~290 deaths

Not to open for general tourism until at least end of 2020.

Mongolia

365 cases, no deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Myanmar

~68,400 cases, 1,400 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Nepal

~195,000 cases, ~1,110 deaths

Plans to reopen soon for tourism, originally scheduled for 1st September but this has now been delayed with no further information.

Philippines

~397,000 cases, ~7,550 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Russia

~1,800,000 cases, ~30,600 deaths

Russia has lifted restrictions for international travel from a number of countries, including UK though excluding US and much of the rest of Europe. You are required to obtain and present a negative PCR-method COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel, and again within three days of arrival in Russia.

South Korea

~27,500 cases, ~480 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Sri Lanka

~13,490 cases, 34 deaths

Plans to reopen for tourism have been delayed.

Singapore

~58,000 cases, 28 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Thailand

~3,830 cases, 60 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism. Plans to allow tourists to Phuket only from 5th October, with 14 nights mandatory quarantine at selected hotels has been delayed.

Vietnam

~1,210 cases, 35 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.