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 22 August 2022

Bangladesh

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists.

Cambodia

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists. Visitors must produce a negative PCR test within 72 hours of first flight departure, complete the necessary health declaration forms, and take a rapid antigen test on arrival. E-visas are also available as before.

China

Not yet open for general tourism.

India

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists.

This is a dynamic situation, with frequent changes to the list of 'at-risk' countries, as there is plenty of confusion at present. E-visas are available for most nationalities with the exception of the UK, due their reciprocal protocol.

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 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

Not yet open for general tourism.

Kazakstan

Open for fully vaccinated tourists from most countries, though several nationalities (including US and most of EU) are required to take a negative PCR covid test within 72 hours of international departure.

Malaysia

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

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

Not yet open for general tourism.

Nepal

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists, without a PCR test. Visitors must completed international travel form, and hotel booking. Information can be found here regarding the government press release.

Philippines

Quarantine-free entry is now permitted for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists, a negative Covid test is not required for entry. Travel within the Philippines is now open and almost all the birding sites are already accessible again.

Russia

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

South Korea

Open for general tourism. Note that a negative PCR covid test is required within 48 hours of international departure, and also within 72 hours of arrival.

Sri Lanka

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists.

Singapore

Fully vaccinated foreigners from several countries, including UK and US and several European countries are able to arrive in Singapore without any quarantine measures in place.

Thailand

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists.

Uzbekistan

Now open for fully-vaccinated foreign tourists.

Vietnam

Open for fully vaccinated tourists from most countries. Tourists must be fully-vaccinated and provide a pre-flight negative PCR covid test.