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 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. With tourism such a major financial driver for many countries we expect them to open up as good as they are able.

*as of 20th September 2021

Bangladesh

Not yet open for general tourism.

Cambodia

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

Not yet open for general tourism.

India

Not yet open for general tourism. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs has confirmed tourists visas will resume, with an announcement by early October.

Indonesia

Not yet open for general tourism.

Iran

Not yet open for general tourism.

Laos

Not yet open for general tourism.

Japan

Not yet open for general tourism.

Kazakstan

Not yet open for general tourism.

Malaysia

Not to open for general tourism.

Mongolia

Not yet open for general tourism.

Myanmar

Not yet open for general tourism.

Nepal

Plans to reopen soon for tourism.

Philippines

Not yet open for general tourism.

Russia

Russia has lifted restrictions for international travel from a number of countries, including UK though excluding US and much of the rest of Europe for fully vaccinated tourists. You are required to obtain and present a negative PCR-method COVID-19 test certificate dated less than 72 hours before travel, and no quarantine is required.

South Korea

Not yet open for general tourism.

Sri Lanka

Now open for fully vaccinated tourists, with minor protocols to adhere to. This includes need to complete a mandatory overnight quarantine stay at a Level 1 certified hotel and return a negative PCR test result on arrival. Once cleared, you are then free to travel without further restrictions. As a part of obtaining the tourist visa, a $12 mandatory insurance is required, that will cover most of the expenses for Covid-19 infected travelers at private care centres. https://srilanka.travel/helloagain/

Singapore

Not yet open for general tourism.

Thailand

From 1st July, fully vaccinated tourists can arrive into Phuket (must be a direct international flight), Surat Thani and Phang Nga. After 15 days they will be allowed to visit the rest of Thailand (it is also allowed to split up your time to 7 nights in one, 7 nights in one of the other stated provinces). Requirements include a Certificate of Entry from your local Thai Embassy, negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure, Covid health insurance and a supervised 15 night hotel quarantine on arrival. Details can be viewed here.
This is planned to be extended to other regions including Chiang Mai and Bangkok from 15th October.

Vietnam

Not yet open for general tourism.