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 5th May 2021

Bangladesh

~750,000 cases, ~11,410 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Cambodia

~16,930 cases, 107 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

~90,790 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

~20,650,000 cases, ~225,500 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Indonesia

~1,636,000 cases, ~46,250 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Iran

~2,570,000 cases, ~73,550 deaths

Not yet reopen for general tourism.

Laos

1,026 cases, no deaths

Not yet reopen for general tourism.

Japan

~607,000 cases, ~10,052 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Kazakstan

~330,000 cases, ~3,740 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Malaysia

~420,600 cases, ~1,559 deaths

Not to open for general tourism.

Mongolia

40,130 cases, 126 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Myanmar

~142,000 cases, 3,200 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Nepal

~350,000 cases, ~3,420 deaths

Plans to reopen soon for tourism.

Philippines

~1,067,000 cases, ~17,400 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Russia

~4,800,000 cases, ~111,200 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

~124,600 cases, ~1,820 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Sri Lanka

~115,600 cases, 709 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Singapore

~61,007 cases, 31 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.

Thailand

~72,740 cases, 303 deaths

A special tourist visa (STV) is available for all travellers. 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. Contact your Thai consulate/embassy for latest information.
From 1st July, fully vaccinated tourists can visit Phuket region only, without the need to quarantine. After seven days they will be allowed to visit the rest of Thailand. From 1st October this is planned to be extended to other, but not all, regions.

Vietnam

~2,941 cases, 35 deaths

Not yet open for general tourism.