New information released by the World Tourism Organization states that 60% of Asian Countries remain completely closed to foreign tourists. When trying to plan trips, this can create confusion for those who need to travel. Many people currently assume there is nowhere available to travel but this is not necessarily true. Of course, there’s no simple list of open countries or restricted countries as varying laws and restrictions introduced by travel authorities make it a difficult task to make such lists. Some countries are open to all, some are completely closed whilst some are only allowing visitors from specific countries or have different entry rules for different people based on their travel history or location.
Destinations which have eased travel restrictions generally have high or very high levels of health and hygiene infrastructure. They also tend to have comparatively low COVID-19 infection rates. As their rates of infection fall, countries have started opening for tourism by following strict rules and also introducing distanced travel throughout airports and any other entry points. If you are looking for information on where you can travel but also want assurance on the safety precautions being adapted by the destination, this article is for you!
We have prepared a guide available on Asian destinations which are open to tourists, and the rules and regulations associated with traveling there. Here are a few Countries in Asia that are open to tourists and if you are eligible to travel there.
(Note: Before traveling, we suggest you go through the travel guidelines and procedure of your destination – which we have linked to where available. The rates of cases are rapidly changing and so are the rules and quarantine requirements. We suggest you follow all the necessary precautions advised by health professionals while travelling.)
Everyone arriving in the country needs proof of a negative COVID-19 test no older than 96 hours. Be aware that you could have to take another test on arrival and could be asked to self-isolate. Here is a guide to places open in UAE.
Jordan has opened its border to travellers but with strict rules of providing test results upon arrival. You will also be tested upon arrival and will have to self isolate for 2 weeks even if the test comes back negative. Passengers must register to travel on the Visit Jordan website and have PCR tests before departure, on arrival and during the period of self quarantine.
You can travel to Bangladesh if you are able to provide a medical certificate issued within 72 hours of travel showing that you have a negative report to Covid-19. If you stay in Bangladesh for more than 14 days you must also provide a covid negative report on departure. Keep in mind that this report should be from one of the hospitals listed on the official Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh website.
4. South Korea
As of May 27, all passengers entering Korea will undergo special quarantine. Arriving travellers must also take a Covid-19 Test. All Passengers(excluding Korean) departing from Uzbekistan, Philippines, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Bangladesh within the last 14 days and arriving/transferring to Korea via a third country need a PCR-negative certificate.
Foreign nationals will be permitted to enter Taiwan provided they are not entering for study, tourism or to visit friends. You will need to apply for a visa before travelling to Taiwan. Foreigners must provide a negative COVID-19 test report completed three days prior to traveling.
Since June, The Turkish government has been gradually allowing international flights on a country by country basis. Flights from the UK, the USA, Germany, the Netherlands, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Qatar, Greece, Austria, Croatia and Singapore are available, and they plan on opening more to pick their tourism sector back up. When Traveling to Turkey, All passengers must complete the passenger information form.