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Visa-Free, Quarantine-Free: These Asian Countries Are Open to Vaccinated Tourists

Check out their travel requirements.
Visa-Free, Quarantine-Free: These Asian Countries Are Open to Vaccinated Tourists
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Check out their travel requirements.

For Filipino travelers, our neighboring countries in Southeast Asia are always top of mind for quick international trips. Most of them offer visa-free entry, plane tickets are relatively cheap, and travel time is for just a few hours. And with some of them reopening their borders following two years of the pandemic, interest in Asian travel is back.

These countries are now open to fully vaccinated travelers. Just take note of their travel requirements:

Bali, Indonesia

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Bali, a popular tropical destination in Indonesia, is one of the few places that reopened its borders to domestic tourists even at the height of the pandemic in 2020, then to international tourists from just 19 countries in October 2021. In March, they had a two-week trial run of quarantine-free travel not only in Bali but also in Batam and Bintan. By April, the country lifted all quarantine protocols for arriving tourists. And if you're a Philippine passport holder, you can fly direct to Bali through their Visa on Arrival scheme. Technically, it's not a visa-free entry policy, but you also don't have to get a visa prior to your departure.

Here are the latest Bali travel requirements for fully vaccinated travelers (as of April 5):

  • Philippine passport
  • PeduliLindungi mobile app registration
  • IDR 500,000 for payment of Visa on Arrival
  • Roundtrip tickets to and from Ngurah Rai International Airport
  • Proof of vaccination (VaxCertPH issued by the Department of Health)
  • Negative RT-PCR test results taken within 48 hours in the country of origin
  • Proof of ownership of health insurance, which includes financing for handling COVID-19 and medical evacuation to a referral hospital
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Take note that Visa on Arrival for Filipino nationals only applies if you arrive directly in Bali (not in Jakarta or any other airport in Indonesia). This is valid for 30 days and can be extended once. It can be purchased for U.S. $35 or IDR 500,000 in the arrival halls of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali.

Unvaccinated travelers can still enter Bali, but they'd have to go through five days of quarantine.

For more information, visit the Ministry of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia's website.

Thailand

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Only three hours—by plane—away from Manila, Thailand is a popular destination among Filipino travelers who love a good mix of cultural landmarks, foodie destinations, and shopping hotspots. The country reopened to Philippine passport-holders back in November 2021, but they're now making traveling easier by dropping the RT-PCR requirement upon arrival. This new travel policy is approved by Thailand's Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration on April 22 and was made effective for international arrival starting on May 1.

Fully vaccinated travelers don't need to go through quarantine, but partially vaccinated or unvaccinated tourists must stay in quarantine for five days. The latter also needs to present a proof of prepayment for five-night quarantine at government-approved hotels and undergo an RT-PCR test on Day 5. The test is waived, however, if the unvaccinated tourist is able to upload proof of negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel via Thailand Pass.

Here are the latest Thailand travel requirements for fully vaccinated travelers (as of May 1):

  • Philippine passport
  • Thailand Pass registration
  • Roundtrip tickets
  • Proof of vaccination (VaxCertPH issued by the Department of Health)
  • Proof of ownership of insurance with coverage of no less than U.S.$10,000
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For more information, visit the Tourism Authority of Thailand Newsroom.

Singapore

Because of its visa-free policy for Philippine passport-holders, Singapore is often top of mind for international trips among Filipinos. Plus, its outlet malls and shopping strips are hard to resist among shopaholics. After reopening to fully vaccinated travelers on April 1, Singapore is also removing the pre-departure COVID-19 test requirement starting April 26 to make traveling more convenient. This also applies to non-fully vaccinated children aged 12 and below.

Here are the latest Singapore travel requirements for fully vaccinated travelers (as of April 26):

  • Philippine passport (valid for at least six months)
  • Registration through TraceTogether mobile app
  • SG Arrival Card (accomplished three days before departure through Immigration and Checkpoints Authority website) and electronic Visit Pass (e-Pass)
  • Roundtrip tickets
  • Proof of vaccination (VaxCertPH issued by the Department of Health)

Non-fully vaccinated short-term visitors are still not allowed entry into Singapore.

For more information, visit ICA Safe Travel's website.

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Vietnam

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Like most countries in Asia, Vietnam is known for its idyllic beaches, beautiful islands, and locales that are rich in history and culture. The country gradually reopened its key destinations in October 2021 with Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang Province, as the pilot destination. On March 15, they fully reopened for international tourism. Filipinos are allowed to enter Vietnam visa-free as long as they're staying less than 21 days.

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Here are the latest Vietnam travel requirements for fully vaccinated travelers (as of March 15):

  • Philippine passport
  • PC-Covid Viet Nam mobile app registration
  • Roundtrip tickets
  • Proof of vaccination (VaxCertPH issued by the Department of Health)
  • Negative RT-PCR test results taken within 72 hours in the country of origin
  • Proof of ownership of insurance with coverage of no less than U.S.$10,000

For more information, visit Vietnam Travel's website.

* This story originally appeared on Spot.phMinor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.

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