Last Updated: September 29, 2022
This page is regularly updated with the latest information on border status, entry requirements, and COVID restrictions across our destinations.
Check below for a snapshot view of travel restrictions per market and destination. Otherwise, navigate the contents to check the latest for each country.
For further information, or if you have any destination-specific questions, please reach out to our helpful, knowledgeable teams.
Many places are reporting that a proof of insurance cover is necessary for entry. We can confirm that this is not a mandatory requirement.
We expect the tracing app with the traffic light system to be a feature foreign tourists will have to use once they arrive.
The list of authorized vaccines (to be exempt from the need for a travel policy) include:
• Fully-vaccinated travellers no longer need to provide proof of negative Covid test result upon arrival in Indonesia. Vaccinated travellers also do not need to take a PCR test upon arrival (as long as they pass the body temperature screening) or stay in a CHSE hotel.
• Regulations for vaccinated international travellers doing domestic travel (for example between Bali and neighbouring islands like Java or Lombok) vary:
1) 1 vaccine dose: provide RT-PCR negative test (3x 24 hours)
2) 2 or 3 vaccine doses: no need to provide proof of any testing
3) If positive, travellers cannot travel and have to quarantine (5 days self-quarantine)
• Proof of health insurance covering Covid-19 treatment is no longer required.
• Travellers from a list of 86 selected countries may opt to enter with Visa on Arrival (VoA) instead of a sponsored visa.
• As from 6 April, Indonesia has reintroduced visa exemption for the following 9 ASEAN countries: Brunei, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Citizens from these countries no longer have to pay for a VoA and can enter for free.
• Unvaccinated travellers must undergo 4N/5D quarantine.
• Foreign nationals from all other countries that do not fall under the 75 selected for VoA eligibility (see list below), must still enter under the special B211 visa scheme previously introduced.
Visa on Arrival will be available for travellers from these 86 countries, upon entry via Bali:
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Netherlands, Philippines, Tunisia, Turkey, UEA, USA, Vietnam, Austria, Croatia, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Slovakia, Slovenia, Timor Leste, Tunisia, Estonia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Greece, Ireland, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Oman, Peru, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, Jordan, Maldives, Monaco, Colombia, Albania, Andorra, Chile, Ecuador, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Palestine, San Marino, Suriname, Uzbekistan, and the Vatican.
Discova Indonesia can be a guarantor and assist your clients in obtaining the B211A Visa for travellers.
Terms and conditions:
The quarantine requirement for non/partially vaccinated travellers may soon be dropped.
If return tickets and partial accommodation is confirmed by overseas travel agent and flight ticket itself or written confirmation for tickets/accommodation are shared between overseas travel company and registered travel company (Discova) and details are confirmed, point 2 (above) is considered to fulfilled. If flight tickets and all the accommodation is only confirmed by overseas travel agent, point 2 is not fulfilled.
During a tour, communication (phone, mail, SNS, etc.) between tourists and the sponsor travel company (Discova) is required and should be possible at any given time throughout an itinerary.
The overall schedule and destinations for travel and accommodations must still be specified. Within the pre-filed schedule, travellers are free to roam around and visit historical sites and other venues on their own.
During an escorted itinerary, a tour guide does not need to be present during transfers by domestic flights and train rides (only for limited express, Shinkansen (Bullet train)).
Within the pre-filed schedule, travellers are free to roam around and visit historical sites and other venues on their own. As with an unescorted tour, communication (phone, mail, SNS, etc.) between tourists and the sponsor travel company (Discova) is required and should be possible at any given time. Two consecutive days of free time/travel are not permitted.
How to apply for a visa:
• Visa is required for all travellers into Japan. Discova Japan will assist in issuing supporting documents, e.g. itinerary to facilitate the visa application.
• For more information on visa application procedures, entry requirements and quarantine rules, please refer to the Japan Embassy websites in the clients’ respective countries of residence.
The standard steps for unescorted tours will look as following:
1. Travel Agent books international flights
2. Travel Agent sends flights + request + customer phone/WhatsApp to Discova
3. Travel Agent sends Discova the requested itinerary
4. Discova book services (transfers/hotels)
5. Discova prepares an itinerary with hotels listed on Discova letterhead in Japanese
6. Discova issue ERFS and guarantee letter
7. Discova send 5 and 6 to Travel Agent
8. Customer (traveller) submits to nearest Japanese embassy (or can be online – depends on the location and we recommend checking with nearest embassy)
9. Customer receives visa
10. Customer sends copy of visa back to Travel Agent
11. Travel Agent sends copy of visa to Discova and includes customers phone/WhatsApp information
Travellers will still be required to:
Japan has strict requirements for the PCR test result format. More information can be found here:
We understand that in countries whose tourist visa was required before Covid, the procedure will be back to the before Covid procedure. Details to be confirmed.
Q: I don’t have my customers’ (travellers’) flights booked yet, can Discova still work on my request?
A: Yes, but we cannot issue EFRS or guarantee letter unless flights have been booked.
Q: Does this process cost me money?
A: Not unless the customers have been denied their visa, in which case the service charge is 5000 JPY.
Q: So do customers have to apply for their own visa?
A: Yes, but they cannot get a visa without our documentation.
Q: What if I booked some hotels for my customer via a bedbank? Can Discova still help?
A: Yes, but we need to know what hotels those are and when they are booked for so we can put them onto the itinerary.
Q: Can Discova submit the visa application for me?
A: No, customers must submit on their own, but they cannot do so until we have given them the documents.
Q: How do I know where my customers should submit their application?
A: Please contact the nearest Japanese embassy for instructions.
Q: Does everyone need to do this?
A: Everyone travelling to Japan now needs a visa.
Q: What is a non-escorted tour?
A: It means customers have some free days in their program without a guide.
During their stay:
Further easing of restrictions will be updated here.
Mexico is open to travellers. There is no need to provide a negative PCR test or quarantine on arrival.
Since the military takeover, vaccination drives and travel arrangements have been significantly disrupted. We will update on the situation in Myanmar whenever we know more.
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As from 1 July, Thailand has further simplified its entry requirements for travellers.
Travellers simply have to either:
From 01 July 2022, compulsory medical insurance is no longer a requirement. However, while it may no longer be mandatory, Discova recommends travellers to always have valid insurance policies while travelling.
Unvaccinated/not fully vaccinated travellers without a negative test result within 72 hours of travel are required to follow the public health instructions and guidelines as deemed appropriate by the Health Control Officer at the point of arrival. All expenses incurred will be the responsibility of the travellers.
Full details of the announcement from Tourism Authority of Thailand can be read here.
If you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to our teams who will help and advise in any way they can.
Until 30th June 2022, all travellers, regardless of their mode of entry, have to apply for a Thailand Pass before travel.
From 01 July, Thailand Pass is no longer required, but either proof of vaccination or a negative RT-PCR or professional ATK test (taken within 72 hours of travel) is required.
Wearing of masks is now voluntary in public spaces. The Ministry of Public Health recommends that people still wear masks in crowded or poorly ventilated places. Private institutions (shops, transport, etc.) have the right to retain mask mandates, and government buildings are likely to retain the mask-wearing rule for now. The skytrain and underground have retained the rule.
Vietnam is now open for international tourists (as from March 15th). All travellers will be able to enter the country without quarantine and will be able to travel freely throughout the country regardless of vaccination status. No pre- or on-arrival Covid testing is required.
The country also resumes 15-day visa exemption for 13 countries: Germany, UK, Northern Ireland, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Belarus. Citizens from these countries may enter Vietnam visa-free for up to 15 days, regardless of passport type and entry purpose. This exemption is supposed to be in place from 15 March, 2022 until 14 March, 2025.
The country has also resumed e-visa for citizens from 80 countries and visa-on-arrival.
As ever, if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our teams for the latest info.
At the border gate, if a traveller shows symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection, they must immediately notify the health agency at the border gate to take medical measures as regulated.
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