When can you travel to Southeast Asia? Updated July 2nd, 2021
Southeast Asia Travel Reopening Updates: July 2nd, 2021
Due to a rigorous system of identifying, testing, tracing and isolation, the destinations we currently offer in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos) have been among the best nations on the planet in controlling the pandemic, which was first detected in the region in January. There has been a slight increase in new cases over the last few months and authorities have reimposed stringent controls to quell the threat.
When will Southeast Asia reopen for tourism?
Based on informal conversations with Southeast Asia’s tourism authorities, our offices in Southeast Asia believe that their borders should open for vaccinated tourists by the end of 2021, although Thailand has already started reopening for their popular island and beach destinations, but there are extremely onerous requirements for such travel. We do not recommend planning travel for dates before January 2022.
What requirements will there be for incoming tourists?
It is Easy Tours’ opinion that general tourism in Southeast Asia will initially require some level of testing before and/or at arrival. Some nations may also require proof of credible vaccine inoculations from travelers from nations with high virus spread.
Luxury Tour availability and cancellation options.
Easy Tours is offering escorted private luxury tours to our Southeast Asia destinations from January 5th, 2022 with flexible terms as outlined below, although earlier dates can be tentatively booked for those interested in doing so. Easy Tours will not operate our Small Group Tours until at least February 2022 as we currently are not comfortable facilitating travel for guests who are not from the same household or family/friends circle.
Cancellation options related to Covid-19.
Cancellations due to freshly imposed entry or other significant travel restrictions by any of the Southeast Asian Governments: If Easy Tours is forced to cancel your tour due to entry restrictions imposed by the Southeast Asian government, Easy Tours will inform our guests within 2 business days of our in-country offices becoming aware of this fact, and all guest payments will be credited towards future Southeast Asia travel with Easy Tours. Please note that this does not apply to international flight costs, the contract for which exists solely between the guest(s) and the airline.
Guest Decision to Cancel Travel: For travel ending by February 28th, 2022, if a guest decides that they are not comfortable in traveling to Southeast Asia for any reason, including the virus, they will have the option to have their payments credited for Southeast Asia travel before December 20th, 2023 as long as 45 days remain before their tour start date. If less than 45 days remain, or if any of your travel dates are after February 2022, our standard cancellation costs will apply, and refunds, if any are applicable, will be processed according to our standard terms and conditions. Along with our luxury hotel partners, we expect tourism to boom from early 2022 onward due to pent-up demand.
Care for our guests’ wellbeing.
Our tours currently follow these three protocols to ensure our guests wellbeing, and to provide seamless and rewarding experiences:
1. Lodging:We only offer the top luxury hotels and resorts, all of whom have established, and proven, a very strong commitment to the wellbeing of guests and staff. This currently includes daily screening of all staff, screening of incoming guests, very vigorous ongoing sanitizing procedures and practices, availability of on-call physicians, and a lot more.
2. Guides: You will be assigned one Accompanying Tour Director who will greet you when you arrive, and then facilitate all your activities, including serving as your expert guide, throughout your time with us. Our previous guests know that Easy Tours has the best Tour Director’s, and these colleagues will be screened before starting their services with you.
3. Vehicles and chauffeurs: Your vehicle will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized each morning, and hand sanitizer will be available to you in your vehicle at all times. You will have the same chauffeur and vehicle throughout your tour, unless your tour includes multiple regions/countries that require a flight.