If you were thinking of traveling to Asia soon, your options are limited, unfortunately. Much of Southeast Asia has undergone a spike in COVID cases recently, prompting new restrictions in many countries. That said, there are a few countries open to American travelers—here’s where you can go:
As one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist destinations, Bali may soon welcome international tourists once again. Details are sketchy, but it looks like the country will be open to international travel sometime in July. You’ll want to check back with the Indonesian Embassy website later when there are more details available.
The U.S. State Department is not recommending that Americans travel to the country, although it’s possible. The United States is considered a Group C country, which means that all travelers over the age of ten must provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of travel upon arrival in Bangladesh, followed by 14 days of self-quarantine. The country is also just coming out of a lockdown, so you should avoid traveling there if you can.
You might be wondering if Japan will be open to American tourists in time for the Olympics, and well… it’s not looking good. Due to rising number of COVID cases, the Japan’s government extended the national state of emergency declaration that covers a good chunk of the country’s tourist destinations. As a result, you can only travel there if you need to, as the country’s borders are not open for tourists.
U.S. tourists are permitted to enter the country, but you will need a negative PCR certificate upon arrival. There are also health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry—if you test positive, you will be placed in isolation for 14 days at your own expense.
The State Department isn’t recommending travel to Nepal, but the country is currently open to a limited number of tourist travelers. It’s complicated, though: all foreigners need to obtain a tourist entry visa from a Nepali diplomatic mission abroad or be approved by their embassy. PCR testing within 72 hours of arrival is required, as is a hotel booking, a travel form to be filled out, proof of travel insurance, and a 10-day quarantine.
The country is technically open to travel, although the State Department does not recommend travel to Pakistan due to “terrorism and sectarian violence.” A visa is required for entry, you’ll have to sign up for an app, and all inbound travelers must take a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival at the airport. If you test negative for COVID, passengers will be required to self-quarantine for 10 days. If you test positive, you’ll be sent to government-selected locations for quarantine and will be expected to pay for these accommodations.
Travel in South Korea is open to U.S. citizens, but there’s a mandatory 14-day quarantine (at a government facility for $100-150 per night), regardless of vaccination status, which will almost certainly discourage most people from traveling there. You will have to sign a release form agreeing to these conditions, plus you will have to take a PCR test within 72 hours of departure. More details can be found here.
After closing their borders to tourism for more than a year, it’s looking like Thailand will allow quarantine-free travel for vaccinated tourists to the island of Phuket starting July 1, provided they are coming from low-risk countries (which includes the United States). Tourists will be required to prove they’ve been fully vaccinated, although that’s not required for kids under the age of six. PCR tests are also required on arrival and on the fifth day of your trip. You will have to stay at your initial destination for a minimum of 14 days before traveling anywhere else in Thailand.
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