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Many countries in Asia are starting to prepare their reopening plans, or have already reopened for tourism.

Asia has had some of the strictest border restrictions and closures since the Covid-19 pandemic began. While Europe has moved forward with reopening borders, countries in Asia are proceeding with a much more cautious approach to inbound travel. 

Here is everything you need to know about traveling to each country in Asia and their current reopening plans. Make sure to bookmark this page as we will keep it updated with the most recent news. If you have questions, comment at the bottom and we will do our best to answer you. 

Japan To Reopen Borders For Foreign Residents and Students In October

Countries in Asia Reopening Their Borders For Tourism


Not yet reopen for general tourism

As of May 20th, 2020 Cambodia, dropped its travel ban. 

It will still be very difficult to enter as Cambodia has suspended e-visa and visa-on-arrival programs until further notice – and has also suspended tourist-related services as of June 10.

They have also added these additional very strict requirements.

Entry Requirements for the allowed countries:

  • $2000.00 US Deposit to cover potential expenses related to Covid-19
  • COVID-19 negative medical certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of travel
  • Purchase a local health insurance package for COVID-19 treatment for $90, valid for 20 days from Forte Insurance Company.
  • Upon arrival in Cambodia, health authorities require all travelers to undergo a COVID-19 test and wait to receive the laboratory results. Some travelers have reported waiting 24 hours in stark conditions while test results were processed.
  • Travelers will have to self-isolate for 14-days at their home under supervision of local authorities.
  • Another COVID-19 test will be required on the 13th day of self-isolation

See the complete guide to Cambodia’s Covid-19 Entry Requirements

cambodia reopening for tourism


Partially Reopening Airspace

As of September 3rd, 2020, China will allow travelers from 8 countries to enter the country under strict requirements.

Travelers from Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Greece, Denmark, Austria, Sweden and Canada can travel to Beijing but must undergo testing and quarantine. 

Travelers must be able to qualify for a visa to visit China and the country is not open for general tourism yet. 

china city skyline

Indonesia (Bali) 

Not yet reopen for general tourism


The reopening of Bali to foreign tourists could be delayed indefinitely. 

Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment,  Luhut Binsar Panjaitan has stated that the reopening of Bali could be delayed until the end of 2020.

Originally, the Governor of Bali  announced that the island will be reopening its borders for international tourism on September 11th, 2020.

Entry Requirements: All tourists arriving in Bali will be required to bring a negative Covid-19 test, otherwise they will be tested upon arrival at their own expense.

Countries Allowed: Has not been announced

The Indonesian government has not announced any other details on reopening the borders at this time. 

Read more Information on Bali Reopening For Tourism

Bali Officially not Reopening For International Tourism on September 11th


Plans to Reopen Soon For Tourism

Since being closed to foreigners since March, Japan is currently in the process of preparing their international phased reopening plan and has publicized the countries they want to first lift restrictions for.

There are a few nationalities that can now travel to Japan as of late 2020, with some restrictions. 

According to the Japanese government, they are planning to first reopen borders to:

  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Malaysia
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Myanmar
  • Taiwan
  • Singapore
  • Brunei
  • Republic of Korea
  • China

First, Japan intends to reopen to business travelers, investors and other essential visitors from the above countries, then allowing in students, and finally general tourists.

Entry Requirements: 

All arrivals will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

However, the Japanese government has stated that travelers who obtain a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, and agree to have another test done upon arrival, can circumvent the 14-day quarantine, providing both tests are negative.

Read more information on Japan Reopening for Tourism

japan reopening for tourism first to these countries


Reopen For Tourism

Kyrgyzstan has officially reopened for tourism on August 21, now allowing select countries to once again visit since shutting its borders to foreigners in March.   

For the list of the 31 approved nations to visit, mandatory testing and quarantines are not required, but the government says a PCR test is ‘recommended’. 

Countries that can now visit include: Russia, UK, China, Pakistan, Turkey, UAE and many European nations.

Read all of the information on Kyrgyzstan reopening for tourism

Kyrgyzstan reopening for tourism


Not yet reopen for general tourism

As of July 22nd, Malaysia is making exceptions for certain type of tourists to enter the country. 

Malaysia had their borders closed to international tourism since March, and the current border closure isn’t set to expire until August 31st, but there are now a few ways that select tourists can enter.

Malaysia is now allowing medical tourists to enter the country, as of July 1. It’s a great way to slowly restart a portion of the tourism sector, and at the same time allow tourists in that will be directly investing into the country.

The government has agreed to allow patients from designated green zone countries to enter Malaysia for treatment. As of July 21, the current green zone countries are:

  • Brunei
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

Read all of the information on Malaysia reopening for tourism

Malaysia Reopening For Tourism – Everything You Need to Know


Open For Tourism

Maldives reopened its borders for international tourism on July 15th, 2020 and international flights resumed.

Maldives has opened for all countries under regular visa requirements. 

 Travelers will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure.

Read all of the details on Maldives reopening for tourism

The Maldives is reopening to tourism


Plans to Reopen Soon For Tourism

Nepal has delayed reopening its borders for international tourism until November, 2020.

Travelers arriving in Nepal must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure.

See more information on Nepal Reopening For Tourism

Nepal Reopening For Tourism Everything You Need To Know

Sri Lanka

Has delayed reopening plans

Sri Lanka has delayed it’s reopening several times throughout 2020.

In the latest announcement, Sri Lanka claims it will finally reopen on December 26, 2020. 

You can find the latest information on Sri Lanka reopening here

Sri Lanka Reopening Borders For International Tourism


Plans to Reopen Soon For Tourism

Singapore has announced it will reopen its borders for international tourists from select countries starting on September 1st, 2020.

Access to Singapore is currently extremely limited. However, the country has agreements with several countries under different travel schemes, including the reciprocal green lane and air travel pass programs. 

Read all the details on Singapore Reopening For Tourism



Open For Tourism

Thailand began reopening its borders to select foreign tourists on July 1, 2020, starting with Medical Tourists and Long-Stay tourists. 

Now as of December 2020, tourists from all countries can now enter Thailand, but with some strict covid-19 measures and restrictions. 

Temple tourist attraction in Thailand


Delyed Reopening 

Update: After originally reopening in June, Uzbekistan then quietly re-closed with no concrete plans on when they reopen again. 

Uzbekistan officially reopened for tourism on June 15th, 2020.

Uzbekistan is so committed to reviving tourism that it guarantees ‘safe travel’ and will compensate tourists $3,000 if they catch COVID-19

Arriving tourists will fall into three categories:

The “green” countries – with a stable sanitary and epidemiological situation. People who have been in Japan, China, South Korea, and Israel for the past 14 days will not be subject to quarantines.

The “yellow” countries – people who have been in the European Union, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore for the past 14 days will be subjected to home quarantine for 14 days.

The “red” countries – people arriving from the UAE, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia and other CIS countries will be quarantined in special institutions of Uzbekistan for 14 days.

Uzbekistan reopening for tourism


Not Open For Tourism 

Vietnam is planning to resume  international flights for up to 5000 business travelers per week to 6 Asian cities, state media reported.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) is proposing the resumption of flights to Guangzhou, Seoul, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, Taipei and Tokyo.

All travelers will undergo a mandatory 14 day quarantine upon arrival with the exception for trips that are under two weeks according to the health ministry. 

Vietnam is not yet open for general tourism. 

Uzbekistan reopening for tourism

This article will be updated as countries reopen in Asia so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often! 

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Disclaimer: Asia’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.

Originally published July 28, with updates

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Friday 8th of January 2021

Any new updates?

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Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Any update of japan business visa for Pakistan


Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Hi I would like ot know if there are news about Malaysia yet. Regards, Marco

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

here is all the latest news on Malaysia: (Click HERE to read)


Thursday 10th of December 2020

Hello Kashlee. Do you have any news about reopening in Malaysia ? Thank you


Tuesday 1st of December 2020

What are expectations for the reopening of maleisia, singapore and indonesia