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These 3 Asian Countries Ease Entry Requirements Starting Today

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From today, 1 April, three popular tourist destinations in Asia – Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand – are easing their entry requirements for international visitors.

Starting today (1 April) Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand are making it easier for travelers to enter for tourism purposes.

Langkawi Island, Malaysia

And, the news will certainly be welcomed by those looking to explore all that these truly fascinating – and culturally-filled – nations have to offer.

Let’s take a closer look at how each of these three hugely popular tourist hotspots are now making it easier for travelers to enter.


Kek Lok Si, Penang, Malaysia

Having reported just a few weeks ago that Malaysia had announced it would finally reopen its borders for tourists from 1 April, it is actually now happening – with the nation once again beginning to welcome visitors through its doors.

Whether you are looking to experience some island life by visiting the likes of Langkawi – or wanting to get up, close and personal with the tallest twin towers on the planet – Malaysia definitely offers something for everyone.

The Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

For fully vaccinated travelers, entry to Malaysia is now possible by adhering to the following entry requirements:

  • present proof of full vaccination – having received a ‘full dose' of one of the following vaccines: CanSinoBio; Janssen; AstraZeneca; Moderna; Pfizer; Sinopharm; Sinovac; or Sputnik V
Melaka Church, Melaka, Malaysia
  • show a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate – travelers must have taken the test no more than 48 hours before their departure
  • undertake a Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival – which is at the expense of all travelers
  • obtain travel insurance – which includes coverage of up to MYR 84,200 (US$20,000) for any Covid-19 medical expenses
  • download the MySejahtera mobile application – and complete the pre-departure form on the app before arriving into Malaysia.
Batu Caves in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia.

For visitors heading to the state of Sarawak, there is an additional requirement to complete an eHealth declaration form.

Those that have recently been infected with Covid-19 are exempt from having to present a negative PCR test result on arrival if they have a recovery certificate that has been issued no less than 11 days before departure – or no more than 60 days prior to arrival.

Dayang Bunting Island, Malaysia

Travelers that are unvaccinated – or not fully vaccinated – are also able to enter Malaysia, however, they will need to undergo quarantine at their own expense, as well as adhere to the same entry requirements as listed above for fully vaccinated visitors.


Young Female Traveler Jumping Out Of Happiness During A City Vacation In Singapore South East Asia

Just last week we reported that Singapore was simplifying its entry requirements for fully vaccinated travelers – and now the news rules have come into effect.

You can check out how to be considered fully vaccinated by clicking here.

Here are the new entry requirements for fully vaccinated travelers wanting to visit Singapore:

  • show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19
  • present a negative Covid-19 PCR or Antigen-Rapid test result – with your test needing to be taken no longer than 48 hours prior to your arrival
  • obtain Covid-19 travel insurance – which includes coverage of Covid-19 medical expenses and has a minimum coverage of $30,000 Singaporean dollars
  • complete an online healthcare declaration form.
Marina Bay in Singapore

At this present time if you are not fully vaccinated you are unable to enter Singapore for tourism purposes – and must therefore have an ‘exceptional reason’ to be granted permission for entry.

Only unvaccinated citizens of the country – along with those who have a permanent residency in Singapore – are allowed entry, with a requirement for both to undergo 7-day quarantine and Covid-19 testing.

Singapore skyline at night time


Thailand is now allowing fully vaccinated travelers – from all nations – to enter the country without the need to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test.

For those that have received their full vaccination, entry to the country is now possible by:

Wat Phra Kaew Ancient temple in Bangkok, Thailand
  • registering for a Thailand Pass – which must be obtained before departure
  • showing proof of your full vaccination against Covid-19 or valid proof of recovery from Covid
  • booking a ‘Test & Go’ SHA Extra+ or Alternative Quarantine (AQ) hotel
Skyline of the city of Bangkok, Thailand.
  • undertaking a Covid-19 PCR test at your SHA Extra+ or AQ hotel, as well as self-testing yourself with an ATK test (provided by your hotel) on day 5 after your arrival
  • Obtaining travel health insurance with a minimum coverage of US$20,000.

Individuals that are under the age of 18 – but are accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult – do not need to show proof of vaccination. 

Maya Bay beach in Thailand.

Instead of opting for Thailand’s ‘Test & Go’ program, fully vaccinated travelers can instead choose to enter the country using one of the nation’s ‘Sandbox’ options.

If you are unvaccinated you are able to enter Thailand for tourism purposes – however – you will be required to adhere to the following entry requirements:

Woman overlooking beach in Phuket, Thailand
  • register for a Thailand Pass – which must be obtained before departure
  • book 5 nights at an AQ hotel – which has been reduced from 10 nights
  • undertake a Covid-19 PCR test on day 1 of your arrival – and undergo another PCR test on day 5
  • install an ‘alert’ application onto your mobile device – and have it turned on at all times as a Covid-19 precautionary measure.

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andrew evenstar

Sunday 31st of July 2022

these entry requirements are a joke, thankfully i've already been to thailand and don't plan on ever going back with this type of monitoring.


Friday 8th of April 2022

The visa on arrival has been officially implemented to enter Indonesia through seven entry points including Bali. No PCR test on arrival, No quarantine, and booking at an approved CHSE hotels for the first night or duration of stay. All you need is a pre-departure PCR test, fully vaccinated and boosted from the country of origin to travel to Indonesia.

Move over Malaysia,Thailand and Singapore, Indonesia is well ahead recently in relaxing its entry requirements. However unvaccinated travelers are still not allowed to enter.


Friday 8th of April 2022

@Randy, Thanks for the update ! but as i understand on arrival PCR test is mandatory at BALI . can you help to share any link which confirm No PCR test on arrival, No quarantine . Thanks


Thursday 7th of April 2022

Very good informations thanks


Sunday 3rd of April 2022

Thanks for your write up. These countries still have so many restrictions. If a person is fully vaccinated and shows the proof on arrival then that should have been enough. Of course an insurance certificate of say USD20,000.-. More than these , there shouldn’t be any condition., in my opinion. Seems one has to wait for these countries to scrap the rest of the imposed rules. Thank you


Saturday 2nd of April 2022

2 years later the vaccinated still have all these orchestrated BS hoops to jump through, a far cry from the original claims when the vaccines were released, most people will vote with their feet.