Asian Countries Reopening Their Borders For Tourism

Asian countries are reopening their borders post COVID-19. Following are countries that have given there travel advisory plans for visitors who enter into there respective countries.


As of 20th May 2020, Cambodia has lifted the travel ban. Even though it’s still hard to enter as  Cambodia has suspended e-visa and visa on arrival until further notice. 

Requirements for allowed country:

  • $3000.00 US deposit to cover potential expenses related to Covid-19
  • Covid-19 negatives test certificate issued not more than 72 hours prior to the date of departure.
  • Proof of medical insurance coverage of at least $50,000.
  • Travellers might go for self-isolation in their home for 14 days under supervision of local authorities. 
  • Another Covid-19 negative rest will be required on the 13th day of self-isolation.

Indonesia (Bali)

The Governor of Bali has announced that the island will be reopening its borders for tourists from 11th of September 2020. 

Requirements to allowed country: 

  • All the travellers are required to carry a Covid-19 negative test certificate along with them otherwise they will be tested upon arrival at their own expense. 


Japan has closed their borders for tourists since March. It’s currently in the process of preparing their reopening plan and have announced the countries they want to first list travel bans. 

As per the government of Japanese first they are planning to reopen borders to : 

  • Vietnam
  • Thailand
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Taiwan
  • South Korea
  • China
  • Myanmar
  • Singapore
  • Brunei
  • Laos
  • Mongolia

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.

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Malaysia has been closing their borders for international tourists since March.

As of 22nd of July Malaysia lifted their travel ban for certain types of tourists to enter the country. 

The government of Malaysia has agreed to allow patients from designated green zone countries to enter Malaysia for medical treatments. 

Countries are listed below: 

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


Maldives has reopened their borders from 15th of 

July and international flights started operating. 

There are no restrictions or Covid-19 requirements to carry for travellers to enter the country. 

There is no Covid-19 testing upon arrival or self-isolation in the Maldives.



Reopening of the airport has been postponed until further notice. Earlier It was decided to reopen the airport on 1st of August. Secretary to the president for foreign relations stated that this decision has been amended considering the COVID – 19 status around the world and in Sri Lanka 

SourcesSri Lanka Tourism Board / SL Tourism Operational Guidelines /


Nepal has decided to open their borders for international travellers and international flights from 17th of August 2020. 

travellers who are arriving to Nepal required to carry a health certificate proving they are negative of Covid-19.but still details not yet given about the time limit when the test is to be performed. 


Thailand has already opened their borders to selected tourists from 1st of July 2020. 

Travellers listed below: 

  • Businessman 
  • Skilled workers 
  • Those with Thai family 
  • Those who seeking Thai health services 

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