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COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Health & Travel Advisory

At this time of crisis, we remain committed to providing you with the information and support you need. Be assured that any travel plans can be postponed to later dates with our travel consultants managing such requests on a case by case basis. Should you have questions regarding any of our destinations, please feel free to get in touch.

A number of our staff recently moved from their offices to home set-ups. Though not physically next to each other, we remain virtually connected via online meetings and instant messaging, to not only ensure Destination Asia continues providing exceptional services, but also support each other. For our clients, friends, and employees, safety remains our top priority and our advice remains to follow the guidance of the WHO and other government institutions.

Rather than inundating our partners with updates, we created a dedicated COVID-19 report site with details on; visa/entry restrictions, hotel, venue, and site & supplier closures and proposed opening dates. The site contains a central spreadsheet with a tab in the footer allowing easy navigation between countries. The information presented within the site is updated on a daily basis, and we will maintain the site as long as it is necessary, providing the details you’ll need once signs of a recovery emerge.

The site can be accessed by clicking on the link below. We suggest bookmarking it for easy future access.
https://sites.google.com/view/destinationasia-covid-19/home

For more general information on each of our destinations, explore our range of online ebooks providing insight into each country.

Update: 17 March, 2020

Within our destinations, national governments have introduced a number of new measures to prevent further spread of COVID-19. We have compiled an update on current travel restrictions related to countries across our network. Our travel consultants are contacting those agents with affected bookings to work on alternative solutions as swiftly as possible. 

THAILAND:
All travellers arriving in Thailand from China, Hong Kong, Macau, Italy, Iran, and South Korea are required to present a health certification and a document of health insurance to the airlines at the airport of origin before check-in. Travellers arriving from France, Spain, the USA, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Great Britain, Japan, and Germany, are required to fill in the T.8 health form and implement self-monitoring for no less than 14 days. The government announced on 17 March that bars, night clubs and entertainment venues in Bangkok and its periphery must temporarily close from 18-31 March. All concerts, fairs, parties and religious events must also be cancelled, while boxing rings and stadiums must remain closed until further notice. 

VIETNAM:
With effect from Wednesday, 18 March at 00:00 hrs, Vietnam will suspend the granting of visas to all foreigners for 30 days to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Those who are exempt from visas or possess visa exemption certificates are required to have certificates of testing negative to SARS-CoV-2 issued by an authorized agency in order to enter Vietnam. Visitors arriving from the USA, European and ASEAN countries are now also required to be quarantined in concentrated facilities. Citizens of ASEAN countries or those who have stayed or transited in ASEAN member states within 14 days before the date of their entry into Vietnam will be subject to compulsory concentrated quarantine for 14 days since the date of arrival.

JAPAN:
Foreign nationals who have visited Hubei and/or Zhejiang Provinces in China; North Gyeongsang Province in South Korea; Kom, Tehran, Gilan, Guilan, Alborz, Esfahan, Qazvin, Golestan, Semnan, Mazandaran, Markazi, and/or Lorestan in Iran; or Lombardy, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna, Piemonte, Marche, and/or San Marino in Italy, within 14 days of arrival in Japan, are prohibited from entering except under special circumstances. Visitors arriving in Japan from China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Iran, and Italy (excluding the prohibited high-risk zones) are required to first stay at designated facilities for 14 days, and to avoid using any public transportation. For more details, click here. Arrival aircraft from mainland China and South Korea to Tokyo Narita (NRT) and Osaka Kansai (KIX) international airports have been limited, while ship transportation of passengers from China and South Korea Korea has also been suspended.

Please note, temples and shrines remain open to visitors. Shopping centres and supermarkets also remain open but are operating under shortened trading hours. At present Disneyland, DisneySea, Universal Studios, and museums are closed until further notice. Sporting events including baseball games are cancelled until further notice, while sumo matches are being held with no audiences. For the latest update on venues currently closed in Japan, please contact your Destination Asia Japan consultant.

HONG KONG:
Anyone who has travelled to Iran; the Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, or Veneto regions of Italy; or the Daegu or Gyeongsangbuk-do areas in South Korea in the past 14 days, will be required to stay in a Hong Kong quarantine centre upon entering. Non-Hong Kong residents who have visited Hubei Province in China or South Korea in the previous 14 days are not permitted to enter. Effective of 19 March, all visitors to Hong Kong (excluding passport holders from China, Macau, and Taiwan) will also be subject to compulsory home quarantine upon arrival. Please note, hotels will not be eligible for home quarantine. Anyone who does not have a home address will be refused entry.

INDONESIA:
With effect from Friday 20 March, at 00:00 hrs West Indonesian Time, the Indonesian Government is introducing a new travel policy with the following implications. Visa-Free Arrival, Visa on Arrival and Free Diplomatic / Service Visa policies for foreign visitors from all countries are suspended for one month. Every foreigner visiting Indonesia is required to obtain a visa from an Indonesian embassy. When applying for a visa, you must attach a health certificate issued by the health authority in each country. Travellers who visited the following countries within the previous 14 days are not permitted to enter / transit to Indonesia; Iran, Italy, Vatican, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

All arriving travellers must fill out and submit a Health Alert Card to the Port Health Office prior to arrival at the entrance of the Indonesian International Airport. If travel history shows that in the last 14 days they have visited one of these countries, then they may be refused entry to Indonesia. For Indonesian citizens returning from one of the aforementioned countries, an additional inspection will be carried out by the Port Health Office upon arrival to Indonesia. If investigations discover initial symptoms of Covid-19, there will be an observation period at a government facility for 14 days. If no initial symptoms are found, an independent quarantine of 14 days is recommended.

The Indonesian government declared a ban on flights from 5 February to and from mainland China, and will not allow visitors who have stayed in China in the past 14 days to enter or transit. The free-visa policy for Chinese citizens has been temporarily suspended. Since 8 March, Indonesia has restricted access to all travellers that visited Iran, Italy and South Korea within the last 14 days. Visitors from the following regions: Tehran, Qom and Gilan in Iran; Lombardi, Venetto, Emilia-Romagna, Marche and Piedmont regions in Italy; as well as Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in South Korea will not be permitted entry into Indonesia. If you travel from other areas in Iran, Italy, and South Korea you will be required to present a health certificate issued by the respective health authority at check-in. Failure to present a health certificate may result in you being denied entry or transit in Indonesia.

SINGAPORE:
Effective of 23:59 pm on 16 March, all new visitors with recent travel history to China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, France, Spain, or Germany within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore or transit through Singapore. A 14-day Stay-Home-Notice will now also be issued for all arrivals from Japan, Switzerland, the UK, as well as all ASEAN countries. 

CAMBODIA: 
The Cambodian government has issued a temporary ban on entry of citizens from Italy, Germany, Spain, France, and the USA, commencing 17 March and lasting a period of 30 days. All international river cruises are prevented from entering Cambodia from 13 March until further notice. Please note that there are currently no restrictions on travel within Cambodia and all tourist sites remain open as normal.

MALAYSIA:
The Malaysian government has announced a two-week partial lockdown, or restricted movement order, effective from 18 – 31 March. This includes the general prohibition of mass movements and gatherings across the country. As a result, all houses of worship, schools, universities, government offices, and business premises will be closed, with the exception of those involved in essential services (including hotels and accommodation). Entry into the country will also be prohibited until 1 April.

MYANMAR:
With effect from 15 March, all travellers arriving from or having visited China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, France, Spain, and Germany in the past 14 days shall be subjected to a 14-day quarantine on their arrival in Myanmar. Foreign nationals who have visited Hubei Province in China and the regions of Daegu and Gyeongbuk in South Korea in the past 14 days will not be permitted to enter Myanmar. Those who have travelled to South Korea, outside of the high-risk zones, within the past 14 days will also be required to present a medical certificate issued before boarding any flight destined for Myanmar. Please note, all venues, hotels, and main tourist attractions in Myanmar remain open.

LAOS:
Lao Airlines has suspended all flights to the Republic of Korea and almost all flights from/to China. Flights from Vientiane and Luang Prabang to Changsha are still operational. On 18 March the Lao Government also announced the temporary closure of all local and traditional border check-points; suspension of visa-on-arrival throughout the country from 19 March – 21 April (30 days); and the temporary closure of entertainment venues. All visa on arrival services for entry into Laos has been suspended, including the issuance of electronic visas and those issued at border checkpoints. Those already holding an entry visa will be required to present a medical certificate of good health and declare their movement history.

Our operations outside of China and Malaysia continue to function as usual with actions implemented in accordance with the WHO’s guidelines on preventive measures against COVID-19.

For more videos and advice on basic protective measures against COVID-19, visit the WHO website.


Update: 14 March, 2020

Earlier today, the Cambodian government announced a ban on entry of citizens from five countries: Italy, Germany, Spain, France, and the USA, commencing 17 March 2020, lasting a period of 30 days. All international river cruises are prevented from entering Cambodia from March 13th until further notice. There are currently no restrictions on travel within Cambodia and all tourist sites are open as normal. According to global cases tracked by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University, Cambodia has just 4 active cases. 

Our travel consultants are contacting those agents with affected bookings to work on alternative solutions. We apologise for any inconvenience and are happy to postpone bookings to a later date where possible.


Update: 10 March, 2020

The Vietnamese government made the decision today (10 March), to temporarily suspend the visa-wavier program for citizens from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Spain amid complicated developments of the COVID-19 epidemic. 

At this time of uncertainty around visa on arrival (VOA) services, we recommend travellers apply for a Vietnam visa in their country of residence.

Vietnamese health authorities require all passengers arriving from any country into Vietnam, to fill out a health declaration form (click here to open) from March 7. This can be completed online or upon arrival at the airport. We strongly recommend guests fill the online form in advance to avoid queuing at the airport. 

Should your client request a change, please inform our team as quickly as possible so we can work on itinerary amendments with our local partners. For those with clients travelling over the coming weeks, please be aware that a number of hotels and overnight cruises in Halong Bay are temporarily closed. If you have a booking, our travel consultant will contact you to inform of the alternative accommodation or tour program we have in place.

Our Team in Vietnam is Here to Help

While we will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary, you may have a more urgent enquiry. In this case, you can contact our team at:
t: +(84) 28 3844 8071
e: vietnam@destination-asia.com


Update: 05 March, 2020

In early January 2020, a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown cause was detected in Wuhan City, Hubei, China. The resulting coronavirus, named COVID-19, has led to over 95,000 confirmed cases worldwide. Of these confirmed cases, the total number ‘recovered’ is almost 54,000. Since mid-February, the rate of recovery has sharply increased (over 50%), while newly reported cases are clearly slowing in number.

Of our 11 destinations in Asia, there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Myanmar, Laos or the island of Bali. Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia have recorded less than 110 confirmed cases collectively – of which, 70 people have made a full recovery. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on February 27, removed Vietnam from the list of destinations vulnerable to community transmission of COVID-19 citing Vietnam’s comprehensive actions against the epidemic.

Singapore and Hong Kong have recorded just over 100 cases each, and Japan close to 330. Our advice is still to reconsider all non-essential travel to China until May. For all other destinations, we are handling bookings as per usual. Life in our destinations continues as normal, and with the exception of China, travelling around the region remains easy. Asia remains as attractive as ever right now with a range of exceptional experiences on offer across our destinations.

With the exception of China, all travel plans can continue as normal. No travel restrictions have been issued by the WHO or national governments between other destinations in our portfolio. Rather than cancelling any planned trips, we recommend rescheduling and will be happy to accommodate such requests. Should you have a question related to a particular program, please contact your usual Destination Asia consultant for booking and country-specific details. Click here to view contact details for all offices.

Answering your clients’ questions concerning COVID-19

At Destination Asia, our operational teams are regularly briefed on how to answer your clients’ questions concerning COVID-19. We would also like to ensure you that our operations teams have been, and continue to adhere to the following guidelines:

• We are avoiding wet market visits and replacing these with suitable alternatives.
• Destination Asia guides will advise guests against visiting areas where large crowds gather and shall manage alternative arrangements on a case by case basis.
• Destination Asia guides can assist in purchasing masks and hand sanitizer gels for protection. However, stock levels are running low in many areas so we recommend guests bring their own where possible.
• Destination Asia takes your client’s health and safety extremely seriously. It is already standard practice, but please be assured we are thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting all hard surfaces within our vehicles used to transport guests following each use. Where appropriate, we also clean and disinfect the air filter systems.
For the latest information and protection advice, the WHO offers a number of informative videos and printable notices for download from here.

The WHO also provides a daily situation report with specific figures on confirmed cases and distribution of COVID-19. The most recent (4 March) can be viewed here.

Update on general travel restrictions

We have compiled an update on current travel restrictions related to countries across our network, the majority of which place limits on travel from China. Our operations outside of China continue to function as usual with actions implemented in accordance with the WHO’s guidelines on preventive measures against COVID-19.

HONG KONG:
All travellers regardless of nationalities coming from mainland China entering Hong Kong are required to go into mandatory quarantine for 14 days. This also applies to travellers who have visited Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy or Veneto regions in Italy or Iran in the past 14 days. Travellers who have visited South Korea within 14 days of arrival to Hong Kong will not be permitted entry. The Chief Executive has announced the suspension of immigration services at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Ocean Terminal, thus no cruise ships will be accepted until further notice. At this point, all border crossings have been closed, except for the Shenzhen Bay joint checkpoint, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and international airport. At present, Hong Kong Disneyland, Ocean Park, Ngong Ping 360 Cable Car, and Jumbo Floating Restaurant are closed until further notice.

NOTE: World Rugby has announced the rescheduling of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. The tournament, originally on 3-5 April, will now be played at the Hong Kong Stadium from 16-18 October, 2020.

MALAYSIA:
Sabah and Sarawak’s state cabinet has banned all flights from China. The ban has not been imposed by mainland Malaysia. Sarawak state also announced that anyone entering Sarawak who has been to Singapore must undergo a self-imposed 14 day home quarantine. All foreign nationals who have visited Daegu City or Cheongdo County in North Gyeonsang Province in the Republic of Korea, within 14 days of arrival to Malaysia (including Sarawak) will not be permitted entry. The KLCC Management requires all visitors including children and infants to complete a Health Declaration form before visiting Skybridge in Kuala Lumpur (effective from 29 February) until further notice.

JAPAN:
Foreign nationals who have visited Hubei and/or Zhejiang Provinces in China; or Daegu City or Cheongdo County in North Gyeonsang Province in the Republic of Korea, within 14 days of arrival in Japan, will not be permitted entry. For the latest update on venues currently closed in Japan, please contact your Destination Asia Japan consultant.

INDONESIA:
The Indonesian government declared a ban on flights to and from mainland China from 5 February onwards and will not allow visitors who have stayed in China in the past 14 days to enter or transit. The free-visa policy for Chinese citizens has been temporarily suspended. Visitors to Indonesia who have travelled to Tehran, Qom, and Gilan in Iran; Lombardi, Venetto, Emilia-Romagna, Marche, and Piedmont regions in Italy; as well as Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in South Korea within the past 14 days will be prohibited from entering. Travellers from Iran, Italy and South Korea who come from outside of the aforementioned regions will need to provide a valid health certificate that is accredited and issued by the health authorities.

VIETNAM:
Vietnam’s civil aviation authority has suspended all flights between mainland China and Vietnam. Travellers on airlines from countries with reported cases of COVID-19 will have to submit a health declaration when entering Vietnam. Several border gates between Vietnam and China in the northern province of Lang Son remain closed. A number of airlines have temporarily suspended flights between South Korea and Vietnam. All foreign nationals who have visited Daegu City or Cheongdo County in North Gyeonsang Province in the Republic of Korea within 14 days will be denied entry. Vietnam Airlines passengers from South Korea to Noi Bai airport (Hanoi) and Tan Son Nhat airport (Ho Chi Minh City) will be rerouted to land at Van Don (Quang Ninh) and Can Tho airport respectively. Before entering Vietnam, all passengers on these flights will have to undergo mandatory health checks and isolation for 14 days at locations arranged by Vietnamese regulators.

SINGAPORE:
Foreign nationals who have visited mainland China, Iran, northern Italy or South Korea, within 14 days of arrival in Singapore will not be permitted entry or transit.

LAOS:
Lao Airlines has temporarily suspended several routes to China. The Lao government has stopped issuing tourist visas at checkpoints bordering China.

THAILAND:
A statement released by the Ministry of Health in Thailand on 3 March caused some confusion. The statement mentioned Germany, France, Italy, Iran, China, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and South Korea were classified as high risk, and that travellers coming from these areas would be quarantined. At present, this has not been imposed. For the most recent travel status reports from Thailand, please refer to the Tourism Authority of Thailand website.

CAMBODIA & MYANMAR:
Currently, there are no travel restrictions between these countries and China.

For more videos and advice on basic protective measures against COVID-19, visit the WHO website.


Update: 24 February, 2020

Since the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in early January 2020 that a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown cause was detected in Wuhan City, Hubei, China, we have closely monitored the situation and its impact on travel in the region. While the total number of cases continues to increase, it does so at a much slower rate than previously with the overall recovery rate showing positive growth.

Our advice is still to reconsider all non-essential travel to China until the end of March. We will provide regular updates to assist with making decisions for trips arriving in April 2020 and beyond. For all other destinations, we are handling bookings as per usual. To learn more about the latest experiences available for our partners in Asia, click here.

At Destination Asia, all our operational teams have been briefed on how to answer your clients’ questions related to the outbreak. We would also like to ensure you that our operations teams have been, and continue to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • We are avoiding wet market visits and replacing these with suitable alternatives.
  • Destination Asia guides will advise guests against visiting areas where large crowds gather and shall manage alternative arrangements on a case by case basis.
  • Destination Asia guides can assist in purchasing masks and hand sanitizer gels for protection. However, stock levels are running low in many areas so we recommend guests bring their own where possible.
  • Destination Asia takes your client’s health and safety extremely seriously. It is already standard practice, but please be assured we are thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting all hard surfaces within our vehicles used to transport guests following each use. Where appropriate, we also clean and disinfect the air filter systems.

This video from WHO is particularly useful in explaining the new virus and gives measures to protect health and prevent the spread. Click here to open and watch.

The WHO also provides a daily situation report with specific figures on confirmed cases and distribution of COVID-19. The most recent (22 February) can be viewed here.

Below is an update on current travel restrictions related to countries across our network, the majority of which place limits on travel from China. Our operations outside of China continue to function as usual with actions implemented in accordance with the WHO’s guidelines on preventive measures against COVID-19.

HONG KONG:
Hong Kong is still open to all countries. All travellers regardless of nationalities from mainland China entering Hong Kong, including residents, would be required to go into mandatory quarantine for 14 days. The Chief Executive has announced the suspension of immigration services at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal and Ocean Terminal, thus no cruise ships will be accepted until further notice. At this point, all border crossings have been closed, except for the Shenzhen Bay joint checkpoint, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and international airport.

NOTE: World Rugby has announced the rescheduling of the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens. The tournament, originally on 3-5 April, will now be played at the Hong Kong Stadium from 16-18 October, 2020. 

MALAYSIA:
Sabah and Sarawak’s state cabinet announced a ban on all flights from China. Sabah and Sarawak have autonomy over immigration in their territory. The ban has not been imposed by mainland Malaysia. Sarawak state also announced that anyone entering Sarawak who has been to Singapore must undergo a self-imposed 14 day home quarantine.

LAOS:
Lao Airlines is temporarily suspending several routes to China. The Lao government has also suspended the issuing of tourist visas at checkpoints bordering China.

INDONESIA:
The Indonesian government declared a ban on flights to and from mainland China from February 5th onwards and will not allow visitors who have stayed in China in the past 14 days to enter or transit.

VIETNAM:
Vietnam’s civil aviation authority has suspended all flights between mainland China and Vietnam. The Vietnamese government has stopped issuing visas to foreign visitors who have been to China in the past 14 days. Authorities have also extended the closure of several border gates between Vietnam and China in the northern province of Lang Son until the end of February.

SINGAPORE:
All new visitors with recent travel history to mainland China within the prior 14 days will not be allowed entry into or transit through Singapore.

JAPAN:
The Japanese government is now refusing foreign nationals entry to Japan if they have stayed in Hubei within the previous 14 days. 

THAILAND, CAMBODIA & MYANMAR:
Currently, there are no travel restrictions between these countries and China.

Should you have a question related to a particular program, please contact your usual Destination Asia consultant for booking and country-specific details. For more videos and advice on basic protective measures against COVID-19, visit the WHO website.


Update: 11 February, 2020

Please find below an update on travel restrictions to countries in Asia, the majority of which only place controls on people traveling from China. There has been minimal change to travel limitations over the past seven days, with new advisories coming from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam and Laos. Our operations outside of China continue to function as usual with actions implemented in accordance with the WHO’s guidelines on preventive measures against the new coronavirus.

HONG KONG:
All border crossings have been closed, except for the Shenzhen Bay joint checkpoint, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and Hong Kong International Airport.

MALAYSIA:
Sabah and Sarawak’s state cabinet announced a ban on all flights from China. Sabah and Sarawak have autonomy over immigration in their territory. The ban has not been imposed by mainland Malaysia. Sarawak state also announced that from 10 Feb, anyone entering Sarawak who has been to Singapore must undergo a self-imposed 14 day home quarantine.

LAOS:
Lao Airlines is temporarily suspending several routes to China. The Lao government has also suspended the issuing of tourist visas at checkpoints bordering China.

INDONESIA:
The Indonesian government has declared a ban on flights to and from mainland China from February 5th onwards and will not allow visitors who have stayed in China in the past 14 days to enter or transit.

VIETNAM:
Vietnam’s civil aviation authority has suspended all flights between mainland China and Vietnam. The Vietnamese government has stopped issuing visas to foreign visitors who have been to China in the past 14 days, while also closing several checkpoints in the border province of Lang Son.

SINGAPORE:
The Singaporean Prime Minister moved to bar entry into Singapore to all travelers arriving from mainland China, including foreigners who have been there in the last 14 days. Visitors are restricted from entering or transiting through the island nation since midnight on Saturday 01 February.

JAPAN:
The Japanese government is now refusing foreign nationals entry to Japan if they have stayed in Hubei within the previous 14 days. 

THAILAND, CAMBODIA & MYANMAR:
Currently, there are no travel restrictions between these countries and China.

If you want to know more about the new virus and suggested measures to protect health and prevent the spread, then please watch this video provided by the WHO: https://youtu.be/mOV1aBVYKGA 

The WHO has a dedicated page for Q&A on coronavirus:
https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses


Update: 7 February, 2020

A number of governments and airlines in Asia have announced travel restrictions to mainland China, as well as for those recently returning from the country. As these vary by country, we are providing an overview of the changes to entry restrictions below. At present, none of the governments have officially said when the below restrictions will be lifted.

INDONESIA:
The Indonesian government has declared a ban on flights to and from mainland China from February 5th onwards and will not allow visitors who have stayed in China in the past 14 days to enter or transit.

VIETNAM:
The national carrier Vietnam Airlines and the airline Jetstar Pacific said they would stop flying to mainland China. The Vietnamese government also announced it would stop issuing visas for foreign visitors who had been to China in the past 14 days. 

SINGAPORE:
The Singaporean Prime Minister moved to bar entry into Singapore to all travellers arriving from mainland China, including foreigners who have been there in the last 14 days. Visitors are restricted from entering or transiting through the island nation since midnight on Saturday 01 February.

MALAYSIA:
Sabah and Sarawak’s state cabinet announced a ban on all flights from China. Sabah and Sarawak have autonomy over immigration in their territory. The ban has not been imposed by mainland Malaysia.

HONG KONG:
All border crossings have been closed, except for the Shenzhen Bay joint checkpoint, Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and Hong Kong International Airport.

JAPAN:
The Japanese government is now refusing foreign nationals entry to Japan if they have stayed in Hubei within the previous 14 days. 

THAILAND, CAMBODIA, MYANMAR & LAOS:
Currently, there are no travel restrictions between these countries and China.

Destination Asia advises its clients to reconsider all non-essential travel to China until the end of February. We will provide regular updates to assist with making decisions for trips arriving in March 2020 and beyond. 


Update: 31 January, 2020

Following the second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 in China, the committee agreed the outbreak meets the criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The statement was not directed at efforts in China, but to ensure the same high level of response is practiced by all countries affected by the virus.

What is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern? The term PHEIC is a public health event that may endanger public health beyond the affected state’s national border. 

The declaration of a PHEIC and the spread of the virus outside China is not an unexpected development. This will allow for a global coordinated effort, enabling other countries to provide effective diagnostic tools and contain the current outbreak.

Destination Asia advises its clients to reconsider all non-essential travel to China until the end of February. We will provide regular updates to assist with making decisions for trips arriving in March 2020 and beyond. Travel to other destinations in Asia remains unaffected. Regarding the change/ or cancellation of travel to China, please contact our office directly using the details below.

All Destination Asia operational teams have been briefed on how to update your clients on any questions related to the outbreak. Meanwhile, our operations will be adhering to the following guidelines:

  • We are avoiding wet market visits and replacing these with suitable alternatives. 
  • Destination Asia guides will advise guests against visiting areas where large crowds gather and shall manage alternative arrangements on a case by case basis. 
  • Destination Asia guides can assist in purchasing masks and hand sanitizer gels for protection. However, stock levels are running low in many areas so we recommend guests bring their own where possible. 

Destination Asia takes your client’s health and safety extremely seriously. It is already standard practice, but please be assured we are thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting all hard surfaces within our vehicles used to transport guests. Where appropriate, we also clean and disinfect the air filter systems.

DESTINATION ASIA CHINA CONTACT DETAILS

Operations (Steven Wang): + (86) 139 1185 7037
steven@destination-asia.com.cn
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grace@destination-asia.com.cn 
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roger@destination-asia.com.cn 
M&I, Shanghai Office (Karen Cheng): + (86) 138 1700 0532
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Update: 28 January, 2020

In early January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified a new type of coronavirus: 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China. The source was linked to a wet market in Wuhan, where tight containment measures have been put in place. The WHO’s current position is that the event does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The WHO has recommended no unnecessary restrictions on international travel, while a number of embassies recently updated their health alerts, recommending against all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China due to an ongoing outbreak of respiratory illness. There are no restrictions regarding travel around all other Destination Asia operating countries.

In line with a WHO health advisory, we suggest travellers follow basic steps to reduce the general risk of respiratory infections. Take the usual precautions to prevent disease or infections being spread, including:

  • avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections
  • washing your hands frequently, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment
  • avoiding close contact with live or dead farm or wild animals
  • practising good etiquette (maintain your distance when coughing, cover your mouth, and sneeze into a disposable tissue which you should throw into the trash after use)
  • wearing masks and/or gloves if you choose to do so

As a precaution, Destination Asia has removed all visits to wet markets selling fresh meat or live animals across all its destinations.

What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of respiratory viruses. The source of this new virus is not yet known.

What are the symptoms?
In this particular case, the virus can cause pneumonia and respiratory problems. Typical respiratory symptoms include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. These can progress to pneumonia symptoms including difficulty in breathing.

What is the risk of infection?
The risk of infection still remains very low.

What should I do?
Don’t panic. We recommend taking basic actions to reduce the general risk of acute respiratory infections while travelling as mentioned above.

In response to this outbreak, several countries and territories in the region are preparing to or have implemented health screening of travellers.

The most trusted information and advice can be found on the World Health Organisation website.

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