Latest Covid travel rules for Britons to Bali, Vietnam, Thailand and more

The latest Covid travel rules for Britons planning to visit destinations such as Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Laos and other holiday hotspots include Covid tests and a change in control rules Translate

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We review the latest travel rules for a wide range of tourist attractions

The Easter Holidays are fast approaching and although there are more and more countries relax travel rules for BritonsSome holiday hotspots continue to have restrictions.

Popular destinations like Bali and Thailand are reopening to tourists, while other destinations like Japan and Malaysia continue to close their borders.

However, there are more vacation options on offer; For example, Vietnam is about to reopen three months earlier than plannedwhile India recently drop most Covid rules for vaccinated Britons.

We review travel rules for holiday destinations including Bali, Thailand, Vietnam and more below…

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Bali is dropping the isolation rule for Britons


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Indonesia has changed the rules for foreign visitors from 23 countries – including the UK. Vaccinated Britons will no longer be required to isolate, as long as they have completed a course of vaccinations including a booster shot.

However, they will still need to meet other requirements such as proof of a paid hotel reservation and Covid coverage.

Travelers will also have to take a PCR test upon arrival and self-isolate until a negative result is confirmed, after which they are free to travel. There is also a second test that will be taken on the third day.


For now, Vietnam has halted visa-free entry and entry for foreign nationals, although it is open to a small number of tourists on the condition that they follow government-approved group tours. .

However, the authorities of the country approved a proposal to lifting border restrictions from March 15marks the first time it will fully reopen to tourists since March 2020.

It will initially reopen to fully vaccinated travelers, meaning who have completed a course of vaccination within 12 months prior to the date of entry and at least 14 days prior to travel. calendar.

Those who can show proof of recovery from Covid will also be able to visit.

All travelers will also be required to take Covid tests prior to their flight, which could be a PCR test within 72 hours of travel or an antigen test within 24 hours.


Thailand is welcoming tourists back


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Fully vaccinated Britons can apply to visit Thailand through the Trial and Go or Sandbox scheme. These programs allow you to visit Thailand without having to go into quarantine.

You will also have to do a PCR no more than 72 hours before arriving in Thailand and meet other entry requirements such as proof of travel insurance that has covered Covid, and proof of prepaid accommodation for at least one night.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers will need to apply through the Alternative Quarantine program which includes a quarantine of at least seven days with further PCR testing.

Sri Lanka

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Regardless of immunization status, all travelers must fill out an online form prior to travel and meet the requirements for mandatory Covid-19 travel insurance.

Travelers who have been fully immunized against Covid will no longer have to undergo PCR or antigen testing prior to travel. Visitors with evidence of recent Covid recovery will also be exempt from testing.

Unvaccinated children 11 years of age and younger are allowed to be accompanied by a fully vaccinated parent. If a child under 18 has received a dose of the vaccine at least 14 days before travelling, they will be considered ‘fully vaccinated’.

Unvaccinated people can visit Sri Lanka but need proof of a negative test result. This could be a PCR test within 72 hours of migration or an antigen test within 48 hours.

Upon arrival in Sri Lanka you will need to stay in the Tourism Bio Bubble for at least seven days and take a Covid test – a negative result means you will be able to use your hotel facilities and visit the sites approved travel.


India has loosened rules for Britons getting vaccinated



Fully vaccinated UK travelers can visit without PCR testing or quarantine. They still need to fill out a form before traveling, show proof of vaccinations and undergo ’14 days of self-monitoring’.

Those arriving in the UK unvaccinated or partially vaccinated will still have to present proof of a negative PCR test result, taken within 72 hours of arrival and will also be exempt from quarantine. .

However, it is worth noting that the Foreign Office said: “Scheduled international flights remain suspended. A limited number of flights are currently operating between India and the UK under an agreement. bilateral agreements but these arrangements are subject to change in the short term.”


Most British nationals are barred from entering Malaysia, regardless of their Covid vaccination status. Visiting Malaysia for tourism purposes is also not allowed.


You need a Cambodia tourist visa



You will need to apply for a tourist visa to enter Cambodia as a visitor.

All travelers need proof of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to arrival in Cambodia.

Fully vaccinated guests will be required to take a lateral flow test at the airport. If another passenger on your flight tests positive, you may be asked to isolate at your hotel/accommodation for five days.

Unvaccinated travelers or those who are not fully vaccinated will be required to have a PCR test upon arrival. They are then quarantined for 14 days.


Japan is reopening its borders to foreign nationals visiting for reasons such as business or students, but not for tourism at the moment. The country requires any incoming travelers to take a Covid test within 72 hours of departure, and depending on vaccination status, travelers may be required to quarantine for seven days.


No visas have been issued to people traveling from a country with cases of Covid 19, including the UK. However, there are some exemptions for foreign nationals whose reason is necessary to visit or is necessary for specific essential projects.

  • Travel restrictions can change quickly during a pandemic. Always check the latest Foreign Office travel advice for destinations before booking or traveling abroad. Latest Covid travel rules for Britons to Bali, Vietnam, Thailand and more

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