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These 5 Southeast Asian Countries Allow Quarantine-Free Travel For Malaysian Tourists

Although these ASEAN countries are quarantine free, certain requirements and SOPs are still there.

Melissa Suraya Ismail

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Starting from 1st April, as Malaysia is entering our endemic phase for Covid-19, our international borders are also going to be open on the same date.

READ MORE: Malaysia Enters Endemic Phase Starting 1 April, Eateries Open 24 Hours Again!

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that Malaysia is now an open destination and can be visited by all, starting April 1st. No quarantine is needed for fully vaccinated travelers but a PCR test and RTK test is required (PCR before departure and RTK after arrival).

However, we are not the only ones opening our borders this year. A lot of South East Asian countries are opening their borders for travelers too, quarantine free.

Here are some of the destinations that we can now travel without quarantine.

Thailand

Who’s craving for Tom Yum, Pad Thai and Mango Sticky Rice?

Thailand has opened it borders since February 1, resuming their “Test & Go” quarantine-free travel for all nationalities, including Malaysians. Visitors can enter Thailand via air, land and also water.

Thailand is known as the ‘Land of Smiles’ for a reason. (Credit: Sasin Tipchai/Pixabay)

Fully vaccinated individuals can enter Thailand through the “Test & Go” entry scheme or “Sandbox Programme” (stay in sandbox areas for 7 days) quarantine-free given a valid RT-PCR test.

Meanwhile unvaccinated or non-fully vaccinated individuals can also travel to Thailand via the “Alternative Quarentine” plan given that they stay in quarantine for 7/10/14 days.

You can get more and updated (as of 27 February) information on the travel procedure and documents here.

Covid-19 test: PCR test required before 72 hours of traveling to Thailand and a self-ATK test is required on Day 5 of your stay.

Cambodia

Who wants to visit Angkor Wat?

According to their Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia has already opened its gates to fully vaccinated travelers since 15 November 2021.

(Credit: @chrisgbrenning / Twitter)

You would only have to do a PCR test 72 hours before traveling and a 20-minute Rapid test upon arrival. If the test is negative, you are free to go explore the wonders of Cambodia.

International travelers who have not been vaccinated must take a PCR Test upon arrival and undergo a 14-day quarantine.

Check out more info on their procedure here.

Covid-19 test: PCR tests are required 72 hours prior departure to Cambodia and Rapid Test are required upon arrival.

Philippines

Wanna visit some of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world?

Philippines has opened its borders since 10 February, welcoming various tourists from all over the world.

(Credit: @Iamsyieddy, @BrightWinLocale / Twitter)

Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to quarantine but PCR tests are required. Apart from valid proofs of vaccination, travel insurance is also needed for someone that wishes to travel here.

For non fully vaccinated individuals, quarantine is required until the release of negative results. Swabbing on Day 5 is also required.

You can get further information here.

Covid-19 test: PCR tests are required 48 hours prior departure to the Philippines and self-monitoring for symptoms must be done within first 7 days of arrival.

Bali

This popular place for a honeymoon is also open for visitors!

Starting March 7, travelers from 23 countries can enter Bali with a Visa on Arrival plan. The countries include USA, UK, Turkey, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and more.

(Credit: @wonderfulid, @theflorafiona / Twitter)

Fully vaccinated individuals should do a PCR test at the airport and another one on the third day of the stay.

Do note that you would have to book for a 3 nights and four days stay in a government certified hotel (CHSE) before going there.

If your PCR test comes back negative on the third day, only then can you travel to another hotel in Bali.

Click here for further COVID-19 traveling procedure to Bali.

Covid-19 test: PCR test is required upon arrival and on Day 3.

Singapore

As for Singapore, although it hasn’t fully opened for all tourists, Malaysians are in luck as we can enter Singapore via the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL).

The VTL allows quarantine-free travel to Singapore via air, land and sea.

READ MORE: The Step-By-Step Guide To Travel From Malaysia To Singapore Via VTL (Air) & Everything You Need To Know

Covid-19 test: PCR test is required 2 days before departure and an RTK test is required after arrival within 24 hours

Other countries such as Laos and Vietnam are still in various stages of restricted travel.

With more countries settling to an endemic phase from the pandemic phase for Covid-19, a lot of the rules are loosened to get the economies back on track. However, we have to always be vigilant and take proper precautions.

Do practice good hygiene while you’re enjoying yourself abroad!

READ MORE: Australia Is Now Back Open For Malaysian Tourists & Travellers!


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