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Travel to Asia and Covid, relief is increasing for tourists in April

Entry requirements are further relaxed from this Friday in many Asian countries. Test, form, travel insurance… Here are the conditions for getting there and our advice on visits for the reunion with the continent.

The best part of a separation is the reunion. It is finally time to savor ours with the Asian continent. In recent weeks, several Asian countries have reopened to tourism after two years of almost complete closure. Many of them are planning further easing of entry conditions from April 1, while others, such as China and Japan, are still inaccessible to tourists.

However, some formalities condition the departure. Trivial screening test, simple travel insurance or ridiculous health form: nothing to distract from the excitement fueled by two years of deprivation.

Our advice for organizing your trip to the temples of India, the beaches of Thailand, the forests of Cambodia, the caves of Vietnam or the tea trees of Sri Lanka.


On March 17, the country abolished the obligation to be tested before departure and on arrival, only for travelers with proof of vaccination.

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In the south of the country, the surprising luxury camp Shinta Mani Wild benefits from an area of ​​330 hectares between the National Park of the Cardamoms of the South and that of Kirirom. It is home to a ranger camp devoted to the protection of the forest, which invites tourists on nature rescue expeditions threatened by poachers and illegal loggers. Find our report in Cambodia.

South Korea

Sunset over Seoul, the capital of South Korea. kampon –

The quarantine has been lifted since April 1 for vaccinated tourists. Persons who received three doses of vaccine or a second dose less than 180 days (6 months) before arrival in the country are considered to have a complete vaccination schedule. A negative PCR test less than 48 hours old is required upon boarding. Two tests are mandatory during the stay: a PCR on arrival at Seoul-Incheon airport, an antigen on the 6th or 7th day.

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Don’t stick your chopsticks in the rice, speak in a low voice on public transport, take off your shoes when entering a local’s home… Don’t forget to adapt your driving to local habits and customs. Our tips for not making a mistake in the Land of the Morning Calm.


In India, travelers can again visit the Jain temples of Gujarat Mazur Travel / Adobe Stock

The country of the maharajas lifted the quarantine obligation imposed on travelers on February 14. French tourists must take a PCR test less than 72 hours before departure and check in on the Air Suvidha portal.

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In the region of Gujarat, on the west coast of the country, the chaotic roads lead to unsuspected treasures. World Heritage-listed temples and Spartan drinking huts Chaitraditional dances and ritual offerings, white zebus and ebony buffaloes… Find our report in the region where Gandhi was born.


The islet Pulau Anak Datai belonging to the Datai hotel, in the archipelago of Langkawi, Malaysia. ERIC MARTIN / Le Figaro Magazine

After two years of closure, the country reopens to vaccinated tourists on April 1. A negative PCR test less than 48 hours old is requested before departure and an antigen test is required on arrival. Similarly, the country requires insurance covering costs related to Covid-19 up to a minimum of $20,000.

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At the foot of a 10 million year old tropical forest, on the island of Langkawi, nestles The Datai, the oldest and most luxurious resort in Malaysia. A formidable nature observation post made up of aquatic labyrinths, vertiginous cliffs and emerald forests. Our report on the island of Langkawi.


An elephant in Khao Sok National Park. STANISLAS FAUTRE / Le Figaro Magazine

Thailand ended mandatory quarantine for vaccinated travelers on February 1. The PCR test before departure is no longer required since April 1, but two tests remain mandatory during the stay: a PCR on arrival and an antigen within five days. The authorities require health insurance covering at least $20,000 in medical expenses. In areas applying the “Sandbox” program (Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, Koh Chang, Pattaya, Koh Sichang, Na Chom Tian and Bang Sare), vaccinees are exempt from testing and quarantine upon arrival . In the rest of the country, you have to follow the “Test & Go” program. Details in this article.

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A few kilometers from Phuket and its swarms of tourists, discover Koh Yao Noi Island for its mangroves and coconut palm beaches, and Hong Island for its herons and rugged cliffs. Tapirs, sambar deer, black panthers, sun bears and elephants take it easy in Khao Sok National Park, further north. Find our report in the land of smiles.


Gardens by The Bay is home to over 100,000 species of plants. ERIC MARTIN / Le Figaro Magazine

From April 1, those vaccinated can enter the city-state without quarantine, with only a PCR or antigen test carried out 48 hours before departure. Insurance covering Covid-19-related costs up to a minimum of $30,000 is required, and an online form must be completed no later than three days before departure.

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The megalopolis is constantly developing new projects in the direction of ecology, well-being and entertainment. To be convinced, take a walk in the hanging gardens and in atypical neighborhoods like Kampong Gelam or Little India. When you get off the plane, don’t miss the Jewel, a green complex within Changi Airport itself. Our essentials in the City-State.

Sri Lanka

The tea-covered hills of Sri Lanka. rockermg / Adobe Stock

The country eased its entry requirements in December 2021. Since March 1, vaccinated travelers are exempt from testing before departure. However, you must apply for a visa online and take out travel insurance of 12 dollars covering the risks related to Covid-19 up to 75,000 dollars.

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150 km east of Colombo, we take the winding roads of the mountains to meet the green gold of the country. Tea plantations cover the valleys as far as the eye can see. In the factories, we discover the different stages of manufacture in front of the presses, dryers and sieves. Black, green or white, the tea tasted here will keep an exceptional flavor. Find all our ideas for exploring Sri Lanka.


In Vietnam, Hạ Long Bay on land, less frequented than its big sister on the coast but just as majestic. vutuankhanh / Adobe Stock

Nearly two years after doubling its territory, Vietnam returned to international tourism on February 14. Vaccinated people can return there provided they get tested before departure (72-hour PCR or 24-hour antigen). The French obtain on arrival a free visa valid for 15 days, without prior procedure.

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Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993, Hạ Long Bay attracts many travellers. 160 kilometers to the south, its little sister Ha Long Bay on land is less crowded. We go on an excursion aboard a rowing boat to explore the caves where scenes from the French romantic drama were filmed, Indochina. Find our ideas to organize your reunion with Vietnam.

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