Update 10 March 2020
Travel to China
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all travel to Hubei Province and all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macao), and the Chinese authorities have imposed various control and quarantine measures across the country. It is worth noting that the situation in China is improving daily, with fewer cases being reported and we are expecting the restrictions to be eased, and our China tours to resume in April.
Travel to Japan
There are enhanced quarantine procedures at entry points to Japan such as airports and ports. The authorities may carry out extended health checks on arrival including compulsory hospitalisation. You will need to comply with any additional screening measures by the authorities if asked to go through extra checks.
Although the Government of Japan has requested that all primary and secondary schools close until their regular spring holidays at the end of March, this is a preventative measure to ensure that all is as safe as possible, and people can still enjoy the Cherry Blossom season. Some museums and attractions have closed, but our tour leaders are organising alternative options as and when applicable. A few places require visitors to wear masks, so so it is advised that you buy a supply to take with you. It is worth noting that most places remain open, and life continues as normal. Our Discover Japan by Rail tour flew out on 2nd March and are enjoying their time in the country.
Travel to Vietnam
The Vietnamese government has suspended the visa waiver programme for UK citizens with effect of 12 March 2020 until further notice.
The Vietnamese authorities are implementing extensive steps to mitigate the risks of infection, including health screening at airports and land borders. People showing signs of respiratory illness on arrival, those who have travelled from an area with confirmed cases or those that have come in to contact with people who have tested positive for coronavirus will be checked and may be quarantined. You will need to comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the local authorities. The Vietnamese government has recommended that citizens wear masks in public, so it is advised that you buy a supply to take with you. However, it is worth noting that due to the preventative measures taken by the Vietnamese government, the number of cases remains very low, and life in Vietnam continues with shops, restaurants, and attractions remaining open.
Travel to Cambodia and Laos
There are very few instances, if any, of coronavirus in these countries and you are asked to comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the local authorities to ensure that this remains the case. All the sights, attractions, shops and restaurants remain open and are welcoming visitors.
Travel to Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankan Government is taking precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. Travellers arriving from, or having travelled through, Italy, South Korea, and Iran are subject to additional health screening at the airport, although the list of countries is under daily review and can change. Colombo airport authorities have announced that only passengers will be allowed onto the airport premises. Other than this life continues as normal, with shops, restaurants, and attractions open to visitors.
Travellers returning to the UK should consult the latest advice from the Department of Health and Social Care on actions to take, by Clicking Here
If you are planning a trip for later in the year, don’t let the coronavirus outbreak now disrupt your plans. Southeast Asia and the Far East are wonderful areas to explore, and we can help you do this as safely as possible.
Please feel free to contact us should you want further reassurance.
15:35 pm, Tuesday 10th March 2020