Thailand: $9 entrance fee for foreign visitors
Thailand will introduce a $9 entrance fee for foreign visitors, authorities announced on Wednesday. This tax will be put in place from April to finance the management of tourist attractions and cover the accident insurance of certain holidaymakers unable to pay the costs themselves, Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the city, told AFP. Tourism Authority of Thailand. It will be incorporated into air fares, government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana said in a statement. At the end of 2021, Thailand relaxed its draconian entry rules before closing again with the Omicron variant. The ‘Sandbox’ program has, however, been expanded: three southern beach destinations have been added to the island of Phuket. Under this plan, fully vaccinated travelers spend seven nights in the “sandbox” area. If their Covid test is negative, they can travel freely throughout Thailand. A mandatory quarantine of 10 to 14 days is applied for those who are not fully vaccinated. The authorities hope to attract five million foreign tourists in 2022, a figure which could triple if the restrictions from China and India in particular, two of the main markets for the sector, are lifted.
Indonesia: very partial reopening to certain travelers from France
As the country recently closed to travelers from France, the Indonesian government decided to remove the list of 14 countries – including France – from which travelers were not allowed to enter Indonesian territory, with entry into force on 01/12/2022 (Circular no.2/2022 of the head of the national COVID-19 taskforce on the applicable health protocol for travel abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic, dated January 12, 2022). However, restrictions remain and the archipelago is not open to all traveler profiles, a visa is required. Visa exemption and visa-on-arrival measures for tourist stays remain suspended for the time being. More information here.
United Kingdom: easing of restrictions for travelers
The government has decided to relax the conditions of entry into France from the United Kingdom for vaccinated travellers. A decision that ends the need to provide a compelling reason as well as isolation on arrival. A negative test less than 24 hours will be requested at the start. The decree will be published Friday morning, with immediate entry into force, indicates Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne in a tweet.
⚠️ #borders | We are relaxing the conditions of entry into 🇫🇷 since 🇬🇧 for vaccinated travellers.
➡️end of compelling reasons and isolation on arrival
➡️a negative test <24h will be requested at the start
The decree will be published tomorrow morning, with immediate entry into force pic.twitter.com/cthQc0D6qP
— Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (@JBLemoyne) January 13, 2022
Tunisia: implementation of a curfew and prohibited gatherings
The Tunisian government has announced the implementation of a night curfew for at least two weeks in the face of an outbreak of the Covid-19 epidemic in the country. The curfew will be in place from 10 p.m. (9 p.m. GMT) until 5 a.m. (4 a.m. GMT), and will be instituted by regional authorities depending on the infection rate, an official statement said. All gatherings are also banned, whether in open or closed spaces, for the next two weeks. “The implementation of the above procedures for two weeks is renewable and will be reviewed by the Ministry of Health according to the evolution of the pandemic situation”, it is specified.
The presidency also announces the “strengthening of health surveillance measures at border crossings through the carrying out of survey tests with all arrivals in Tunisia”, and recommends that Tunisians avoid going “to the affected areas in outside Tunisian soil” and to “postpone missions abroad” unless necessary.
Iran: entry ban maintained for travelers from France
As Action-Visas reports, Iran maintains a ban on entry into its territory for non-Iranian travelers from France, Great Britain and eight African countries. “On December 25, and due to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in Europe, the Islamic Republic of Iran imposed a 15-day ban on entry to its soil on non-Iranian travelers from France, Grande Britain, Norway and Denmark, the latter joining a list of eight African countries subject to travel restrictions since the appearance of the Omicron variant. Today, and as reported by the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on its website, Iranian Deputy Minister of Tourism Ali-Asghar Shalbafian announced the lifting of overland travel restrictions for neighboring countries but also the continuation until further notice of the suspension of entry for two countries from the European continent and eight from the African continent”, adds Action-Visas.
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