Opening – Vietnam
Slowly but surely countries are getting ready for opening. Some partly and others more or less. Vietnam is set to restart its e-visa for tourists and other travelers from 80 countries. From July 1st eight airports will be opening for international flights as well as 29 land and sea border gates. It won’t bring much tourism because other countries aren’t ready yet.
Another issue is that there is a high possibility of 14 days quarantine for arrivals. Anyone willing to pay a big amount for a flight to sit in a room 2 weeks?
Opening – Thailand
Thailand is opening up more from June 1st. The curfew hours will be loosened from 11 pm to 3 am. The state of emergency is extended once again with a month though. Bars will be the last outlets to open. Hopefully from July. The Thai govt sees something different between a market with 100+ visitors or a bar with 50.
Meanwhile the travel agents are calling for travel opening from July without quarantine. This from corona free countries. Health certficates are compulsory, also a rapid test on arrival. The compulsory health insurance too. The focus of course is Chinese. More here https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1925980/travel-agents-want-tourists-in-july
Opening – Cambodia
In May some 399000 tourists traveled in Cambodia. Of them only 7122 were foreigners and the rest domestic. Entry bans from France, Germany, Iran, Spain, Italy and the US have been lifted. Though, the 14 day quarantine period keeps tourists away. For the people who cant afford 14 days isolation schools have been set up.
In Philippines & Indonesia
Malaysia & Myanmar
Myanmar is slowly opening but not in all cities or townships. 5 or more persons won’t be allowed at private and monastic schools. Neither at factories and workshops. Organizations, eating at food shops and more categories.
A shocking video of a toddler trying to wake up his dead mom on a railway platform. The family said she died of dehydration. One of the hardships of migrant workers stuck in lockdowns. The police says she died of illnes. The woman is one of at least nine who died in recent days on trains.
Cambodia’s national bank wants to push its own currency the riel by banning the smaller $1 and $5 notes. The $2 note was already banned for high fake risk. Institutions get till the end of Aug to return those notes. There isn’t yet a fixed date for the public to use them.
Nepal has come up with its new budget. According to many an unrealistic 7% growth for the upcoming fiscal year. The health sector gets 32% more while it fails to prioritize the education sector. Up to 75% tax exemption for small and micro businesess.
Vietnam is named best performer fighting covid. This according to website Politico. The ranking is based on public health and economical outcome.