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COVID-19 - Latest Travel Advice

COVID-19 - Latest Travel Advice

Travel advisory for citizens in Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR

27 August 2020 (Country Specific information below)
 


 
 The Government of Ireland is advising against all non-essential travel overseas at this time.

 

General

 

On the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team, the Government of Ireland is advising against all non-essential travel overseas at this time. This advice includes travel to Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, and all cruise ship travel in the region.  This decision has been taken to combat COVID-19 and in view of the imposition of new restrictions on entry by many countries and the ongoing reduction in international flight services.  It also includes travel to Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland.

In light of the basic level of healthcare facilities available in Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR, and the added complexities of COVID-19, visitors, and particularly those with underlying health conditions, should consider carefully the potential risk and consequences of contracting COVID-19 during their time in the region.  Citizens on short stay visas should be making arrangements to return to their ordinary place of residence.

Irish citizens who are currently travelling or residing in Vietnam, Cambodia or Lao PDR and are trying to find flights back to Ireland at this time and those experiencing visa difficulties are asked to:

  1. Ensure you are registered with the Embassy of Ireland in Vietnam
  2. Contact the Embassy of Ireland in Vietnam and make yourself and your situation known as soon as possible
  3. Follow our social media channels for the latest updates:

https://www.facebook.com/irishembassyinvietnam

https://twitter.com/irlembvietnam

 

Public Health

 

Some advice from the Health Service Executive to protect yourself from contracting COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is below.

Do:

• wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub

• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze

• put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands

Don’t:

• touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Additional Information

See links below for additional information:

World Health Organisation

European Centre for Disease Control

Health Protection Surveillance Centre

 

 

Transit Options

 

For the latest information on airport restrictions, please see https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm

 

Vietnam

 

For the latest updates on Vietnam, please follow this link: https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/vietnam/news-and-events/news-archive/covid-19-information-for-irish-citizens.html

 

 

Cambodia

Travel Restrictions

From 20 May, the Government of Cambodia announced that all foreigner visitors who wish to enter Cambodia must:

a)       Get a visa before arrival — the visa exemption policy, visa on arrival and e-visa arrangements are suspended indefinitely

b)      Obtain a medical certificate, no longer than 72 hours prior to the date of travel, from a competent health authority stating you do not have COVID-19

c)       Have proof of insurance that includes a minimum of US$50,000 for medical cover.

All foreigners arriving in Cambodia will now be subject to a COVID-19 test at a facility near the airport (as well as requiring a negative COVID-19 test before flying). You will be required to remain at this facility until the results are known, which may include an overnight stay. If you test positive, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days and admitted to a hospital or a Government facility for monitoring and treatment.  The conditions at government facilities are basic and we cannot guarantee that families will be kept together. If all passengers test negative, you will be required to self isolate for 14 days at your own accommodation. You will be expected to comply with these requirements regardless of any existing medical needs you may have. If you are not able to submit to these requirements, you should think carefully about whether to travel to Cambodia at this time.

The Cambodia-Laos, Cambodia-Thailand and the Cambodia-Vietnam land borders are all closed and will remain closed until further notice. 

Visa Extension

On 3 April 2020 the Cambodian Ministry of Interior announced that all foreign nationals in Cambodia on a tourist visa valid from 1 January 2020 onwards, would have them automatically extended and any overstay charges would be waived until they can leave Cambodia.

Registration of Foreigners in Cambodia

All foreigners in Cambodia are required to be registered on the Foreigners Present in Cambodia System (FPCS) by 1 July 2020, or the General Department of Immigration could deny any visa extensions. Registration applies to all foreigners present in Cambodia, including tourists, residents and diplomats.

Registration is the responsibility of the host (landlord/hotel owner), not of the foreign resident/tourist. Foreigners will not face any fine if they are not registered, but will not receive their visa extension until the landlord/hotelier has inputted their details into the system. You should check with your host if they have already registered you, and if not, then to ask them to do so.

If you have no landlord/own your own home, you will need to register yourself. The FPCS Cambodia App can be downloaded using the link below:

IOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fpcs-gdi/id1484912224

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?fbclid=IwAR2Gb5Jaj7AGxnf4XoQLQttktsArHMOnvuo9zXgHLvoG3Fi-Lp7-xs1GqUE

Flight Options

The Embassy is aware of the challenges that Irish citizens who are trying to get back to Ireland are facing.  The most reliable flight option currently is with Korean Air who are flying from Phnom Penh to London Heathrow via Seoul each Sunday.  From London there are lots of options for your onward travel to Ireland.

Due to COVID19 flights are still prone to changes with little notice.  Please check with your airline or travel agent for the most up to date information on flights, travel, transit and visa requirements.  The Embassy cannot take any responsibility for changes made to airline schedules. 

Irish citizens who are currently travelling or residing in Cambodia and those who are trying to find flights back to Ireland at this time, please:

a)       Register with the Embassy @ https://citizensregistration.dfa.ie/

b)      Check our latest travel advice @ https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/cambodia/

c)       Follow us on social media for the latest updates: 

https://www.facebook.com/irishembassyinvietnam/

https://twitter.com/irlembvietnam

 

Lao PDR

 

Travel Restrictions

From 20 March 2020, the Government of Lao PDR has suspended all types of visas, including visa on arrival. 

The Laos-Cambodia, Laos-Thailand and the Laos-Vietnam land borders are all closed and will remain closed until further notice. 

Internal travel restrictions have now been lifted and public transport have resumed services.

Visa Extension

Visa services in Lao PDR resumed from 4 May 2020.  For anyone applying for a visa extension from 4 May 2020, the commencement date of your visa extension will follow the expiry date of your current visa.  Fees for visa extensions will be applied as normal. 

Flight Options

The Embassy is aware of the challenges that Irish citizens who are trying to get back to Ireland are facing.  There are no regular flights departing from Lao PDR at this time.  Special flights are being put on every couple of weeks, demand for which is high.  

The authorities in Lao PDR have requested that the Embassy notify them of the departure of any citizens at this time.  If you have arranged your departure from Lao PDR you must inform us by emailing us at irishembassyhanoi@dfanet.ie.  It is now a requirement for the Embassy to notify the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lao in advance of your departure.

Irish citizens who are currently travelling or residing in Lao PDR and those who are trying to find flights back to Ireland at this time, please:

a)       Register with the Embassy @ https://citizensregistration.dfa.ie/

b)      Check our latest travel advice @ https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/cambodia/

c)       Follow us on social media for the latest updates: 

https://www.facebook.com/irishembassyinvietnam/

https://twitter.com/irlembvietnam

 

Returning to Ireland

 

If you are returning to Ireland from any country, you will need to restrict your movements for 14 days. This includes Irish citizens returning home. Restricting movements means staying indoors and completely avoiding contact with other people.

You will need to complete a ‘Public Health Passenger Locator Form’ before you arrive in Ireland and hand it to Border Management Staff on arrival.  You may be contacted during the 14 days after you arrive in Ireland to check that you are self-isolating. You can download the form: https://www2.hse.ie/file-library/coronavirus/covid-19-public-health-passenger-locator-form.pdf

Further advice for people who have recently returned from abroad from the Health Service Executive: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html

 

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