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Where can you go now & the latest FCDO advice

Latest update: 25th January 2022

The following Asia travel guide shows the UK and destination travel statuses as well as SA team’s predictions for when it is prudent to consider travelling to each based on UK led information and that provided by our local partners and friends. We will update this regularly and are optimistic that many of our predictions may, in time, come to seem a little defensive. Like you, we certainly hope so, however we also feel it is our duty to provide you with considered and balanced expectations.

 
UK departure
status
Destination
entry status
Selective Asia's
informed
hopes/predictions
More info
 
Bhutan
Closed
June 2022
Cambodia
Open
Let's go
India
Closed
March 2022
Indonesia
Closed
June 2022
Japan
Closed
March 2022
Laos
Open
Let's go
Malaysia / Borneo
Closed (Langkawi sandbox open)
June 2022
Maldives
Open
Let's go
Myanmar
Closed
2023
Nepal
Open
Let's go
Philippines
Closed
June 2022
Sri Lanka
Open
Let's go
South Korea
Closed
March 2022
Taiwan
Closed
March 2022
Thailand
Open
Let's go
Tibet
Closed
September 2022
Vietnam
Closed
September 2022
 

A message from Selective Asia's founder, Nick

'The COVID-19 outbreak had an extraordinary impact on travel, bringing the industry to its knees and altering its landscape completely. The beaches and rainforests of Asia never felt further from me than in the first few months of 2020. Now the dust is settling, we're learning what must be done differently from now on. Although it's a time of great challenge, there are also many opportunities to do things better. Throughout our years of growth, we’ve undoubtedly been successful in many ways, but in others we feel we lost our way — lost a little of our ‘selectiveness’, if you will. To balance all the negative impacts of the pandemic, we’re determined to make the most of the opportunity it has given us to review how we work and get back on the path.

Along with developing a new 'low touch travel' approach, and other ways to minimise risks associated with travel as we move towards the new norm, we're stepping up our focus on sustainability, and becoming even more rigorous when it comes to asking ourselves the tough questions about our products and services. We've also redefined our booking procedure and adjusted our terms & conditions, giving you the necessary flexibility and certainty to allow you to plan your travels in 2021 & beyond.

We're taking care not to lose what we do well, of course — you can look forward to plenty of innovative products, a refined iteration of our highly personalised service, and no doubt many terrible puns, at least when I start feeling up to making jokes again!

In many ways, the Selective Asia approach is already ideal for travel in a covid-focused world. We maintain a genuinely local network of colleagues and partners throughout Asia. This allows us to craft highly individualized trips that can match all manner of requirements. Our expert guides and agile ground handlers take care of you throughout your journey. We depend on them to breathe life into our thorough research and careful planning, and they're skilled at adapting safely to unexpected events — ensuring that your holidays can stay fun and fulfilling, as well as low-risk.

Other aspects of the travel industry were long overdue a push in a better direction. Visits to much-dreamed-of destinations will become even more precious experiences to be savoured, with a focus on slowing down our travels, and exploring other connected communities. Global lockdowns brought into even sharper focus the need for travel to be sustainable, and for our journeys to be gentle on the environment, to support conservation projects, and have tangible benefits for the communities we visit.

As a long-standing advocate for this type of travel, I think the next chapter in humanity’s eagerness to see beyond the horizon could, eventually, be a really gratifying one. I intend to make sure that Selective Asia leads the way, and hope to support many of you in your desire to do likewise.

Every destination is different — surely that’s what makes Asia such a compelling destination! — and our approach to your safety during your travels will be adapted to local circumstances.

Wishing the very best for you and yours,


Nick Pulley, Founder of Selective Asia

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