Planning ahead: where we are, where you can go & latest advice
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,
Ready, set, go...?
Where can you go now & the latest FCDO advice
(information last updated 11th January 2021)
Please note that during the UK's current lockdown you can only travel internationally – or within the UK – where you first have a legally permitted reason to leave home. Please find out more here.
Whilst most of our destinations remain closed to visitors from the UK, encouraging news are emerging with opening dates and alternative ways of travelling to our our favourite destinations. We will be adding any relevant news and updates to this page, but if you're in doubt whether you can travel to your preferred destination, get in touch with one of our Destination Specialists who will be happy to advise you on the current situation for where you are.
Sri Lanka open borders to international travellers
25 January 2021: Sri Lanka opened their borders to a selection of countries, but with stringent measures in place including a mandatory quarantine (up to 14 days), which can be done in a hotel as long as it's part of a pre-approved list. Tourists may use the resort freely, and go sightseeing as long as you do so if travelling in a private vehicle and adhere to special rules (i.e visit during a pre-approved slot, etc). Read more here.
Nepal opens their borders
11 January 2021: Positive news are coming through from Nepal as they officially opened their borders to international travellers. In order to get into the country, you will need to provide a Covid 19 negative report with them obtained not before 72 hours boarding your flight to Nepal. As always, please check your own country's current travel restrictions.
The Maldives are open & quarantine free
22nd October 2020: The Maldives have been added to the UK's travel corridor, meaning travellers do not have to quarantine on return from the islands. Find out more about travelling to the Maldives below.
We're thrilled that the Maldives have been added to the British travel corridor, allowing us to do what we love to do most - plan a seriously good holiday. At the time of writing, there are some fantastic deals to be had (some going up to 50% discounts), which our Destination Specialists will be very happy to advise you on to start putting together a well-deserved escape for 2021 or later.
What you need to know before travelling to the Maldives:
- You must have a negative Covid-19 test result, received no later than 96 hours before you're due to arrive in the country.
- Complete the Travel Health Declaration form at least 24 hours before you arrive.
- Be prepared to be screened on arrival, including for your temperature.
The latest from the FCDO
At the moment, the Maldives are the only Selective Asia destination open for travel. We will be updating this page with news as they happen. Visit the FCDO website (UK) (or here if you're in the USA) for the latest information on any specific destination.
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Our team's adjusted opening hours due to Covid-19
It's currently 12:27pm in the UK, and we're open today until 3pm