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Calgary listed as top Canadian travel destination for summer 2024.

Source: Calgary Herald May 12, 2024

Port of Vancouver expecting a record-breaking summer season.

Source: Cruise Hive May 9, 2024

  • Marriott boosts Canadian presence with 36% revenue jump and 90 new hotels.

    Source: Travel and Tour World May 8, 2024

    “Revenge travel” is over, Canadians shifting towards “mindful exploration”: study.

    Source: Pax News May 9, 2024

  • The Canada - Finland Youth Mobility Agreement lets youth at the age of 18 - 35 of both countries to work and travel between the 2 countries through International Experience Canada (IEC) Program.

    Source: Government of Canada Mar 1, 2024

    Effective Feb 29, Mexican citizens travelling to Canada will need to meet new visa requirements. Existing eTA will automatically be cancelled unless with a work permit or study visa, eTA in progress will need to be re-applied. All travellers from Mexico will need to apply for eTA or visitor visa before entering.

    Source: Government of Canada Feb 29, 2024


Direct flight to link China's Shenzhen with Mexico City.

Source: Xinhua May 11, 2024

International tourism to Mexico increased over 10% annually in March.

Source: Mexico News Daily May 10, 2024

  • The UN supports a conservation ecotourism project in Yucatán.

    Source: The Yucatan Times Apr 26, 2024

  • Mexico to require visas for Peru nationals after migration spike

    Source: Gobierno de Mexico Apr 6, 2024

    As of October 22, 2023, foreigners who intend to transit through Mexican international airports whose nationalities require a visa to travel to Mexico must have a Visitor visa without permission to carry out remunerated activities in order to board any flight to Mexico.

    Source: Embassy of Mexico Oct 22, 2023


Orlando international visitors soar 25% expression in 2023; Canadians lead the way.

Source: Travel and Tour World May 9, 2024

Senate approves bill to reauthorise F.A.A. and improve air travel.

Source: The New York Times May 9, 2024

  • American Music Tourism Act targets more support for US venues.

    Source: Musically May 1, 2024

  • The US Mission in Vietnam will change its consular exchange rate from US$1=25,000VND to US$1=26,000VND starting from April 10, 2024. All visa applicants who pay the visa processing fee on or after April 10, 2024, must pay at the new exchange rate of US$1=26,000VND.

    Source: U.S Embassy and Consulate in Vietnam Apr 10, 2024

    From April 17th, 2024, U.S Embassy issues visitor visas (B-1/B-2 visas) to Papua New Guinean citizens traveling to the United States, which has the validity of six months maximum with single entry.

    Source: US Embassy to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands & Vanuatu Apr 17, 2024


Chinese domestic travel surge bypasses hotel chains as thrifty travellers avoid the beaten path.

Source: SCMP May 12, 2024

Chinese travel to the Middle East set for full recovery by 2025.

Source: TTG Asia May 13, 2024

  • China extends visa-free entry for 11 European countries until the end of 2025.

    Source: EuroNews May 8, 2024

    Eight more mainland Chinese cities are joining the Individual Travel scheme.

    Source: The Macao News May 8, 2024

  • Central Government enables eligible people from a further eight mainland cities to travel to Hong Kong SAR and Macao under the facilitated individual travel (FIT) scheme, with effect from 27 May 2024.

    Source: Macao SAR Government Portal 11 May, 2024

    China extends visa-free policy for citizens of 12 countries: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Malaysia, Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, and Luxembourg, to December 31, 2025.

    Ministry of Foreign Affairs 7 May, 2024

Chinese Taipei

Cruise passengers in Chinese Taipei to surpass 770,000 next year.

Source: TVBS May 13, 2024

Chinese Taipei's China Airlines to hire 120 pilots, 100+ cabin crew this year.

Source: TVBS May 10, 2024

  • Tigerair Taiwan to launch Japan, Korea (ROK) routes from Taichung: Official.

    Source: RTi May 11, 2024

  • Vietnamese passport holders who submit online applications for e-visa to Chinesse Taipei "with a visa, resident certificate or permanent resident certificate issued by Japan/Korea (ROK) as supporting documents will no longer be eligible for a Travel Authorization Certificate (TAC)” from Taiwanese authorities.

    Source: VnExpress Oct 3, 2023

    People who have been in Afghanistan, Malawi, Mozambique, Pakistan, Madagascar, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo) for four weeks or longer within the past year, must submit proof of having taken the oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV) or the inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) four weeks to one year before applying for Chinese Taipei visas.

    Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs Jan 17, 2024

Hong Kong SAR

Hong Kong Tourism Board unveils innovative initiatives to enchant Middle Eastern travellers; signs MOU with Emirates.

Source: Travel and Tour World May 9, 2024

  • HK Express inaugurates new Hong Kong-Sanya route.

    Source: Aviation Source May 13, 2024

  • Eswatini nationals will now require a visa for entry into Hong Kong starting January 30th.

    Source: News Gov HK Jan 23, 2023

    """Fly from Hong Kong via Zhuhai"" policy, which took effect on Tuesday, allows travellers arriving at Zhuhai Jinwan Airport on the Chinese mainland to travel via the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Hong Kong International Airport to fly to overseas destinations without going through immigration in Hong Kong SAR.

    The same service applies in reverse, with people flying into Hong Kong SAR from overseas being able to transfer to China cities via the HZMB and Zhuhai Airport without the need to undergo Hong Kong immigration procedures."

    Source: China News Service (CNS) Dec 13, 2023


Popularity of ‘Pets Tourism’ is rising in Japan, as two-thirds of dog owners hope to travel with their pets.

Source: Travel Voice May 10, 2024

Japan says you'll need to make prior bookings to hike to Mt Fuji, pay a fee.

Source: The Economic Times May 13, 2024

  • Japan to initiate model project aimed at accommodating for foreign visitors with specific dietary and cultural requirements.

    Source: Travel and Tour World May 4, 2024

    Japan National Tourism Organization continues focusing on sending inbound travellers to local regions in FY2024.

    Source: Travel Voice Japan May 1, 2024

  • From April 1, 2024, nationals and people residing in Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, UAE, US, and more can apply for eVISA for short-term tourism purposes.

    Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Apr 1, 2024

    On April 1st, 2024, expansion of the visa quota between Japan and UK, issued under the Working Holiday Program, became effective. The program allows UK youth to travel to Japan for leisure while engaging in work opportunities on the side to pay for their travel.

    Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan Apr 1, 2024

Korea (ROK)

Korean Air reports $323M profit with strong tourism demand.

Source: Simple Flying May 8, 2024

Korea (ROK) targets medical tourism growth with innovative healthcare solutions for Middle East travellers.

Source: Travel and Tour World May 11, 2024

  • Seoul to introduce short-term ‘Tourism Passes’ for public transit.

    Source: The Korea Bizwire May 12 , 2024

  • From May 1, the Korean Visa Application Center (KVAC) will start accepting Tourist Visa(C-3-9) Application forms via mail for the convenience of Filipinos applicants.

    Source: Korea Visa Application Center in Manila Apr 25, 2024

    Group tourists from three Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam, Phillipines and Indonesia can travel without a visa to Korea (ROK)'s Jeonllanam-do province through Muan international airport until March 2025.

    Source: Ministry of Information and Communications, Vietnam Mar 5, 2023

Macao, China

MGTO confident to reach the goal of 2M foreign visitors.

Source: Macau Daily Times May 14, 2024

  • Macao’s third overseas roadshow of 2024 kicks off in Jakarta.

    Source: IAG May 9, 2024

    Eight mainland cities added to Macao’s individual travel scheme.

    Source: Macau Business May 11, 2024

  • All arrivals, regardless of their nationalities, do not require prior approval from the health authorities to enter Macao, nor do they need to present any COVID-19 test result or undergo medical observation upon entry.

    Source: Health Bureau of Macao SAR Government, Aug 30, 2023


Over 600,000 people travel through China-Mongolia border port in 2024.

Source: AKI Press Apr 23, 2024

  • Viking launches Mongolia extension for China voyages.

    Source: Cruise Hive Apr 11, 2024

  • Maldivian nationals will be exempt from visas when travelling to Mongolia.

    Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jan 15, 2024.

    From March 7, 2023, Vietnamese tourists travelling to Mongolia for no more than 30 days will receive visa exemption.

    Source: Mar 8, 2024


Biman launches Hajj flights for 2024.

Source: United News of Bangladesh May 9, 2024

  • Long holiday gives hope to tourism economy in Kuakata.

    Source: The Business Standard Apr 12, 2024

  • Passengers arriving from outside of Bangladesh need not fill up an online Health Declaration Form and need not provide an RT-PCR test report or a Covid-19 Vaccination Card or Certificate. Restrictions to wearing masks, keeping social distance and other preventive measures related to COVID-19 spread are hereby made relaxed. Hajj passengers must abide by the conditions set by the KSA and keep themselves away from camel to prevent the spread of MARS Virus.

    Source: Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh May 30, 2023

    - Bangladesh has visa exemption agreement with Maldives for all passport holders (Excluding Employment)

    - Bangladesh has signed visa waiver agreements with Serbia and Argentina but has not yet entered into force.

    Source: Visa Waiver Agreement Apr 25


Bhutan receives more than 41,000 tourists within four months.

Source: Kuensel Online May 8, 2024

  • Bhutan to host second edition of Snowman Race in October this year.

    Source: Kuensel Online May 8, 2024

  • The mandatory requirement of travel insurances for visitors to Bhutan since COVID - 19 has been lifted with immediate effect on the process of visa application.

    Source: Bhutan Travel (Department of Tourism) Apr 23, 2024

    Organizers of MICE events can apply for waiver of Bhutan’s Sustainable Development Fee (SDF) under certain conditions.
    Source: Tourism Council of Bhutan Jan 23, 2023


India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) achieves record-breaking turnover of Rs 527 Crores in FY 2023-24.

Source: Business Today May 11, 2024

Intrepid Travel aims to attract 12,000 inbound adventure travellers to India in 2024.

Source: Travel Trends Today May 10, 2024

  • India & Moldova sign visa waiver agreement for diplomatic & official passport holders.

    Source: Visa Guide May 13, 2024

    Air India launches additional flights to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Milan.

    Source: Travel and Tour World May 10, 2024

  • Diplomatic/Official/Ordinary passport holders participants/delegates intending to attend G20 meetings may apply for Indian e-Visa and Reguler Visa through Indian Visa Online and select "To Attend G20 Conference/Meeting" as visa application purpose.
    Source: Indian Visa Application Apr 17, 2023

    The Union Health Ministry has further eased COVID-19 guidelines for international visitors, dropping the earlier requirement for RT-PCR based testing of a random 2% subset of international travellers. The new guidelines shall come into effect from midnight of July 20.
    Source: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Aug 1, 2023


Maldivian minister appeals Indians to be part of Maldives tourism.

Source: India Today May 11, 2024

1,193 tourist facilities currently operational nationwide; arrivals surpasses 800,000.

Source: Raajje; The Edition May 10, 2024

  • Maldives named official partner destination of ITB China 2024.

    Source: Travel and Tour World May 8, 2024

  • There are no COVID-19 restrictions in place for travel to Maldives. There is no requirement to present certificates of vaccination/testing for COVID-19.

    Passengers must complete a Traveller Declaration Form within 96 hours of both their arrival and their departure flights. Maldivians are no longer required to submit the Declaration form.

    Source: DFA & Maldives immigration Nov 27, 2023

    Effective from May 14, 2023, “Meeting Visa” will be granted for any foreign national visiting the Maldives for the purpose of attending a meeting, conference, or convention held in the Maldives. Meeting Visa does not require pre-approval, and it will be issued to foreign nationals who meet the entry requirements under the mentioned visa.

    Maldives Immigration May 23, 2023


Nepal aims at building a multi-billion dollar LGBTIQ tourism market.

Source: Travel and Tour World May 13, 2024

  • Alipay+ enables QR payments for travellers to Nepal.

    Source: The Paypers May 11, 2024

  • Nepali citizens travelling through tour package and the members/employees of legal entities/organizations travelling to the golf countries and Malaysia have to take approval from department of immigration prior their visit.

    Source: Nepal DFA Board Oct 3, 2023

    Nepal issues a study visa to an American citizen holding a passport of the USA, on the basis of reciprocity, the multi-entry visa fee for 5 years (study period) will be fixed at USD 160 and this visa fee will be applied from 1st Baisakh 2080 (April 14, 2023).

    Department of Immigration Apr 17, 2023


Tourists throng Kaghan-Naran after road’s reopening.

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan May 13, 2024

  • CDA launches cleanliness campaign at tourist spots.

    Source: Pakistan Observer May 14, 2024

  • Pakistanis need to get updated polio vaccination cards before travelling abroad. Pakistanis who need to update their polio vaccination status should visit any government hospital or medical facility to get polio drops and request fill in the form via the National Immunization Management System portal.

    Source: Pakistan Observer Aug 1, 2023

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s April tourism revenue rise 52%; total earnings top $ 1.25B in first four months.

Source: EconomyNext; Daily FT May 13, 2024

Over 800,000 tourists have visited Sri Lanka this year.

Source: Daily News May 11, 2024

  • Sri Lanka will introduce new 49 hotspot tourism zones to boost global travel.

    Source: Travel and Tour World May 10, 2024

    Sri Lanka retains $50 visa fee for international tourists; reworking on transition with VFS Global.

    Source: VisaGuide; Moneycontrol May 13, 2024

  • Sri Lanka further extends the free visa scheme for 7 countries: China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Japan until May 31, 2024.

    Source: Sri Lanka Evisa Website May 2, 2024

    Starting from April 17, 2024, visitors to Sri Lanka either for business or leisure must have the e-Visa for entering the country.

    Source: Department of Immigration and Emigration Sri Lanka, HiruNews Apr 16, 2024


Cambodia, UAE to promote bilateral cooperation in various areas.

Source: Khmer Times May 14, 2024

  • Return of Emirates flights to Phnom Penh welcomed.

    Source: The Phnom Penh Post May 2, 2024

  • Cambodia lifts all COVID-19-related restrictions for international travellers, including testing and vaccination requirements.

    Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Cambodia October 10, 2022

    The government of Cambodia now allow travellers from all countries to apply for an electronic visa certificate (Visa Type E). To apply, applicants must complete the application online and use the country’s passport reader technology.

    Source: Cambodia eVisa Apr 17, 2023


Indonesia increases traffic safety measures for tourism vehicles.

Source: Vietnam Plus May 13, 2024

  • Bali maritime tourism hub project targeted for completion in September 2024.

    Source: May 12, 2024

  • The Directorate General of Immigration has implemented a Transitional Residence Permit policy (or Bridging Visa). With this, foreign nationals holding Visit Visas applied through are allowed to obtain Limited Stay Permits without having to leave Indonesian territory.
    Source: Immigration Office TPI Tual Apr 23, 2024

    The Bali Provincial Government has applied a new tourist levy of IDR 150,000 per person to foreign tourists entering Bali. The tourist levy is separate from the e-Visa on Arrival or the Visa on Arrival.

    Source: Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy Mar 5, 2024


China-Lao PDR tourist train departs Guiyang to explore Lao PDR.

Source: The Star May 9, 2024

  • Lao PDR restores value-added tax to 10%, adjusts basic interest rate.

    Source: Vietnam Plus May 2, 2024

  • Travellers are no longer required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or COVID-19 test results at any international airports, land border crossings, or ports of entry in Lao PDR.

    Source: Lao News Agency Dec 27, 2023


776,845 tourist arrivals to Sabah in first 3 months.

Source: Daily Express May 12, 2024

  • Sarawak tourism minister upbeat about UNESCO recognition for Niah Caves by July.

    Source: Malay Mail May 14, 2024

    Malaysia opens doors to Thai tourist buses.

    Source: Free Malaysia Today May 13, 2024

  • Singaporeans travelling to Malaysia will not be required to fill up the Malaysia Digital Arrival Card (MDAC), which will otherwise be compulsory from Jan 1 for foreign travellers.

    Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia Dec 8, 2023

    The Malaysian government has announced that tourists from China and India will be allowed 30-day visa-free entry from Dec. 1 as part of its tourism and economic revival efforts.

    Source: Belt and road porta, DD News Nov 27, 2023


Myanmar records over 260,000 foreign tourists in 2 months.

Source: Urdu Points Mar 25, 2023

  • No updates

  • Travellers arriving in Myanmar must complete a Health Declaration Form and provide accurate information; any false details may lead to legal action. Foreigners must submit COVID-19 medical insurance documentation from their home country or internationally recognised insurers; otherwise, they must purchase it from Myanmar insurance. Thermal screening will be conducted upon arrival, with symptomatic individuals tested for COVID-19.

    Source: Ministry of Immigration & population Sep 11, 2023

    Effective from September 1, 2023, certain Asia country passport holders do not require a visa for tourist visits of up to Extension Period if entering and departing from Yangon, Mandalay, or Naypyidaw International Airports.

    Source: Ministry of Immigration & population Sep 18, 2023


Philippine tourism industry in Marinduque records impressive first-quarter results.

Source: Travel and Tour World May 10, 2024

Filipinos plan to spend more on travel in 2024 than year before.

Source: ZAWYA May 8, 2024

  • Philippines to tighten tourist visa rules for Chinese nationals.

    Source: GGR Asia May 10, 2024

    Single e-Travel QR code for seamless travel clearance takes off.

    Source: Philstar May 10, 2024

  • As of July 21, 2023 President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has announced the lifting of the Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines due to COVID-19.

    As stated in the announcement “All prior orders, memoranda, and issuances that are effective only during the State of Public Health Emergency shall be deemed withdrawn, revoked or cancelled and shall no longer be in effect.

    Source: Tourism Philippines Sep 18, 2023

    In an advisory dated Nov. 30, the DFA said the operations of its Philippine e-Visa System in China will be temporarily suspended “until further notice”.

    Source: Philippine News Agency Dec 3, 2023


Singapore maps 2040 tourism vision while keeping global trends in sight.

Source: TTG Asia May 11, 2024

Singapore tourism sees 20.1% surge in April visitor arrivals, updates tourism performance forecast for 2024.

Source: Menafn; TTG Asia May 13, 2024

  • Singapore steps up investment in tourism human capital.

    Source: TTG Asia May 13, 2024

    Marina Bay Sands, UOB and Singapore Tourism Board enter next partnership to enhance Marina Bay precinct.

    Source: Travel Daily Media May 13, 2024

  • Singapore and China grant mutual 30-day visa exemptions starting February 9th. entry requirements as listed on Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore website.

    Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jan 25, 2024

    People travelling by car between Malaysia and Singapore can now show self - generated QR code instead of the passport at 2 checkpoints at the border.

    Source: Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Mar 20, 2024


Thailand's new minister of tourism, sports to maintain revenue target.

Source : China Daily May 10, 2024

Thailand beckons Indian travellers with visa-free entry, bookings soar by 50%.

Source : Travel and Tour World May 12, 2024

  • Thailand plans to promote low-season tourism.

    Source: VnExpress May 12, 2024

    Amazing Thailand launches ‘Your Stories Never End’ campaign at Arabian Travel Market 2024.

    Source: Pattaya Mail May 9, 2024

  • Thailand extends 30-day visa exemption for tourists from India and Chinese Taipei until November 11, 2024.

    Source: The Government Public Relations Department May 8 , 2024

    Thailand to promote visa exemption scheme for Russian tourists from May 1 to July 31, 2024.

    Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs Apr 25, 2024


Timor-Leste forecast to grow 3.4% in 2024 before accelerating in 2025.

Source: ADB Apr 11, 2024

Atambua immigration records the number of Timor Leste-Indonesia crossers reaches 1,335 a day.

Source: VOI Apr 13, 2024

  • ASEAN Secretariat conducts capacity building programme for Timor Leste officials.

    Source: ASEAN Jan 12, 2024

  • "- All terrestrial border posts are functioning as normal.

    - PCR test for incoming passengers are not required, but relevant document proving complete vaccination is required.

    - Individuals who present symptoms of COVID-19 or SARS-Cov-2 upon arrival are still obliged to get medical examinations at the health facility by the isolation unit at entry points.

    - Individuals who are tested positive are subject to therapeutic isolation mandatory at individual’s residence or designated accommodation facilities available in the country or at isolation health facility upon recommendation by the isolation unit."

    Source: Tourism Timor-Leste Apr 25, 2023

    " - Except for Indonesian, Portuguese, and United States nationals, advance ""Visa Application Authorization"" is required.

    - Indonesian nationals can apply on arrival at any border post, including land borders and Dili airport/sea port.

    - Portuguese, US, and Timorese (using Portuguese passports) enjoy visa exemption for tourism."

    Source: Timor leste custom authority Aug 14, 2023


Vietnam embraces Golf Tourism with strategic partnerships and initiatives.

Source: Travel Daily News May 14, 2024

Foreign tourist arrivals up 68.3% in first 4 month; tourism revenue hits US $10.7B.

Source: Vietnam Plus; Vietnam Plus May 12, 2024

  • HCM City makes Agoda list of ideal Asian destinations for extended stays.

    Source: Vietnam Plus May 10, 2024

  • Citizens of Kazakhstan and Vietnam can travel visa free between 2 countries from 25 May 2024.

    Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency May 7, 2024

    Vietnam has extended the validity of tourist e-visas to 90 from 30 days, with multiple entries, and tripled the duration of visa-free stays for visitors from certain countries to 45 days.

    Source: Vietnam Immigration Department Oct 15, 2023


Azerbaijan's Tourism Development working group shows high engagement - official.

Source: Trend News Agency May 8, 2024

Azerbaijan anticipates 3 million tourists this year.

Source: News.Az May 8, 2024

  • Azerbaijan in preparation to welcome COP29 guests: State Tourism Agency.

    Source: News.Az May 8, 2024

  • Azerbaijan and Morocco have signed a visa - free agreement for citizens with ordinary passports of both countries.

    Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency May 6, 2024

    Azerbaijan and Albania have signed a visa exemption agreement for persons holding regular international passports.

    Azerbaijan State News Agency Mar 4, 2023

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Tourism goes into next phase of tourism development with 40 new partnerships.

Source: Travel and Tour World May 11, 2024

Saudi Arabia’s Hajj tourism surge brings global travel boom.

Source: Travel and Tour World May 13, 2024

  • Saudi Arabia expands e-visa to Barbados, Bahamas and Grenada.

    Source: eTurboNews May 8, 2024

    Saudi tourism job sector grows by nearly 1 million.

    Source: eTurboNews May 14, 2024

  • Saudi Arabia has broadened its E-visa accessibility to include citizens of 3 countries: Barbados, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and Grenada. The citizens of these countries can now choose between applying for their visas online or acquiring them upon arrival at Saudi entry points.

    Source: Saudi Press Agency May 8, 2023

    Saudi citizens can enter Albania visa-free until the end of the year.

    Source: The Saudi Embassy in Tirana Mar 20, 2023

The United Arab Emirates

Tourism projected to account for 12% of UAE GDP this year.

Source: Travel Daily News May 8, 2024

GCC 'Grand Tours' visa: For Dh4,000, visitors can soon explore multiple Gulf countries.

Source: Khaleej Times May 13, 2024


Over half of Australians are prioritising travel over other life experiences: Skyscanner report.

Source: 7News May 14, 2024

Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney airports returned to profit in 2022-23.

Source: Travel Weekly May 8, 2024

  • Qantas scraps direct flights to Shanghai as demand stays low.

    Source: Brisbane Times May 14, 2024

    Qantas launches non-stop service from Manila to Brisbane.

    Source: Brisbane Airport May 14, 2024

  • From Monday, April 29, 2024, Thai applicants for Australian visas will be able to provide biometrics and access other services in Phuket.

    Source: Australia Embassy in Thailand Apr 22, 2024

    Australis extends ten-year Frequent Traveller visa to eligible ASEAN countries and Timor-Leste

    Prime Minister of Australia March 5, 2024


Tourist stay duration in Fiji increases.

Source: FBC News May 7, 2024

Fiji hails spike in UK, Vancouver tourist arrivals.

Source: Travel Mole; The Fiji Times May 13, 2024

  • Fiji Airways projects another impressive year.

    Source: FBC News May 6, 2024

    The Crowne Plaza Fiji Nadi Bay Resort and Spa open and ready.

    Source: FBC News May 6, 2024

  • Fiji and UAE announce visa-free travel. This means that passport holders from the UAE and Fiji including diplomatic, special, ordinary and service passports can now enjoy visa-free access to each other’s territories.

    Ministry of Foreign Affair Dec 3, 2023

French Polynesia

Bora Bora in French Polynesia tops list of world’s most beautiful beach in the world.

Source: Head Topics May 11, 2023

  • Bookings now open for 2026 Paul Gauguin Cruises in French Polynesia.

    Source: TravelAge West Apr 12 , 2024

  • Following The U.S. government policy to end the COVID-19 vaccine requirements, As of May 12, 2023, travellers will no longer need to show proof of vaccination. For unvaccinated travellers, testing is no longer mandatory for travel between mainland France and French Polynesia.

    Source: Tahiti Tourisme May 16, 2023


New Guam youth apprenticeship programme launched with hotel partners.

Source: Marianas Variety Apr 25, 2024

  • United Airlines to launch 'game-changer' Haneda-Guam flight.

    Source: Pacific Daily News Apr 30, 2024

  • Guam will follow The U.S. government policy to end the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for federal employees, federal contractors, and international air travellers at the end of the day on May 11.

    Source: Guam Visitors Bureau May 8, 2023


Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) launched two new marketing campaigns to attract responsible visitors mindful of the environment and safety.

Source: Travel Weekly May 12, 2024

  • Oahu's first adults-only hotel will open in Waikiki.

    Source: Travel Weekly May 11, 2024

  • On March 10, 2023, CDC removed the requirement for air passengers from China, Hong Kong SAR or Macao, China to show a negative COVID-19 test or documentation of recovery before boarding a flight to the United States.

    Source: Hawaii Tourism Authority Mar 10, 2023


Kiribati tourism sustainable policy shapes eco-tourism future.

Source: Travel and Tour World Feb 4, 2023

Mauri Mark Standard Assessment Enhances Tourism Quality in South Tarawa, Kiribati.

Source: SPTO Feb 2, 2023

  • No Update

  • The Government of Kiribati has lifted quarantine requirements to all inbound passengers from abroad including passengers travelling to the outer islands. Inbound travelers from abroad should be tested with negative result 24 hours before travel and upon arrival in Tarawa, they will be check out from the terminal to their homes. This also applies to passengers travelling from Tarawa or outer islands to islands that are COVID-19 free.

    Source: Government of Kiribati Apr 28, 2023

Marshall Islands

Republic of the Marshall Islands maintains highest quality fleet.

Source: Hellenic Shipping News Mar 15

  • No Update

  • According to official announcements by the health authorities, the Marshall Islands have lifted all COVID-19-related entry requirements. Entry is now possible again without the presentation of a vaccination certificate.

    Source: RMI Ministry of Health and Human Services August 15, 2023

    All visitors traveling to the Marshall Islands must have a valid passport at least 6 months, must have sufficient funds for stay, and have an onward/return air or sea ticket.

    Source: Office of Commerce, Investments, and Tourism August 15, 2023

Northern Marianas

Saipan Chamber of Commerce issues statement on closure of Hyatt Regency Saipan.

Source: Marianas Variety May 2, 2024

  • CNMI expands public bus route, explores inter-island ferry service.

    Source: Kuam News May 9, 2024

  • All travellers inbound via air or sea are not required but are highly encouraged to fill out the CNMI health declaration form if their return trip requires COVID-19 testing.

    Source: Office of The Governor Apr 8, 2023


New flight route between Australia and Palau by Nauru Airlines.

Source: National Indigenous Times May 6, 2024

  • Palau offering US$250 to visiting Taiwanese.

    Source: Taiwan News Mar 25, 2023

  • Palau no longer requires COVID-19 vaccination to enter the country.

    Source: Palau Visitors Authority Jun 21, 2023

    Palau has replaced the Health Declaration Form with Palau Entry Form. Palau Entry Form submissions must be within 72 hours or less prior to arrival time. Only ONE form is required per family or single traveller.

    Source: Palau Visitors Authority Jun 6, 2023

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea’s ports anticipate lift in freight volumes.

Source: Business Advantage May 2, 2024

  • Papua New Guinea, Indonesia strengthen ties at MSG Meeting.

    Source: Papua New Guinea Today April 1, 2023

  • Papua New Guinea opens Visa on Arrival (VoA) to all Pacific Island States and Territories.

    Source: Papua New Guinea Immigration & Citizenship Authority Dec 20, 2023

    Passport holders from Japan, Israel, Indonesia, China, and Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) countries can now access Visa on Arrival (VoA) at Jackson's International Airport in Port Moresby. Additional agreements with India and Korea (ROK) await parliamentary ratification.

    Source: PNG Facts Sept 26, 2023