This page will keep you up to date with all the latest news regarding the outbreak of Wuhan Coronavirus and the impact that it has on travelers across Asia.
Last update: 19 Feb, 2020
What is the situation outside of China
The chances to get the Covid-19 outside of China while traveling in our destinations are very low.
- Thailand: 35 cases – 17 recovered – no deaths
- Vietnam: 16 cases – 7 recovered – no deaths
- Japan: 65 cases – 20 recovered – 1 death
- Cambodia: 1 case – 1 recovered – no new cases
- Malaysia: 22 cases – 11 recovered – no deaths
- Singapore: 81 cases – 21 recovered – no deaths
- Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar = no cases
Please have a look at this video from WHO. It puts few things in perspective.
How do we, locals, live during this outbreak
In China, our team stays home and safe, applying all official restrictions. Life is more difficult but we stay positive and enjoy good times home with our families.
In all other countries, we live as normal, travel as we like, enjoy our nice life here. We only adopt new safety measures (washing our hands frequently, wearing masks in crowded areas, avoiding wet markets) to lower even more the potential to get the virus. To be really honest, our lives are not really affected and we are not scared of getting the virus.
Impact on Travel by country
No flights between China and Vietnam. No entry for travelers having visited China the last 14 days.
All tourist sites are open. Unlike some media reports, wearing mask is not compulsory when visiting Vietnamese tourist sites.
The small village of Son Loi 45kms north of Hanoi is still under quarantine as a precaution to 11 cases that have been traced back to this area. The village is not a tourist destination.
No entry or transit for visitors having visited mainland China from Feb 1.
No flights between China and Sabah /Sarawak (Borneo) and no entry for travelers who have been to China in the last 14 days. No restrictions for Peninsular Malaysia (KL)
No flights to or from mainland China. No entry for travelers having visited China in the last 14 days
No entry for travelers who visited Hubei Province, China in the last 14 days
No entry for Chinese nationals
No flights to or from China
Thai Airways and Thai Lion Air have suspended all flights to and from China.
There are currently no travel restrictions to Cambodia.
Passengers of the MS Westerdam cruise liner disembarked last Saturday 15 Feb and the majority were flown out of Cambodia. 1 infection was detected in transit at Kuala Lumpur airport. Passengers still in Cambodia or on board are now being retested for the virus.
Instead of cancelling, we recommend you to reschedule. We are happy to guarantee the same conditions within 12 months of the original travel date and for a similar seasonality. Please contact your Backyard Travel specialist for more details.
SAFETY MEASURES TAKEN BY BACKYARD TRAVEL
- There will be no cancellation fees for planned China trips in February, 2020 with the some exceptions in Hong Kong. Please contact us for details.
- Trips to China can be rerouted easily to other Backyard Travel destinations or postponed later in the year.
- We WILL NOT bring you to wet markets in any of our destinations.
- Our guides are here to explain the situation to you if needed.
- We will assist in purchasing masks for protection and provide precautionary instructions.
- We’ve begun distributing hand-sanitizing gel to all our clients.
- All 24 Hrs Customer Care numbers in each destination are reachable as usual to assist clients in destination
- As stocks are low, we recommend our travelers to bring masks and sanitiser gels.
Backyard Travel Team