Update on Asia Border and Travel Policies

As countries worldwide prepare to re-open their economies, international travel is poised to resume. However, in the absence of globally accepted vaccine regulations and passports, would-be travelers need to navigate a complex and rapidly changing patchwork of vaccine, testing and quarantine requirements, specific to each destination. At the same time, tourism industry players face the challenge of restarting in a vastly changed operational environment.

A group of AmChams around Asia are cooperating on a virtual event later this month for members to learn about the different border and travel plans in our region.The event begins with presentations from three speakers:

  • Alfredo Montufar Helu, The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network. Alfredo will present EIU’s latest vaccination rollout forecasts, and talk about the economic, political and geopolitical implications from growing vaccine inequity across the world. 
  • Vinoop Goel, International Air Transport Association (IATA). Covid-19 has had an unprecedented and devastating impact on aviation. Vinoop will provide an overview of the current state of the airline industry along with an short to longer term outlook. This session will also cover some of the steps taken to restart the industry and key priorities for governments and aviation stakeholders to ensure a recovery to pre-Covid-19 levels.
  • Adh T. Stevens, Second Secretary and Consul, US Embassy Beijing. Adh will discuss travel and border restrictions in China and the latest regulations on travel to the United States.

After the three presentations, participants will join destination-specific breakout sessions, where there will be the opportunity for networking and interactive discussion about country-specific information. Each breakout session will be led by an AmCham Executive Director and a leading expert in the travel field. Destination rooms include:

AmCham China
AmCham Guam
AmCham Hanoi
AmCham Japan
AmCham Malaysia
AmCham Myanmar
AmCham Taiwan
AmCham Thailand

Our Vietnam room features Mr. Tran Trong Kien. A longtime AmCham member, Kien is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of TMG, an integrated travel group focused on hospitality, aviation, online and destination management.

AmCham Virtual Meetings provide unprecedented access to the political, policy, corporate, and institutional leaders whose expertise, insights, and experience shape the global business climate. There is no cost to participate. This virtual meeting is English-language and will use the Zoom platform. Please register your participation by clicking on the button below or by calling the AmCham office. Registered participants will receive an email the day before the meeting with the Zoom meeting instructions.