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The Finnish embassy in Vietnam mentioned rescue flights registration link for stranded travelers in S.E.A.

The Finnish embassy in Hanoi mentions that the commercial company Envoy may help you find the next flight home. The commercial airline Envoy maps travellers in Laos and Southeast Asia for any new home flights. The embassy does not participate in the organization of the flights and all information must be requested directly from the…

Thailand’s Immigration bureau: All visas need to be renew by 27 September

The Thai Immigration Bureau has urged foreigners to renew their visas before the 26 September 2020 which is where the current exemption expires. Thailand earlier announced an exemption for foreigners whose visas expired so that they could legally stay in the country until 26 September, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Short-term and long-term visa holders…

Finnair resumes operation to Nanjing for September and October with a weekly frequency

Finnair announced on 4 September 2020 that the airline has received permission from Chinese authorities to operate one weekly flight between Helsinki and Nanjing as of 11 September. The route will be operated with Airbus A350 aircraft until 18 October, and it supports cargo and passenger travel demand between Europe and China. The flight schedule…

Direct flights to Beijing from Denmark, Sweden, Thailand resumed

China’s aviation regulator said on 2 September 2020, it will resume direct flights to Beijing from eight countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Greece, Denmark, Sweden and Canada from 3 September. Earlier in March, Chinese authorities ordered all international flights to Beijing to be diverted to other airports as their first port of entry, as the capital…

Finnish embassy announces contact information to stranded travelers in Laos

The Embassy of Finland in Hanoi announced on 31 August 2020 contact information to stranded Finnish travelers in Laos – should there still be any left. “The Embassy of Finland in Hanoi wish to advise those travelers in Laos who cannot return to Finland through commercial flights to send an email to the address sanomat.han@formin.fi…

Swedish embassy asks Swedes in Thailand to check their visa expiry date

The embassy of Sweden announced on 28 August 2020 that they wish to draw the attention of Swedes in Thailand to the fact that the ongoing visa-amnesty expires on 26 September 2020. If you do not have the opportunity to extend your current tourist visa, you should prepare to leave Thailand before September 26, 2020.…

Finland blocks non essential travel from Singapore

Non essential travels from Singapore to Finland will not allow, according to an official Finnish announcement. The regular transit flights continue to operate as usual but all passengers will remain on board. The Finnish government seeks cooperation from Finnish citizen and residents to use face masks in public places and self quarantine after return home…

On Covid-19 and the future of hospitality: Sam-Erik Ruttman

Back in the 1990’s and until the early 2000’s Swedish-Finnish hotelier Sam-Erik Ruttman was a well-known face within Bangkok’s expatriate community. Then, working for Dusit Hotels & Resorts he was appointed to manage their Phuket-based property, where ScandAsia interviewed him in 2004. Sam-Erik then continued with the Thai hospitality brand’s expansion into the Middle East,…

Update on airlines resuming operations to Nordic capitals

Air carriers Finnair, Qatar Airways, Latvia’s airBaltic, Juneyao Airlines and Icelandair have unveiled plans to increase the number of flights operations from Finnish airports in August. Finnair announced on Twitter on 1 August 2020: “We will add new routes to our traffic plan in August. We will start flights to Alanya, Bergen, Dublin, Edinburgh, Crete,…

VFS visa application centres in the philippines for Nordic countries and the UK resumed operations from 22 July 2020

VFS Visa Application Centres in the Philippines for Nordic countries announced that operations have resumed from 22 July 2020. VFS Centres also noted that since your safety is their priority. Visa applicators visiting Visa Application Centers may be asked to observe physical distancing, undergo temperature checks or be required to wear facemasks, please follow local…