Southeast Asian countries enforce health screenings at international airports, border crossings as of Jan. 29. Immigration delays possible.

Severity: Warning Alert

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Cambodia
  • Myanmar
  • Laos
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Vientiane

This alert began 28 Jan 2020 23:27 GMT and is scheduled to expire 11 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Increased health screenings
  • Location(s): Southeast Asia (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Longer immigration wait times; possible quarantine measures

Summary
Several countries in Southeast Asia have implemented enhanced health screenings for passengers from China. The precaution follows an increase in reported cases of 2019 novel coronavirus in Wuhan and other areas in China, along with cases reported in several other Asian countries. Screening measures vary somewhat across the region.

As of Jan. 23, authorities in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam have implemented mandatory health screenings at international airports for passengers arriving from China. Officials in Singapore will implement temperature screenings on all incoming flights, and at border checkpoints with Malaysia. Health screenings have also been enforced on land border crossings in parts of Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Quarantine measures may be imposed for up to two weeks if infection is suspected. Additionally, officials in the Philippines have suspended the country's visa-on-arrival system for Chinese travelers.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with 2019 novel coronavirus, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.