Transportation: Southeast Asian states enforce health screenings, travel restrictions as of Feb. 12. Confirm regional travel arrangements.

Warning Alert

The locations affected by this alert are:

  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia
  • Myanmar
  • Laos
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines

This alert began 11 Feb 2020 19:31 GMT and is scheduled to expire 25 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

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

Summary
Several countries in Southeast Asia have intensified screenings and travel restrictions for mainland China, Macau, and Hong Kong, as of Feb. 12. The precautionary measures follow an increase in reported cases of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China, along with cases reported in several other Asian countries. Screening measures vary across the region.

As of Feb. 12, additional restrictions have been announced/enforced:

  • Brunei: Flights to several destinations in China have been fully or will be fully suspended at times through February. Some flights have been reduced to Hong Kong.
  • Indonesia: Authorities continue to bar foreigners who have been in China within the previous 14 days from transiting or traveling to Indonesia. Flights to and from mainland China have been suspended.
  • Laos: Officials have increased health screenings at border checkpoints.
  • Malaysia: Authorities have stopped granting visas for people from China's Hubei, Jiangsu, and Zhejiang provinces, and all visitors who have been in Hubei, Jiangsu, or Zhejiang in the last 14 days. Additionally, authorities in Sarawak State have banned foreign nationals with recent travel history to China, and are requiring all travelers arriving in the state from Singapore to undergo a mandatory 14-day home quarantine period.
  • Myanmar: Flights with mainland China suspended indefinitely. Authorities have increased screenings at overland border checkpoints.
  • Philippines: Officials have temporarily banned all travelers, except Filipinos and permanent resident visa holders, from entering the country from mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Filipinos and permanent resident visa holders arriving from these territories will be quarantined for 14 days.
  • Singapore: Immigration authorities are denying entry to all foreigners who have visited mainland China in the past 14 days, as well as all Chinese passport holders, except for those with legal residency or long-term passes in Singapore.
  • Thailand: Travelers from China face health screenings. Some international cruise ships have been denied docking rights as a precaution.
  • Vietnam: Flights to and from mainland China have been suspended. Visas for visitors who had been in China for the past two weeks have been revoked.


Countries could expand their response in the coming days, particularly if the number of cases in-country increases. The measures are unlikely to impact most travelers but may lead to immigration delays, especially for passengers from China, and possibly from Singapore, along with other countries with significant numbers of 2019-nCoV cases.

Advice
Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions, particularly if traveling from mainland China, Macau, Taiwan, or Hong Kong. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings at all ports of entry. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with 2019-nCoV, 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.

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