We have been monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in Southeast Asia and have published a number of articles on the response in the region and individual countries.
The situation continues to evolve and develop. We will continue to report on the statistics the effects on the tourism and airline industries.
We will update this page with statistics at least twice a week and also whenever there are any significant developments.
The region currently has had 1,096,275 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up 8,929 in last 24 hours, and 25,853 fatalities, up 127 in last 24 hours.
Follow the links for more information on individual countries response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have also published information on the latest tourism situation in South East Asia.
The latest information on UK Travel Advice is also available.
All figures were updated on 20th November 2020.
Southeast Asia Corona Tracker
Click on the individual country links for more country-specific information.
|Country||Cases (increase)||Recovered||Deaths (increase)|
|Indonesia||488,310 (+4,792)||410,552||15,678 (+78)|
|Philippines||415,067 (+1,639)||375,237||8,025 (+27)|
|Myanmar||76,414 (+1,532)||56,601||1,695 (+19)|
|Singapore||58,143 (+4)||58,052||28 (+0)|
|Malaysia||52,638 (+958)||39,088||329 (+3)|
|Thailand||3,892 (+4)||3,745||60 (+0)|
|Vietnam||1,304 (+0)||1,142||35 (+0)|
|Brunei||148 (+0)||145||3 (+0)|
|South East Asia||1,096,275 (+8,929)||944,906||25,853 (+127)|
Official confirmed COVID-19 statistics for South-East Asian countries. Please note that the level of testing and reporting regime in each individual country will have an effect on the figures, some will have widespread testing and others may only test those with symptoms or who have been admitted to hospital. Figures for Myanmar do not show latest cases. Data in the tables will display best on a computer or tablet.
Fatality and Recovery Rates
|Country||Fatality Rate %||Recovery %|
|South East Asia||2.4%||86.2%|
Fatality % is based on total number of cases and deaths. Recovery rate is based on total number of cases and those reported as fully recovered.
Cases have been increasing relatively rapidly for the last few weeks and the number of confirmed cases is now over 488,000, the highest in the region (45% of cases in the region), including 4,792 new cases in the last 24 hours. The country has also suffered the highest number of fatalities in the region (61% of total deaths), now more than 15,678, with 78 in the last 24 hours.
Indonesia has recently stated that they intend to be one of the first countries in the world to undertake a mass vaccination programme once a vaccine receives approval.
All foreign nationals are barred from entering and transiting through Indonesia except:
- foreign nationals with limited (KITAS) and permanent stay (KITAP) permits.
- foreign nationals with diplomatic visa and working visa
- holders of diplomatic stay permits and business stay permits
- those working on medical and food assistance
- transportation (air, sea, or land) crew
- foreign nationals working on national strategic projects
Even if you are in one of the above groups you will need pass additional health related tests.
There have been recent reports that Bali is hoping to reopen to foreign visitors in December.
For many months the Philippines had recorded the highest number of cases of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia. Numbers of new cases then dropped significantly as the country seemed to have the situation under ccntrol.
A second wave has hit the country however over the last few weeks with up to 4,000 new cases per day being recorded, although this has now slowed. In the last 24 hours an additional 1,639 cases were recorded plus 27 fatalities.
The country now has the second highest number of cases in the region with 415,067 (38% of total for the region) and deaths with 7,839 to date (31% of total).
The Philippines is currently not open to foreign tourists although some holders of long-term visas are now permitted entry.
Domestic tourism is being actively promoted and encouraged with a number of areas now opening. The Philippines is also starting to allow nationals to leave the country for tourism elsewhere.
Myanmar has recently become a regional hot-spot for COVID-19 with a rapid increase in cases following very few cases for the first few months of the pandemic.
The country is now overtaken Singapore for the total number of cases which now stands at 76,414 (7% of total for the region) with 1,532 in the last 24 hours. Deaths are now the third highest in the region (7% of total) at 1,695 with a further 19 in the last 24 hours.
All international passenger flights are suspended until at least the end of October and tourist visas are not being issued. Business visas are available where there is a “compelling case”.
The number of new cases in Singapore has been consistently low for the last few weeks with just 4 new cases in the last 24 hours and no new deaths to add to the existing 28 for a number of weeks.
The majority of the 58,143 confirmed cases in Singapore (5% of total for the region) have been reported as being within the packed dormitories used for immigrant workers, rather than being in the general population.
Singapore has recently introduced a number of schemes to allow additional travel under specific circumstances.
The Air Travel Pass (ATP) has been introduced to allow short-term visitors from Australia (excluding Victoria State), Brunei Darussalam, New Zealand and Vietnam.
Visitors must apply for the ATP between 7 and 30 days prior to the date of entry into Singapore. The ATP has a number of conditions attached which includes downloading and using a tracking app and a mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival and remain in isolation until a negative result is received.
The Safe Travel Pass (STP) allows inbound travellers make essential business and official travel to Singapore from Japan, Republic of Korea and six Chinese provinces and municipalities (Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin and Zhejiang).
The Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) scheme allows short-term travel for essential business and official purposes between Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Japan and Malaysia. An agreement has now been made to add Germany to the list of RGL’s in place although a date has yet to be confirmed.
The Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) allows Singapore and Malaysia residents, who hold valid work passes in the other country, to enter that country for work.
Singapore has announced an air travel bubble with Hong Kong for leisure travel from 22nd November.
Transit through Changi Airport is available but only on certain routes and travellers must be flying on Singapore Airlines, Scoot or SilkAir to be eligible to transit. Check with your airline before undertaking a journey via Singapore.
More information is available in our article Singapore Tourism Update.
There has been a recent increase in new cases in Malaysia with around 750-1,200 new cases every day with 958 new cases in the last 24 hours to give a total of 52,638 (5% of total in the region) and 3 new deaths taking total fatalities to 329 (1% of total).
Following a recent increase in cases Malaysia recently announced further lockdown measures to control the outbreak.
Malaysia put their pandemic measures into place very early which was credited in keeping numbers low.
Malaysia currently prohibits entry into the country to the vast majority of foreign nationals. At the present time there are no plans to open borders to foreign tourists for the rest of 2020.
Malaysia is allowing medical tourists from Australia, Brunei, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea under certain conditions.
Transit through Malaysia is allowed if you have a connecting flight through Kuala Lumpur Airport, remain air-side and do not need to transit between terminals.
Malaysia Airlines are reported to be undergoing financial difficulties as they try to restructure and Malindo Air are reported to be cutting around 68% of their workforce and have been hit by an illegal website scam targeting their customers.
Our article Malaysia Tourism Update includes the latest information on tourism in Malaysia.
Thailand has been a success story in the battle with COVID.
The first country outside of China to have a confirmed case, Thailand quickly implemented their pandemic plan and locked the country down, keeping cases low.
Daily cases have consistently been in single figures, just 4 in the last 24 hours, as the country takes its first, tentative, steps into re-opening for tourists. Recent new cases in the country have all be imported and not community cases.
There have now been 3,892 cases and 60 deaths in Thailand.
Thailand has a long-stay visa available, the Special Tourist Visa (STV). It is only available to visitors from selected countries with low rates of COVID-19.
The first visitors under the STV arrived in Bangkok from China on 20th October with more expected on 26th October.
The STV allows foreign tourists too stay for up to 90 days and could be extended up to twice for a maximum stay of 270 days. Tourists under the STV need to arrange and pay for 14 days quarantine in a hospital or an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotel on arrival. They also need to have proof of long-stay plans and a COVID-19 free certificate and suitable travel and health insurance.
They have also recently launched the Tourist Visa (TV) for medium-stay tourists.
Thailand has recently seen mass anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok that are starting to spread to other areas of the country. These have so far been peaceful.
Our Thailand Tourism Update article has more details.
Vietnam was another country who locked down early after implementing their emergency plan using lessons learned from previous pandemics in the region.
Initial numbers in the country were very low but a second wave hit, centred around Da Nang, that doubled the total number of cases and included the first deaths.
New cases have now dropped significantly with 0 in the last 24 hours, for a total of 1,304. Recent new cases in the country have all be imported and not community cases. There have also been no new deaths for a few weeks to add to the 35 existing deaths.
Vietnam has not yet opened its borders to foreign travelers, apart from a few specific exemptions. So for the time being you cannot travel into Vietnam.
The first signs of preparations to re-open the borders have been seen recently – Vietnam Preparing to Open to Tourists
There have been a few new cases over the last week but there have only been 304 confirmed cases in total and no deaths in Cambodia.
In theory the air border is open but you have to:
- Get a visa before arrival, you cannot get a visa on entry at the present time
- Have a medical certificate from a “competent” health authority stating you do not have COVID-19 dated no longer than 72 hours prior to arrival.
- Have proof of insurance including a minimum of US$50,000 medical cover
- Deposit US$2,000 (down from the original charge of US$3,000) for COVID-19 service charges which includes a COVID test plus overnight stay at a hotel while waiting for results. If you test negative and have no further issues then you will get any remaining money refunded when you leave.
- If one person on a flight tests positive, then all passengers will be quarantined
Brunei has reported 148 cases of COVID-19 and 3 deaths.
Entry to Brunei is severely restricted and you must apply for a permit to enter or exit Brunei through the Prime Ministers Office. If granted a permit to enter you would need to provide a negative COVID-19 test on arrival, obtained within 72 hours of travel.
From 1st October all travellers entering or leaving Brunei via a land border will be required to pay $3 BND per person on exit and $3 BND on return or entry.
Timor-Leste (East Timor)
East Timor has reported 30 cases of COVID-19 and no deaths.
Visas are available for Timor but you will need to quarantine for 14 days in a government facility or in your approved accommodation. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you will be taken to a health facility for a COVID-19 test and, if positive, will be subject to isolation. There are also health control measures in place on exit from the country.
All people entering Timor will also be required to quarantine for 14 days either in a government facility or approved accommodation.
The situation can change quickly in Timor-Leste however.
25 confirmed cases and no reported deaths in Laos.
Laos is currently only issuing visas in exceptional circumstances.
Anyone who is allowed to enter Laos is required to complete a COVID-19 test on arrival, positive cases will be admitted to hospital, negative cases will be required to quarantine in a designated location.
UK Travel Advice
The following table lists the current UK travel advice. Please check for details regarding your own country. Updated following 12th November announcement.
Travel allowed refers to if the country is exempt from UK Government advice against all but essential travel. Quarantine – you must have spent the last 14 days in a quarantine exempt country or in the UK to be exempt from quarantine.
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