COVID in Southeast Asia the Facts and Figures

The COVID-19 pandemic has been less severe in many parts of Southeast Asia than was initially feared. Thailand and Vietnam were both seen as at high risk but have both escaped the worst of the pandemic so far.

Tourism throughout the region has been hit especially hard as borders across the region were closed in March and have, mostly, remained closed.

Singapore and Thailand have now started to reopen to tourists but only on a limited basis and with restrictions on who can enter.

Travel bubbles, corridors and green lanes have all been established in the region as hopes start to grow that tourism in the region may begin to be able to restart in 2021 especially if a proposed new Covid Passport gains support.

We also recently published the results of our Travel Mood survey.

The Southeast Asia region currently has had 1,291,890 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (2% of the world total), up 9,618 in last 24 hours, and 29,761 fatalities (2% of total), up 219 in last 24 hours. – Updated 10th December

Covid-19 Cases

We look at the latest numbers of Covid-19 throughout Southeast Asia together with recovery rates

Southeast Asia Fatalities

Numbers of fatalities and fatality rates throughout the region

UK Travel Advice

The latest travel and quarantine advice for UK nationals

Covid-19 Cases

We look at the latest numbers of Covid-19 throughout Southeast Asia together with recovery rates

UK Travel Advice

The latest travel and quarantine advice for UK nationals

Southeast Asia Fatalities

Current number of fatalities and fatality percentage rates throughout the Southeast Asia region

USA Travel Advice

The latest travel information and advice for USA nationals

Southeast Asia Covid and Travel Information

Khao Lak Beach Scene, Thailand.

Southeast Asia Covid-19 Cases

CountryCases (increase)RecoveredRecovery Rate
Indonesia598,933 (+6,033)491,97582.1%
Philippines445,540 (+1,383)409,05891.8%
Myanmar104,487 (+1,321)82,81379.3%
Malaysia78,499 (+2,234)66,23684.4%
Singapore58,297 (+6)58,18899.8%
Thailand4,169 (+18)3,88893.3%
Vietnam1,385 (+4)1,22588.4%
Cambodia356 (+2)30786.2%
Brunei152 (+0)14796.7%
Laos41 (+0)3380.5%
Timor-Leste31 (+0)3096.8%
South East Asia1,291,890 (+9,618)1,113,90086.2%
Worldwide69,439,39248,173,49069.4%
South-East Asia Covid-19 Cases

Official confirmed COVID-19 statistics for South-East Asian countries. Recovery rate is based on total number of cases and those reported as fully recovered. 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. Data in the tables will display best on a computer or tablet.

Fatality Rates

CountryFatalitiesFatality Rate %
Indonesia18,336 (+165)3.1%
Philippines8,701 (+24)2.0%
Myanmar2,201 (+27)2.1%
Malaysia396 (+3)0.5%
Singapore29<0.1%
Thailand601.4%
Vietnam352.5%
Cambodia00%
Brunei32%
Timor-Leste00%
Laos00%
South East Asia29,761 (+219)2.3%
Worldwide1,579,313 (+4,378)2.3%
South-East Asia Covid-19 Cases

Fatality % is based on total number of cases and deaths.

Pub Street, Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Brunei

Brunei has reported just 152 cases of COVID-19 and 3 deaths. There have been a few recent new cases after going a number of weeks without any new cases.

Tourism

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.

Cambodia

Cambodia has had only a few cases of Covid-19 and recent cases have generally been imported rather than being community infections.

In the last 24 hours Cambodia has reported 2 new cases or deaths. There have been a total of 356 cases, equivalent to 1 in 54,761 of the population and no deaths.

Cambodia has so far conducted 224,708 Covid-19 tests, equivalent to 1 test for every 75 people.

Tourism

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

Indonesia

Indonesia now has the most cases (45% of the regions total) and deaths (61%) from Covid-19 in the region and continues to record the highest daily figures. Many of the recent cases have been recorded in only a few regions of the country.

In the last 24 hours Indonesia has reported 4,917 new cases and 127 new deaths. There have been a total of 516,753 cases, equivalent to 1 in 532 of the population and 16,352 deaths, equivalent to 1 in 16,798 of the population.

So far Indonesia has conducted 5,517,392 Covid-19 tests which equates to 1 for every 50 people.

For comparison the UK has recorded 1 case per 44 people and 1 death per 1,203 of the population. The US has recorded 1 case in every 25 people and 1 death in every 1,237 of the population. In the UK and the US 1 test has been conducted for every 2 people.

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.

Tourism

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.

Laos

Laos has recorded just 39 cases although 14 new cases have been reported in the last few days. There have been no fatalities attributed to Covid-19 in Laos.

Tourism

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.

There have been recent reports that Bali is hoping to reopen to foreign visitors in December.

Malaysia

The second wave in Malaysia has not been as severe as in other countries in the region but has still had a significant impact on the country and hopes of borders reopening.

In the last 24 hours Malaysia has reported 935 new cases and 3 new deaths. There have been a total of 60,752 cases, equivalent to 1 in 535 of the population and 348 deaths, equivalent to 1 in 93,483 of the population.

Almost 81% of all cases have now recovered but there are 11,348 active cases of which 110 are stated as being serious or critical.

So far Malaysia has conducted 2,596,004 Covid-19 tests which equates to 1 for every 13 people.

For comparison the UK has recorded 1 case per 44 people and 1 death per 1,203 of the population. The US has recorded 1 case in every 25 people and 1 death in every 1,237 of the population. In the UK and the US 1 test has been conducted for every 2 people.

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.

Tourism

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.

Myanmar (Burma)

After initially reporting low numbers of cases Myanmar has had a massive second wave of infections and is now has the third highest number of cases and deaths in the region.

In the last 24 hours Myanmar has reported 1,418 new cases and 30 new deaths. There have been a total of 95,018 cases, equivalent to 1 in 640 of the population and 2,028 deaths, equivalent to 1 in 29,554 of the population.

Almost 76% of all cases have now recovered and there are 19,242 active cases.

So far Myanmar has conducted 1,096,500 Covid-19 tests which equates to 1 for every 50 people.

For comparison the UK has recorded 1 case per 44 people and 1 death per 1,203 of the population. The US has recorded 1 case in every 25 people and 1 death in every 1,237 of the population. In the UK and the US 1 test has been conducted for every 2 people.

Tourism

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”.

Philippines

A second wave hit the country over the last few weeks with up to 4,000 new cases per day being recorded, although this has now slowed. Efforts have been hampered in a number of areas after damage caused by a number of typhoons.

In the last 24 hours the Philippines has reported 1,392 new cases and 27 new deaths. There have been a total of 424,297 cases, equivalent to 1 in 260 of the population and 8,242 deaths, equivalent to 1 in 13,366 of the population.

More than 91% of all cases have now recovered but there are 28,789 active cases of which 1,149 are stated as being serious or critical.

So far the Philippines has conducted 5,586,757 Covid-19 tests which equates to 1 for every 20 people.

For comparison the UK has recorded 1 case per 44 people and 1 death per 1,203 of the population. The US has recorded 1 case in every 25 people and 1 death in every 1,237 of the population. In the UK and the US 1 test has been conducted for every 2 people.

Tourism

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.

Singapore

Numbers of cases in Singapore have remained very low in recent weeks with new cases each day generally in single figures.

The majority of the confirmed cases in Singapore have been reported as being within the packed dormitories used for immigrant workers, rather than being in the general population.

In the last 24 hours Singapore has reported 5 new cases and no new deaths. There have been a total of 58,195 cases, equivalent to 1 in 101 of the population and 28 deaths, equivalent to 1 in 209,602 of the population.

There are 76 active cases of which just 1 is classed as serious or critical.

So far Singapore has conducted 4,448,110 Covid-19 tests which equates to 1 test per person.

For comparison the UK has recorded 1 case per 44 people and 1 death per 1,203 of the population. The US has recorded 1 case in every 25 people and 1 death in every 1,237 of the population. In the UK and the US 1 test has been conducted for every 2 people.

Tourism

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.

Thailand

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.

In the last 24 hours Thailand has reported 16 new cases and no new deaths. There have been a total of 3,942 cases, equivalent to 1 in 17,725 of the population and 60 deaths, equivalent to 1 in 1,164,514 of the population.

There are just 94 active cases in Thailand and just 1 is classed as serious or critical.

So far Thailand has conducted 997,854 Covid-19 tests which equates to 1 for every 71 people.

For comparison the UK has recorded 1 case per 44 people and 1 death per 1,203 of the population. The US has recorded 1 case in every 25 people and 1 death in every 1,237 of the population. In the UK and the US 1 test has been conducted for every 2 people.

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.

Tourism

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 have also looked at introducing a tourist phone app that will help to build confidence is safe spaces as well as track movement and reduce transmission.

Thailand has recently seen mass anti-government demonstrations in Bangkok that are starting to spread to other areas of the country.

Our Thailand Tourism Update article has more details.

Timor-Leste (East Timor)

East Timor has reported 30 cases of COVID-19 and no deaths.

Tourism

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.

Vietnam

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.

In the last 24 hours Vietnam has reported 10 new cases and no new deaths. There have been a total of 1,331 cases, equivalent to 1 in 73,397 of the population and 35 deaths, equivalent to 1 in 2,791,166 of the population. There are currently 130 active cases in Vietnam.

So far Vietnam has conducted 1,339,465 Covid-19 tests which equates to 1 for every 73 people.

For comparison the UK has recorded 1 case per 44 people and 1 death per 1,203 of the population. The US has recorded 1 case in every 25 people and 1 death in every 1,237 of the population. In the UK and the US 1 test has been conducted for every 2 people.

Recent new cases in the country have all be imported and not community cases.

Tourism

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

UK Travel Advice

The following table lists the current UK travel advice. Please check for details regarding your own country.

CountryTravel AllowedQuarantineBorders
PhilippinesNoYesClosed
IndonesiaNoYesClosed
SingaporeNoNoLimited
MyanmarNoYesClosed
MalaysiaYesNoClosed
ThailandYesNoLimited
VietnamYesNoNo
CambodiaYesNoLimited
BruneiYesNoRestricted
Timor-LesteNoNoOpen
LaosYesNoLimited
South-East Asia UK travel Advisories

USA Travel Information

The following table lists the current USA travel advice. Please check for details regarding your own country.

CountryLevelInformationBorders
Philippines3Reconsider TravelClosed
Indonesia3Reconsider TravelClosed
Singapore3Reconsider TravelLimited
Myanmar3Reconsider TravelClosed
Malaysia3Reconsider TravelClosed
Thailand1Exercise Normal PrecautionsLimited
Vietnam2Exercise Increased CautionNo
Cambodia2Exercise Increased CautionLimited
Brunei2Exercise Increased CautionRestricted
Timor-Leste3Reconsider TravelOpen
Laos2Exercise Increased CautionLimited
South-East Asia USA Travel Advisories

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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