Virus crisis: Brunei lockdown, Vietnam bans Europeans, Thailand restricts visas, etc.

Deserted arrival hall at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, March 14, 2020

The coronavirus crisis has led to severe travel restrictions in Southeast Asia with no end in sight. The latest news coming in on the evening of March 15 was that Brunei is now preventing all Bruneians and residents from leaving the country, while travelers returning from mainland Europe must self-isolate for 14 days and avoid all public activities.

The move comes as Metro Manila went into lockdown mode on the same day until April 14, essentially barring more than twelve million people from traveling in and out, although there are exemptions. The Philippines will also deny entry to foreign nationals coming from all countries with confirmed local transmissions of the coronavirus disease and has imposed a travel ban on China, including Macau and Hong Kong, as well as a partial travel ban on the South Korean province of North Gyeongsang. Several countries have restricted travel to and from the Philippines, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Nepal.

Vietnam’s national carrier Vietnam Airlines on March 15 said it will stop carrying passengers from Europe to Vietnam from its three destinations Frankfurt, London and Paris with immediate effect. However, the carrier’s flights from Vietnam to Europe will still continue to carry passengers back to their home countries, while the flights to and from Moscow are not affected.

As an additional measure, Vietnam is suspending tourist visas for travelers who have been in the UK, Northern Ireland and all Schengen countries 14 days prior to their planned arrival starting March 15 at noon, according to a statement on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website. The government is also suspending the issuance of visas on arrivals to travelers from all countries. Diplomatic and business travelers are excluded from the travel ban, which will last 30 days, but face health checks and possible quarantines, the statement said. The decision follows Vietnam’s suspension of visa waivers for nine European countries.

Thailand, Singapore start closing doors

Thailand on March 11 said that it will cancel visa on arrival for 19 countries, including China, India, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and a few Eastern European nations. Visa exemption will be cancelled for South Korea, Italy and Hong Kong, the country’s Interior Ministry said.

As of March 15, all new visitors with recent travel history to France, Germany, Italy and Spain within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into or transit through Singapore, according to officials. Singapore residents and pass-holders who have been to those countries in the past 14 days will be issued a “stay-home notice,” which will require them to quarantine for two weeks.

Additionally, all arrivals to Singapore from ASEAN countries, as well as from Japan, Switzerland and the UK will have to self-isolate for two weeks in the city-state. The only exception will be to Singapore’s land and sea border crossings with Malaysia due to the special relationship between the two nations.

Cambodia on March 14 imposed an entry ban on foreign travelers from Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the US for 30 days, while Malaysia is denying entry for visitors from China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy and Denmark and has temporarily closed its offices of its popular retirement visa programme Malaysia My Second Home and said that all new application endorsements will be postponed.

Indonesia on March 8 imposed restrictions on travelers from Italy, South Korea and Iran, widening a ban previously imposed on China, while India temporarily closed its land border with Myanmar.



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Deserted arrival hall at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport, March 14, 2020 The coronavirus crisis has led to severe travel restrictions in Southeast Asia with no end in sight. The latest news coming in on the evening of March 15 was that Brunei is now preventing all Bruneians and residents from leaving the country, while travelers returning from mainland Europe must self-isolate for 14 days and avoid all public activities. The move comes as Metro Manila went into lockdown mode on the same day until April 14, essentially barring more than twelve million people from traveling in and out, although there are...

Deserted arrival hall at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, March 14, 2020

The coronavirus crisis has led to severe travel restrictions in Southeast Asia with no end in sight. The latest news coming in on the evening of March 15 was that Brunei is now preventing all Bruneians and residents from leaving the country, while travelers returning from mainland Europe must self-isolate for 14 days and avoid all public activities.

The move comes as Metro Manila went into lockdown mode on the same day until April 14, essentially barring more than twelve million people from traveling in and out, although there are exemptions. The Philippines will also deny entry to foreign nationals coming from all countries with confirmed local transmissions of the coronavirus disease and has imposed a travel ban on China, including Macau and Hong Kong, as well as a partial travel ban on the South Korean province of North Gyeongsang. Several countries have restricted travel to and from the Philippines, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Nepal.

Vietnam’s national carrier Vietnam Airlines on March 15 said it will stop carrying passengers from Europe to Vietnam from its three destinations Frankfurt, London and Paris with immediate effect. However, the carrier’s flights from Vietnam to Europe will still continue to carry passengers back to their home countries, while the flights to and from Moscow are not affected.

As an additional measure, Vietnam is suspending tourist visas for travelers who have been in the UK, Northern Ireland and all Schengen countries 14 days prior to their planned arrival starting March 15 at noon, according to a statement on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website. The government is also suspending the issuance of visas on arrivals to travelers from all countries. Diplomatic and business travelers are excluded from the travel ban, which will last 30 days, but face health checks and possible quarantines, the statement said. The decision follows Vietnam’s suspension of visa waivers for nine European countries.

Thailand, Singapore start closing doors

Thailand on March 11 said that it will cancel visa on arrival for 19 countries, including China, India, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and a few Eastern European nations. Visa exemption will be cancelled for South Korea, Italy and Hong Kong, the country’s Interior Ministry said.

As of March 15, all new visitors with recent travel history to France, Germany, Italy and Spain within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into or transit through Singapore, according to officials. Singapore residents and pass-holders who have been to those countries in the past 14 days will be issued a “stay-home notice,” which will require them to quarantine for two weeks.

Additionally, all arrivals to Singapore from ASEAN countries, as well as from Japan, Switzerland and the UK will have to self-isolate for two weeks in the city-state. The only exception will be to Singapore’s land and sea border crossings with Malaysia due to the special relationship between the two nations.

Cambodia on March 14 imposed an entry ban on foreign travelers from Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the US for 30 days, while Malaysia is denying entry for visitors from China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, Italy and Denmark and has temporarily closed its offices of its popular retirement visa programme Malaysia My Second Home and said that all new application endorsements will be postponed.

Indonesia on March 8 imposed restrictions on travelers from Italy, South Korea and Iran, widening a ban previously imposed on China, while India temporarily closed its land border with Myanmar.



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