COVID-19: Travel Restrictions in Southeast Asia

Berlin – The governments in Southeast Asia have implemented more serious measures to reduce the risk of importing and spreading of COVID-19.

Below is the latest update. However, the information is changing rapidly in Southeast Asia and requirements may change with little or no notice.


  • Vietnam has stopped issuing visa for foreigners entering Vietnam from 00:00 of 18th of March 2020 for the next 30 days period
  • All travelers (ANY NATIONALITY) entering Vietnam from another ASEAN country are subject to a health check and mandatory 14-day quarantine effective from 00:00 of 18th of March 2020 for the next 30 days
  • For anyone still in Vietnam, they are fine and should be able to leave normally however travelling to other ASEAN countries could be problematic
  • Most bars, clubs and tourist sites throughout the country are closed
  • Do not attempt to travel to Vietnam at this time

CAMBODIA – MUST POSTPONE TRAVELCambodia announced a 30-day entry ban on nationals from Italy, Germany, Spain, France and the US; and a ban on cruise ships and riverboats entering Cambodia

Entertainment venues have been forced to close, such as Phare circus, many bars and some tourist sites


  • The Kingdom of Thailand has announced all tourists arriving from China, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, South Korea or Macao must have Health Certificate and Lab Test results to prove they are free from COVID-19. The Health Certificate and Lab Test must be issued 2 days before departure
  • Nationals of Mexico, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malta, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu can no longer get a visa on arrival. They must apply in advance. Tourists coming from Italy are no longer visa-exempt.
  • We understand many bars, restaurants, clubs and many tourist sites throughout the country will soon be closed. 


  • Myanmar immigration is blocking foreigners’ entry to Myanmar or requiring 14-day quarantine
  • Do not attempt to travel to Myanmar at this time


  • The Indonesian government has suspended its visa exemption policy and visa-on-arrival for ALL countries., effective 20 March until April 10, 2020
  • All visitors wanting to visit Indonesia must apply for visa at an embassy abroad
  • Do not attempt to travel to Indonesia at this time


  • Malaysia has banned the entry of all foreign tourist from 18 March 2020 until at least 31 March 2020. 
  • Do not attempt to travel to Malaysia at this time


  • Singapore government requires 14 days Stay-At-Home quarantine for ANYONE arriving from ASEAN, Switzerland, UK, Japan

Total ban on tourist arriving from Italy, France, Germany, and Spain

Source: Trails of Indochina