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COVID-19 Status and Measures of Korea, and ASEAN Member States

COVID-19 Status of Korea, and ASEAN Member States (as of October. 28)
CountryTotal CasesNew CasesTotal DeathsNew DeathRecovered
Republic of Korea26,04388460323,981
Lao PDR2422
Source: Worldomemter

Entry measures of ASEAN Member States in response to COVID-19 vis-a-vis arrivals from ROK (October. 28. 10:00)
*Unofficial Translation
CategoryCountryEntry measures
Entry Ban
SingaporeFrom March 24, all short-term visitors are barred from entry into and trasit through Singapore
However, the traveler stayed in Brunei, New Zealand, Vietnam, Australia (excluding Victoria) in recent 14 days, will be allowed to make short-term visits (requires prior application before entering the country, please refer to the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea for detailed procedures).
Allow limited transit on some flights departing from designated cities (requires inquiry from each airline)
From March 30, long-term visa holders are required to obtain prior approval before entry of Singapore, and those who have received prior approval are required to submit a prior approval form (valid for 2 weeks) upon airport check-in and after arrival in Singapore (as of Mar.29).
- Those who do not hold prior approval form must leave Singapore within 48 hours upon the arrival in Singapore (travelers bear the expenses), long-term visa will be canceled in case of failure of following above measure.
* From August 29, Singaporeans and permanent residents are placed under 14-day quarantine at government-designated facility (costs borne by the government), and to conduct COVID 19 test during the quarantine period (costs borne by each person)
* From August 29, long-term visa holders are placed under 14-day quarantine at government-designated facility (costs borne by each person) and to conduct COVID 19 test during the quarantine period (costs borne by each person)
MalaysiaFrom March 18, All foreigners are barred from entry into Malaysia (until separate notice)
*Exceptional entry targets
A. Allow to enter the country after prior approval of the Director of Immigration
- Permanent residency holders, spouse and children of a Malaysian national departed after March 18
- Foreigners participating in the MM2H program approved separately by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
- Diplomats
- (Foreign workers and others related) Caterogy 1, 2, 3 holders, their dependents and foreign housework assistants, Professional Visit Pass hoders, Long Term Social Visit Pass (18 years old or older children, parents and etc) holders for working visa and resident visa-talent holders (requires prior approval of the ESD department of Immigration Office), and medical tourists for therapeutic purposes(6 countries including the Republic of Kroea) can enter the country (and re-enter the country after departure) with prior approval from the relevant agencies and the Director of Immigration.
- (Foreign students) Temporary entry ban on foreign student visa holders from 10.8 to 12.31 (as of Oct. 4)
B. For departure and re-entry to Malaysia, it is possible to leave and re-enter the country (within 60 days from the date of issuance of the letter of approval) after obtaining prior approval from the Immigration Bureau (DGIM) prior to departure to Malaysia (for official, business, urgent reasons, and treatment purposes)
* Starting from 7.24, all inbound travelers will have 14-day self-quarantine (self-burden) at government-designated facilities. (costs borne by each person) (please refer to the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea for details)
PhilippinesFrom Mar. 22, entry ban to all foreigners except certain visa holders (as of Mar. 19).
The diplomatic visa (9E) holders, immigrant visa (permanent residency and etc.) holders, the Philippines national's spouses and children, and flight crew will be allowed to enter.
(From November 1) Entry allowed for Non-immigrant visa holders accordance with the Omnibus Investment code (revised to an administrative order 226, RA No. 8756), 47(a)(2) visa holders issued by the Department of Justice of Philippines, visa holders issued by the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authory and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority
Conduct COVID 19 PCR test at the airport upon arrival in the Philippines (cost borne by each person), quarantine designated facilities or designated hotels until the test results are released (as of May. 6)
- Reservations required when quarantined at designated hotels
If the results of the PCR test conducted at the time of arrival are negative, quarantine of the facility/hotel will be lifted, but quarantine at the residence or regional observation facility for 14 days (the period and location vary by local government) (as of May.6).
VietnamFrom March 22, all foreigners are barred from entry into Vietnam (as of Mar. 21)
Except for diplomatic or official purposes and special cases (attend to important external activities, experts, corporate managers and advanced technical personnel) (not guaranteed entry and only for those who have been fully consulted with the Vietnamese side in advance)
- In case of exceptional entry, if allowed to enter the country, notify/register with the health authorities after arrival, fill out and submit quarantine questionnaire, provide a negative confirmation of the COVID 19 PCR test conducted three to seven days before entering Viet Nam, must sign up for international medical insurance, and pay for medical treatment by invited organization (as of Aug.3).
*All travelers entering the country are placed under 14-day facility quarantine (after moving to the facility, conduct diagnostic test, )
Lao PDRUntil October 31, all foreigners are barred from entry into Lao PDR (as of Oct. 1)
*Pre-authorization of the Laos COVID 19 Countermeasures Committee is required prior to arrival, and the results of the COVID 19 test issued within 72 hours (only RT-PCR is recognized) are required if the entry is desired for urgent business performance.
- Conduct a diagnostic test immediately after arrival and quarantine at the designated facility for 14 days.
*Valid visa holders can enter the country through the entry permit procedure (see the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Lao PDR).
IndonesiaStarting from April 2, all foreigners are barred from entry into and transit through Indonesia (as of Mar. 31).
* (Exception target) holders of long-term permits (KITAS/KITAP) with valid period of stay and re-entry, holders of diplomatic/official visas, holders of diplomatic/official residence permits, those who visit for humanitarian purposes such as medical or food aid, land/sea/aircraft transport workers, and foreign nationals who participate in national strategic projects.
* (Entrance quarantine measures) Foreigners entering the country carry a health certificate proving PCR negative results issued within 7 days before departure, in case of entry without health certificate, with PCR negative result passed 7 days, or without PCR negative result, conduct a quick diagnosis at the arrival. In case of result positive, the traveler will be transported to hospital, in case of result negative the traveler will be placed under quarantine at designated facility.
* (Administrative measures after entering the country) 14-day self-quarantine (submit a health certificate to the embassy and require the competent health authorities to manage it, but it is inadequately managed)
MyanmarFrom March 25, all foreigners are required to submit a COVID-19 negative certificate (issued within 72 hours before departure date) upon boarding the aircraft. (as of Mar. 24)
* All foreigners coming from neighboring countries of Myanmar via land route are barred from entry (as of Mar. 19.)
- the People's Republic of China, Thailand, India, Lao PDR, Bangladesh.
For all foreigners will be placed under facility and self quarantine with expanded period of 28 days (21 days after facility quarantine and 7 days self-quarantine) (as of Apr.11.).
*Suspending visa issuance for all foreign entrants except diplomats, U.N. officials, ships and aircraft crew members, and suspending visa exemptions granted to all foreigners, including ASEAN member states according to mutual agreement. (as of Mar. 29)
* Diplomats and U.N. officials are obliged to apply for an entry visa at Myanmar Diplomatic Missions in their country and submit a COVID-19 negative certificate (issued within 72 hours before boarding), and placed under 14-day self-quarantine after arrival
* Ship or aircraft crew members are obliged to apply for an entry visa at Myanmar Diplomatic missions in their country and comply with the most recent guidelines and instructions from the Ministry of Transport and Communications (as of Mar.29)
Foreigners wishing to enter Myanmar for urgent official business or due to appropriate reasons fulfilling bellow conditions are exceptionally allowed to enter the country and be target of eased quarantine measures (as of Jun.19).
- Submit a COVID-19 Negative Certificate conducted at least 72 hours before entering Myanmar
- Prove that 7-day self-quarantine carried out in departing country before entering Myanmar
- Visit the Myanmar Embassy in Korea, apply for a visa, and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Myanmar sends a list of exceptional applicants and reasons for their arrival via official letter.
- After 7-day facility or hotel quarantine after arrival, if the COVID-19 PCR test results negative, additional 7-day self-quarantine has to be carried before activity.
Until October 31, international passenger flights are barred from landing
All foreigners are bared from entering and transferring (as of 3.24).
*Mandatory business trips (including official trips), study, medical treatment, parents, spouses, close family members of Brunei nationals and residents, and other special circumstances to approve their entry. (as of Sep. 15)
- Invitees in Brunei apply for Entry Travel Pass eight days before the trip on the Travel Portal website.
- Travelers are required to stay in departing country for at least 14 days before entering Brunei, to issue a COVID 19 negative test result conducted within 72 hours before entering the country, to conduct COVID 19 test and be placed mandatory self-quarantine for 2-14 days** after arrival in Brunei, and to report their health status daily through the BruHealth app for the first 14 days of styaing in Brunei.
**The quarantine period varies depending on the results of the Brunei government's own risk assessment upon arrival.
- All foreigners who wish to enter Brunei by land (such as drivers and carriers via Brunei), requires to submit COVID 19 negative confirmation (valid 7 days from the date of inspection) to the land border control upon arrival (as of Oct.1)
Brunei-Singapore Mutual Green Lane (as of Sep. 1).
*Any nationality, legal resident of Brunei and Singapore, who needs to travel for business and official purposes, can visit each other through applications for prior approval.
- Health measures such as staying in the departing country for 14 days before departure, presenting negative results of the COVID 19 diagnosis test conducted 72 hours before departure, submitting travel schedules by period of the time, installing the BruHealth app, conducting diagnostic tests after arrival and quarantine while waiting for the results.
Reinforced Quarantine
Measures and
ThailandFrom July 1, Permit Limited Entry
- Those invited and authorized by the Thai prime minister, spouses, parents or children of Thai nationals, Thai permanent residency holders, work permit or labor permit holders, flight attendants, students of educational institutions approved by the Thai government and their parents, medical purposes, diplomatic corps, international organizations, government delegates and their spouses, parents, and children.
*(Pre-entry measure) Refrain from visiting and meeting dangerous areas 14 days prior to departure, Entry approval issued by residing country, Fit-to-Fly Health Certificate, COVID 19 negative confirmation (RT-PCR method) issued within 72 hours upon arrival; medical treatment insurance certificates covering 100,000 dollars or more (including COVID 19), reservation documents of government-designated quarantine venue, respiratory symptoms and fever test at departure
(Post-entry measure) respiratory symptoms and fever test, submission of mandatory documents, installation of monitoring systems/applications, quarantine at government-designated venue for at least 14 days and compliance with relevant regulations, RT-PCR-based COVID 19 test
CambodiaFrom Mar.30, All foreigners are barred from entry into Cambodia
(COVID 19 Negative Certificate) All foreigners who wish to enter Cambodia apply for a visa at the Cambodian Embassy in the country, and submit a COVID 19 Negative Certificate issued within 72 hours of flight arrival time and an insurance card that can compensate more than $50,000 (as of Mar. 31).
- Exceptions for airline captains and flight crew for entry ban
(Entry Procedure) Upon arrival in Cambodia, the COVID 19 test will be conducted at the airport, then moved to the designated hotel or quarantine facility and will be held for waiting, COVID 19 diagnostic tests, quarantine and treatment costs are borne by traveler, and deposit 2,000 USD at the bank counter at the Phnom Penh airport upon arrival (as of Jun.15)
*If all passengers are found to be negative, all passengers will be placed under 14-day self-quarantine, and if any one is found to be positive, all passengers will be placed under 14-day quarantined at a facility designated by the Cambodian government. (as of May. 20)
*Source: MOFA

Republic of Korea1. Travelers holding passports issued by Hubei Province of the People's Republic of China are restricted from entry into the Republic of Korea.
2. Validity of existing visas issued by the Consulate General of the Repbulic of Korea in Wuhan (jurisdiction : Hubei, Hunan, Henan, Jiangxi) will be temporarily suspended.
3. All foreigners with travel history within the past 14 days to Hubei Province of the People's Republic of China are restricted from entry into the Republic of Korea.
4. Visa-free entry to Jeju island for all foreigners will be temporarily suspended.
5. All visa exemption for nationals of the People's Republic of China and all foriegners coming from China will be suspended.
6. Visa-waiver program for Japanese nationals will be temporarily suspended. (as of Mar.9)
7. Validity of existing visas issued by the diplomatic missions of the Republic of Korea in Japan will be temporarily suspended. (as of Mar.9)
8. All travelers coming from abroad (Korean Nationals and Foreigners) are placed under 2-week self-quarantine or 2-week quarantine at a designated facility (as of April 1)
9. From April 1, All foreigners coming from abroad are placed under restriction of the scope of activities (accordance with the RESTRICTION ORDER ON THE SCOPE OF ACTIVITIES issued by Minister of Justice provided upon the entry) (as of Apr.1)
10. From 00:00 of April 13 (Monday), The following measures will be implemented (as of Apr. 4)
- Single/multiple short-term visas (stay within 90 days) issued before April 5th, temporarily suspended.
* Exceptions for visas equivalent to short-term employment (C-4), such as high-quality technicians invited by domestic companies and long-term visa (employment, investment, etc.)
- Suspension of visa exemption measures for countries/regions (90) that have signed a visa waiver agreement with the Republic of Korea or allowed visa-free entry by the government of the Republic of Korea among the countries/regions (151) that have taken entry measures to national of the Republic of Korea.
- (Reinforcement of visa screening) All applicants for a visa submit a medical certificate issued by a medical institution within 48 hours from the date of application.
* (Medical Certificate) List any symptoms related to COVID-19 such as fever, cough, chills, headache, muscle pain and pneumonia
* Restrict visa issuance in case of abnormal findings
* After receiving an application for a visa, a decision on whether to grant permission is made after a thorough examination, such as an interview on health status.
* However, rapid issuance of visa for the diplomatic and official purposes, purposes of essential business activities such as investment and technology provision, family members of national of the Republic of Korea or those who fall under urgent or humanitarian reasons (with the discretion of the head of the diplomatic mission)
* Source : Ministry of Justice
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