Coronavirus in Asia
8 August 2020
Coronavirus in Indonesia
121 226persons with infection
The Indonesian authorities decided to close all public places, administrations, and National Parks from 16th March midnight to 19th April 2020, and to limit all unnecessary trips. Beaches and seasides are closed too.
Access to individual islands is now either conditional or prohibited, and schools, universities, mosques, etc. are closed until 29th March 2020. Each region governor can make specific and targeted restrictions or prohibitions if necessary.
Visa extension: For all visitors in Indonesia, regardless of the date of arrival, there are no penalties and not necessary to extend the visa (for any visa).
No more visa exemption policy for 30 days.
No more visa on arrival.
Visa must be obtained at Indonesian missions with a health certificate document.
Temporary travel ban for the people been in the following countries during the last 14 days: China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, France, Spain, Germany, UK, Switzerland.
Only Jakarta city. From 10th April 2020
No meeting with more than five people. Public transport only 6 am to 6 pm and ONLY 50% of the capacity (no special rules for motos taxi.) Only necessary shops can be open.
20th April 2020
Tourist attractions in Badung (including the beaches) will remain close till 29th May
From 25th April 2020 to 1st June 2020, there are no more international flights (In and out) All domestic flights, trains, and boats are canceled.
New rules for Indonesia: The four days holiday for Idul Fitri (end of Ramadan) on dates 26th to 29th May 2020 are postponed to 29th to 31st December 2020 (to avoid the” transmigration” during COVID 19)
New rules at Jakarta: You need to wear a mask if you are not inside your home. - No more moto-taxis can transport passengers.
Ghosts' scare Javanese into staying home
Coronavirus at Bali
3 682persons with infection
16th March 2020 From Governor of Bali
Bali banned all events and gatherings
Most employees of administrations don’t have to be present at the office.
Abolition or restriction for all entertainment crowds and other activities involving the masses.
UPD. 30th March 2020
The access to the island of Bali is now possible to ONLY people with a Balinese ID. (Harbour, airports)
On 18th to 20th April 2020
at Bali, “Village Nyepi,” the same rules as Nyepi during these three days: Nobody is allowed to go outside, all shops and companies are closed, no transportation or taxi. Exception: telephone and internet still full operational
20th April 2020
Tourist attractions in Badung (including the beaches) will remain close till 29th May.
From 12th May 2020
Bali will lock down the borders of the capital, Denpasar. Only people with “ urgent and relevant” reasons will be allowed to enter Denpasar city. People who don’t have an acceptable idea will be turned away.
UPD From 1st June 2020, most of the beaches at Bali are opened to the public.
UPD From 4th June 2020 Bali Governor closes beaches a day after reopening
UPD from 5th July 2020
The governor of Bali outlined the gradual reopening of Bali
Phase 1: July 9th Bali business local opening for people already at Bali.
Phase 2: July 31st Bali opening domestic tourism
Phase 3: September 11th Bali opening international tourism
It is worth remembering that the timing of phase is subject to COVID 19 developments and that opening to international tourism is a National decision, not a provincial one, and tentative dates are very flexible. More info
UPD from 10th July 2020
On 11th July 2020, re-opening of the Kawah Ijen (Java) with a daily maximum number of person regulation.
24th July 2020
Since July 23, 2020, there is no longer any control and request for a COVID 19 test during the crossing between Bali and Java (or vice versa)
New regulations to enter at Bali from 31 July 2020 (Indonesian citizens)
Five Conditions to enter Bali:
- Free from COVID 19 (show a certificate proving a negative swab)
- Tourist test in Bali
- Complete the Lovebali apps
- Health protocole
- Turn on GPS
Coronavirus in Malaysia
persons with infection
8 728 recovered
The government places the following restrictions from March 18 to 31, 2020:
- Closings of all stores except food.
- Ban on traveling abroad for Malaysian citizens, and those are returning to the country, quarantine of 14 days mandatory. -
- Entry ban for all non-nationals.
- Closure of all schools and universities.
- Closure of all public or private offices, except the distribution of water, mail and electricity, service stations and television, banks, ports, airports, and groceries.
Coronavirus in Singapore
54 797 persons with infection
48 312 recovered
March 22, 2020
The authorities of Singapore will close, from Monday, March 23, 2020, the borders to all foreigners applying for a temporary visa or in transit. Only foreigners with a permanent work permit may enter the national territory as well as Singaporean citizens.
On Sunday, March 15, 2020, Singapore will block entry or transit for visitors with travel history to Germany, France, Spain, and Italy within the last 14 days.
Singapore citizens and permanent residents in Germany, France, Spain, and Italy within the last 14 days will need to stay at home during 14 Days.
“All border restrictions will be temporary, and will be upgraded regularly based on the global situation,” the health ministry said.
Coronavirus in Thailand
3 348 persons with infection
3 150 recovered
The end of the curfew is postponed until 1st June 2020
UPD 30th March 2020
For the foreigners already in Thailand, all the visa are automatically extended to 30th June 2020
No more visa exemption policies for travelers from:
Hong Kong, South Korea, Italy.
No more visa on arrival for the travelers from:
China, India, Russia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia.
From the Bangkok Post, on 1st July, all lockdowns in Thailand (including the curfew) will end. More details in June.
No more curfew in Thailand
Coronavirus in World
19 548 144 persons with infection
12 549 198 recovered
What is a coronavirus?
Coronaviruses COVID-19 are the last viruses discovered from the family of animals or humans viruses. Several coronaviruses are known to cause some severe diseases (MERS) and (SARS).
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is the infectious disease from a coronavirus discovered in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Frequently: fever, tiredness, and dry cough.
Rarely: aches and pains, nasal congestion, sore throat, runny nose, or diarrhea.
80% of the people infected will recover without any treatment.
16% of the people infected will develop difficulty breathing.
There are more risks to developing severe illness for older people, high blood pressure persons, or diabetes, and heart problems.
In case of fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, you should seek a doctor.
How does COVID-19 spread?
COVID-19 is a coronavirus transmitted person to person.
If a person with COVID-19 cough or exhale, some droplets from his nose or his mouth can contaminate persons around, or land on some surfaces.
If someone touching these surfaces and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth, he can catch COVID -19
It is important to stay more than 1 meter away from a contaminated person.
Transmission of coronavirus COVID-19 by objects or banknotes?
There is no certainty at this time that the COVID-19 coronavirus can survive on surfaces or banknotes. According to specialists studying the majority of cases, the coronavirus would survive only a few minutes.
So, it is strongly advised to wash your hands as often as possible or use alcohol-based products.
Concerning parcels coming from China or infected countries, they do not pose health risks, while their number has significantly decreased due to the drop in air traffic.
How to protect yourself from COVID-19?
Every hour wash and clean your hands with an alcohol-based soap or wash them with soap and warm water. (This action will kill the virus on your hands)
If someone coughs (or sneezing), stay at least 1 meter away from yourself to this person.
If some COVID-19 are on your hands, it would be better to avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and then you would not transfer the virus inside your body.
If you feel unwell or feel some symptoms, stay at home and avoid contact with other family members or friends. Don’t go to the hospital or doctors: call your doctor, and he will inform you what to do and direct you to the right health facility.
Seek medical advice quickly. If you feel fever, if you cough and if you develop difficulty breathing.
10 reasons why you don’t have to panic
1. We know what the virus is.
2. We already know how to detect the virus.
3. The situation is now improving in China.
4. Most of the cases are mild (80%).
5. After several days, people recover.
6. Usually, children have mild symptoms.
7. The virus can be easily cleaned.
8. World science is on it.
9. Some vaccine prototypes already on the test.
10. Antiviral trials are underway.
Wear or not a face mask?
NOT, if you are not sick
YES, if you are already sick.
Healthy people don’t have to wear a mask.
By putting on your mask or removing your cover, you can self-contaminate yourself with your hands touching the hood, then the face. Surgical masks are not suitable and do not hold onto the face well enough, and not thick enough to prevent the virus. Besides, wearing a mask can give you a false sense of security, which is not helpful.