Is it safe to visit Singapore, Thailand and the rest of southeast Asia? – Telegraph.co.uk

By on February 8, 2020

With dozens of airlines cancelling flights to China, entire cities on lockdown and the UK Foreign Office warning against all but essential travel to China, the advice on whether British citizens should visit China is clear.

However, there is still some uncertainty among travellers as to whether it is safe, or advisable, to travel to popular southeast Asian destinations like Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia.

Since the third instance of coronavirus in the UK was confirmed yesterday, officials have now revealed that the individual had returned from Singapore, not China, which will spark further concerns as to whether it is safe to travel to southeast Asia.

Below we break down the foreign office warnings for the eleven states in southeast Asia, including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia, and crunch the numbers of confirmed cases of coronavirus so far.

Note that the coronavirus outbreak is an ongoing situation and the Foreign Office advice continues to be updated. Be sure to check their most up-to-date advice before travelling.

Is it safe to travel to Singapore?

The numbers

  • 33 confirmed cases, 0 deaths, 1 critical (February 7)
  • Population: 5.6 million
  • Annual international tourist arrivals: 14.7 million 

What the FCO says

“You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the local authorities. On 31 January 2020, the Singapore authorities announced an extension of measures designed to prevent the spread of the virus. From 11.59pm local time on 1 February 2020, all new visitors with recent travel history to mainland China within the previous 14 days will not be granted permission to enter or transit Singapore.”

Is it safe to travel to Thailand?

The numbers

  • 25 confirmed cases, 0 deaths, 1 critical (February 7)
  • Population: 69 million
  • Annual international tourist arrivals:38.2 million  

What the FCO says

“You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the local authorities.”

Commuters wearing face masks in Bangkok

Commuters wearing face masks in Bangkok

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A country at ‘high risk’

According to the University of Southampton WorldPop team, Thailand topped the 30 high-risk countries prone to coronavirus outbreak. This is based on domestic population movement and international air travel data.

Is it safe to travel to Malaysia?

The numbers

  • 15 confirmed cases, 0 deaths, 0 critical (February 7)
  • Population: 31.62 million
  • Annual international tourist arrivals: 25.8 million

What the FCO says

“You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the Malaysian authorities,” they say. “Malaysian owned, and Malaysian based, airlines have suspended some flights between Malaysia and mainland China. If you’re due to travel, keep in touch with your airline as flights in the region may be cancelled at short notice.”

Visitors on the Sky Deck of the the Kuala Lumpur viewing tower

Visitors on the Sky Deck of the the Kuala Lumpur viewing tower

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Is it safe to travel to Indonesia?

The numbers

  • 0 confirmed cases (February 7)
  • Population: 264 million
  • Annual international tourist arrivals: 13.4 million

What the FCO says

“You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the Indonesian authorities. The Indonesian authorities have announced a temporary suspension of flights between Indonesia and mainland China from 5 February 2020. Anyone who has visited China within the previous 14 days will not be permitted to enter or transit the country.

“If you have existing travel plans between Indonesia and China, contact your travel company or airline for the latest information.”

Bali is preparing for a tourism downturn after the coronavirus outbreak

Bali is preparing for a tourism downturn after the coronavirus outbreak

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Underlying concerns

There are concerns that the virus may be going undetected in Indonesia, as there are no confirmed cases in a country of 272 million (the fourth most populous country on earth) with close links to China. On Wednesday the Indonesian health ministry said it had all the necessary resources to test for the virus.

Is it safe to travel to the Philippines?

The numbers

  • 3 confirmed cases, 1 death, 0 critical (7 February)
  • Population: 104.9 million
  • Annual international tourist arrivals: 7.13 million 

What the FCO says

“There is enhanced monitoring of arriving passengers at ports of entry. People travelling from China or who have recently been in China are facing a range of temporary restrictions. Disruption and changing entry requirements can be expected. You should check with your transport provider if you have plans to travel routes that may be affected, and comply with any additional screening measures by the authorities if asked to.

A shop in Manila, where face mask stocks have run out

A shop in Manila, where face mask stocks have run out

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“The Philippine Department for Health and the Bureau of Immigration are issuing information about the situation on their websites. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you should contact your airline or nearest Philippine Embassy.”

Is it safe to travel to Vietnam?

The numbers

  • 12 confirmed cases, 0 deaths, 0 critical (7 February)
  • Population: 95.54 million 
  • Annual international visitors: 15.5 million

What the FCO says

“The Vietnamese authorities are implementing steps to mitigate the risks of infection, including health screening at airports and land borders. People showing signs of respiratory illness on arrival in Vietnam can expect to be checked. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the local authorities. Anyone confirmed as having Coronavirus, including foreigners, can expect to be quarantined.

“The Vietnamese authorities have also announced travel restrictions and quarantine requirements:

  • As of 1 February 2020, anyone who has visited China in the previous 14 days will be refused entry to Vietnam. The only exceptions will be people with specific agreement travelling on official government business.
  • As of 3 February 2020, anyone already in Vietnam who has been in Hubei Province within the past 14 days should go in to medical quarantine. Anyone who has been elsewhere in mainland China within the past 14 days should self-isolate at home.

“The Vietnamese government has recommended that citizens wear masks in public, and it has introduced special permits for anyone seeking to organise large public events.”

What about the remaining southeast Asian countries?

There has been 1 confirmed case in Cambodia (0 deaths), and no confirmed cases in Laos, Brunei, Timor-Leste or Myanmar. For all of these countries, the FCO advises that you comply with additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.

What are the risks of continuing with a trip to southeast Asia?

Catching coronavirus

At the time of writing, there have been 99 cases of coronavirus in southeast Asia – a continent of 655 million people. And there has been one death. In comparison, there have been 31,210 cases in China and 636 deaths, with 4,821 in critical condition. These figures should be kept in mind for anyone worried about the proportional risk of contracting coronavirus in southeast Asia. However, the coronavirus outbreak continues to develop, confirmed cases do continue to rise and it may be some time until we know the true extent of the virus.

Becoming stranded in a destination

This is perhaps the biggest concern for Brits travelling to southeast Asia right now. Many airlines, including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, have cancelled direct flights to China. Others have cancelled flights to Hong Kong. As a result, a number of Chinese residents have been left stranded around the world. If there was a scenario where a southeast Asian country saw a significant spike in coronavirus cases, and airlines cancelled flights in and out of their airports, British nationals could plausibly find themselves stranded. This could, of course, happen anywhere in the world.

Finding yourself in a quarantine situation

Since the coronavirus outbreak, thousands of passengers have found themselves quarantined on board cruise ships around the world – including 4,000 passengers on a ship in Japan. This is a particular risk for individuals going on cruise holidays.

Would you get money back if you cancelled your trip?

If the Foreign Office changes its travel advice for the country you are visiting to “avoid all travel” and your holiday is ATOL protected, you will be eligible for a refund or your tour operator will organise alternative travel arrangements. If you want to cancel a trip to a country that does not have a Foreign Office warning in place, then you will not be eligible for a refund, but are of course free to contact your hotel or airline to ask.

Is your insurance valid if you travel to southeast Asia?

Your travel insurance should be valid so long as the Foreign Office has not issued an “avoid all travel” warning for the country you are visiting. Always double check your policy, and check Foreign Office warnings, before travel.

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