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LAO PDR: New Notice from Prime Minister's Office on COVID-19 Reinforcement Measures

On 31 August 2020, the Prime Minister's Office issued the Notice on the Reinforcement Measures on Containment, Prevention and Full Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic ("Notice"). Pursuant to the Order of the Prime Minister No. 06/PM dated 29 March 2020 referred to in the Notice, and the report and instruction of the Prime Minister on 28 August 2020, the Prime Minister's Office made known the restrictions on movement and gatherings which must be implemented from 1 to 30 September 2020 to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in Laos.

Lao PDR | Control Measures | 07 September 2020
LAO PDR: New Notice from Prime Minister's Office on COVID-19 Reinforcement Measures

On 7 August 2020, the Prime Minister's Office issued the Notice on the Additional instruction on Reinforcement Measures on Containment, Prevention and Full Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic ("Notice"). Pursuant to the Order of the Prime Minister No. 06/PM dated 29 March 2020 referred to in the Notice, and the report and instruction meeting on reinforcement measures with Vietnam and China on 5 August 2020, the Prime Minister's Office made known the restrictions on movement and gatherings which must be reinforced to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading again in Laos.

Lao PDR | Control Measures | 31 August 2020
CAMBODIA: Revision of Entry Requirements for Foreign Travellers to Cambodia

The Ministry of Health issued an announcement dated 4 August 2020 on the Adjustment of the Entry Requirements for Foreign Travellers to Cambodia to safeguard health and safety of foreign travellers visiting Cambodia. Foreign travellers are categorised into four groups: (i) sponsored; (ii) invited but not sponsored; (iii) neither sponsored nor invited investors-businesspersons, company employees, experts, skilled workers, technicians and family members; and (iv) regular foreign travellers (who do not fall within the first three categories).

Cambodia | Control Measures | 18 August 2020
INDONESIA: Government Cuts Red Tape to Pave the Way for Covid-19 Vaccine

As seen from the many regulations issued since the declaration of COVID-19 as a public health emergency, the Indonesian government has been rolling out various measures to protect the country and its citizens. Most recently, the government issued Presidential Regulation No. 77 of 2020 on the Procedures to Implement Patents by the Government ("New Regulation"), which is the implementing regulation of Law No. 13 of 2016 on Patents.

In the past, the procedure to implement patents by the government was governed by Government Regulation No. 27 of 2004 (“Regulation No. 27 of 2004”) as mandated by the old patent law (Law No. 14 of 2001 on Patent). Pursuant to Regulation No. 27 of 2004, the government then issued Presidential Regulation No. 76 of 2012 on the Implementation of Patent by the Government for Antiviral and Anti-Retroviral Medicines, which was enacted to meet the urgent demand and need for antiviral and anti-retroviral medicines to treat HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B.

In light of the current pandemic, the New Regulation aims to eliminate bureaucratic red tapes to ensure that when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, the government can immediately implement the patent.  Under the New Regulation, the government can implement a patent if the patent relates to Indonesia's national defence and security or in the event of an urgent public needs, which includes the need for pharmaceutical or biotechnological products that may potentially be expensive or necessary to treat diseases that can adversely affect the general rate of mortality.

Indonesia | Control Measures | 27 July 2020
PHILIPPINES: Updates on the Omnibus Guidelines on Community Quarantine in the Philippines

On 22 March 2020, the Philippines closed its borders to control the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of Foreign Affairs restricted the entry of foreign nationals and suspended visa-free privileges and the issuance of entry visas. Recently, the Philippines has opened up its economy and eased its movement restrictions. Following this direction, on 16 July 2020, the Inter-Agency Task Force (“IATF”) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases issued Resolution No. 56 allowing the entry of foreigners starting 1 August 2020 subject to some conditions.

In another development, the IATF on 14 July 2020 issued Resolution No. 55-A reclassifying community quarantine status of different areas of the country until 31 July 2020.

Philippines | Control Measures | 25 July 2020
CAMBODIA: Adjustment of the Requirements for Cambodian Travellers and Quarantine of Diplomatic Personnel

As part of its efforts to contain COVID-19, the Royal Government of Cambodia (“RGC”) has issued consecutive regulations affecting several sectors of the country to prevent and mitigate the devastation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, the RGC has restricted travelling into Cambodia by imposing requirements on both Cambodian and foreign travellers.

Cambodia | Control Measures | 25 June 2020
CAMBODIA: COVID-19 Costs for Testing, Quarantine Facilitation and Treatment

Following notification No. 4898 MEF dated 8 June 2020 issued by the Ministry of Economy and Finance on the Costs of Foreign Travellers for COVID-19 Testing and Health Examination at Public Hospitals, the Ministry of Health issued notification No. 564 dated 11 June 2020 on the payment fees for COVID-19 tests and health examinations.

Cambodia | Control Measures | 25 June 2020
PHILIPPINES: Makati City Government issues General Community Quarantine Guidelines

On 29 May 2020, Makati City Mayor Mar-Len Abigail S. Binay issued Executive Order No. 11, which approved the 2020 General Community Quarantine Guidelines for the City of Makati effective 1 June 2020. While Makati City is also covered by the Inter-Agency Task Force ("IATF") Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines, the Makati City Government is empowered to issue localised guidelines for its territorial jurisdiction.

Philippines | Control Measures | 13 June 2020
MALAYSIA: The Recovery Movement Control Order - Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within Infected Local Areas) (No. 7) Regulations 2020

On 7 June 2020, the Government of Malaysia announced that the Recovery Movement Control Order (“RMCO”) will replace the Conditional Movement Control Order (“CMCO”). The Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No. 7) Regulations 2020 (“Regulations No. 7”) outline measures to control and prevent the spreading of COVID-19 during the RMCO. The RMCO is effective from 10 June 2020 to 31 August 2020.

Movement restrictions were initially introduced under a Movement Control Order, which lasted for 6.5 weeks from 18 March 2020 to 3 May 2020. These were succeeded by the CMCO that was effective from 4 May 2020 until the institution of the RMCO.

In this Update, we examine the changes that have been implemented by Regulations No. 7 and the various initiatives introduced by the Government to aid and relieve those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Malaysia | Control Measures | 11 June 2020
CAMBODIA: Travellers’ Quarantine and Travelling Restriction Lifted During COVID-19 Containment

Based on the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Health issued Announcement No. 101 of the Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat COVID-19 dated 20 May 2020 (“Announcement”) to amend the travelling restriction imposed in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Announcement abrogates the announcement of the Ministry of Health dated 14 and 15 March 2020 on the travelling restriction of foreign nationals from Iran, Italy, Germany, Spain, France, and the United States of America into Cambodia.

Cambodia | Control Measures | 08 June 2020
SINGAPORE: Fast Lane for Essential Business and Official Travel Between China and Singapore

On 3 June 2020, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) jointly announced that fast lane arrangements will be in place to facilitate essential business and official travel between Singapore and China. The fast lane arrangements will be established between Singapore and six Chinese provinces and municipalities (Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin and Zhejiang).

Under the fast lane arrangements, residents in Singapore who are seeking to make essential travel to China must be sponsored by either a company or a government agency in China, while residents in China who are seeking to make essential travel to Singapore must be sponsored by either a company or a Singapore Government agency.

From 8 June 2020, a traveller sponsored by a government agency for essential business or official travel to Singapore may submit an application under the fast lane arrangements. Applications for company-sponsored travellers may be submitted in a later phase.

This Update highlights the key requirements of the fast lane arrangements which relate to: (1) applications for approvals by the relevant authorities and visas; (2) pre-departure health measures; (3) post-arrival health measures; and (4) controlled itinerary.

Singapore | Control Measures | 05 June 2020
PHILIPPINES: The Omnibus Guidelines on Community Quarantine in the Philippines

On 22 May 2020, the Inter-Agency Task Force ("IATF") for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases issued Resolution No. 38 which further revised and clarified the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of the Community Quarantine in the Philippines that was issued on 15  May 2020.  Key modifications were made with respect to industries allowed to operate within a particular community quarantine area, interzonal movement of persons, and grace period for the payment of loans, among others.  On 27 May 2020, the IATF adopted a reclassification of the community quarantine for certain areas beginning 1 June 2020.

Philippines | Control Measures | 02 June 2020
PHILIPPINES: The Revised Omnibus Guidelines on Community Quarantine in the Philippines

After the implementation of an Enhanced Community Quarantine ("ECQ") for two months in Luzon and other high-risk areas, the Philippine Government has gradually started easing restrictions and has begun transitioning to the "new normal".  On 30 April 2020, the Philippines President issued Executive Order No. 112), which adopted the Inter-Agency Task Force ("IATF") for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Resolution No. 30 or the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines ("Omnibus Guidelines") and granted the IATF the authority to modify the Omnibus Guidelines without need of further approval of the President.  On 15 May 2020, the IATF issued the Revised Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines.

Philippines | Control Measures | 22 May 2020
CAMBODIA: Law on the Administration of the Nation during a State of Emergency

The Law on the Administration of the Nation during a State of Emergency (“Law”) was promulgated with immediate effect on 29 April 2020. Under the Law, the country can be placed under a state of emergency via a Royal Decree if Cambodia is faced with a serious threat to the national security, public health, and societal order. The state of emergency may be declared for a period of no longer than three months. If the situation demands, such period may be extended. At the appropriate time and circumstance, the state of emergency may be withdrawn by a Royal Decree via the request of the Prime Minister. 

Cambodia | Control Measures | 08 May 2020
PHILIPPINES: DFA, BI Suspend Transactions Due to Enhanced Community Quarantine

In view of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), the Department of Foreign Affairs ("DFA") and the Bureau of Immigration ("BI") imposed a suspension on certain visa-related transactions.

Philippines | Control Measures | 28 April 2020
PHILIPPINES: Imposition of Price Freeze and Enumeration of Establishments Allowed to Operate during the Period of Enhanced Community Quarantine

The Department of Trade and Industry issued various circulars in line with the Philippine government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These circulars address various measures taken by the government including the imposition of price freeze or price control, measures against panic buying and hoarding, and granting of grace period for rent due on residential and commercial leases. The circulars also address the movement of cargo and transit of personnel of business establishments allowed to operate during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) declared under the Memorandum issued by the Executive Secretary on 16 March 2020.

Philippines | Control Measures | 21 April 2020
PHILIPPINES: Philippine Legislature Grants the President Temporary Emergency Powers to Combat COVID-19 Outbreak

On 8 March 2020, the President of the Philippines declared a State of Public Health Emergency throughout the Philippines due to COVID-19. Following the continued rise of COVID-19 cases, the President, on 16 March 2020, declared a State of Calamity throughout the Philippines and imposed an Enhance Community Quarantine (“ECQ”) throughout Luzon from 17 March 2020 until 12 April 2020, which was subsequently extended until 30 April 2020.

The imposition of the ECQ resulted in the suspension of all classes, prohibition of mass gatherings, observance of strict home quarantine in all households with the exception of accessing basic necessities, closure of private establishments except those providing basic necessities, and suspension of mass public transport, among others.

Philippines | Control Measures | 21 April 2020
LAO PDR: Support and Enhanced Control Measures and Policies for COVID-19 Outbreak

To combat the worsening COVID-19 outbreak in the country, the Prime Minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic issued an order relating to enhanced prevention and control measures for the COVID-19 outbreak on 29 March 2020 ("Order") and a decision on policies and measures to reduce the impact from COVID-19 on 2 April 2020 ("Decision"). The Ministry of Finance issued a notification on 10 April 2020 to implement certain provisions relating to tax contained in the Decision. The Order takes effect from 30 March 2020 to 19 April 2020. On 15 April 2020, the Laos Government announced an extension of the duration of the Order for an additional two weeks (ending 3 May 2020). If necessary, the Government will notify of a further extension. This Update outlines the enhanced measures in the Order and the policies to reduce the impact on businesses caused by COVID-19 in the Decision. 

Lao PDR | Control Measures | 15 April 2020
SINGAPORE: Updated Requirements under COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Control Order

The COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 were issued on 7 April 2020 to impose restrictions on (i) premises and businesses in relation to the closure of premises and the respective controls on essential and non-essential service providers; and (ii) the movement of people, both in public places and in places of residence. Subsequently the Minister for Health issued the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 and the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2020 ("Amendments"). These amendments introduce additional obligations and requirements, including in relation to essential service providers, essential service workers, occupiers and owners of permitted premises, and operators of specified dormitories.

In this Update, we highlight the key changes introduced by the Amendments. 

Singapore | Control Measures | 14 April 2020
CAMBODIA: Nationwide Travel Constraint for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 and Exception for Certain Travels

The Royal Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia has issued Order No. 02 ORD dated 9 April 2020 on the Nationwide Travel Constraint for Preventing and Obstructing the Spread of COVID-19’ (“Order”). Based on the Order, the constraint enters into force from 24:00 of 9 April 2020 to 24:00 of 16 April 2020.

 

Cambodia | Control Measures | 13 April 2020
CAMBODIA: Postponement of Khmer New Year 2020 Holidays & COVID-19 Preventive Measures During Postponement Period

In order to prevent and fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Government of Cambodia and the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training have issued notifications to postpone the 2020 Khmer New Year and set out the necessary measures for both the public and private sectors.

 

Cambodia | Control Measures | 10 April 2020
SINGAPORE: Control Orders under the COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures

Under the new circuit breaker measures introduced to combat the spread of COVID-19, one of the key safeguards is the imposition of control orders. On 7 April 2020, the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020 ("Regulations") were issued under the Act to impose restrictions on (i) premises and businesses in relation to the closure of premises and the respective controls on essential and non-essential service providers; and (ii) the movement of people, both in public places and in places of residence. In this Update, we provide a summary of the movements which are or are not permitted under the Regulations.

Singapore | Control Measures | 09 April 2020
SINGAPORE: COVID-19 Circuit Breaker Measures: Suspension of Activities at Workplace

On 3 April 2020, the Singapore Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced that an elevated set of safe distancing measures will be in place from 7 April 2020 until 4 May 2020. These enhanced measures aim to act as a circuit breaker to control the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore by minimising movements and interaction in public and private places. Notably, there will be a suspension of activities at all workplace premises, subject to certain exemptions for selected essential services. In this Update, we highlight the scope and key aspects of the measures requiring the suspension of activities at all workplace premises.

Singapore | Control Measures | 05 April 2020
MALAYSIA: Movement Control Order (Extended) – the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No. 2) Regulations 2020

On 25 March 2020, the Prime Minister's Office announced that the movement control order ("MCO") will be extended by two weeks to 14 April 2020.

Following that announcement, the Government gazetted the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 ("MCO2 Regulations") which are to be effective for the period of 1 April 2020 to 14 April 2020. Whilst the provisions of the MCO2 Regulations contain similarities to those set out in the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures within Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 ("MCO1 Regulations") for the initial MCO period, there are additional conditions imposed and variations to the definition of essential services under the MCO2 Regulations.

Following the gazetting of the MCO2 Regulations, the National Security Council released FAQs on 2 April 2020 and 3 April 2020 to provide clarifications on the MCO2 Regulations.

Malaysia | Control Measures | 03 April 2020
INDONESIA: AHP Covid-19 Dispatch

As countries around the world work to tackle the spread of Covid-19, the threat of business interruption has become real, throwing arrangements into disarray, disrupting workforce, and upsetting the global economy.

In Indonesia, the government has begun issuing various countermeasures and relief for businesses and public alike. In this update, we provide a summary of legislation and government updates issued to navigate the Covid-19 outbreak, specifically on the following areas:

  1. Banking and Finance
  2. Disputes Resolution
  3. Tax and Custom
Indonesia | Control Measures | 02 April 2020
INDONESIA: AHP Covid-19 Dispatch

As countries around the world work to tackle the spread of Covid-19, the threat of business interruption has become real, throwing arrangements into disarray, disrupting workforce, and upsetting the global economy.

In Indonesia, the government has begun issuing various countermeasures and relief for businesses and public alike. AHP Covid-19 Dispatch provides a summary of legislation and government updates issued to navigate the Covid-19 outbreak.

Indonesia | Control Measures | 01 April 2020
INDONESIA: Covid-19 Response: Between Lockdown, Quarantine and Massive Social Restriction

For the last couple of weeks, the term 'lockdown' has been frequently mentioned both in official media, as well as social media. Some argue that it will be the most pressing and effective action to prevent viruses spread; others appeal to take a closer look as it may adversely affect state economy and livelihood of workers in the informal economy.

Perhaps unknown by many, the government had issued a law on health quarantine (Law No. 6 of 2018 on Health Quarantine) in 2018. This law regulates various types of actions, including massive social restriction and quarantines that can be taken by the government in preventing the spread of a disease and/or any health risk.

Indonesia | Control Measures | 31 March 2020
MALAYSIA: The Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Measures Within the Infected Local Areas) Regulations 2020 – Containing the COVID-19 Outbreak in Malaysia

Following a sharp increase in the number of persons infected by the COVID-19 virus, the Malaysian Government has gazetted the Prevention and Control (Measures Within the Infected Areas) Regulations 2020 ("Regulations"). The Regulations are to have effect from 18 March 2020 to 31 March 2020. This followed the announcement by the Prime Minister’s Office on 16 March 2020 of a Movement Control Order, which according to the announcement, will be enforced under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 and the Police Act 1967. The Regulations were issued subsequent to the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Declaration of Infected Local Areas) Order 2020 which declared all states and federal territories of Malaysia as infected local areas.

Malaysia | Control Measures | 18 March 2020


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