As a middle-income country in ASEAN, Malaysia is an attractive location for expatriate workers, as such understanding the employment permit regime is key.
On September 1, 2020, Singapore and Brunei established a green lane for short-term business and official trips between the two countries.
Indonesia’s Ministry of Manpower issued Reg 14/2020, which provides wage subsidies for employees in the private sector.
Singapore’s government has increased the minimum qualifying salaries needed for foreign workers to receive the Employment Pass (EP) and S Pass permits.
The Singaporean government has extended the Job Support Scheme (JSS) until March 2021.
Vietnam’s government has allowed selected international visitors to enter the country provided they meet the necessary requirements.
Indonesia has increased the premiums for its national health and pension insurance schemes.
Malaysia and Singapore will begin reopening the borders between the two countries from August 17, 2020, under the Reciprocal Green Lane, and the Periodic Commuting Arrangement travel schemes.
Thailand began allowing selected international arrivals from July 1, 2020, as the country began easing its lockdown measures.
As of June 17, 2020, Singapore will allow inbound travelers from selected countries to undergo self-quarantine in their place of residence.