COVID-19 in Asia Pacific: Border Control Policy and the Path to Reopening

October 21st 2020
14:00 – 15:30 (GMT +8)

Worldwide restrictions on international travel have been necessary to control the COVID-19 pandemic, but most governments are now deeply concerned about the economic and social impacts of border controls. Policymakers in some countries are starting to chart a path to reopening, but most are still scrambling for solutions that balance the current health emergency while also restoring the business environment. 

Join this forum to learn from high-level government officials and policy researchers about their experiences, ideas and practical considerations for border control, including the role of diagnostic testing in the path to reopening. Note that registration is by invitation only, and all attendees must abide by Chatham House Rules to ensure frank and open discussion. 

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Who should attend:

  • Public health and policy professionals in government, academia and NGOs 
  • Private sector stakeholders with an interest in border control, e.g. travel/tourism companies, hospitals and diagnostic labs, etc.

Why should you attend:

  • Hear the latest updates on border control policy in Asia Pacific, including case studies in partial reopening
  • Understand the challenges and practical considerations for managing land vs. air and sea borders  
  • Assess the role and latest evidence for diagnostic testing in border control management
  • Develop requirements for loosening of travel restrictions and eventual full reopening


Guest of Honour

His Excellency Fabrice Filliez

Swiss Ambassador to Singapore

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Anies Baswedan

Governor of Jakarta

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Dr. Vernon Lee

Director of Communicable Diseases, Singapore Ministry of Health

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Dr. Manisha Shridhar

Regional Advisor, World Health Organization, Southeast Asia Regional Office (SEARO), India

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Associate Professor David LYE Chien Boon

President, Society of Infectious Diseases (Singapore)

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Dr. Youngmee Jee

Special Representative for Health Diplomacy, Korea Foundation and Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University

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Dr Ashley Bloomfield

Director-General of Health and Chief Executive

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Prof. Teo Yik Ying

Dean of Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore

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14:00 – 14:05
Welcome and Introduction
Prof. Teo Yik Ying

14:05 – 14:10
Opening Remarks
His Excellency Fabrice Filliez

14:10 – 14:20
Border Control Testing Recommendations
Prof Teo Yik Ying

14:20 – 14:50
Regional Updates on Border Control and Policy Considerations
Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Dr Anies Baswedan, Dr Vernon Lee, Dr Youngmee Jee & Dr Manisha Shridhar

14:50 – 15:25
Panel Discussion and Q&A
Dr Ashley Bloomfield, Dr Anies Baswedan, Dr Vernon Lee, Prof David Lye, Dr Youngmee Jee & Dr Manisha Shridhar

15:25 – 15:30
Prof. Teo Yik Ying

Live Webinar Date & Time


21st October 2020
Time: 14:00 – 15:30 SGT


14:00 – 15:30


11:00 – 12:30


11:30 – 13:00


13: 00 – 14:30

(Bangkok / Ho Chi Minh / Jakarta)

14:00 – 15:30

(Hong Kong / Kuala Lumpur / Singapore)

15:00 - 16:30

(Seoul / Tokyo)

16:00 – 17:30


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