NOTICE TO ALL TRAVELLERS TO SINGAPORE - UPDATED PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TO PREVENT FURTHER IMPORTATION OF COVID-19 (15 JUNE 2020)

In view of the heightened risk of importation of COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced that all short-term visitors will now not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore.

 

No entry or transit for all short-term visitors

To further reduce the risk of further importation leading to community spread in Singapore, from 23 March 2020, 2359 hours, all short-term visitors will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore. Furthermore, the Ministry of Manpower will only allow the entry/return of work pass holders[2], including their dependents, for those providing essential services, such as in healthcare and transport.

Since 21 March 2020, all incoming travellers, including Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders, have been required to serve a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN). Besides the SHN, Singapore will now put in place a testing regime for all incoming travellers before the end of their SHN. The testing regime will apply to all travellers entering Singapore from 17 June 2020, 2359 hours. This is an additional precautionary measure to detect the virus, especially given the risks of asymptomatic cases.

 

With the testing regime in place, we will also update the existing requirement for all incoming travellers to stay at dedicated SHN facilities. For a start, all travellers entering Singapore from 17 June 2020, 2359 hours, and who had remained in Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Mainland China, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam in the last consecutive 14 days prior to their entry, will no longer have to serve their SHN at dedicated SHN facilities. All other travellers entering Singapore will continue to serve their 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities, for now.

 

Going forward, as we re-open our borders to more international travel, those who enter Singapore will have to bear the costs of fulfilling these requirements, as part of the cost of travel in a COVID-19 world. In this regard, all inbound and outbound travellers who enter Singapore from 17 June 2020, 2359 hours, and leave Singapore from 17 June 2020, 2359 hours, respectively, will be required to pay for their COVID-19 tests, where applicable. In addition, incoming travellers who are not Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents, who enter Singapore from 17 June 2020, 2359 hours, will be required to pay for their stay at dedicated SHN facilities, where applicable.

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/gradual-re-opening-of-travel-and-changes-to-border-measures

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/travellers-entering-spore-from-june-18-will-be-tested-before-end-of-their-stay-home-notice

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