18 Mar 2020
Dear fellow Singaporeans,
The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States continues to increase at a rapid rate. Several states, cities and the District of Columbia have put in place significant community measures, including school closures, scaled down state services, limited gatherings etc. President Donald Trump has announced new coronavirus guidelines including avoiding social gatherings in groups of more than 10 persons.
2 You are strongly advised to stay abreast of the latest medical developments in the US by referring to the advisories on the websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local state governments. The CDC website further provides guidance to help household members plan for community transmission of COVID-19 in the US.
3 Travel Notices by US authorities. The US has now extended the suspension of entry to foreign nationals who have been physically present in the UK and Ireland during the 14-day period preceding their entry/attempted into the US, in addition to the PRC (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), Iran and Europe’s Schengen Area. For information on travel-related advisories and restrictions, please refer to the websites of the CDC and US State Department. Should you have travel plans, please remember to check with the respective airlines if your flights are departing/returning as scheduled.
4 Additional Precautionary Measures for Travel into Singapore. Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) has implemented additional precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19 to Singapore. These include travel advisories against all non-essential travel abroad, and further restrictions on travellers coming into Singapore. The following additional border restriction measures are in place:
5 Singapore Students in the United States.
6 Singapore Airlines. Singapore Airlines has announced that it is waiving all rebooking fees for tickets issued on or before 15 Mar 20, for travel up to 31 May 20, with immediate effect.
7 New York. In what has been far-reaching measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19, New York City has shut down the public school system, restaurants, bars, cultural, entertainment and concert venues, impacting the way New Yorkers work, play and interact with one another. The NYC Health Department has advised that everyone should consider themselves to be exposed to COVID-19, and should actively self-monitor and observe social distancing seriously. The city’s mitigation strategy at this time is to flatten the curve of infections to ensure that the healthcare system can cope with the strain of the outbreak. The measures taken include self-isolation or quarantine, social distancing, and prioritizing healthcare capacity for the urgent, worsening or vulnerable cases. As developments continue to unfold, our New York community is advised to closely monitor the NY State Department of Health website and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website.
8 The Singapore Consulate in New York will continue to monitor the rapidly evolving situation closely. We are guided by advice from the US authorities, and are ready to provide consular assistance when required. The Consulate can be contacted at +1 917 293 4540 . If you know of Singaporeans who have yet to e-Register, please encourage them to do so through the MFA e-Register at https://eregister.mfa.gov.sg to be included in the mailing list for future updates. This will also enable us to contact and render necessary assistance during an emergency.
9 Please stay healthy.
Consulate of the Republic of Singapore in New York