UPDATE ON COVID-19 (27 MARCH 2020)
27 Mar 2020
Dear fellow Singaporeans,
I hope you have all been keeping well and thank you for staying connected with us during these challenging times. The Singapore Missions in the US will remain available if you require consular assistance. We are guided by advice from the US authorities, and you should pay heed to local advisories and instructions.
2 Singaporeans in the US. Based on your circumstances, you may have chosen to remain in the US. Please continue to stay abreast of the latest developments by referring to the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and keep updated on travel information issued by the US State Department. As COVID-19 is changing how we live our daily lives, please take care of your mental and physical well-being and note the following:
- Monitor Your Health. Have the contact number of your medical care provider handy and ensure you have the necessary supplies and health coverage. If you are sick, follow the guidelines by CDC to care for yourself and help protect other people in your home and community. Those in NYC can refer to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for more updates.
- Adapt to Change in Daily Activities. Where there is guidance on staying at home and social distancing, please adhere to these requirements. Consider using any free time you have productively - learn a new language, catch up on your reading or bond with your family. Observe personal hygiene diligently - wash your hands frequently, cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, and do not touch your face unless you recently washed your hands.
- Stay in touch with Family in Singapore. Continue to keep in touch with your families in Singapore to update them on your situation and well-being.
- Stay in touch with MFA and SGN. If you know of Singaporeans who have yet to e-Register, please encourage them to do so through the MFA e-Register to be included in the mailing list for future updates. Doing so will also enable us to contact and render necessary assistance during an emergency. You may also wish to subscribe to the Singapore Global Network (SGN)’s updates on COVID-19 developments in Singapore and key information at t.me/SGNchannel and go.gov.sg/sgn-covidupdates.
- Stay in touch with Overseas Singaporeans. Our social lives and support networks are moving online and if you would like to connect virtually with fellow Singaporeans in the US, please send us an email on your location and we will try to link you up with a Singapore community group near you.
3 Flights to Singapore. There is now limited flight connectivity to Singapore.If you are unable to book your flight on SIA’s website, you can reach out via firstname.lastname@example.org with further details (passenger name, ticket number & local contact number) and SIA representatives will contact you. If this is not possible, please reply to this email with your request so that we may alert SIA.
4 Additional Precautionary Measuresfor Entry into Singapore. Singapore has seen an increase of COVID-19 cases with many imported from overseas. Returnees from the US and UK account for a significant share of the imported cases. Hence, the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) have implemented additional precautionary measures to reduce the risk of further importation of COVID-19 to Singapore. Please see MOH’s and ICA’s press releases of 22 March 2020, 23 March 2020 and 24 March 2020, key points of which are as follows:
- Singapore citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders returning to Singapore will be issued a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN).
- From 25 March 2020, 2359 hours, all US returnees will be provided dedicated facilities to serve their 14-day SHN. You do not need to make a prior booking. Transportation will be arranged to send the returnees directly from the airport to the pre-assigned hotels. The Singapore Government will absorb the cost of accommodation and transport. You will also be required to complete a SHN Individual/Family Detail Form in order to ensure you and your family can be appropriately roomed.
- From 27 March 2020, 0900 hrs, all travellers arriving in Singapore including Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders must submit a health declaration via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service before proceeding with immigration clearance. Travellers can submit their health declaration up to three days prior to arrival in Singapore. They must re-submit their health declaration if there are changes to their health condition or travel history before arriving in Singapore. The health declaration form can be accessed online.
5 The Singapore Consulate in New York can be contacted at any of the following numbers: 347 598 1581, 347 598 1682, 347 598 1931 or 917 293 4540. You can also reach us via email at email@example.com. If you have returned to Singapore but continue to receive our email bulletins, please de-register by sending us an email with your eRegistration name. This will ensure that our eRegister is an updated list of Singaporeans remaining in the US. Those who are back in Singapore and plan to return to the US can subsequently eRegister again.
6 Stay healthy and stay in touch!
Jasmin Wee | Consul
Consulate of the Republic of Singapore in New York