SINGAPORE, 18 January 2021: Singapore will tighten border restrictions effective 24 January in response to new Covid-19 variants that caused a surge in global cases according to a Ministry of Health announcement at the weekend.
All travellers, including Singapore citizens and permanent
residents, must take a Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test when they
arrive in Singapore. There are no changes to the stay-home notice requirements,
including the PCR test at the end of the stay.
Short-term visitors will also need to show evidence of
travel insurance to cover the costs of their medical treatment in Singapore if
they are suspected of having the virus.
Those applying to enter Singapore under the air travel pass
and reciprocal green lane arrangements will need to have a minimum coverage of
SGD30,000 for their Covid-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation
costs in Singapore, effective from 31 January.
Effective, today 18 January, all returning Singapore
citizens and PRs from Britain and South Africa will be subject to an additional
seven-day self-isolation at their place of residence, following their 14-day
Stay Home Notice at dedicated facilities. They will be tested at the end of
their Stay Home Notice, and again after they have completed their seven-day
Summary for Travellers
1. Singapore citizens, permanent residents and Long-Term
Pass holders* returning from Australia (excluding New South Wales), Brunei
Darussalam, Mainland China, New Zealand, Taiwan and Vietnam will undergo a
COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport, and to isolate while waiting for
results. Foreigners who are short-term visitors can apply for an Air Travel
Pass to seek entry into Singapore.
2. Singapore Citizens, permanent residents and Long-Term
Pass holders* entering Singapore from Macao SAR, NSW, Australia and who stayed
in these countries and territories in the last consecutive 14 days before their
entry can serve their seven-day Stay-Home Notice at home and have COVID-19 Swab
test during SHN.
3. Singapore Citizens, permanent residents and Long-Term Pass* holders from Fiji, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Hong Kong SAR have to stay in a dedicated facility for their SHN. However, they may opt-out of dedicated SHN facilities and serve their 14-day SHN at their place of residence, if they fulfil the following criteria:
– Travelled to no other country than countries mentioned above, in the last consecutive 14 days before entry;
– Are occupying their place of residence alone, or only with household members who are also persons serving SHN with the same travel history and duration of SHN.
4. Singapore Citizens, permanent residents the United
Kingdom, South Africa have to do their Swab test upon arrival, 14 days SHN at
SHN Dedicated Facility and Swab test during SHN period. Long-Term Pass holders
and Short Term visitors are no allowed entry or Transit.
5. All short-term visitors not under Air Travel Pass approved country will not be allowed in Singapore unless with a valid approval letter for entry. They will have to fulfil the following:
– Negative Covid-19 swab test taken within 72 hours before departure from the place of embarkation;
– 14 Days SHN at the dedicated facility;
– Covid-19 swab test during SHN period.
*Long-Term Pass holders will still need to seek entry
approval from the relevant Singapore Government authorities before travelling