HEALTHCARE | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Gov't tightens border control measures to curb COVID-19 spread

Travellers will need to take PCR tests upon arrival in Singapore.

Due to the exacerbating COVID-19 situation worldwide, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has announced that beginning 24 January 2021 at 11.59 PM, all travellers—Singapore citizens and permanent residents included—would have to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arriving in Singapore.

The existing Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements would still be implemented.

In addition, effective from 18 January 2021 at 11.59 PM, returning SCs and PRs from the United Kingdom and South Africa would serve a further seven-day isolation at their residence, following the 14-day SHN at dedicated facilities. 

“The returnees from the UK and South Africa will be tested at the end of their SHN (as per the current requirement), and again after they have completed their seven-day self-isolation period,” MOH said.

Effective from 31 January 2021 at 11.59 PM, visitors wanting to enter the city-state via the Air Travel Pass and Reciprocal Green Lanes would need to secure travel insurance for COVID-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs in Singapore, with a minimum coverage of 30,000.

Moreover, the Multi-Ministry Task Force has ordered that ”newly arrived work permit and S-pass holders from the construction, marine, and process sectors from higher risk countries/regions, to take an on-arrival PCR test and an on-arrival serology test on arrival in Singapore from 18 January 2021.”

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