[26 Aug 2020 update] Assistance on pre-departure testing for non-discretionary reasons of travel

The Chinese Embassy announced on 21 Aug 2020, that all travellers from Singapore to China will be required to take a nucleic acid test for COVID-19 within five days before boarding.

Travellers that require pre-departure tests in Singapore for flight departures on or after 1 Sep 2020, for nondiscretionary reasons of travel listed below, can write to the following agencies for assistance:

All travellers should ensure that they have sufficient time to arrange for the test and to receive the results, in time for their departing flight. Test results could take up to 48 hours to process.

Note: In Singapore, COVID-19 testing is guided by the national testing strategy focused on diagnostic testing and active case finding in the community, as well as active surveillance testing on targeted groups who are deemed vulnerable or who have a higher risk of exposure to COVID-19. For now, pre-departure COVID-19 testing only applies to travellers under the Green Lane arrangements for essential business and official travels.

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[21 Aug 2020 update] Travel advisory update

The following travel is now allowed:

  • General travel to Brunei Darussalam and New Zealand. Travellers are advised to check the entry requirements for the respective countries, and take the necessary precautionary measures.
  • Travel for studies for students pursuing academic qualification overseas, and where distance-learning is not offered as an option by the education institution

All travellers will be subject to the prevailing border measures upon entry, including payment for their stay at dedicated SHN facilities and tests, where applicable.

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[6 Aug 2020 update] Healthcare financing arrangements

From 7 August 2020, all Singapore Citizens (SCs)/Permanent Residents (PRs)/Long-Term Pass Holders (LTPHs) who travel abroad under permitted travel arrangements will be able to tap on regular healthcare financing arrangements for their inpatient medical bills, should they have onset of symptoms within 14 days of their return to Singapore and require hospital admission for suspected COVID-19 infection.

Permitted travel arrangements include Green/Fast Lanes which are currently in place, as well as any permitted travel arrangement that may be implemented in the future.

In other words, SCs/PRs will be eligible for Government subsidies and MediShield Life/Integrated Shield Plans coverage, and will be required to pay any remaining co-payment. LTPHs may tap on their prevailing financing arrangements (e.g. foreign worker insurance), where applicable.

SCs/PRs/LTPHs who are not under permitted travel arrangements and travel in breach of the travel advisories will continue to pay for their COVID-19 inpatient medical bills in full, with no access to subsidies and MediShield Life/Integrated Shield Plan coverage.

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[22 Mar 2020 update] MOH advisory on deferring all travel

As of 22 March 2020, COVID-19 has affected 185 countries worldwide. There are more than 260,000 cases, and around 11,200 deaths.

Around 80% of recent cases were imported - most of them by Singapore residents and Long-Term Pass holders returning home from abroad.

These imported cases had travel histories to 22 different countries.

In view of the heightened risk of further importation, MOH on 18 March 2020 advised Singaporeans to defer all travel abroad.

This expansion is to reduce the risk of Singaporeans being infected with the virus when abroad, and spreading it to other Singaporeans when they return.

[24 Mar 2020 update] Singapore Residents and Long-Term Pass Holders who disregard travel advisory 

Any Singapore resident or Long-Term Pass holder who leaves Singapore from 27 March 2020, in disregard of the prevailing travel advisories, will be charged at unsubsidised rates for their inpatient stay at public hospitals, if they are admitted for suspected COVID-19 and have onset of symptoms within 14 days of returning to Singapore.

Singapore residents will also not be able to claim from MediShield Life or Integrated Shield Plans for these treatments at public and private hospitals.

Any work pass holder or his/her dependant who leaves Singapore from 27 March 2020 will be deprioritised for entry approval and could see significant delays before they are allowed to return to Singapore if they persist in travelling abroad and return infected.

Travel restrictions – 3 types

If you must travel overseas during this period, e.g. for exceptional reasons, check on the latest travel advisories, as well as the entry restrictions of the countries you are travelling to.

Some countries may have restrictions against travellers from Singapore, including those who have been in transit.

Here’s a broad guideline of the type of travel restrictions in place: 

1. Deny entry

Some countries deny entry to all foreign visitors who have been in or transited through Singapore within the last 14 days.

2. Allow entry, but subject to quarantine/self-isolation

Some countries may subject foreign visitors who have been in or transited through Singapore to a quarantine or self-isolation period of 14 days upon arrival.
 
3. Allow entry upon clearing medical screenings

Some countries may only allow entry to visitors from Singapore that have passed through medical screenings at checkpoints, such as temperature screenings or swab tests.

Source: IATA Travel Centre

As travel restrictions may evolve quickly, travellers should check the latest travel restrictions before leaving Singapore.

Here are some recommended websites to check for the latest travel restrictions:

    ● Your destination country’s foreign ministry or tourism website
    ● Airlines’ websites
    ● International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) website

Travel to ASEAN countries

If you need to travel to ASEAN countries, check on the travel restrictions and advisories from the relevant pages below.

Country
Pages by ASEAN Countries 
Pages by Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Brunei

Brunei Ministry of Health

Brunei High Commission in Singapore

MFA Travel Page – Brunei

Singapore High Commission in Bandar Seri Begawan Facebook page

Cambodia

Cambodia Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFAIC)

MFAIC Facebook page

MFA Travel Page – Cambodia

Singapore Embassy in Phnom Penh Facebook page 

Indonesia

Indonesia Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Indonesia COVID-19 information page

MFA Travel Page – Indonesia

Singapore Embassy in Jakarta Facebook page

Laos

 

MFA Travel Page – Laos

Malaysia

Malaysia Ministry of Health 

Malaysian High Commission in Singapore

MFA Travel Page – Malaysia

Singapore High Commission in Malaysia 

Singapore High Commission in Kuala Lumpur’ Telegram Channel 

Myanmar

Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Myanmar Embassy in Singapore 

MFA Travel Page – Myanmar

Philippines

Philippine Bureau of Immigration

Philippine Department of Health

The Philippines Embassy in Singapore

MFA Travel Page – Philippines

Thailand

Thai Ministry of Public Health

The Royal Thai Embassy in Singapore 

Tourism Authority of Thailand (Singapore Office)

Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand

MFA Travel Page – Thailand

Vietnam

Vietnam Ministry of Health 

Vietnam Embassy in Singapore 

Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs

MFA Travel Page – Vietnam 


Related article: Everything you need to know about Stay-Home Notice

What to do when you come back from your travels [updated 22 Mar 2020]

From 23 March 2020, 2359 hours, all short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore.

All Singaporeans, Permanent Residents, Long Term Pass holders entering Singapore will be issued a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN)^.
 
You are to remain in your place of residence at all times for 14 days after entering Singapore. You are not to leave your place of residence, even if it is to purchase food and essentials. If necessary, you may opt for home delivery services or enlist the assistance of others for your daily necessities.

You should also minimise contact with others, monitor your health closely, and observe good personal hygiene.

^SHN will not apply to Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders transiting in Singapore without leaving the transit area.

For details regarding SHN, refer to press releases by MOH and MOM.

For details on what to do during SHN, refer to MOH's health advisory.

Travellers and members of the public should adopt the following precautions at all times:
    ● Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness
    ● Observe good personal hygiene
    ● Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing)
    ● Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or shortness of breath
    ● Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately
    ● Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell