How is Singapore limiting the spread of Coronavirus disease 2019?
How is Singapore limiting the spread of Coronavirus disease 2019?
The Government has put in place a number of measures to safeguard the health and well-being of Singaporeans
min read Published on 29 Jan 2020

The Ministry of Health has been monitoring the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation in Singapore closely.

Several measures have been put in place to limit the spread of the virus in Singapore:

  1. Cessation of flights from Wuhan

    Since 23 Jan 2020, all inbound flights from Wuhan, China have ceased.

    In addition, Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel to Hubei province and non-essential travel to Mainland China.


  2. Screening at checkpoints

    Temperature screening is being done at all land, air and sea checkpoints.

    Travellers on all flights into Singapore will have to undergo temperature screening. For passengers from China, healthcare teams will be stationed nearby as passengers alight from the planes.

    Signboards at aerobridges direct travellers who feel unwell, or who have recently been to Hubei to these healthcare teams, to receive medical attention if necessary.


  3. Compulsory Leave of Absence (LOA)

    Returning Singapore Citizens, PRs and long-term visa holders will be placed under a 14-day Leave of Absence.

    The LOA will start from the day after their arrival in Singapore.

    Persons put on LOA should stay at home and avoid social contact. They should monitor their health closely, and seek medical attention immediately if they develop any fever or symptomsof acute respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath.


  4. Mandatory quarantine for travellers to Hubei

    All recent travellers to Hubei will be quarantined. These include:

    • Recent travellers to Hubei already in Singapore;
    • Returning residents of Singapore, or long-term pass holders with travel history to Hubei or with China passports issued in Hubei;

    There are severe penalties for not complying with quarantine orders.


  5. Travel restrictions to Mainland China

    All visitors (regardless of nationality) who travelled to Mainland China in the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into, or transit through Singapore.

    A visa suspension for PRC passport holders, effective immediately. Previously issued visas will be suspended.

    Returning Singapore citizens, PRs and long-term pass holders will be placed under a 14-day Leave of Absence.


Watch Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong's announcement on 1 Feb 2020 on the extension of travel restrictions to minimize risk of community spread.


For more information on the precautionary measures that the Government is taking, go to

pdate: In light of the human-to-human transmission cases, 
Singapore has implemented enhanced measures in addition to the above.