Singapore advisory on COVID-19

Published: 25.02.2020 Related countries:  Singapore Singapore

In light of the evolving situation on COVID-19, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has issued the following travel advisory for passengers arriving in Singapore:

In light of the evolving situation on COVID-19, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has issued the following travel advisory for passengers arriving in Singapore:


New visitors with travel history in mainland China

i. From 1 February 2020, 11:59 pm, all new visitors with recent travel history to mainland China within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore or transit through Singapore.

ii. With immediate effect, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority will suspend the issuance of all forms of new visas to those with PRC passports. Singapore’s status as a visa-free transit facility for those with PRC passports will also be suspended.

iii. Previously issued short-term and multiple-visit visas for those with PRC passports will also be suspended. During this period of suspension, they will not be allowed entry into Singapore.


New “Stay-Home Notice”

The Multi-Ministry Taskforce has introduced a new “Stay-Home Notice” (SHN) for Singapore residents and long-term pass holders returning to Singapore from mainland China (outside of Hubei).

a. This SHN takes effect from 18 February 2020, 23:59 hours, and will apply to all returnees with recent travel history to China (outside Hubei) within the last 14 days. 

b. Under the SHN, they will have to remain in their place of residence at all times during the 14-day period. This is stricter than the existing LOA regime, which had allowed returnees to leave their homes briefly, for example for their meals or to buy household supplies.

c. Those placed on the SHN will be reminded to monitor their health closely and minimise contact with others.
 

The SHN will also cover returning workers from mainland China on work passes. For such workers, MOH already requires employers to seek prior approval from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) before they travel back to Singapore. If the employers need help, MOM will link them up with hotels or dormitory operators for their workers to serve out the SHN.

We recognise that during the SHN period, some may need special assistance, for example, for their food and daily necessities. MOH will provide support to those who need help:

a. Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents (PRs) and Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) holders can seek assistance from the People’s Association.

b. Students can seek assistance from their schools and institutions, or the Ministry of Education.

c. Those on work passes can seek assistance from their employers or MOM.
 

MOH will continue to implement surveillance and enforcement measures to ensure compliance with the SHN, so that the wellbeing of the community is not put at risk:

a. Those who flout the SHN may face penalties and can be prosecuted under Section 21A of the Infectious Diseases Act.

b. Foreign workers may have their work passes revoked and be repatriated. Employers too may have their work pass privileges withdrawn. Students may face disciplinary actions from their schools or institutions. PRs, LTVP and Dependant’s Pass (DP) holders may have their Re-Entry Permit, LTVP or DP revoked or the validity shortened.


With the introduction of the SHN, the Government will no longer be issuing any more new LOAs to returnees with recent travel history to mainland China (outside Hubei). The vast majority on the present regime would have served out their LOAs in the coming days, and we will continue to ensure their compliance in the meantime.



Temperature screening

i. Passengers on all arrival flights at Changi and Seletar Airports are subject to temperature screening.  

ii. For inbound flights from China, healthcare teams will be at the aerobridges to identify passengers who look unwell because fever may not be present for all cases.

iii. Passengers who feel unwell should report to the health screening stations located in each terminal. 


For the latest updates by MOH, please refer to www.moh.gov.sg/2019-ncov-wuhan