Singapore: Phase two Covid-19 related border controls

Singapore: Phase two Covid-19 related border controls

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From 11.59 PM on June 17th, Singapore will move into phase two of their border controls and introduce the completion of a test for Covid-19 for all travelers entering the country before their 14 day Stay at Home Notice (SHN) ends.

The Ministry of Health stating “It is an additional precautionary measure to detect the virus, especially given the risks of asymptomatic cases”. Additionally, certain qualifying individuals will be permitted to complete their SHN at their home address instead of at the dedicated facilities. Finally, the number of entry approvals has gradually increased, “especially those with deep roots to Singapore or have exigent circumstances”

What has changed?
 

Covid-19 testing prior to end of 14 SHN period

From midnight on June 17th all those entering Singapore must complete a test for Covid-19 before the 14-day SHN period comes to an end. Everyone under a stay-home notice will receive an SMS with details of a scheduled appointment slot and venue. They will be permitted to leave the place of residence to attend the testing facility and must return immediately after the test is completed, avoiding use of public transport.

Individuals permitted to complete the SHN in their home residence

The following will now be permitted to complete the 14 day SHN period from home:

Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders entering Singapore from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, mainland China, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

These individuals must have remained in these countries and territories in the last consecutive 14 days prior to their entry. Although previously these individuals had to complete the SHN in dedicated facilities, even though they are now at home they are not permitted to leave their place of residence, they will be electronically monitored and may be subject to spot checks.

All other nationalities must continue to complete the SHN in dedicated facilities.

Costs for the Covid-19 test and SHN dedicated facilities

Previously, the Singaporean authorities largely funded the cost of testing and the costs of stay-home notice facilities for travelers entering Singapore, except for those who left Singapore from March 27th onward. However, from 11.59PM on June 17th, all inbound and outbound travelers will need to cover the cost of the tests and with the exception of Singaporeans or Permanent Residents, will also need to foot their own bill for their stay at dedicated facilities.

Increase in the number of entrants permitted

With Singapore now able to complete more Covid-19 testing and house more individuals in dedicated facilities for SHN, the government now expects more people will be allowed to return. The Ministry of Health have said that the number of entry approvals has gradually increased, “especially those with deep roots to Singapore or have exigent circumstances”.

For further information on changes to the Stay and Home Notice and Covid-19 testing in Singapore, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team at immigration@sterlinglexicon.com. 

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