All returning Singapore residents to serve 14-day self-isolation at dedicated SHN facilities

Photo courtesy: Connected to India
Photo courtesy: Connected to India

The Ministry of Health has announced a new rule under which all Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long term pass holders entering Singapore from any country will be required to serve a 14-day self-isolation at dedicated stay-home notice (SHN) facilities. This will take effect from 11.59pm on Thursday, April 9. 

This is an expansion of the previous SHN requirements for travellers returning to Singapore which earlier required only returnees from the United Kingdom and United States to serve a 14-day self-isolation at dedicated SHN facilities. 

This was then expanded to returnees from ASEAN countries, France, India and Switzerland.

“We have since stepped up capacity, and are now able to accommodate fresh returnees from all countries. Nevertheless, if there are unexpected capacity constraints (e.g. due to a larger than expected number of returnees), we may prioritise the dedicated SHN facilities for returnees from certain regions or countries, based on risk assessment.  Returnees who are already back in Singapore will continue to serve their 14-day SHN at their current location,” said an MOH statement. 

The MOH also said that as was earlier announced, all returnees who disregarded prevailing travel advisories and left Singapore from March 27 2020 onwards, would be required to bear the full cost of their 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.