Travelling to Singapore? COVID-19 tests are now mandatory upon arrival

Photo courtesy: Muhammad Hasbi on Pixabay
Photo courtesy: Muhammad Hasbi on Pixabay

Singapore has instituted new rules related to COVID-19 for all travellers to the country. Starting January 24, all travellers (including Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents) will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in Singapore. 

“Given the emergence of new virus variants and the worsening COVID-19 situation around the world, we will put in place additional border control measures for all travellers,” read a release issued by the Ministry of Health. 

The release also stated that the prevailing Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements, including the PCR test at the end of the SHN, will continue. 

Additionally, starting January 18, all returning Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents from the United Kingdom and South Africa will be subject to an additional 7-day self-isolation at their place of residence, following their 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities. They will be tested at the end of their SHN (as per the current requirement), and again after they have completed their 7-day self-isolation period. These precautions will also apply to travellers who are currently serving their SHN.  

Singapore has already restricted entry and transit for all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history to the UK and South Africa due to the more contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus circulating in these countries. 

Lastly, from January 31 visitors applying to enter Singapore under the Air Travel Pass (ATP) and Reciprocal Green Lanes (RGLs) will need to have travel insurance for their COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs in Singapore, with a minimum coverage of SGD 30,000. 

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