The Singapore Ministry of Health announced it will require all inbound travellers to take a COVID test upon arrival in the city-state from January 25 amid a resurgence of cases globally.
Citizens and permanent residents of Singapore who return from either the United Kingdom or South Africa will also be subject to an additional seven-day self-isolation at their place of residence following their 14-day stay at a dedicated facility, according to the statement. The UK and South Africa have both reported new strains of the virus that appear to be easier to transmit.
At present, Singapore only requires travellers who are not citizens or permanent residents, and who have recent travel history to high-risk countries or regions, to take a PCR test 72 hours before departure.
From February 1, visitors applying to enter Singapore under the reciprocal green lane and air travel pass arrangements will need to have insurance for virus medical treatment and hospitalisation costs with a minimum coverage of SGD 30,000 (USD 22,560).