Singapore takes precautions for cruise ship’s scheduled call

Cruise ship Costa Fortuna will make a scheduled call at Singapore, on Tuesday, March 10, said a joint press statement by Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

All of the ship's passengers had embarked earlier from Singapore, with the ship last departing the country on March 3.

The passengers had completed pre-embarkation checks based on prevailing policies for travel history, as well as temperature screening as required by the cruise line and the terminal operator prior to boarding.

Costa Fortuna. Photo courtesy: unsplash
Costa Fortuna. Photo courtesy: unsplash

Home-ported in Singapore, Costa Fortuna has declared that none of its passengers currently on board are febrile or have other symptoms of respiratory illness. The doctor on board the cruise ship will check on the passengers and crew in order to ensure that they are healthy prior to disembarkation.

All passengers entering Singapore are also required to undergo temperature screening as a precautionary measure.

Additionally, passengers entering Singapore and exhibiting fever and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness but who do not meet the Ministry of Health’s clinical case definition may be required to undergo a COVID-19 swab test. Passengers who are identified for COVID-19 swab testing but refuse to do so will not be allowed entry into Singapore.

MPA and STB said that Singapore’s cruise terminals remain open to scheduled cruise calls out of Singapore. Unscheduled calls have been disallowed in Singapore since 24 February.