Travellers arriving in Singapore to receive advance notification of Stay-Home Notice requirements

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

Starting March 27, 0900 hours, all travellers arriving in Singapore must submit a health declaration before proceeding with immigration clearance - this declaration will be made available in advance as part of the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service, so that travellers due to arrive after March 27, can complete it in advance of their arrival.

Upon the submission of the health declaration, travellers will be notified electronically via email, on the need to comply with the 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) on arrival in Singapore. 

This will allow travellers to be notified of their SHN requirements earlier, instead of during immigration clearance in Singapore. The travellers will also be made aware of the penalties under Section 21A of the Infectious Diseases Act (IDA) if they fail to comply with the requirements.

These new measures are applicable to all travellers arriving in Singapore, including Singapore Citizens (SC), Permanent Residents (PR), and Long-Term Pass (LTP) holders (Student’s Pass, Dependant’s Pass, Work Pass and Long-Term Visit Pass Holders). 

Travellers will receive the following when they submit their health declaration:

a) An acknowledgment email after submission of the health declaration via SGAC​ e-Service

b) A reminder on the SHN requirements 24 hours prior to their arrival, if the health declaration was submitted more than 24 hours before arriving in Singapore.

On arrival, travellers will need to show their acknowledgement email, either on their mobile device or a printout copy, to ICA officers. Travellers have to provide a valid email address and contact number when submitting the electronic health declaration, as these will be used to send the acknowledgement. 

Travellers who do not have the acknowledgement email will experience delays during immigration clearance.

The penalties for not complying with SHN requirements are: 

a) A fine of up to SGD 10,000, or up to six months’ imprisonment, or both under Section 21A of the Infectious Diseases Act;

b) If one is a Singapore Permanent Resident, Long-Term Visit Pass holder, Dependant’s Pass holder or Student’s Pass holder, the validity of their passes may be shortened, or their passes revoked;

c) If one is a foreign employee issued with a Work Pass, it may be revoked;

d) If one’s child/ward is a full-time student attending a preschool, school or other educational institutions in Singapore, the child/ward might be subjected to disciplinary action, including suspension or dismissal;

e) For foreign students, their child/ward’s Student’s Pass or Dependant’s Pass may also be cancelled; or

f) If one is a short-term visitor, their visit pass may be cancelled and they may be barred from re-entering Singapore.

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