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Stricter measures for those with travel history to Australia, China's Jiangsu

Yahoo News logo Yahoo News 31/7/2021 Staff Writer
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SINGAPORE – As part of enhanced border measures due to a recent increase in cases reported by Australia, travellers entering Singapore who have a 21-day travel history to Australia will be subjected to a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated SHN facilities.

In a press release on Saturday (31 July), the Ministry of Health said that this would take effect from 11.59pm on Monday.

Travellers will be allowed to apply to opt out of serving their SHN at dedicated facilities before arrival and serve their 14-day SHN at their place of residence, if they fulfil the following criteria:

  • Travelled to no other country/region other than Australia, in the last consecutive 21 days immediately prior to entry into Singapore, and 

  • Are occupying their place of residence (i.e. residential address) alone, or only with household members who are also persons serving SHN with the same travel history and duration of SHN. 

Travellers will be required to present a valid negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within 72 hours before departure for Singapore. Travellers who arrive in Singapore without a valid negative test may be denied entry into Singapore. The ministry added that Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs) and long-term pass holders who fail to comply with the new requirement may have their permit or pass cancelled.

Beyond the 14-day SHN, the MOH said, travellers will be subjected to the following tests:

  • On-arrival PCR test and PCR test on Day 14 of arrival; and

  • Self-administered ART test on Day 3, 7 and 11 of arrival (only applies to travellers serving SHN in dedicated SHN facilities).

Enhanced borders measures for travellers from Jiangsu province, China

Border control measures will also be tightened for travellers entering Singapore with a travel history to China's Jiangsu province within the last 21 days.

From 11.59pm on Monday:

  • Singapore citizens, PRs, and long-term pass holders entering Singapore, with travel history to Jiangsu province within the last 21 days before departure for Singapore, will be subject to an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test, a 7-day SHN at their place of residence and a COVID-19 test before the end of the SHN period.

  • Short-term travellers holding an Air Travel Pass (ATP), with travel history to Jiangsu province within the last 21 days before departure for Singapore, will not be allowed to enter Singapore. 

The MOH added that all other travellers departing from mainland China who have been in mainland China (excluding Jiangsu province) in the last 21 days prior to travel will continue to be subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport in lieu of their SHN.

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