Singapore to Test all Inbound Travellers for COVID-19

Singapore to Test all Inbound Travellers for COVID-19
Those with a travel history to high-risk places need a PCR test, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Inbound travellers, including Singaporeans and permanent residents, will undergo a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival

OT Staff
January 19 , 2021
02 Min Read

Starting January 24, 2020, Singapore will launch another travel-related safety measure in order to combat a resurgence in worldwide coronavirus rates. All inbound travellers, including Singaporeans and permanent residents, will have to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival.

Apart from this directive, the island-nation has mandated an additional seven-day quarantine period for citizens/permanent residents (at their place of residence) returning from the United Kingdom or South Africa January 18 onwards.

This doesn’t account for their initial 14-day stay at an isolated facility. Individuals falling under this category have to undergo a COVID-19 test at the end of both periods. A response of this nature can be traced to the discovery of mutated strains of the virus, seemingly more-transmissible, in the aforementioned countries.

These measures can also be attributed to an inflation in the number of imported cases reported in Singapore.

On Saturday, the Ministry of Health reported four community-based cases, nineteen imported cases, and one from the dormitories for foreign workers.

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Hence travellers who aren’t citizens or permanent residents of the country, and display a recent travel history to high-risk locations, will be directed to take a PCR test within 72 hours before departure. They will be tested at the conclusion of their stay-home notice period as well.

According to a press release by the ministry, “The multi-ministry task force regularly reviews Singapore's border measures to manage the risk of importation and onward local transmission from travellers. Given the resurgence of COVID-19 cases around the world, we will be putting in place more stringent measures for travellers to manage the risk of importation.”

From January 31, visitors applying to access Singapore under the Air Travel Pass and Reciprocal Green Lanes will need to redeem travel insurance, with a minimum coverage of SGD 30,000, to cover for costs pertaining to hospitalisation and medical treatment in the event that they contract the virus in Singapore. “The travel insurance will help them pay for the costs of their medical treatment in Singapore. The visitors can purchase the travel insurance from Singapore-based or overseas insurers,” said the Ministry. The Singapore-Japan RGL will remain non-functional until the prevailing state of emergency in Japan is relaxed.

As of Saturday, the country reported 59,083 cases. 

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