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Singapore prepared to reopen borders further, but with appropriate safeguards!

Posted on 10/12/2020 by Paula Formantes


Singapore is willing to reopen its borders further but this has to be done safely because of the varying levels of infection and risk in the region and around the world.

Therefore, if the country with which Singapore is in discussions on reopening travel has a similar incidence rate of Covid-19 infection as Singapore, allowing its travellers testing instead of having to serve a stay-home notice(SHN), or a shortened SHN of about seven days at their residence, can be considered.

However, if the country has a higher rate of infection and its travellers are assessed to be of higher risk, the full 14-day SHN must apply. Most of them will be in dedicated facilities and hotels, but in some instances, based on risk assessment, the Task Force might allow them to stay at home but subject to Electronic Monitoring Device.

The Task Force announced that all inbound travellers from high-risk places who are not Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents will have to take a Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test 72 hours before their departure.

Travellers from Macau and Taiwan, both of which have reported zero community cases for some time, still have to serve a seven-day SHN upon arrival in Singapore.

Currently, only travellers from Brunei, New Zealand, Vietnam, Australia and mainland China do not have to serve an SHN upon arrival in Singapore. Instead, they are required only to take a Covid-19 test upon landing here.

The requirements are "where it is now" and can be adjusted later if Macau and Taiwan continue to remain low risk. The situation is changing by the day and Singapore is watching developments very closely.

Singapore is keen on discussing air travel bubbles with places that are of similar Covid-19 incidence as Singapore or are safe and low-risk. An example would be with Hong Kong that is expected to kick in later this month.

Singapore does not have travel bubbles with all the places which are lower-risk because it requires bilateral negotiations and agreement on both sides mutually, in which, this will be in discussion.

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