Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Singapore

Location:  Singapore

Event: The Singapore Ministry of Health has confirmed 33,249 cases of COVID-19 in the country of Singapore

Circuit Breaker Measures and Regulations

The Singapore government’s period of regulatory restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, known as the circuit breaker, are still in effect until 01 June 2020 and further measures may be implemented with little prior notice. U.S. citizens in Singapore are encouraged to review this official government announcement regarding regulations in effect during the circuit breaker period.

Post-Circuit Breaker Measures and Regulations

To prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Singapore when the post-circuit breaker period starts on 02 June 2020 many current safe-distancing and other regulations will remain in place. Strict enforcement of these regulations is expected to continue.

The government of Singapore has announced a “Phase One” period during the month of June 2020. Businesses will begin to re-open and a gradual, cautious approach to lifting many of the restrictions currently in place is anticipated. All are encouraged to read this official government of Singapore article on what to expect on 02 June 2020 and what conditions the first and second phases of Singapore’s re-opening will entail.

Updates from the Singapore government can be found at https://www.gov.sg/

Wear masks in public and carry identification

Based upon updated guidance delivered to the U.S. Embassy, all should wear a mask whenever outside of their residence in public places including public transport, supermarkets, wet markets, convenience stores, pharmacies and shopping malls. Identity cards or passports should always be carried as many businesses now require them to be presented upon entry.

Safe-distancing “Do’s and Don’ts”

A guide list of safe-distancing “Do’s and Don’ts” is found from this official Singapore government source.

Returning to the United States

International commercial flight options currently exist in Singapore. U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Singapore at this time.

Based upon our most recent information, the following airlines are operating flights to the United States from Singapore: ANA, British Airways, KLM, Singapore Airlines, and United Airlines. As of 29 May, there are 60 commercial flights available flying direct or via transit to the United States:

3 non-stop flights to Los Angeles

29 via Amsterdam

19 via Tokyo Narita

9 via London Heathrow

Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability.  If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.

U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services office

The U.S. Embassy American Citizen Services office remains open for U.S. citizens on an “emergency only” basis.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of a truly urgent passport, report of birth, or other emergency service please follow instructions found at: https://sg.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

At this time, please note that regular passport and Consular Report of Birth applicants will experience significant delays in receiving their approved documents due to reduced production capacity in the U.S. All U.S. citizens are encouraged to seek these services, and any other services, only if there is an urgent need that cannot be delayed.

Please note: Effective 23 March 2020 U.S. Embassy Singapore has suspended routine visa services until further notice.

Singapore Border and Entry Restrictions 

The government of Singapore, which has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, has declared that from 23 March 2020, 11:59 pm all short-term travelers from anywhere in the world are barred from entering or transiting through Singapore until further notice. This order remains in effect.

At this time, only Singapore citizens, permanent residents, and long-term pass holders and their dependents who have received approval from the Ministry of Manpower or other controlling government authority are permitted entry. Those permitted entry into Singapore will be issued 14-day “stay-home notices” (SHNs). All travelers entering Singapore will be ordered to serve their 14-day SHN in designated Singapore government facilities. Violation of this order may be punishable under Singaporean law.

As of 27 March 2020, all approved travelers arriving in Singapore must submit a health declaration before proceeding with immigration clearance.  For more details see the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority notice.

Scam warning

The U.S. Embassy is aware that there are many scams, such as phone-call scams and email scams, that are circulating and targeting people in Singapore. We remind U.S. citizens to never give out personal information, such as bank and credit account numbers or passport and social security numbers, over the phone to unknown callers or to unverified email accounts. Many scammers may pose as government officials or other authorities to solicit this information.

Travel Advisories and Warnings

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 in Singapore advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to Singapore.

Actions to Take:

Assistance:

  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
  • Singapore Country Information can be found here.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive health and security updates: https://step.state.gov/step/
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