Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Singapore, 30 March 2020
Event: The Singapore Ministry of Health has confirmed 844 cases of COVID-19 in the country of Singapore.
The U.S. State Departent recommends Americans who live in the United States but are currently overseas should arrange immediate return to the United States unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. Commercial flights out of Singapore are still available but operating at a reduced capacity. This can change with little notice.
The government of Singapore has announced that as of 27 March 2020 new Safe-Distancing Regulations have been implemented to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore. These measures include but are not limited to the closure of entertainment venues such as bars, cinemas, and night clubs. Other public venues may remain open but operate at a reduced capacity. Please review this Ministry of Health announcement for more information. The government of Singapore has announced violations of Safe-Distancing Regulations could be liable on conviction to fines and even imprisonment. For information please see the Singapore government’s Promulgation of Regulations Under Infectious Diseases Act.
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 who have received approval for entry 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) and required to show proof of access to a single dwelling during that period. Travelers returning from the United States or UK may 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.
According to the Singapore government, the Ministry of Manpower at this time will only allow the entry/return of work pass holders, including their dependents, for those providing essential services, such as in healthcare and transport. Visit the COVID-19 website at the Ministry of Manpower for updated information.
The government of Singapore has directed the cancellation of large events, group tours, and closed certain entertainment venues. Other measures may be implemented at any time. Please visit the Ministry of Health COVID-19 page for more information on local measures.
Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of Singapore’s Ministry of Health for additional information on these measures.
Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.
Effective 23 March 2020 U.S. Embassy Singapore has suspended routine visa services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information: https://sg.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/
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:
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Singapore.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States