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Singapore has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
Please note: The U.S. Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international due to the global impact of COVID-19.
The Singapore government has announced that from 23 March 2020, 11:59pm, all short-term visitors arriving from anywhere in the world will not be permitted entry into Singapore without prior and special approval from Singaporean authorities and those traveling under Green Lane/Safe Pass arrangements. This order is still in effect.
Singapore’s “Phase Two” Re-opening: Measures and Regulations
Due to an overall improving situation the government of Singapore announced that the “Phase Two” period of re-opening is effective as of 19 June 2020.
Many strict safe-distancing and other regulations remain in place. Strict enforcement of these regulations is expected to continue.
Phase Two will allow for retail and restaurant businesses to re-open, as well as public parks and playground. Small group gatherings will be permitted. Please read this official government of Singapore article detailing Singapore’s Phase Two plans as well as a listing of permitted activities and guidance during Phase Two.
Updates from the Singapore government can be found at https://www.gov.sg/article/moving-into-phase-2-what-activities-can-resume
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 but not limited to 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.
- 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.
- Scam warning: The U.S. Embassy is aware that there are many 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.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
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 short-term visitors are generally barred from entering or transiting through Singapore until further notice, with few exceptions. This order remains in effect.
- Prospective short-term visitors seeking entry to Singapore can apply directly to Singapore Immigration and Checkpoint Authority to seek advance approval for entry. Please read and follow directions here: https://www.ica.gov.sg/covid-19
- Transit may be possible for travelers with flights originating from certain countries and using certain airlines. Prospective travelers are advised to consult with their chosen airlines about transit permissions through Singapore.
At this time Singapore citizens, permanent residents, and long-term pass holders and their dependents, and other visitors have who have received approval from the Ministry of Manpower, Immigration and Checkpoint Authority or other controlling government authority are permitted entry into Singapore. Please see more details here: https://www.ica.gov.sg/covid-19
Those permitted entry into Singapore, outside of Safe Pass/Green Lane arrangements, will be issued 14-day “stay-home notices” (SHNs). On 15 June 2020 the government of Singapore announced significant changes to this policy. All potential foreign travelers to Singapore are encouraged to read this official article detailing those changes.
- From 17 June 2020, 11:59pm, travelers entering Singapore who have been in the following countries/regions for the last consecutive 14 days will be able to serve their 14-day SHN at lodging of their choice: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Mainland China, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.
- From 17 June 2020, 11:59pm other travelers entering Singapore will be required to serve their 14-day SHN at a government-designated facility. The cost of this stay, estimated to be 2,000 SGD, is the responsibility of the traveler.
- From 17 June 2020, travelers entering Singapore will also be required to obtain a COVID-19 test while serving their SHN. The cost is estimated to be up to 200 SGD and is the responsibility of the traveler.
Violation of a Stay-Home Notice 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.
For Long-Term Pass Holders: The Singapore 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 local government COVID-19 website at the Ministry of Manpower for updated information.
Long-Term Pass holders currently outside of Singapore should carefully review the Ministry of Manpower’s request for approval website before making arrangements to return to Singapore. Returning to Singapore without first obtaining this approval could result in negative consequences including revocation of Long-Term Passes and orders to leave Singapore. All U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to comply with this rule to avoid such consequences.
- If you are a long-term pass holder wishing to return to Singapore you may wish to have the organization or company sponsoring your pass to advocate directly to the Ministry of Manpower and submit an application for entry on your behalf.
- Travelers should be prepared for travel or border restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. U.S. citizens in Singapore who live in the United States and desire a return to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements as commercial air travel is available from Singapore directly to the United States or via transit through other airports in Asia and Europe.
- Please read the Singapore Ministry of Health’s statements for further important information on these border restrictions and other measures in place since Jan 29, all arriving passengers at Changi Airport have been subject to temperature screening. Travelers identified as suspect cases are being referred to hospitals for further assessment.
- According to the government of Singapore, precautionary testing is in place for symptomatic travelers: From 4 March 2020, 11:59pm, travelers entering Singapore and exhibiting fever and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness but who do not meet the clinical suspect case definition may be required to undergo a COVID-19 swab test at the checkpoint. They may carry on with their journey immediately after undergoing the test.
- Pending the results, which may take between three and six hours, the travelers are advised to minimize contact with others as a precautionary measure. Individuals will be contacted on their swab test results and those with positive results will be conveyed to the hospital in a dedicated ambulance.
- All travelers, including Singapore Citizens, who do not comply with the testing or who cannot be contacted subsequently may face penalties and can be prosecuted under Singapore’s Infectious Diseases Act.
- Additional information regarding the novel coronavirus in Singapore can be found at the Singapore Ministry of Health’s website. Quarantine Information: If you are a U.S. citizen serving a quarantine order and have questions or concerns please email the U.S. Embassy’s office of American Citizen Services at SingaporeACS@state.gov or call the United States Embassy of Singapore at (+65) 6476-9100.A Quarantine Order is issued to quarantine or isolate an individual who is, or is suspected to be, a carrier or contact of an infectious disease. This is with the aim of limiting the spread of the virus in the community. It is a legal order under Singapore’s Infectious Diseases Act, with severe penalties for non-compliance. Quarantine may occur in the home but can also be served in dedicated Government Quarantine Facilities or hospitals, should the individual not have suitable accommodation in Singapore. For more information on Quarantine Orders, Stay-at-Home Notices, or Leave of Absence notices please consult the Singaporean Ministry of Health’s Frequently Asked Questions webpage: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/faqs
Actions to Take:
- Consult the official U.S. coronavirus website for the most up-to-date information, including information on the COVID-19 situation in the U.S. and also information for international travelers.
- 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.
- Bookmark our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Singapore.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest news and information about COVID-19 border controls for the United States.
The situation is changing rapidly throughout the region, and you are recommended to follow official and reliable sources of information such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Singapore Ministry of Health, and the World Health Organization.
Monitor Singapore local media for updates on further precautionary measures that may affect airports and other ports of entry, schools and other public facilities.
U.S. citizens may write to the American Citizen Services team at U.S. Embassy Singapore with further inquiries or to request urgent assistance: SingaporeACS@state.gov
We encourage all U.S. citizens to register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program by completing enrollment at https://step.state.gov/step/. This program is crucial as it allows you to receive important messages from the Department of State and U.S. Embassies and Consulates overseas, such as updated travel advisories and emergency messages.
U.S. Embassy Singapore
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Singapore Country Information can be found here.
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