COVID-19 Information

Country-Specific Information:

  • 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 government of Singapore has announced that as of 27 March 2020 new Safe-Distancing Regulations have been implemented to minimize the spread of COVID-19. These measures include but are not limited to physical distancing and 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. 
  • 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 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 or international transit through Singapore.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

Additionally, the government of Singapore has implemented entry and border restrictions to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to review their itineraries to understand how new restrictions and recent travel history will affect eligibility to visit or transit through Singapore at this time.

  • 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 or international transit through Singapore. 
  • Additionally, any other traveler permitted entry into Singapore will be issued a 14-day “stay-home” notice and required to show proof of access to a single dwelling during that period. According to the government of Singapore, failure to comply with a “stay-home notice” (SHN) could result in serious negative consequences under Singaporean law.
  • The government of Singapore has announced that from 25 March 2020, 11:59pm any traveler permitted entry into Singapore returning from the United States of America (U.S.) or the United Kingdom (UK) must serve their 14-day SHN at a dedicated government facility instead of their own places of residence. More details can be found at the Singapore Ministry of Health: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19.
  • 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 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. Please work directly with your employers or sponsoring organizations to comply with this current Ministry of Manpower policy.
  • 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 while flights are still available.

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 usually occurs in the home but can also be served in dedicated Government Quarantine Facilities (GQFs) or hospitals, should the individual not have suitable accommodation in Singapore.

According to Singapore’s Ministry of Health, as part of the enhanced measures to limit the risk that travelers from Hubei Province pose to Singapore, the following groups of people will be issued quarantine orders:

  • Returning residents (Singaporeans and Permanent Residents) with recent Hubei travel history within the last 14 days
  • Returning long-term pass holders (including work passes, Dependent Pass, and Long-Term Visit Pass) with recent Hubei travel history within the last 14 days
  • Returning PRs and long-term pass holders (including work passes, Dependent Pass, and Long-Term Visit Pass) with PRC passports issued in Hubei
  • Recent travelers from Hubei who are already in Singapore – Ministry of Health will assess who among this group are at higher risk and will quarantine them
  • Those identified as close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

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:

Local Resources:

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.

Assistance:
U.S. Embassy Singapore
27 Napier Road
Singapore 258508
+(65) 6476-9100
SingaporeACS@state.gov
https://sg.usembassy.gov/

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