In light of the COVID-19 situation, please stay safe wherever you are. Our priority is to make sure that YOU, as a Singaporean or a friend of Singapore, are well-supported in this time of uncertainty, wherever you may be. Here’s what you need to know if you’re returning home, based overseas, or if you want to be keep abreast of Singapore’s COVID-19 situation. For further queries, drop us an email here.
Travellers (residents and long-term pass holders included) must submit their declaration via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service. Comply with requests for nasal swab tests at immigration checkpoints if you are asked to, even if you are asymptomatic.
Serve out your 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon entering Singapore. We know you miss your loved ones, but please practice safe distancing.
It is mandatory for all Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders arriving from 9 Apr, 11.59pm onwards to stay at dedicated hotels for the duration of their SHN period. Those who are affected do not need to apply or make any bookings. You may contact the SHN helpline at +65 6812 5555 for more information. Refer to our FAQs here for more information.
If you have completed your 14-day SHN, and need a short-term accommodation during this period. You may consider a temporary accommodation; view the special rates we’ve negotiated with the hotels here.
Maintain a record of who you come into close contact with. Example: Take note of the taxi or private hire vehicle number. Download TraceTogether for better contact tracing efforts if you have a SG number. This can be your friend /parent’s phone number.
Catch the latest on the current situation in Singapore on our official Government site or find out the latest case summary here from the Singapore Ministry of Health.
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Singapore to gradually reopen borders, plans to resume essential travel among countries with low COVID-19 transmission rate
Singapore will gradually reopen its borders with safeguards in place to allow Singaporeans to conduct essential activities abroad and for foreigners to enter and transit through the country, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday (May 19).
Travellers allowed to transit through Changi Airport from Jun 2
Singapore will gradually allow travellers to transit through Changi Airport from Jun 2, as it prepares to ease some COVID-19 restrictions and reopen its borders. CAAS said that “stringent measures” will be put in place to ensure that the passengers remain in designated facilities in the transit area and do not mix with other passengers at the airport.
Tighter measures and extension of Circuit Breaker to June 1
In his fourth national address on April 21, PM Lee said that the circuit breaker will be extended by another month to June 1, and existing measures will be tightened.
While he noted that the circuit breaker measures have been working, he stressed that Singapore cannot be complacent. The number of unlinked cases has not come down, and Singapore must therefore press on with its tight circuit breaker measures to decisively bring down numbers in the community.
All returnees will need to stay at dedicated hotels to serve out their SHN
From 9 April 2020, 11.59pm, all Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders entering Singapore will be required to serve a 14-day self-isolation at dedicated Stay-Home Notice (SHN) facilities, in an expansion of the stay-home notice requirements.
All returnees who disregarded prevailing travel advisories and left Singapore from 27 March 2020, will be required to bear the full cost of their 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.
Further COVID-19 support measures in new ‘Solidarity Budget’
DPM and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced on Monday (Apr 6) a third round of support measures to help tide businesses, workers and households through the COVID-19 outbreak. The new $5.1billion “Solidarity Budget” is an additional boost to the $55billion announced earlier in February and March, in the Unity Budget and the Resilience Budget.
Here are some of the key highlights:
All adult Singaporeans to receive one-off $600 Solidarity Payment in April
To help save jobs, all firms to get 75% wage subsidy for local employees in April
Self-employed relief scheme to include those with some employment income, higher property annual value threshold
Government to increase risk share on loans to 90% to ensure credit access for firms
Read his full speech here, and more on the “Solidarity Budget” here.
Stay-Home Notice requirements expanded to returnees from ASEAN countries, France, India and Switzerland
From 5 April 11.59pm, Singapore residents returning from ASEAN countries, France, India and Switzerland must self-isolate for 14 days at dedicated hotels, in an expansion of the stay-home notice requirements to include more countries. This arrangement will continue to apply to returnees from the UK and US.
Circuit breaker to minimise further spread of COVID-19
PM Lee said in his address to the nation at 4pm on Friday (April 3) that “circuit breakers” will be applied for one month, in first instance, to pre-empt the trend of increasing local transmission of COVID-19.
Most workplaces, except for essential services and key economic sectors, will be closed.
Full home-based learning in schools and institutes of higher learning (IHLs) will start from 8 April. All pre-school and student care centres will also be closed.
Tighter restrictions on movements and gatherings of people. Gatherings should be confined to households, and go out only for essential things. All public attractions, sports and recreation facilities will also be closed.
To provide some basic protection for those who need to head out, reusable masks will be distributed to all residents with registered home addresses. The distribution will take place progressively from 5 to 12 April 2020, from collection points at designated Community Clubs/ Centres (CCs) and Residents’ Committee (RC) Centres.
Additionally, DPM Heng Swee Keat will announce additional support for households and businesses next Monday (6 Apr) in Parliament.
Entry approval required for all long-term pass holders entering Singapore
All long-term pass holders will require an entry approval before entering or returning to Singapore from Sunday (Mar 29) at 11.59pm, according to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
Long-term pass holders include those who hold long-term visit passes, student passes, as well as those who have been granted in-principle approval for a long-term pass.
Financial assistance for the unemployed and low-income workers are set to increase as the COVID-19 outbreak unnerves businesses and employees across Singapore.“The best way to safeguard the well-being of our people is by supporting them to stay employed,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in Parliament on Thursday (Mar 26).
“As the impact of COVID-19 on our economy deepens, some workers will lose their jobs or see their incomes significantly reduced. We will help them.”
Tighter Measures To Minimise Further Spread Of Covid-19
Enhanced Precautions for UK/US Returnees
For Singapore residents arriving from the UK and US, it is mandatory for all Singaporeans returning from US and UK and arriving from 25 Mar 2359 onwards to stay at designated government-arranged facilities for the duration of their Stay Home Notice (SHN) period. Transportation will be arranged to send the returnees directly from the airport to the hotels. Each will have their own room/toilet, and will be provided all their meals, so that they may avoid physical contact with other individuals. These SHN requirements will be strictly enforced so as to reduce the risk of community transmission from imported cases.
This new SHN arrangement will take effect for all UK/US returnees from 25 March 2020, 2359 hours. All returnees from the UK and US who are presently still serving out their SHN in their homes may also apply to stay in these dedicated facilities. They can contact the SHN Helpline at 6812-5555 for more information.
Singapore Residents and Long-Term Pass Holders who Disregard Travel Advisory
Any Singapore resident or Long Term Pass holder who leaves Singapore from 27 March 2020, in disregard of the prevailing travel advisories, will be charged at unsubsidised rates for their inpatient stay at public hospitals, if they are admitted for suspected COVID-19 and have onset of symptoms within 14 days of returning to Singapore. Singapore residents will also not be able to claim from MediShield Life or Integrated Shield Plans for these treatments at public and private hospitals.
Temporary measures: Gatherings outside of school and work limited to 10 people, entertainment venues to close
Gatherings outside school and work will be limited to a maximum of 10 people from Thursday at 11.59pm to Apr 30 this year, the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force said on Tuesday (Mar 24). The task force said that the duration of the stricter measures may be extended if the situation does not improve here.
All travellers entering Singapore from Mar 27 must submit health declaration forms online
From 9am on Mar 27, all travellers arriving in Singapore, will have to submit a health declaration online before proceeding with immigration clearance, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Monday (Mar 23).
Singapore Airlines (SIA) slashes 96% of capacity, grounds most planes
SIA will cut 96 per cent of its capacity that had been scheduled up to the end of April, said the airline on Monday (Mar 23). The decision was made after the further tightening of border controls around the world over the last week to stem the COVID-19 outbreak, SIA said in a news release.
Additional Border Control Measures to Reduce Further Importation of Covid-19 Cases
In view of the heightened risk of importation of COVID-19 cases into Singapore, all short-term visitors will now not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore. From 23 March 2020, 2359 hours, all short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore. Furthermore the Ministry of Manpower will only allow the entry/ return of work pass holders, including their dependents, for those providing essential services, such as in healthcare and transport.
14-day stay-home notice will apply to all returning residents and short-term visitors
Singaporeans and residents returning to the country will all have to serve a 14-day isolation period, while people in the country should defer all travel overseas, the authorities announced on Wednesday (March 18), as the country saw 47 new cases, an all-time high.
The new, broader measures to contain the coronavirus come as the country braces itself for more to come.
Singapore universities and polytechnics suspend overseas placements
Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), including local universities and polytechnics, will suspend all overseas placements until the end of July, in light of new border restrictions announced by Singapore on 15 March.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) said that students who are currently on such overseas placements will be recalled “as soon as is practicable”, and the IHLs will support them with alternative learning arrangements. These alternative arrangements should not impose any additional financial cost to students, and all additional modules or local internships will not add to the current school fees.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it will waive rebooking fees for tickets issued on or before 15 March, after Singapore expanded travel restrictions to include travellers who have visited ASEAN countries, UK, Japan and Switzerland.
Customers who booked all SIA flights for travel up to 31 May 2020, can rebook their flights so long as their new itinerary is completed by 31 March 2021. Although rebooking fees will be waived, a fare difference may apply for the new itinerary.
SIA said it will continue to review its waiver policy and may extend the cut-off date of 31 May 2020, as it assesses the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Stay-home notices for travellers entering Singapore
As of 16 March 2020 2359, all travellers including Singapore residents, long-term pass holders and short-term visitors, with recent travel history to countries indicated will be issued with a 14 day stay-home notice. The new border control measures are aimed at preventing further importation of COVID-19 cases.
(Credit: Channel News Asia/Ministry of Health Singapore)
The Ministry of Health has also advised Singaporeans to differ all non-essential travel abroad, to reduce the risk of Singaporeans contracting the COVID-19 infection overseas.
Be prepared for the long haul on Covid-19: Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan
In an interview on CNBC on 11 March, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan shared that the approach the Singapore government is taking is to be organised and prepared for the long haul. He also spoke about how Covid-19 and its economic aftermath is going to last “at least a year, which means anything we do needs to be sustainable and sensible for the long term”.
You can watch the interview here(Credit: Screengrab from CNBC)
Situation in Singapore remains under control, says PM Lee
(Photo credit: MCI)
On 12 March, PM Lee Hsien Loong addressed the nation regarding the Covid-19 situation, emphasising that the situation in Singapore remains under control. He mentions that Singapore will not go into a lockdown and will instead plan for more stringent measures to prepare Singaporeans.
PM Lee expects for more imported cases as the virus continues to spread in many other countries. He urges for Singaporeans to reduce attendance at crowded gatherings, and shares that the government is working to free up medical facilities for additional capacity should Singapore face a surge.
Power in unity: Singapore’s battle against Covid-19
Singapore has been effectively curbing the Covid-19 outbreak from assimilating further into the community – but what goes on behind the scenes? See how the unification of efforts among Singapore has strengthened the nation in its battle against Covid-19:
All articles updated as of 10 Apr 2020, 4.30pm(GMT+8:00)