If you are planning a trip to Singapore, here are some things you need to know. Especially for visits during the Covid-19 pandemic which is still happening.
Singapore has done a great job controlling the spread of Covid-19. The lockdown policy carried out ended in June 2020. Since then they have implemented strict controls to minimize the spread of the virus. One of them, most of the foreign arrivals are not given permission to enter.
What is on offer?
There, you can taste some of the best street food in the world, served at hawker centers scattered throughout the city. There is also a stunning rainforest in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
Who can come?
Currently, entry is restricted to Singaporean citizens as well as permanent residents. Short-term visits from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, mainland China, New Zealand, Taiwan and Vietnam are also now permitted.
Get information, inspiration and insights in your email. Register an email. However, the visit is still limited by having to get an Air Travel Pass and perform a PCR test upon arrival. Business tourists from these countries, including Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea can also enter Singapore under the Reciprocal Green Lane scheme. But still limited to strict rules.
What are the restrictions?
Singaporean citizens and permanent residents are permitted to enter, but must have proof of a negative PCR test result taken up to 72 hours prior to departure.
They must also quarantine for 14 days after being given a stay-home notice (SHN) upon arrival.
This quarantine can be carried out at the designated SHN facilities or staying at their respective homes. For those who choose to quarantine at their respective homes, must use electronic surveillance devices for 14 days.
They will also be closely monitored, including random visits, calls and text messages. Details including ID card or passport number must be shared to confirm identity.
Further PCR tests must also be carried out and must prove negative before being allowed to join the community out there. Those arriving from countries under the Air Travel Pass agreement must register their arrival here within seven to 30 days prior to departure.
They must also enter detailed health conditions and a record of all movements in the last 14 days via the SGArrivalCard. They also have to download the Trace Together app and pay a PCR test fee on arrival which costs 196 Singapore dollars or around Rp 2 million.
This applies to all entrants over the age of six. Migrants must also have accommodation that is not a place of residence for 48 days while waiting for the test results to come out.
For business tourists who use Reciprocal Green Lane and work for companies in Singapore, they are also required to follow the same rules. They must live at an address that is not their usual place of residence.
Business tourists also need to provide the relevant authorities with their schedule of activities during their stay there. Regarding the planned travel bubble with Hong Kong, it has been postponed.
Ahead of the World Economic Forum which will be held in Singapore in May 2021, the Singaporean government is considering relaxing travel and quarantine rules for visitors who have evidence of having received the Covid-19 vaccine. However, this has not yet been officially confirmed.
How is the Covid situation there?
Covid-19 is quite controllable among Singaporeans. Singapore has around 58,542 cases and only 29 deaths from Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. New cases are mostly confined to quarantine environments.
The country has also started administering Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine since January 13, 2021. Among the first groups to receive the vaccine are health workers, frontline workers, and several Singapore Airlines employees who interact with the public. This includes cabin crew and gatekeepers.
Terminal 4 of Changi Airport is used as a vaccine distribution site. However, this does not affect flights arriving or departing from Changi because they are located in different terminals.
What can be expected?
Shops, bars and restaurants are still open. However, all visits must be registered through the Singapore government’s application, Safe Entry and Trace Together. Or you can also use the Trace Together token which is available in the community center.
Alcohol is not available in the restaurant after 22:30 local time. Masks must also be worn at all times in public places, except for those under the age of six. There are exceptions for eating and exercising.
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