All Travellers to Take PCR Test on Arrival In Singapore

All Travellers to Take PCR Test on Arrival In Singapore

This includes Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs).


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The ever evolving situation of the COVID-19 virus calls for extra vigilance and adaptation. With effect from 25 January 2021, all travellers will have to take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test when they arrive in Singapore. This includes Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs).

The new requirement is part of additional border control measures to “manage the risk of importation”, in light of new virus variants and the worsening COVID-19 situation around the world, announced the Ministry of Health (MOH) on 16 Jan.

There are no changes to existing measures in place, such as stay-home notice requirements and the PCR test at the end of the stay.

What other guidelines to expect?

As of today, 18 Jan, all returning Singapore citizens and PRs from Britain and South Africa will be subject to an additional seven-day self-isolation at their place of residence, following their 14-day Stay Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated facilities. This is on top of all travellers having to take a PCR test in Singapore.

Short-term visitors will also need travel insurance to cover the costs of their medical treatment in Singapore, should they be suspected of having COVID-19. 

From 31 Jan, those applying to enter Singapore under the air travel pass and reciprocal green lane arrangements will need to have a minimum coverage of $30,000 for any COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs in Singapore.

Also read: Malaysians with Singapore PR Can Return for Leave Under PCA Scheme

Tougher response for an evolving threat

As cases around the world continue to rise, with more and more new variants of coronavirus emerging in many countries, it is necessary to tighten border controls accordingly to prevent the rise of imported cases into the country. This starts with all travellers taking a PCR test when in Singapore.

The Ministry of Health said that they would continue to monitor the situation by reviewing data and evidence on the new variants. Meanwhile, all travellers coming to Singapore can visit the SafeTravel website to check for the most updated border measures before entering the country.

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