[SINGAPORE TRAVEL ADVISORY] Ministry of Health Singapore Pre-Departure Tests (PDT) for Travellers from the Philippines as of October 12, 2020 - Rakso Travel

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[SINGAPORE TRAVEL ADVISORY] Ministry of Health Singapore Pre-Departure Tests (PDT) for Travellers from the Philippines as of October 12, 2020

 

Updates on Border Measures and Covid-19 Testing for Travellers


1. The Multi-Ministry Taskforce regularly reviews Singapore's border measures to manage the risk of importation and onward local transmission from travellers, taking into account the current situation in their source countries/regions. 


2. Given the recent increase in cases, travellers with recent travel history to Sabah, Malaysia will now be required to serve a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated SHN facilities. The Ministry of Health Singapore will also require travellers who have recent travel history to Indonesia or the Philippines, and who are not Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents, to present a valid negative COVID-19 test result to enter or transfer through Singapore. As the situation in Hong Kong has improved, the Ministry of Health Singapore will reduce the SHN period from 14 days at dedicated SHN facilities, to 7 days at their place of residence, for travellers from Hong Kong. 

3. COVID-19 testing is an integral part of the safe re-opening of Singapore's borders. The Ministry of Health Singapore will make COVID-19 tests more accessible to travellers. Laboratories, clinics and swab service providers who are interested can apply to the Ministry of Health (MOH) for approval to provide such COVID-19 testing services. The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will resume the issuance of new visas.  However, the possession of a visa alone does not guarantee entry into Singapore; travellers must still seek prior approval via the appropriate COVID-19 travel schemes.  

Update of Border Measures 

4. The risk of importation from travellers varies across countries/regions. Hence, the Taskforce continues to calibrate Singapore's border measures based on the latest developments in countries/regions as well as Singapore's assessed risk of importation and onward transmission in the community. 

14-day SHN in dedicated SHN facility for Travellers from Sabah (Malaysia)

5. The Ministry of Health Singapore had earlier announced that travellers from Malaysia are allowed to serve a 7-day SHN at their place of residence. As there has been an increase in cases in Sabah recently, all travellers entering Singapore from 14 October 2020, 2359 hours, who have a travel history in the past 14 days to Sabah will be required to serve a 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities [1]. This also applies to returning Singapore-based travellers under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL), as well as Malaysian Citizens and PRs entering Singapore under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement. The Ministry of Health Singapore is monitoring the situation across other states and federal territories closely, including Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya. For now, travellers from all other parts of Malaysia (except Sabah), will continue to serve a 7-day SHN at their place of residence. 

6. All travellers are reminded to accurately declare their travel history. Strict enforcement action will be taken against false declarations. The COVID-19 test will continue to be administered before the end of the SHN period. 

Requiring Pre-Departure Tests (PDT) for Travellers from Indonesia and the Philippines

7. To reduce the importation of cases from Indonesia and the Philippines, travellers who are not Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents and who have recent travel history to Indonesia or the Philippines within the last 14 days prior to entry will be required to take a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours before departure. Travellers will need to present a valid negative COVID-19 test result as a condition of approval to enter or transfer through Singapore. This requirement will take effect for those arriving in or transferring through Singapore from 19 October 2020, 2359 hours. Travellers from Indonesia and the Philippines entering Singapore will still be required to serve a 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities and to take a negative COVID-19 test before the end of their SHN.

8. The Ministry of Health Singapore had earlier announced that travellers who are not Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents and who have recent travel history to India within the last 14 days prior to entry will need to present a valid negative COVID-19 test result as a condition of approval to enter Singapore. The Ministry of Health Singapore will now also require travellers from India transferring through Singapore to present a valid negative COVID-19 test result.

Reduced SHN of 7 Days for Travellers from Hong Kong 

9. There are countries/regions where the virus is well under control and the risk of importation is low. The Ministry of Health Singapore has thus lifted Singapore's border restrictions and updated Singapore's travel advisory to allow general travel between Singapore and such low risk countries – Brunei Darussalam, New Zealand, Australia (excluding Victoria State) and Vietnam [2]. Travellers who have remained in these countries/regions in the last consecutive 14 days prior to their entry and travel directly to Singapore will undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival in lieu of serving SHN. 

10. Travellers from other low risk countries/regions undergo a reduced 7-day SHN, and are allowed to serve the SHN at their place of residence [3] instead of a designated SHN facility. These low risk countries/regions are Macao, Mainland China, Malaysia (excluding Sabah) and Taiwan. Hong Kong will now be added to this list, for travellers entering Singapore from 14 October 2020, 2359 hours

Resuming Visa Regime

11. In line with the calibrated reopening of Singapore’s borders, ICA will lift visa suspension and resume the issuance of new visas. Short-term visitors who require a visa to enter Singapore can apply for visas through a local contact, Singapore overseas mission, or authorised visa agent from 18 October 2020, 2359 hours. Visitors who had already been issued with visas which are still valid, as well as those who are eligible for the visa-free transit facility, do not need to re-apply/ apply.

12. Possession of a valid visa alone does not guarantee entry into Singapore. All short-term visitors must still seek prior approval via appropriate COVID-19 travel channels (e.g. obtain a Safe Travel Pass under Green/Fast Lane arrangements or Air Travel Pass) before they can enter Singapore. More information will be available on the ICA’s website (https://www.ica.gov.sg/covid-19).

Facilitating COVID-19 Testing for Travellers

13. COVID-19 testing is an integral element to the safe resumption of travel. The Ministry of Health Singapore will make COVID-19 testing more accessible for travellers. There are currently over 150 clinics that provide pre-departure testing to eligible travellers. The Ministry of Health Singapore will increase the number of clinics and providers who can administer the COVID-19 PCR tests for pre-departure testing. 

14. Individuals who have been approved for such tests via the Safe Travel website (https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/pre-departure-test) will be able to make a test appointment with an expanded list of approved clinics and providers. Laboratories, clinics and swab service providers who are interested to provide such COVID-19 testing services can apply to MOH for approval. 

15. The Ministry of Health Singapore will also gradually liberalise COVID-19 testing to allow those who require a test more options to procure such services from approved providers.

Regular Review of Border Measures

16. Singapore’s border measures will evolve as the global situation changes. The Ministry of Health Singapore will continue to monitor the global health situation closely and update the Philippines' border measures in accordance with the public health risk assessment. If the situation in a country/region deteriorates, more stringent measures will be put in place to limit the risk of importation and prevent community transmission from imported cases. 


Reference: Ministry of Health Singapore as of October 12, 2020


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