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. If possible, stay at a temporary accommodation. View the special rates we’ve negotiated with the hotels here or download the list here.
It is mandatory for all Singaporeans returning from US and UK and arriving from 25 Mar, 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.
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.
We will keep this page updated on important developments on the COVID situation in Singapore. Please do not listen to or spread rumours and untrue reports, sharing news responsibly is an important way we can protect ourselves. Most of all, continue to look out for one another and take care of yourselves!
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 28 March 2020, 6.44pm(GMT+8:00)