COVID-19: All returning travellers to serve SHN at dedicated facilities

A person wearing a protective gear walks next to a person wearing a face mask and gloves at Singapore's Changi Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Travellers at Changi Airport. (PHOTO Reuters/Edgar Su)

SINGAPORE — From 11.59pm on Thursday (9 April), all Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders entering Singapore will be required to self isolate for 14-days at dedicated Stay-Home Notice (SHN) facilities.

In a media release on Wednesday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that the measure is a further expansion on enhanced SHN requirements for travellers returning to Singapore.

Singapore first started out by requiring returnees from the United Kingdom and the United States to serve 14-day self-isolation at the dedicated SHN facilities. This was subsequently expanded to include returnees from ASEAN countries, France, India and Switzerland

“We have since stepped up capacity, and are now able to accommodate fresh returnees from all countries,” MOH said in the media release.

“Nevertheless, if there are unexpected capacity constraints – for example, due to a larger than expected number of returnees – we may prioritise the dedicated SHN facilities for returnees from certain regions or countries, based on risk assessment.”

Returnees who are already back in Singapore will continue to serve their 14-day SHN at their current locations.

Those who disregarded prevailing travel advisories and left Singapore from 27 March would be required to bear the full cost of their 14-day SHN at the dedicated facilities.

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