COVID-19: Singapore immigrations authority cancels passport of citizen who breached SHN

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SINGAPORE – The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has cancelled the passport of a Singapore citizen for breaching Stay-Home Notice (SHN) requirements.

In a statement issued on Sunday (29 March), the ICA said that it had revoked the passport of 53-year-old Goh Illya Victor and also referred the case to the Ministry of Health (MOH) for investigation.

The government had announced that with effect from 11.59pm on 16 March, all travellers entering Singapore with travel history to any ASEAN country within the previous 14 days would be issued an SHN. These travellers must remain in their place of residence at all times for the 14-day period.

Goh went to Batam on 3 March, and returned to Singapore via Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal on 19 March, the ICA said. On arrival, he was served with an SHN due to this recent travel to Indonesia.

However, he then decided to return to Indonesia on the same day, despite ICA officers warning him that he would breach the SHN requirements and could face penalties.

On 24 March, he returned to Singapore from Indonesia through the Singapore Cruise Centre, and was issued with a second 14-day SHN that would last from 24 March to 7 April.

In view of the wilful breach, the ICA said, it cancelled Goh’s passport. ICA added that it will “not hesitate to take strong enforcement action against those who fail to comply with the SHN requirements”.

“Besides cancellation of their immigration facilities, they can also be prosecuted under the Infectious Diseases Act and its regulations, and face a fine of up to $10,000, or up to six months’ imprisonment, or both.”

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