Singapore bars non-residents with recent travel in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

SINGAPORE – Long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history to, or transited in, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be barred from entering or transiting through Singapore from 11.59pm on Saturday (1 May).

In a press release on Friday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said border measures with respect to these countries were tightened as there have been recent sharp increases in cases reported by them.

The ministry added that the restrictions will also apply to those who had obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore. It will not apply to Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents.

In addition, all travellers with recent travel history to Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka who have yet to complete their 14-day Stay-Home Notice by 11.59pm on Sunday will need to complete an additional seven-day SHN at dedicated facilities.

"They will undergo COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests on-arrival, on Day 14 of their SHN, and another test before the end of their 21-day SHN period," the MOH said.

Travellers from Thailand to serve SHN at dedicated facilities

As there is now an increased risk of community spread in Thailand, all travellers entering Singapore, from 11.59pm on Sunday, with a travel history to Thailand in the past 14 days will be required to serve a 14-day SHN at dedicated facilities. They will no longer be allowed to opt out of dedicated SHN facilities, even if they have obtained approval to opt-out earlier.

The ministry said that travellers from Fiji and Vietnam are still allowed to apply to opt out of dedicated SHN facilities and serve their 14-day SHN at their place of residence, if they fulfil the following criteria:

  • Travelled to no other country/region than the above-mentioned countries (including Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China, New Zealand and Taiwan) in the last consecutive 14 days prior to entry to Singapore, and

  • Are occupying their place of residence (i.e. residential address) alone, or only with household members who are also persons serving SHN with the same travel history and duration of SHN.

COVID-19 PCR tests will continue to be administered before the end of the SHN.

In recent days, Singapore has reported an increased number of community cases, with a total of 13 linked to a cluster at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

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