Singapore to lift border curbs for travel from Hong Kong, Macao from 21 August

·Editorial Team
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Hong Kong (left) and Macao (right) skylines. (PHOTOS: Getty Images)
Hong Kong (left) and Macao (right) skylines. (PHOTOS: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Singapore will lift border restrictions for travellers from Hong Kong and Macao from 21 August, the multi-ministry taskforce said on Thursday (19 August).

From 20 August 2021, 11.59pm (Singapore time), Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders who have spent the last 21 consecutive days in Hong Kong or Macao and returning to Singapore will undergo a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon arrival.

If the result is negative, they will be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore. This is in lieu of a stay-home notice (SHN).

Short-term visitors with travel history to Hong Kong or Macao in the last 21 consecutive days prior to their departure for Singapore can apply for an Air Travel Pass (ATP) with immediate effect, for entry into Singapore on or after 26 August. The travel to Singapore must be on a direct flight without transit.

They will undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at the airport and will be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore if their PCR test result is negative. They will not need to serve a seven-day SHN with a COVID-19 PCR test before the end of the SHN period.

In addition, they must purchase COVID-19 insurance, with minimum coverage of $30,000. They are also required to download and activate TraceTogether app on mobile phones for contact tracing.

Easing of entry into Singapore rules for overseas travellers. (INFOGRAPHIC: Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore)
Easing of entry into Singapore rules for overseas travellers. (INFOGRAPHIC: Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore)

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