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Singapore has further strengthened our defences against the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019). For more information, click here. The Singapore Tourism Board is stepping up on precautionary measures for your safety and well-being. We encourage you to use our e-services to minimise your time spent in public places.

23 March 2020

Since the start of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) outbreak, the Singapore Government has progressively implemented a series of measures to reduce the risk of imported cases and slow the transmission of the virus.

As the situation has deteriorated globally, we have strengthened our measures accordingly to protect Singaporeans and do our part in the worldwide effort against COVID-19.

To help guide visitors and tourism businesses, this advisory provides a summary of the current measures.

General Advisory for Visitors

  1. From 23 March 2020, 2359 hours, all short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or to transit through Singapore. Singapore has also ceased port calls for all cruise vessels.

  2. Work pass holders and their dependents will be allowed to return/enter into Singapore only if they work in sectors that provide essential services such as healthcare and transport. Malaysians with Singapore work permits will continue to be able to work in Singapore during this period, with appropriate accommodation arrangements.

  3. All Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term1 Pass holders returning to Singapore will be issued a 14-day Stay-Home-Notice (SHN)2. Persons under SHN must remain in their place of residence at all times. They will have to provide proof of the place where they will serve the SHN. Employers and employees must ensure that employees behave responsibly during the SHN. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) may take action against the employer or employee if they do not discharge their responsibility.

  4. From 27 March 2020, 0900 hours, they will also be required to submit a health declaration via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service3, before proceeding with immigration clearance. The SGAC e-service can also be downloaded for free on Apple AppStore and Google Play. All travellers can submit their health declaration up to three days prior to their arrival in Singapore. Those who make false declarations will be liable for prosecution under the Infectious Diseases Act. For more information on the travel declaration requirements, please refer to the MOH website (www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19).

  5. All travellers should monitor their health closely, and seek medical attention immediately if they develop any fever or symptoms of acute respiratory illness such as cough or shortness of breath.

  6. If you are in Singapore, you can do your part by practising good personal hygiene and monitoring your own health. More information about how to travel responsibly in Singapore can be found here: https://www.visitsingapore.com/travel-guide-tips/travel-responsibly/. To help plan your travel, please visit MOH’s website (https://www.moh.gov.sg) regularly for the latest updates.

Annex

List of Countries/Regions and Border Control Measures

Travel History in the last 14-days in Countries/Regions

For Singapore Residents and Long-term Pass Holders

For Short-term Visitors

Hubei Province (Mainland China)

14-day quarantine

Not allowed entry or transit

All other countries/regions

14-day SHN

Not allowed entry or transit


Long terms pass holders include work passes, Student’s Pass, Dependant’s Pass and Long-Term visit pass.
2 The SHN does not apply to Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders transiting in Singapore without leaving the transit area.
3 From 27 March 2020, 0900 hours, the paper-based disembarkation/embarkation card will be discontinued. When entry for short-term visitors resumes in the future, such travellers will have to provide their arrival and departure information via the SGAC e-Service instead.