14 July 2020
Since the start of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) outbreak, the Singapore Government has implemented a series of measures to reduce the risk of imported cases and slow the transmission of the virus. Singapore’s borders are now reopening gradually to allow safe travel in limited numbers, with the necessary safeguards in place to ensure public health considerations are addressed.
- Short-term visitors are not allowed entry into Singapore, except those coming in under the Green/Fast Lane arrangements, or with special prior approval. Singapore has also ceased port calls for all cruise vessels.
Visitors from China are allowed entry into Singapore for essential visits, via the “fast lane” that has been established between selected Chinese provinces and Singapore. Residents in China seeking to make essential business or official travel to Singapore via the fast lane must be sponsored by either a company or a Singapore Government agency, obtain approval, and meet other requirements before entering Singapore. Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass holders returning to Singapore from China must also comply with a set of requirements. More information on the requirements for the Singapore-China Fast Lane can be found here (https://www.mfa.gov.sg/Newsroom/Press-Statements-Transcripts-and-Photos/2020/06/20200603-SG-CHINA-Fast-Lane-Essential-Travel).
Singapore and Malaysia are working towards the targeted implementation of the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) on 10 August 2020. The RGL will enable cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes between both countries. The PCA will allow Singapore and Malaysia residents, who hold long-term immigration passes for business and work purposes in the other countries, to enter that country for work. Eligible travellers will have to abide by the prevailing COVID-19 prevention and public health measures mutually agreed upon by both countries. The requirements, health protocols and application process involved for entry and exit into Malaysia and Singapore will be published 10 days prior to the implementation of the RGL and PCA. More information on the two schemes can be found here (https://www.mfa.gov.sg/Newsroom/Press-Statements-Transcripts-and-Photos/2020/07/20200714-Joint-Press-Statement).
- Singapore is also in ongoing discussions with various countries and regions on developing bilateral arrangements for safe travel. We will continue to update our border measures, taking into account our understanding of the virus and developments in other countries and regions.
- Singapore residents, long-term pass holders and visitors seeking to enter Singapore can check the Ministry of Health (https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19) and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (https://www.ica.gov.sg/covid-19) websites for updates on the COVID-19 situation in Singapore and border control measures in relation to COVID-19. The measures for inbound travellers are also summarised here (https://www.moh.gov.sg/docs/librariesprovider5/2019-ncov/measure-for-inbound-travellers-(05-jul-2020).pdf).
- If you are in Singapore, please do your part by practising good personal hygiene, monitor your own health and follow appropriate safe management measures.