07 FEB 2020

Since last month, the Singapore Government has implemented a series of measures to reduce the risk of imported cases and community transmission of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019). We have strengthened these measures progressively as the situation escalated, both globally and in Singapore.

On 7 Feb 2020, we stepped up our risk assessment from DORSCON Yellow to DORSCON Orange1 , as there were a few local cases without links to previous cases or travel history to China. This advisory provides a summary of the current measures to reduce the risk of imported cases and community transmission, to help guide visitors and tourism businesses.

General Advisory for Visitors

1. Visitors travelling from China

a. All new visitors with recent travel history to Mainland China within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or to transit through Singapore.

b. Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has suspended the issuance of all forms of new visas to those with PRC Passports. Singapore’s status as a visa-free transit facility for those with PRC passports has also been suspended.

c. Previously issued short-term and multiple-visit visas for those with PRC passports have also been suspended. During this period of suspension, they will not be allowed entry into Singapore. For more details, please visit Ministry of Health (MOH)’s website (https://www.moh.gov.sg).

2. All other travellers should monitor their health closely for 2 weeks upon entering Singapore. They should seek medical attention promptly if they feel unwell, and also inform their doctor of their travel history. If they have a fever or respiratory symptoms (e.g. cough, runny nose), they should wear a mask and call the clinic ahead of the visit.

3. Travellers should adopt the following precautions at all times:

  • Avoid contact with live animals including poultry and birds, and consumption of raw and undercooked meats;
  • Avoid crowded places and close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness;
  • Observe good personal hygiene;
  • Practise frequent hand washing with soap (e.g. before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied by respiratory secretions after coughing or sneezing);
  • Wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose;
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue paper when coughing or sneezing, and dispose the soiled tissue paper in the rubbish bin immediately; and
  • Seek medical attention promptly if you are feeling unwell.

As the situation develops, please visit MOH’s website regularly for the latest updates. You may also refer to the list of FAQs developed by STB for the tourism industry here. The health and safety of Singaporeans, visitors and those who work in the tourism industry are STB’s priority, and we thank you for your continued support and understanding.

1 Disease Outbreak Response System Condition or DORSCON is a colour-coded framework (green, yellow, orange, red) that shows the current disease situation as well as what needs to be done to prevent and reduce the impact of infections.