Following a surge in cases around the globe and the discovery of new strains of Covid-19, Singapore is due to make all travelers take a test for Covid-19 upon arrival into the country. Singapore has become the latest in a string of countries that have made testing on arrival mandatory for entry, with the US enacting a similar policy last week.
Here’s a closer look at who can enter Singapore, the rule that the country is about to introduce for travelers and an overview of the Covid-19 situation in Singapore.
Which Travelers Can Enter Singapore?
Like the majority of countries around the world, Singapore has imposed strict border regulations that have effectively shut down tourism in the country, making it hard for travelers to enter. However, it is still possible for some.
Travel is possible from any country, providing that you are a citizen of Singapore, a holder of a work pass or student pass, a permanent resident of Singapore or a family member of a Singaporean citizen. Singapore has also introduced a series of “Safe Travel Lanes” that allow citizens from select countries to enter Singapore.
The Air Travel Pass allows citizens from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, China, New Zealand, Taiwan and Vietnam to enter for any purpose, whilst the Reciprocal Green Lane allows those from Brunei Darussalam, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, China, Malaysia and Republic of Korea to enter for business and official travel purposes.
Singapore’s Covid-19 Test on Entry – What Travelers Should Know
In an announcement made yesterday, Singapore’s Ministry of Health has revealed that all travelers to Singapore must take a Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test when they land in the country. According to the Ministry of Health, the decision to implement the rule comes following the resurgence of Covid-19 around the world, and has been put into place to prevent importation and local transmission of the new, more-transmissible virus strains that have been discovered.
The rule not only applies to foreign travelers, but to Singaporeans and permanent residents of the country. The policy is to come into effect from 11:59 on January 24th.
It is not the only change that Singapore has made towards its entry requirements. It has also been announced that short-term visitors to the country will need travel insurance that will cover the cost of medical treatment in the country if they are suspected of having the virus. Effective from 11:59 pm, January 31st, those who have applied to enter Singapore through the Reciprocal Green Lane or Air Travel Pass routes must have medical insurance with a minimum coverage amount of $30,000.
Covid-19 In Singapore
When it comes to looking at the spread of Covid-19, Singapore boasts some of the most impressive statistics in the world. The country has only seen 59,083 cases of the virus to date, and has only recorded 29 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
Singapore struggled at the start of the pandemic, seeing its daily cases high of 1,426 coming in April, yet the situation has improved dramatically since then following the implementation of rules such a mandatory mask wearing and the use of a contact tracing app. In the past week, Singapore has only recorded 220 cases Covid-19.
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