(UPDATED) Travel Advisory on COVID-19 for Visitors Entering Singapore

In preparation of the New Normal and re-opening of borders, the Singapore Government has announced some changes to border measures for progressive re-opening to international travel. These border measures take into account the current understanding of COVID-19, as well as the developments in other countries and regions.


With effect from 19 October 2020, 2359hrs, all travellers who are not Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents, and who have recent travel history to Indonesia within the last 14 days prior to entry will be required to take a COVID-19  Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours before departure. Travellers will need to present a valid negative COVID-19 test result as a condition of approval to enter or transfer through Singapore. Travellers from Indonesia entering Singapore will still be required to serve a 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities and to take a negative COVID-19 test before the end of their SHN. For travellers who intend to travel to Bintan via Singapore or vice versa, are to refer to the latest updates by Ministry of Health in Singapore.


Stay-Home Notice (SHN)

All other travellers entering Singapore are required to serve their SHN at SHN Dedicated Facilities (SDF). Travellers who are not Singapore citizens or Permanent Residents will be required to pay for their stay at SDF, where applicable. Those under the SHN must remain in their place of residence or SDF at all times during the SHN period.


From the day of arrival in Singapore, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will be conducting mandatory checks on Singapore citizens, Permanent Residents, Long-Term Visit Pass Holders and short-term visitors who are placed on the Stay-Home Notice (SHN). Affected individuals will be contacted through multiple platforms including phone calls, WhatsApp or Short Message Service (SMS). When contacted, you must respond within one hour.


COVID-19 Test

Before the end of the SHN, travellers (except children aged 12 and below) will be scheduled to take a COVID-19 test at a designated community testing facility. They will receive information on the scheduled appointment slot and venue via an SMS notification to their registered local mobile number, through the SDF or via a call. The date, time and venue of the COVID-19 test will be made known to them at least one day prior to the test.


Individuals who fail to comply with the Stay-Home Notice requirements may be prosecuted in court for an offence under Singapore law, including the Infectious Diseases Act and/or any regulations promulgated thereunder, such as the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 – Stay Orders) Regulations 2020. Upon conviction, you may be liable to imprisonment, or a fine, or both.


For more information on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) and COVID-19 Test, please visit https://www.ica.gov.sg/covid-19/shn


As Singapore’s border restriction measures will evolve according to the global situation, please visit the Ministry of Heath’s official website for the latest updates.