Singapore is going to impose stricter border measures from December 3rd onwards!

Singapore is going to impose stricter border measures from December 3rd onwards!

Considering the incidence of Omicron the new Covid-19 variant which is supposedly more nefarious than the earlier variants, Singapore is going to impose strict border measures for the safety of travelers and frontline workers from December 3, 2021. Here are a few rules that have to be abided by:

All air travelers entering or leaving Singapore must undergo an RT-PCR test within or before two days of their departure or arrival in Singapore. The result of the test must be negative obviously. This is also mandatory for the people traveling from Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan.

Either a reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test or a professionally administered antigen rapid test (ART) result will be accepted as a valid pre-departure test for countries and regions in Category I to III.  Only the RT-PCR test results will be accepted for Category IV countries and regions. (This specific protocol is from an authentic website.)

On-arrival polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for travellers is mandatory. It is stated in official website that- Travellers entering Singapore, including those from Category II (non-vaccinated travel lane), III and IV countries, must undergo a Covid-19 PCR test on arrival.

An Additional antigen rapid test (ART) for air vaccinated travel lanes is mandatory. This means, those who arrive after 11.59 pm on Dec 2 will have to undergo additional supervised self-administered ART at a Quick Test Centre on day three and seven of their arrival.

Here are some travel precautions for your reference:

  1. Singaporeans are advised not to travel to higher-risk countries such as Eswantini, Botswana, Mozambique, Lesotho, South Africa and Zimbabwe until further information is given.
  2. Those traveling from countries and regions with reported cases of Omicron migrant need to take mandatory precautionary measures.
  3. Wearing masks and maintaining good personal hygiene is supposed to be practiced as individual responsibility.
  4. People who already arrived in Singapore from Omicron variant suspect countries between November 12 and November 27 have to go through a one-time surveillance PCR testing.

Protecting front-line workers 

  1. Aircrew serving flights from affected countries will be subjected to an on-arrival PCR test, and post-arrival PCR tests on day three and seven following each flight duty.
  2. The PCR RRT for airport and other border front-line workers who may come into contact with travellers from countries or regions affected by the Omicron variant will also be reverted to a weekly basis from Thursday (Dec 2).
  3. Other airport and border front-line workers will continue with ART-based rostered routine testing (RRT).
  4. Those who test positive will have to go for a confirmatory PCR test.

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