Covid-19

In light of the COVID-19 situation, please stay safe wherever you are. Our priority is to make sure that you are well-supported in this time of uncertainty, wherever you may be. Here’s what you need to know if you’re returning homebased overseas, or if you want to be keep abreast of Singapore’s COVID-19 situation. You may refer to the latest COVID-19 FAQs here for more information, or drop us an email here if you have further queries.


If you’re returning home

Before arrival in Singapore

  • Singaporeans and permanent residents (PRs) will always be welcome home, but please take note of Singapore’s latest border control measures.
  • All long-term pass holders (LTVPs) will require an entry approval before entering or returning to Singapore from 29 Mar, 11.59pm, submit your application for entry to ICA via email.
  • Travellers (residents and LTVPs included) must submit their declaration via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service.
  • For returning pet owners, download Animal & Veterinary Service (AVS) info-pack here or check out the AVS website to find out what you need to do to bring your furry friends home with you!
  • For everything you need to know before you return, download our checklist below:

On Stay-Home-Notice (SHN) and Covid-19 Test

  • All travellers entering Singapore and who have remained in either Australia (excluding Victoria State), Brunei Darussalam, New Zealand or Vietnam in the last consecutive 14 days prior to their entry will not be required to serve a SHN. Instead, they will undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport and only be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore after receiving a negative test result.
  • All other returnees will continue to serve their SHN, and have the COVID-19 test administered before the end of SHN. The length of your SHN is dependent on your country of departure, please refer to the full details on the ICA official website here.
  • If you need alternative accommodation to serve your SHN, or need short-term accommodation after your SHN, you may consider the special rates we’ve negotiated with hotels here.
  • For more information, you may contact the SHN helpline at +65 6812 5555.

Upon Arrival in Singapore

  • Maintain a record of who you come into close contact with. E.g. Take note of the taxi or private hire vehicle number. Download TraceTogether for better contact tracing efforts if you have a SG number (this can be a friend /parent’s phone number). Please also use SafeEntry for contact tracing purposes.
  • Many countries have imposed entry restrictions and border closures. Please refer to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Centre website when planning your travel routes.
  • Continue to keep updated with the latest news resources and public statements below.

If you’re based overseas

Latest News

We will keep this page updated on important developments on the COVID situation in Singapore. Please do not listen to or spread rumours and untrue reports, sharing news responsibly is an important way we can protect ourselves. Most of all, continue to look out for one another and take care of yourselves!


Singapore to waive stay-home notice for New Zealand and Brunei travellers, will test them for COVID-19 on arrival

From 1 September, 0000 hours, the new updated travel advisory will allow travel for students pursuing academic qualification overseas, and where distance-learning is not offered as an option.

Also, travellers coming from some low-risk countries and regions will be reduced to seven days. These countries and regions are: Australia (excluding Victoria State), Macao, Mainland China, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

Read more here

Travellers from Japan, HK, Australia’s Victoria state must serve SHN at dedicated hotels

From 19 July 2020, 2359 hours, travellers entering Singapore after visits to – including transits in – Japan, Hong Kong and the Australian state of Victoria within the last 14 days will be required to serve their stay-home notice (SHN) at dedicated hotels instead of at their own place of residence.

Read more here

Cost of Covid-19 tests to be waived for Singaporeans and PRs

Singaporeans and permanent residents who left Singapore before an advisory against travelling out of the country was issued on March 27 and who are returning in the near future will not have to pay for their Covid-19 tests.

But this holds only if they enter Singapore by Aug 31, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday (June 17).

Read more here

Singapore to gradually reopen borders, plans to resume essential travel among countries with low COVID-19 transmission rate

Singapore will gradually reopen its borders with safeguards in place to allow Singaporeans to conduct essential activities abroad and for foreigners to enter and transit through the country, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday (May 19).

Read more here

Travellers allowed to transit through Changi Airport from Jun 2

Singapore will gradually allow travellers to transit through Changi Airport from Jun 2, as it prepares to ease some COVID-19 restrictions and reopen its borders. CAAS said that “stringent measures” will be put in place to ensure that the passengers remain in designated facilities in the transit area and do not mix with other passengers at the airport.

Read more here

Tighter measures and extension of Circuit Breaker to June 1

In his fourth national address on April 21, PM Lee said that the circuit breaker will be extended by another month to June 1, and existing measures will be tightened.

While he noted that the circuit breaker measures have been working, he stressed that Singapore cannot be complacent. The number of unlinked cases has not come down, and Singapore must therefore press on with its tight circuit breaker measures to decisively bring down numbers in the community.

Read his full speech here

All returnees will need to stay at dedicated hotels to serve out their SHN

From 9 April 2020, 11.59pm, all Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders entering Singapore will be required to serve a 14-day self-isolation at dedicated Stay-Home Notice (SHN) facilities, in an expansion of the stay-home notice requirements.

All returnees who disregarded prevailing travel advisories and left Singapore from 27 March 2020, will be required to bear the full cost of their 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.

Read the official statement here

Further COVID-19 support measures in new ‘Solidarity Budget’

DPM and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced on Monday (Apr 6) a third round of support measures to help tide businesses, workers and households through the COVID-19 outbreak. The new $5.1billion “Solidarity Budget” is an additional boost to the $55billion announced earlier in February and March, in the Unity Budget and the Resilience Budget.

Here are some of the key highlights:

  • All adult Singaporeans to receive one-off $600 Solidarity Payment in April
  • To help save jobs, all firms to get 75% wage subsidy for local employees in April
  • Self-employed relief scheme to include those with some employment income, higher property annual value threshold
  • Government to increase risk share on loans to 90% to ensure credit access for firms

Read his full speech here, and more on the “Solidarity Budget” here.

Stay-Home Notice requirements expanded to returnees from ASEAN countries, France, India and Switzerland

From 5 April 11.59pm, Singapore residents returning from ASEAN countries, France, India and Switzerland must self-isolate for 14 days at dedicated hotels, in an expansion of the stay-home notice requirements to include more countries. This arrangement will continue to apply to returnees from the UK and US.

Read the official statement here.

Circuit breaker to minimise further spread of COVID-19

PM Lee said in his address to the nation at 4pm on Friday (April 3) that “circuit breakers” will be applied for one month, in first instance, to pre-empt the trend of increasing local transmission of COVID-19.

  • Most workplaces, except for essential services and key economic sectors, will be closed.
  • Full home-based learning in schools and institutes of higher learning (IHLs) will start from 8 April. All pre-school and student care centres will also be closed.
  • Tighter restrictions on movements and gatherings of people. Gatherings should be confined to households, and go out only for essential things. All public attractions, sports and recreation facilities will also be closed.

To provide some basic protection for those who need to head out, reusable masks will be distributed to all residents with registered home addresses. The distribution will take place progressively from 5 to 12 April 2020, from collection points at designated Community Clubs/ Centres (CCs) and Residents’ Committee (RC) Centres.

Additionally, DPM Heng Swee Keat will announce additional support for households and businesses next Monday (6 Apr) in Parliament.

Read the official statement here.

Entry approval required for all long-term pass holders entering Singapore

All long-term pass holders will require an entry approval before entering or returning to Singapore from Sunday (Mar 29) at 11.59pm, according to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

Long-term pass holders include those who hold long-term visit passes, student passes, as well as those who have been granted in-principle approval for a long-term pass. 

Read the full article here

COVID-19 Resilience Budget: Unemployment benefits increase; higher cash payouts for adult Singaporeans

Financial assistance for the unemployed and low-income workers are set to increase as the COVID-19 outbreak unnerves businesses and employees across Singapore.“The best way to safeguard the well-being of our people is by supporting them to stay employed,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in Parliament on Thursday (Mar 26).

“As the impact of COVID-19 on our economy deepens, some workers will lose their jobs or see their incomes significantly reduced. We will help them.”

Read the full article here

Tighter Measures To Minimise Further Spread Of Covid-19

Enhanced Precautions for UK/US Returnees

For Singapore residents arriving from the UK and US, it is mandatory for all Singaporeans returning from US and UK and arriving from 25 Mar 2359 onwards to stay at designated government-arranged facilities for the duration of their Stay Home Notice (SHN) period. Transportation will be arranged to send the returnees directly from the airport to the hotels. Each will have their own room/toilet, and will be provided all their meals, so that they may avoid physical contact with other individuals. These SHN requirements will be strictly enforced so as to reduce the risk of community transmission from imported cases.

This new SHN arrangement will take effect for all UK/US returnees from 25 March 2020, 2359 hours. All returnees from the UK and US who are presently still serving out their SHN in their homes may also apply to stay in these dedicated facilities. They can contact the SHN Helpline at 6812-5555 for more information.

Singapore Residents and Long-Term Pass Holders who Disregard Travel Advisory

Any Singapore resident or Long Term Pass holder who leaves Singapore from 27 March 2020, in disregard of the prevailing travel advisories, will be charged at unsubsidised rates for their inpatient stay at public hospitals, if they are admitted for suspected COVID-19 and have onset of symptoms within 14 days of returning to Singapore. Singapore residents will also not be able to claim from MediShield Life or Integrated Shield Plans for these treatments at public and private hospitals.

Read the latest MOH’s statement here.

Temporary measures: Gatherings outside of school and work limited to 10 people, entertainment venues to close

Gatherings outside school and work will be limited to a maximum of 10 people from Thursday at 11.59pm to Apr 30 this year, the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force said on Tuesday (Mar 24). The task force said that the duration of the stricter measures may be extended if the situation does not improve here.

Read more from full article and latest MOH’s statement.

All travellers entering Singapore from Mar 27 must submit health declaration forms online

From 9am on Mar 27, all travellers arriving in Singapore, will have to submit a health declaration online before proceeding with immigration clearance, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) on Monday (Mar 23).

Travellers – residents and long-term pass holders included – will have to submit their declaration via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service.

Read the full article here

Singapore Airlines (SIA) slashes 96% of capacity, grounds most planes

SIA will cut 96 per cent of its capacity that had been scheduled up to the end of April, said the airline on Monday (Mar 23). The decision was made after the further tightening of border controls around the world over the last week to stem the COVID-19 outbreak, SIA said in a news release.

Read the full article here

Additional Border Control Measures to Reduce Further Importation of Covid-19 Cases

In view of the heightened risk of importation of COVID-19 cases into Singapore, all short-term visitors will now not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore. From 23 March 2020, 2359 hours, all short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) will not be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore. Furthermore the Ministry of Manpower will only allow the entry/ return of work pass holders, including their dependents, for those providing essential services, such as in healthcare and transport.

Read the release from MOH here

Check out this set of FAQs if you have further questions around the latest release.

Passing of Two Patients with COVID-19 Infection

Two people – a 75-year-old Singaporean and a 64-year-old Indonesian national- have passed away from complications due to the Covid-19 infection on the morning of March 21.

Read the release from MOH here

Info for Overseas Singaporeans Returning to Singapore

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14-day stay-home notice will apply to all returning residents and short-term visitors

Singaporeans and residents returning to the country will all have to serve a 14-day isolation period, while people in the country should defer all travel overseas, the authorities announced on Wednesday (March 18), as the country saw 47 new cases, an all-time high.

The new, broader measures to contain the coronavirus come as the country braces itself for more to come.

Image(Photo credit: The Straits Times)

To read the full article, please visit here

Singapore universities and polytechnics suspend overseas placements

Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), including local universities and polytechnics, will suspend all overseas placements until the end of July, in light of new border restrictions announced by Singapore on 15 March.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) said that students who are currently on such overseas placements will be recalled “as soon as is practicable”, and the IHLs will support them with alternative learning arrangements. These alternative arrangements should not impose any additional financial cost to students, and all additional modules or local internships will not add to the current school fees.

To read the full article, please visit here

Singapore Airlines waives rebooking fees

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Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it will waive rebooking fees for tickets issued on or before 15 March, after Singapore expanded travel restrictions to include travellers who have visited ASEAN countries, UK, Japan and Switzerland.

Customers who booked all SIA flights for travel up to 31 May 2020, can rebook their flights so long as their new itinerary is completed by 31 March 2021. Although rebooking fees will be waived, a fare difference may apply for the new itinerary.

SIA said it will continue to review its waiver policy and may extend the cut-off date of 31 May 2020, as it assesses the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak.

To read the full article, please visit here

Stay-home notices for travellers entering Singapore

As of 16 March 2020 2359, all travellers including Singapore residents, long-term pass holders and short-term visitors, with recent travel history to countries indicated will be issued with a 14 day stay-home notice. The new border control measures are aimed at preventing further importation of COVID-19 cases.

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The Ministry of Health has also advised Singaporeans to differ all non-essential travel abroad, to reduce the risk of Singaporeans contracting the COVID-19 infection overseas.

Read the full article here

Be prepared for the long haul on Covid-19: Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan

In an interview on CNBC on 11 March, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan shared that the approach the Singapore government is taking is to be organised and prepared for the long haul. He also spoke about how Covid-19 and its economic aftermath is going to last “at least a year, which means anything we do needs to be sustainable and sensible for the long term”.

ImageYou can watch the interview here (Credit: Screengrab from CNBC)

You can also read the full article here

Situation in Singapore remains under control, says PM Lee

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On 12 March, PM Lee Hsien Loong addressed the nation regarding the Covid-19 situation, emphasising that the situation in Singapore remains under control. He mentions that Singapore will not go into a lockdown and will instead plan for more stringent measures to prepare Singaporeans.

PM Lee expects for more imported cases as the virus continues to spread in many other countries. He urges for Singaporeans to reduce attendance at crowded gatherings, and shares that the government is working to free up medical facilities for additional capacity should Singapore face a surge.

Read more here

Power in unity: Singapore’s battle against Covid-19

Singapore has been effectively curbing the Covid-19 outbreak from assimilating further into the community – but what goes on behind the scenes? See how the unification of efforts among Singapore has strengthened the nation in its battle against Covid-19:https://www.youtube.com/embed/fp8ahoyuRzU

Information updated as of 9 October 2020, 2:00pm(GMT+8:00)