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Tightened Covid-19 border measures for travellers, transfers from Indonesia: MOH

SINGAPORE — Singapore will reduce entry approvals for travellers from Indonesia who are not Singapore citizens or permanent residents with immediate effect, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Saturday (July 10).

Travellers wearing protective gear are seen at Changi Airport in Singapore.

Travellers wearing protective gear are seen at Changi Airport in Singapore.

SINGAPORE — Singapore will reduce entry approvals for travellers from Indonesia who are not Singapore citizens or permanent residents with immediate effect, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Saturday (July 10).

"Entry approvals may be considered where additional safe-management measures are taken," added MOH.

The tightened border measures for travellers from Indonesia came in the midst of the worsening Covid-19 situation there, said the ministry.  

MOH also said that all travellers with a travel history to Indonesia within the past 21 days will not be allowed to transit through Singapore with effect from 11.59pm on July 12.

UPDATED PRE-DEPARTURE TESTING REQUIREMENTS

With effect from 11.59pm on July 12, MOH said that all travellers entering Singapore with recent travel history to Indonesia in the last 21 days will need to present a valid negative Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result taken within 48 hours before departure for Singapore.

Right now, such travellers will need to present a valid negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before departure.

Travellers who arrive in Singapore without a valid negative PCR test result may be denied entry.

Permanent residents and long-term pass holders who fail to comply with the new requirements may have their permit or pass cancelled, added MOH.

MOH said that all travellers will continue to be subject to a 14-day stay-home notice at dedicated facilities as well as an on-arrival PCR test and a subsequent test on day 14 of arrival.

Travellers must also undergo an on-arrival antigen rapid test (ART) and self-administered ART test on days 3, 7 and 11 of their arrival.

“As the global situation evolves, we will continue to adjust our border measures to manage the risk of importation and transmission to the community,” said MOH.

Changes to border measures will be updated on the Government's SafeTravel website

MOH advised travellers to visit the website to check on the latest border measures before entering Singapore and be prepared to be subject to prevailing border measures upon entry. CNA

For more stories like this, visit cna.asia.

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