SINGAPORE: Singapore will stop the entry or transit of visitors who have recently traveled to Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the COVID-19 multi-ministerial task force announced on Friday (April 30).
The ban begins May 2 and covers all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors who have stayed in the four countries in the past 14 days, including transit.
It will also apply to those who have obtained prior approval to enter Singapore, said task force co-chair Lawrence Wong.
Those who have recently traveled to the four countries, who are serving 14 days’ notice to stay in Singapore starting May 3, will see that period extended by an additional seven days at dedicated stay centers.
They will also need to take a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon arrival, on the 14th day of their stay-at-home notice and before the end of their 21-day notice.
The measures follow a “deterioration” of the COVID-19 situation in India, with the infection spreading beyond India to neighboring countries, Wong said. India registers more than 300,000 new cases per day.
READ: Public places visited by COVID-19 cases in Tan Tock Seng Hospital cluster will close for 2 days
READ: COVID-19: People ‘should limit’ social interactions to a maximum of 2 per day, health ministry says
Additionally, all travelers entering Singapore from May 3 with a history of travel to Thailand within the past 14 days will be required to serve 14 days notice of stay at a dedicated property. Currently, they are authorized to serve the notice at their place of residence.
They cannot withdraw from dedicated facilities, even if they have obtained prior authorization.
Thailand is experiencing a third wave of COVID-19 cases, reporting around 2,000 new cases per day. The peak caused closures in Bangkok and other areas.
Travelers from Fiji and Vietnam can still choose to serve their 14-day notice of stay at their place of residence if they meet two conditions: Traveled to no other country or region other than the aforementioned country within 14 days of entry , and occupy their place of residence alone, or with members of the household who also serve a notice of stay at home with the same history and the same duration of trip.
REPORT THIS: Our comprehensive coverage of the coronavirus outbreak and its developments
Download our app or subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak: https://UKTN.asia/telegram