Passengers with a history of recent travel will be notified of a 21-day stay from May 8 at high-risk locations.

    Singapore: Travelers with recent travel history for high-risk countries and regions will be required to report a 21-day stay at dedicated facilities from 8 May.

    Those who are currently serving their stay home notice and have to complete it before this date must serve another seven days at their stay home notice location.

    High-risk countries and regions refer to all places except Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Mainland China, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

    Speaking at a press conference by the Multi-Ministry Task Force on Tuesday (May 4), co-chairman Lawrence Wong said the global COVID-19 situation had “deteriorated”, with new variants and new cases from South Asia to Southeast Asia. Are spreading.

    “We are adopting this more stringent border measure by the end of May, beyond that time we will do another review based on the global situation and the local situation, and we will continue to update and fine-tune our border measures. “

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    In addition, border measures for arriving travelers will be determined from May 8, the period of the current 14-day travel history, according to their recent travel history in countries and territories of the last 21 days.

    This comes after the Singapore government on Friday banned short-term visitors and long-term pass holders from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with recent travel history.

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    FIJI and VIETNAM instructors

    In addition to 8 May, passengers who have stayed in Fiji and Vietnam for the last 21 days before arriving in Singapore are required to give notice for 21-day stay at dedicated facilities. They can serve the last seven days at their place of residence.

    Those who have stayed at these two locations and are yet to complete their 14-day stay-at-home notice by May 8 can complete their remaining stay-at-home notice at their current stay home notice location. They can also request for an additional seven days of service at their place of residence.

    Meanwhile, passengers in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka who are currently required to take their 21-day stay at home notice are required to spend the entire duration in the facility. Will have to serve.

    To complete their stay home notice before 8 May yet they have to reduce the risk of movement and broadcasting the notice of their stay at their current location at their home.

    Passengers reporting their 21-day stay will end the COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test on the 14th day of arrival, the 14th day of their stay-at-home notice, and before their 21-day period.

    “Risk-based for board management”

    Singapore cannot “completely” rely on border measures to control the spread of COVID-19, Mr Wong, who is also the Minister of Education.

    “Unlike some large or resource-rich countries, which can close their borders for a long time, Singapore cannot afford to do so, certainly not for long.”

    Instead, he said that Singapore has always taken a “risk-based approach” to managing its borders, by controlling the amount of arrivals, home notices for arriving passengers to stay and those working at borders and outposts Officers are required to be vaccinated.

    Mr Wong said that “leaks” in the community could also occur with these tight measures.

    “The point is that we keep our border measures as limited as possible, but we cannot fully rely on border control. We have to use other tools at our disposal: testing, tracing, safe management measures and now immunization.

    “If we do all this well, we can control the spread of infection in our community.”

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