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Updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) Local Situation



As there have been recent sharp increases in cases reported by Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, residents of Singapore are advised to defer all travel to these countries/ regions until further notice.

Residents of Singapore may travel overseas:

a) To Australia, Brunei Darussalam, New Zealand, Mainland China and Taiwan;

b) If they are pursuing academic studies or professional qualifications overseas, for courses or examinations which require physical presence in the foreign educational institution[1];

c) If they are taking on or returning to employment overseas, for employment opportunities which require physical presence overseas[2];
 
d) For essential travel for business, official and work purposes under Green/Fast Lane arrangements and the Periodic Commuting Arrangement;
 
e) For compassionate reasons (e.g. due to death of / critically ill family member);
 
f) To seek medical treatment which cannot be reasonably received in Singapore; or
 
g) To return to country of residence to attend to, or after attending to, legal/contractual obligations.

Except for the above, residents of Singapore are advised to defer all other forms of travel overseas.

Travellers are advised to check the entry requirements imposed by the countries/regions they intend to travel to. When overseas, travellers should take all necessary precautions, observe good personal hygiene, monitor local developments, and heed the advice of local authorities.

All travellers will be subject to the prevailing border measures upon entry to Singapore, including payment for their stay at dedicated SHN facilities and tests, where applicable.  All Singapore Citizens (SCs), Permanent Residents (PRs), and Long-Term Pass Holders (LTPHs) will be able to tap on regular healthcare financing arrangements for their COVID-19 treatment should they have onset of symptoms within 14 days of their return to Singapore and require hospital admission for suspected COVID-19 infection – SCs and PRs may access Government subsidies, and MediShield Life (MSHL) / Integrated Shield Plan (IP) coverage; LTPHs may tap on their usual financing arrangements, such as private insurance.
 
As Singapore’s measures will evolve as the global situation changes, we encourage everyone to check the MOH website (https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19) for the latest updates.

[1] Students enrolled in local educational institutions may travel overseas to complete a compulsory course component or examination that cannot be completed locally. Students below the age of 18 may be accompanied by an adult. Mature students may travel overseas with their dependents who will be residing with them for the duration of their studies.
 
[2] Residents of Singapore traveling to take on or return to employment overseas may travel with their dependents who will be residing with them for the duration of their employment.

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