COVID-19: Travellers who serve stay-home notice outside of facilities after entering Singapore must wear electronic device

COVID-19: Travellers who serve stay-home notice outside of facilities after entering Singapore must wear electronic device

From next Tuesday (Aug 11), all travellers who enter Singapore and serve their stay-home notice outside of dedicated facilities will have to wear an electronic monitoring device throughout the 14 days. Gwyneth Teo with the story.

SINGAPORE: Starting next Tuesday (Aug 11), travellers entering Singapore who are serving their stay-home notice outside of dedicated facilities will have to wear an electronic monitoring device throughout the 14 days. 

This will apply to all travellers including Singaporeans, permanent residents, long-term pass holders, work pass holders and their dependents, said the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Ministry of Education (MOE) in a press release. 

Only those aged 12 and below will be exempt from the requirement.

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"On arrival in Singapore, travellers serving their stay-home notice at their place of residence will be issued with an electronic monitoring device at the checkpoints, after immigration clearance.

"They will need to activate the electronic monitoring device upon reaching their place of residence," the agencies said.

If the device is not activated as required, the authorities will follow up to determine the traveller's location, and assist to resolve any technical difficulties, or take enforcement action, as the case may be.

ATTEMPT TO LEAVE PLACE OF RESIDENCE WILL TRIGGER ALERT

During the 14-day period, those wearing the devices may receive notifications on these devices and need to acknowledge them in a timely manner, said the authorities. 

ICA stay-home notice device
Wristband and gateway device for ICA's electronic monitoring of travellers serving stay-home notices. (Photo: Gwyneth Teo)

Any attempt to leave the place of residence or tamper with the electronic device will trigger an alert to the authorities, who will conduct follow-up investigations, except when the person is leaving his or her place of residence for an appointment to take the COVID-19 swab test. 

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Those who are caught flouting the stay-home notice requirements or tampering with the device may be fined up to S$10,000 and jailed up to six months. 

For foreigners, authorities may take "further administrative actions", such as revoking or shortening the validity of permits and passes to remain or work in Singapore, the agencies said. 

After serving their stay-home notice, travellers have to deactivate the device and dispose of it or return it. 

NO PERSONAL DATA STORED

The devices use GPS and 4G or Bluetooth signals to determine if people on stay-home notices are within the range of their place of residence. 

"The devices do not store any personal data and do not have any voice or video recording function," said the agencies, adding that data transmitted by the devices is protected by encryption.

Only authorised government officials will have access to the data collected by the devices for the purposes of monitoring and investigation.

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Since Mar 21, all travellers entering the country have to serve a 14-day stay-home notice and undergo a COVID-19 swab test before the end of their stay-home period.

Those entering from areas where the coronavirus is deemed under control, such as mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia – except from the state of Victoria – are allowed to serve the notice at their place of residence.

All travellers entering Singapore from other areas, including Singaporeans and permanent residents who left the country after Mar 27, will have to pay for their stay at dedicated stay-home notice facilities.

The authorities have been monitoring compliance with the stay-home notice using a combination of text messages and phone or video calls, as well as house visits. 

"With the progressive lifting of travel restrictions, the use of wearable electronic monitoring devices will enable ICA, MOM and MOE to monitor those serving stay-home notice at their place of residence more effectively," the agencies said.

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