SINGAPORE: Visitors with recent travel history to Vietnam will have to serve a 21-day stay-home notice at dedicated facilities, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Thursday (May 13).
Previously, travellers were required to serve 14 days of their stay-home notice at a dedicated facility and an additional seven days at a place of residence or self-sourced accommodation.
The change is due to a "recent increase" in COVID-19 cases reported by Vietnam, and takes place with immediate effect, MOH said in a press release.
Travellers who have not completed their 14-day stay-home notice at a dedicated facility by 11.59pm on May 15 will have to serve the additional seven days at their current facility. They will be contacted regarding the additional costs to be paid.
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To "minimise movement and risk of transmission", those currently serving their stay-home notice at a place of residence or self-sourced accommodation will be required to complete their 21-day stay-home notice at their current location.
Travellers serving 21-day stay-home notices will undergo COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests on arrival, day 14 of their stay-home notice and before the end of the 21-day period.
"Travellers from Fiji are still allowed to serve the additional 7-days at their place of residence," MOH said.
Vietnam reported its first community COVID-19 case in more than a month on Apr 29, with other clusters emerging since.
Several cases have been linked to people who tested positive after their two-week stay in hotel quarantine had ended.