COVID-19: Singapore tightens border measures with Taiwan; Singaporean, PR travellers to serve 21-day stay-home notice
SINGAPORE: Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders with recent travel history to Taiwan will have to serve a 21-day stay-home notice, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Saturday (May 15) in a press release.
MOH said the measures, which take effect on May 16, 11.59pm, come in the wake of increased COVID-19 cases in Taiwan.
The stay-home notice will consist of a 14-day stay at a dedicated facility, followed by an additional seven days at their place of residence. Those returning to Singapore will also 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.
Previously, travellers from Taiwan had been allowed to go about their activities in Singapore without the need to serve a stay-home notice if their PCR tests were negative.
Short-term travellers holding an air travel pass with travel history to Taiwan within the last 21 days before departure for Singapore will not be allowed to enter Singapore, MOH said.
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Travellers who have recent travel history to Taiwan and who are not citizens or permanent residents will be required to take a PCR test within 72 hours before departure. They will need to present a valid negative COVID-19 test results in order to enter Singapore.
All visitors with recent history to Taiwan who entered Singapore between May 15 and May 16 will be subject to Government-funded COVID19 PCR tests on Day 3 and Day 7 of their arrival in Singapore, MOH said.
Affected travellers will be contacted with additional details on how they can take these tests.