Three-week stay-home notice for travellers to high risk zones: S’pore

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Travellers with recent travel history to higher risk countries and regions will have to serve a 21-day stay-home notice at dedicated facilities from May 8.

Those currently serving their stay-home notice and have yet to complete it before this date will have to serve another seven days at their stay-home notice location.

Higher 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 yesterday, co-chair Lawrence Wong said the global COVID-19 situation has “worsened”, with new variants and new cases spreading from South Asia to Southeast Asia.

“We are adopting this more stringent border measure up until the end of May, beyond at that time we will do a further review depending on the global situation and the local situation, and we will continue to update and fine-tune our border measures.”

People take photos in the rain in Singapore. PHOTO: XINHUA

In addition, border measures for incoming travellers will, from May 8, be determined according to their recent travel history in the past 21 days to countries or regions, up from the current 14-day travel history period.

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

In addition from May 8, travellers who have stayed in Fiji and Vietnam in the past consecutive 21 days before arriving in Singapore will have to serve a 21-day stay-home notice at dedicated facilities. They may serve the last seven days at their place of residence.

Those who have been to these two places and have yet to complete their 14-day stay-home notice by May 8 can complete their remaining stay-home notice at their current stay-home notice location. They may also request to serve their additional seven days at their place of residence.

Meanwhile, travellers from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka who are currently required to serve their 21-day stay-home notice will have to serve the full duration at a dedicated facility.

Those yet to complete their stay-home notice before May 8 will have to serve their stay-home notice at their current location to minimise movement and risk of transmission.

Travellers serving their 21-day stay-home notice will undergo COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests on-arrival, on the 14th day of their stay-home notice, and before the end of their 21-day period.

Five community cases were among 17 new COVID-19 infections reported in Singapore as of noon yesterday, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

All the new community cases are linked to the Tan Tock Seng Hospital cluster and were detected from proactive testing of patients, visitors and hospital employees or their close contacts.

They had already been placed under quarantine, said the ministry.

The remaining 12 cases were imported and were placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore, MOH said in its preliminary daily update.