Further, Singapore has put in place a no-transit rule for all travellers with travel history to Indonesia in the past 21 days, as well as enforced tightened restrictions for those who are allowed to embark at Singapore.

The Ministry of Health (MOH), on 10 July, has updated Singapore’s border measures for travellers entering Singapore with travel history (within the last 21 days) to Indonesia.

This is in light of the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia. As of 11 July, the country has a total of 376,015 active cases, with the total cases exceeding 2.5mn.

As such, the following applies to travellers with recent travel history to Indonesia (in the last 21 days):

  1. Reduced entry approvals for non-Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs)
  2. No transit allowed
  3. Incoming travellers must satisfy pre-departure testing requirements

These are shared in detail below.

#1 Reduced entry approvals (Effective immediately)

Effective immediately, the ministry will reduce entry for non-Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs).

“Entry approvals may be considered where additional safe management measures are taken,” MOH said.

#2 No transit allowed (Effective 12 July 2021, Monday, 2359 hours)

With effect from 12 July 2021 (Monday), 2359 hours, all travellers with travel history to Indonesia within the last 21 days will also not be allowed to transit through Singapore.

#3 Pre-departure testing requirements

In the same period, the following measures will be in place for travellers coming from Indonesia:

  • Present a valid negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within 48 hours before departure for Singapore .

Prior to this, all travellers entering Singapore with recent travel history to Indonesia needed to present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure.

Travellers who arrive in Singapore without a valid negative PCR test result may be denied entry into Singapore, the Ministry reminded.

MOH said: “Permanent Residents and long-term pass holders who fail to comply with the new requirements may have their permit or pass cancelled.”

After presenting a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test, all travellers will continue to be subjected to:

  • 14-day stay-home notice (SHN) at dedicated SHN facilities;
  • On-arrival PCR test and PCR test on day 14 of arrival; and
  • On-arrival antigen rapid test (ART) and self-administered ART test on day three, seven and 11 of arrival.

“Travellers are advised to visit SafeTravel to check for the most updated border measures before entering Singapore and be prepared to be subjected to the prevailing border measures upon entry,” the Ministry urged.

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