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Singapore tightens entry requirements for inbound travellers

Singapore has announced new entry requirements in light of the new COVID-19 variant and a resurgence of cases worldwide.

New tightened entry requirements include on-arrival testing, compulsory COVID-19 travel insurance, and a 3 week quarantine for travellers coming from the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Starting 25th January,2021, all travellers will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in Singapore. This is in addition to the preflight test imposed on travellers from high-risk locations. The on-arrival test costs S$160 (US$120) and can be pre-booked online.

Beginning 1st February,2021, foreign visitors travelling under the Air Travel Pass and Reciprocal Green Lane arrangements will also be subject to compulsory travel insurance. Designated plans, which come with a minimum coverage of S$30,000, will pay for COVID-19 medical treatment and hospitalisation costs if incurred in Singapore.

In addition to all this, Singapore has announced that travellers arriving from the United Kingdom and South Africa will now be required to undergo 7 extra days of home quarantine. This is on top of the 2 weeks at a designated facility. Foreign travellers from the two countries, including long-term pass holders, are already barred from entry.

Singapore’s new 3-week quarantine for travellers from UK and South Africa is among the most stringent in the world and follows Hong Kong’s decision last month.

Meanwhile, United Kingdom is now requiring a negative COVID-19 test result from all international arrivals while United States will require a negative COVID-19 test from 26th January,2021.

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