Singapore shuts borders to visitors

The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that from March 23rd 2020, 23:59 hours, all short-term visitors, from anywhere in the world, would not be allowed either to enter or transit through Singapore.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has therefore applied these additional precautionary measures to all vessels calling at the Port of Singapore.

Since January 24th the MPA had been implementing temperature screening at all sea checkpoints, including ferry and cruise terminals, PSA terminals and Jurong Port, for inbound travellers. MPA had also put up health advisories at the sea checkpoints to inform travellers and ship crew on the precautionary measures to take when travelling, as well as to remain vigilant and adopt good hygiene practices.

The MPA has now extended the precautionary measures to all ships calling the Port of Singapore.

Crew/passengers onboard arriving vessels that have called at ports in mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea and Spain within the previous 14 days shall remain onboard the vessels during the vessel’s stay in port.

Crew/passengers with recent travel history to mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea and Spain within the last 14 days shall remain onboard the vessels during the vessels’ stay in port.

Crew/passengers arriving from countries other than mainland China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea and Spain who wish to land ashore will be served with a Stay-Home-Notice (SHN).

With effect from March 13th, Singapore stopped port calls for all cruise vessels.

 The owners, agents or masters who intend to perform crew change in Singapore, should take note that the signing on and signing off crew is to be served with SHN.

All travellers entering Singapore and exhibiting a fever (i.e. temperature above 37.5 degree Celsius) and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness may be required to undergo a Covid-19 swab test at the regional ferry terminals, regardless of travel history. They will be issued a 14-day SHN or returned to their point of origin.

Short-term visitors who arrive in Singapore without the necessary approval will be denied entry into Singapore.

All crew/passengers who are nationals of any ASEAN country must submit health information for clearance by Singapore’s Ministry of Health before their intended date of travel. Approved applications will be verified by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority at the Singapore checkpoints. Visitors without the necessary approval, or proof of the place where they will serve the 14-day Stay-Home-Notice, or do not meet prevailing entry requirements, will be denied entry.

Crew/passengers are required to provide proof of the place where they will serve the 14-day SHN, for example a hotel booking, covering the entire period, or a place of residence they or their family own.

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