The Multi-Ministry Taskforce has announced plans for a progressive reopening of Singapore’s economy and society as it emerges from the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The taskforce has also been reviewing the border measures put in place to manage the risks of importation, and will likewise be implementing progressive changes as the borders reopen to international travel. These include ongoing discussions with various countries/regions on developing bilateral arrangements for safe travel, and allowing more Long Term Pass holders still outside Singapore to return.
The testing regime will apply to all travelers entering Singapore from 17 June 2020, 11:59 pm. It is an additional precautionary measure to detect the virus, especially given the risks of asymptomatic cases. The test will be scheduled a few days before the end of the Stay Home Notice (SHN) period, at a designated community testing facility. Each person under SHN will receive information on the scheduled appointment slot and venue via an SMS notification. They will have to travel from their place of residence to the designated testing facility.
The charges for COVID-19 test for people under SHN: up to S$200, or approximately $143 (inclusive of GST)
A 14-day stay at a dedicated SHN facility: S$2,000, or approximately $1,430 (inclusive of GST)
For a start, all travelers entering Singapore from 17 June 2020, 11:59 pm, and who had remained in Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Mainland China, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam in the last consecutive 14 days prior to their entry will no longer have to serve their SHN at dedicated SHN facilities:
All Singaporeans and residents of Singapore are still advised to defer all travel abroad. However, essential business and official travel will be permitted under Green/Fast Lane arrangements.
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