Everything About the New Stay-Home Notices That’ll Be Issued to Travellers / Returning Residents

It seems like every day, there would be new measures made for COVID-19, especially now that the number of cases globally has spiked rather drastically.

With almost more than 70% of new COVID-19 in recent days being imported into Singapore, the authorities have taken another drastic measure—one that would inconvenience many for sure, but necessary to contain the outbreak within Singapore.

Here’s what you need to know.

Everything About the New Stay-Home Notices That’ll Be Issued to Travellers / Returning Residents

From tomorrow (16 March 2020), 11:59pm onwards, anyone, regardless of whether he or she is a Singaporean or whatnot, who has been to these countries in the last 14 days would be issued a 14-day Stay-Home Notice, in which one can’t leave the house (not even to buy food) for 14 days:

  • Brunei
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia (please read on for more info)
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Japan
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom

For Malaysia, it’d be a tad different: if a person travels in via land or sea, then there’s no SHN involved, since many people come in to Singapore to work daily.

In addition, anyone who is a national of any ASEAN country (all the countries above except for Japan, Switzerland and the UK) and would like to visit Singapore (i.e. no long-term pass) would need to seek approval by submitting their requisite information on their health to the Singapore Overseas Mission in the country they are resident of before their intended date of travel. Anyone without approval will be denied entry.

For people who have no residence in Singapore (e.g. tourists), they need to provide proof that they’ve booked a hotel for 14 days or a place that they are going to stay in. Yes, I know; I think they’d rather stay in their country instead of visiting a hotel for 14 days #justsaying

And also, there is no change to the old system whereby people who’ve been to these countries would also need to serve a 14-day SHN:

  • China
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • France
  • Germany
  • South Korea
  • Spain

If it’s still confusing to you, just remember this: if you’ve been to these countries in the last 14 days (just do a search in this article), you’d be served an SHN. If you come in to Singapore from Malaysia via land or sea, you are exempted from this.

You can read the full details here.

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