With the COVID-19 outbreak worsening each day, it is no wonder that many countries have stepped up their measures in an attempt to prevent the infection from spreading any further.
There are almost 120,000 people who have been infected by this highly contagious virus, and more than 4,200 people have died because of it.
One of the measures countries have taken is imposing travel restrictions against those visiting from countries with a high number of people infected.
Especially in Singapore where we are told to prepare for more imported cases.
Previously, we wrote a complete list of countries with travel restrictions against Singapore.
This time, we’re back with a complete list of countries that Singapore has imposed travel restrictions against for our foreign friends thinking of coming to Singapore.
Types Of Restrictions
Just in case you’re unclear, there are three types of restrictions against Singapore, as mentioned by my colleague.
- Denial of entry
- Entry subject to quarantine
- Entry upon clearing the medical screening
Based on the type of travel restrictions, you can either be sent back via plane immediately or quarantined for 14 days upon your arrival.
For Singapore, however, we only have one type of travel restriction imposed against other countries: a total denial of entry.
Here are the countries that Singapore has imposed travel restrictions against:
- Mainland China
- Northern Italy
- South Korea
Any traveller who has been to these countries within the past 14 days will not be allowed to enter, or transit through, Singapore.
Yes, even if you merely wanted to transit through Singapore, you’re not allowed to.
So if you are from these four countries, or plan to transit through Singapore, you might want to change your travel plans.
When Did The Restrictions Start
Travel restrictions against Mainland China started since 1 Feb 2020 after the COVID-19 situation over there started spiralling downwards.
As for Iran, Northern Italy and South Korea, the travel restrictions were put into place on 4 Mar 2020 after the situation within these countries worsened as well.
Take note of these dates because it’s easier to get a refund or get airlines to waive change fees if you’ve booked your tickets earlier.
Do note that this applies to anyone who’s been to these countries in the last 14 days; so even if you’re a citizen there but haven’t been to any of the countries before, you can still enter, because the virus isn’t racist.
Singaporeans & Long-Term Pass Holders
Some Singaporeans who are overseas might be thinking of coming back, just like this student in France.
Or maybe, you’re a long-term pass holder here and want to come back.
Will you be denied entry too?
We take care of our own, didn’t you know that?
All Singapore residents and long-term pass holders returning to Singapore from mainland China except for Hubei, Iran, northern Italy or South Korea within the last 14 days will have to serve a Stay-Home Notice (SHN).
They will have to remain at their place of residence at all times during a 14-day period upon arrival into Singapore. They will also be asked to monitor their health closely and practise social distancing.
Those travelling from Hubei, the epicentre of the virus outbreak, however, will be quarantined.
Visas For Iranian Passports Will Be Suspended
Unfortunately, there will be a suspension of issuance of all forms of new visas to those with Iranian passports by the ICA.
What if I have an Iranian passport and I was already issued a visa? Am I still affected?
Yes, those with Iranian passports who were previously issued short-term and multiple-visit visas will also have their visas suspended.
Basically, all Iranians, whether they have a visa or not, will be denied entry into Singapore.
Other Measures In Place
All travellers arriving in Singapore have to undergo temperature screening.
Travellers who display symptoms might also have to undergo a nasal swap test which has successfully detected one COVID-19 positive case.
The sample will then be sent for testing at the HTX lab.
After the test, they will be allowed to enter Singapore but are required to minimise contact with others.
Anyone tested positive will be moved to the hospital in specially-dedicated ambulances.