Singapore tightening restrictions for travelers from Vietnam

, Singapore tightening restrictions for travelers from Vietnam
  • Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders arriving in Singapore with travel history to Vietnam in the 14 days prior to departure will have to take an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test, serve a 14-day stay-home notice.
  • Singapore had earlier announced that travellers from Vietnam will be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore without the need to serve a stay-home notice.
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Singapore will tighten its border measures for people with travel history to Vietnam, while adjusting measures for travellers from New South Wales, Australia, the Ministry of Health said on Tuesday (Feb 9).

“The multi-ministry task force has been closely monitoring the global COVID-19 situation,” MOH said in a press release.

Restrictions for people with travel history to Vietnam have been tightened given the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases there.

Singapore had earlier announced that travellers from Vietnam will be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore without the need to serve a stay-home notice if their on-arrival COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result is negative.

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From 11.59pm on Friday, Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders arriving in Singapore with travel history to Vietnam in the 14 days prior to departure will have to take an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test, serve a 14-day stay-home notice at dedicated facilities and undergo a PCR test before the end of the notice period.

Short-term travellers with an Air Travel Pass (ATP) with travel history to Vietnam within the last 14 days before departure for Singapore will not be allowed to enter Singapore.

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All travellers who are not Singaporeans or permanent residents will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure. These travellers will still be required to undergo an on-arrival test and serve their stay-home notice upon arrival and be tested at the end of isolation period.

Travellers from Vietnam can opt out of serving their stay-home notice in a dedicated facility and serve the notice at their place of residence in Singapore under two conditions: 

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If they travelled to no other country or region including Australia, Brunei, Fiji, Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand, in the previous 14 days before entry,

And if they reside alone or with household members who are also on stay-home notices with the same travel history and duration, according to CNA.

Related: Vietnam adds another 16 COVID-19 cases, total reaches 2,069

Vietnam has registered 483 community transmissions in 13 cities and provinces in the latest wave.

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Hai Duong alone has 327 cases, followed by neighbor Quang Ninh with 53 and Vietnam’s two biggest cities, HCMC and Hanoi, with 33 and 28.

Vietnam has recorded 2,069 Covid-19 cases so far, 557 of them active.

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