Singapore to tighten border measures on travellers from Australia, ease up on those from Guangdong

·Editorial Team
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Changi International Airport.
Changi International Airport. (PHOTO: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Singapore will be tightening its COVID-19 border measures on travellers from Australia, while easing those on travellers from the Chinese province of Guangdong.

In a media release on Wednesday (30 June), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that, given the recent increase in cases observed in Australia, short-term travellers with travel history to Australia within the last 21 days before departure for Singapore will not be allowed to enter the Republic from 11.59pm on Friday (2 July).

At the same time, Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders entering Singapore with travel history to Australia within the last 21 days before departure will be subject to an on-arrival polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, a seven-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at their place of residence, and another PCR test before the end of the SHN period.

Four cities in Australia are currently under lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19. Last week, Singapore had tightened border measures to New South Wales, given the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the Australian state. 

Border measures eased for travellers from Guangdong

With the improving situation in Guangdong following a recent outbreak of COVID-19 cases, all travellers entering Singapore from 11.59pm on Friday with travel history to the Chinese province within the last 21 days will need only to undergo the on-arrival PCR test. They will not need to serve any SHN period.

If the PCR test result is negative, they will be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore.

Short-term visitors with travel history to Guangdong within the last 21 days before departure can apply for an Air Travel Pass with immediate effect, for entry into Singapore on or after 7 July. They will also need to undergo a PCR test upon arrival.

Travellers who are already serving their seven-day SHN at their place of residence as of 11.59pm on Friday will still be required to complete their SHN and exit swab.

All other travellers with travel history to Mainland China (excluding Guangdong province) in the last 21 days prior to travel will continue to be subject to a PCR test upon arrival at the airport, in lieu of their SHN.

Travellers are advised to visit the SafeTravel website to check for the most updated border measures before entering Singapore.

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