Forum: Let those who need to travel be tested for Covid-19

A passenger checks in at Changi Airport.
A passenger checks in at Changi Airport.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

After months under the circuit breaker, some of us will have to travel to take care of urgent business issues.

Airlines and destination countries rightfully request a fresh negative Covid-19 test before allowing us to board a plane or issuing a visa.

Clinics and hospitals in Singapore, however, will not test anyone who does not have symptoms of the coronavirus, even if he is willing to bear the full cost of the test.

I checked with the Ministry of Health's call centre, which confirmed that this order was issued by the ministry, and I was told that Singapore's testing capacity is not sufficient.

But I think testing those who need to travel would not strain our capacity too much.

Bruno Serrien

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 08, 2020, with the headline 'Let those who need to travel be tested for Covid-19'. Print Edition | Subscribe