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Foreigners from India must take virus test before entering Singapore

Travellers from India must now take the Covid-19 test before departing for Singapore.
Travellers from India must now take the Covid-19 test before departing for Singapore.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

All travellers from India who are not Singaporeans or permanent residents will have to take a Covid-19 test before departing for Singapore.

From next Thursday, they will have to present a valid negative test result from a polymerase chain reaction test, which must be taken within 72 hours before their flight here.

This new and more stringent border restriction, which covers travellers who were in India within 14 days of their arrival in Singapore, will apply on top of existing requirements - a two-week stay-home notice (SHN) at dedicated SHN facilities and a further negative Covid-19 test before the end of the SHN.

Announcing this yesterday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) noted reports of a resurgence of Covid-19 infections in India. A "significant number" of imported cases in Singapore also have recent travel history to India, it said.

A one-year-old Singaporean baby who had returned from India on Aug 24 was the only imported case on Tuesday.

On Monday, two of the three imported cases came from India. The third case was from the Philippines.

India reported 89,706 new coronavirus infections yesterday, taking its total number to 4.3 million, making it the country with the second-highest number of cases after the United States.

MOH said it will continue to adjust border measures to manage the risk of importing more cases that may lead to transmission in the broader community.

It said travellers should be prepared to face these control measures on entry, including payment for their stay at SHN facilities and for tests.

 
 
 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2020, with the headline 'Foreigners from India must take virus test before entering S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe