Singapore eases border measures for travellers from Taiwan as COVID-19 situation improves

SINGAPORE: Singapore will soon allow travellers from Taiwan to take a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon arrival and to go about their activities in Singapore if the PCR test result is negative.

They will not need to serve a 14-day stay-home notice, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (Aug 5), adding that the COVID-19 situation in Taiwan has improved. 

Currently, travellers from Taiwan are subjected to an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test, a 14-day stay-home notice at a dedicated facility or place of residence, and a PCR test before the end of the stay-home notice.

From 11.59pm on Saturday, all travellers entering Singapore with travel history to Taiwan within the last 21 days before departure will undergo a PCR test on arrival in Singapore. If they test negative, they will be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore.

Short-term visitors with travel history to Taiwan in the 21 days before their departure for Singapore can apply for an Air Travel Pass with immediate effect, for entry into Singapore on or after Aug 12, MOH added. 

Travellers who are already serving their 14-day stay-home notice at their place of residence as of 11.59pm on Saturday will still need to complete their stay-home notice and exit swab, the Health Ministry said.

“As the global situation evolves, we will continue to adjust our border measures to manage the risk of importation and transmission to the community,” added MOH.

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