Entry & Exit Procedures for Singapore Residents

Updated 4 July 2020

For Singapore Nationalities / Permanent Resident / Long Term Visit Pass holder.

  • Since 21 March 2020, all incoming travellers (inclusive of Singapore citizens, permanent residents, long-term pass holders or foreign visitors allowed entry) have been required to serve SHN (Stay Home Notice)
  • Besides the SHN, a testing regime will apply to all travellers entering Singapore from 17 June 2020, 23.59 hours. It is an additional precautionary measure to detect the virus.
  • As the tests could pose difficulties for young children aged 12 and below, they are not required to undergo the COVID-19 test before the end of their SHN unless the test results of their close contacts are found to be positive.
  • With the testing regime in place, the existing requirement for all incoming travellers to stay at SHN Dedicated Facilities (SDF) has been updated. All travellers who had remained in Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Macao SAR, mainland China, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam in the last consecutive 14 days prior to their arrival and entry into Singapore, will no longer need to serve their SHN at SDF. All other travellers entering Singapore will continue to serve their SHN at SDF, for now. Those who are not Singapore citizens or permanent residents will be required to pay for their stay at dedicated SHN facilities, where applicable.

**Singapore citizens or permanent residents who had left Singapore before 27 March 2020 will have the cost of their COVID-19 tests waived if they return and enter Singapore by 31 August 2020.

**Singapore citizens or permanent residents who left Singapore from 27 March 2020 despite the prevailing travel advisory, will bear the cost of stay at dedicated SHN Facilities.

All travellers seeking entry into Singapore must submit health declarations

  • All travellers must submit a health declaration via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) before proceeding with immigration clearance[3] in Singapore. They are required to show their health declaration acknowledgement email[4]to an ICA officer for arrival immigration clearance.
  • Travellers can submit their health declaration via the SG Arrival Card within 3 days prior to the date of their arrival in Singapore. Travellers are also reminded to update and resubmit their declarations prior to arrival in Singapore if they have recently visited a hospital, had contact with a COVID-19 case, and/or if there is any change in their health status and/or travel history. 
  • Returning Singapore residents and long-term pass holders, who had travelled to China for essential business or official travel under the Green/Fast Lane arrangements, must also present to the ICA officers a Letter of Invitation issued by the relevant local Chinese authorities.

For Singapore residents entering Singapore

  • All Singapore residents (Singapore citizens, permanent residents) will be issued with a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon entry into Singapore. They are to serve their SHN at a dedicated facility assigned to them. Singapore residents who had remained in Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Macao SAR, mainland China, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam in the last consecutive 14 days prior to their arrival and entry into Singapore, may serve their SHN at their place of residence.

For long-term pass holders seeking entry into Singapore

  • All foreigners holding long-term pass/In-Principle Approval (IPA) (inclusive of Student’s Pass, Dependant’s Pass, Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP), as well as work pass) who plan to enter Singapore from any country/place must obtain permission for entry from the relevant agency before they commence their journey.
  • If permission is granted, applicants will be issued an approval letter of entry. They must produce this approval letter of entry to airline staff upon check-in at the departure airport, and to the ICA officer at the checkpoint upon arrival in Singapore.
  • Long-term pass/IPA holders who are granted entry into Singapore will be issued with a Stay-Home Notice (SHN). Long-term pass holders based overseas and entering Singapore on valid SafeTravel Pass will be exempted from SHN and will conversely be subjected to a COVID-19 test on arrival in Singapore.

For visitors seeking entry into Singapore

All short-term visitors will not be allowed to enter Singapore, except the following, subject to conditions:

  • Visitors issued with SafeTravel Pass (These visitors will still need a visa as per entry requirements if they hold a visa-required travel document. There is no need to apply for a new visa if they have an existing valid visa as the visa suspension will be lifted when the SafeTravel pass is approved).
  • Visitors with an approval letter of entry from the relevant agency in Singapore. 
  • Spouse and child(ren) of Singapore residents (Singapore citizens and permanent residents) who need to visit Singapore due to extenuating reasons may submit an application for entry in Singapore.
  • Short-term visitors who are granted entry into Singapore will be issued with a Stay-Home Notice (SHN).
  • Those entering Singapore with valid SafeTravel Passes will be exempted from SHN. They will conversely be subjected to COVID-19 test on arrival in Singapore.

Visitors who are already in Singapore

  • Visitors who are already in Singapore will not be affected by the recent policy. You may apply online if there is a need to extend your stay in Singapore. Extension of stay will not be accepted over the counter.

For travellers seeking entry into Singapore under Green/Fast Lane arrangements

  • Travellers from countries/ places under the Green/ Fast Lane arrangements must possess a valid SafeTravel Pass in order to travel to Singapore
  • The sponsoring company or government agency in Singapore is to submit an application for the traveller’s SafeTravel Pass. From 8 June 2020, travellers sponsored by government agencies may submit applications for a SafeTravel Pass through their respective sponsoring government agencies. Applications for company-sponsored travellers will be accepted at a later phase.
  • All travellers are required to comply with the terms and conditions of the SafeTravel Pass. Please note that any Visit Pass issued to travellers holding SafeTravel Passes is subject to these Terms & Conditions. Non-compliance with any of the Terms & Conditions may result in the traveller being refused entry or his Visit Pass being cancelled.
  • Please note that the SafeTravel Pass is not a Visit Pass. It provides travellers with permission to travel to Singapore, but travellers must still present themselves to an ICA officer for arrival immigration clearance. Other than meeting the Terms & Conditions of the SafeTravel Pass, travellers must also meet other entry requirements before they can be granted a Visit Pass for entry/stay in Singapore.
  • All travellers arriving in Singapore, including Singapore residents (Singapore citizens, permanent residents) and long-term pass/ In-Principle Approval (IPA) holders (Student’s Pass, Dependant’s Pass, Long-Term Visit Pass, Work Pass), must submit a health declaration before proceeding with immigration clearance.
  • Travellers can submit their health declaration via the SG Arrival within 3 days prior to the date of their arrival in Singapore. They are to update and resubmit their declarations prior to arrival in Singapore if they have recently visited a hospital, had contact with a COVID-19 case, and/or if there is any change in their health status and/or travel history.
  • Travellers who provide false declarations will be prosecuted under the Infectious Diseases Act.
  • An acknowledgement email will be sent to travellers after they have submitted their health declaration. The travellers will also be notified on the need to comply with the Stay-Home Notice (SHN). Upon arrival, they are required to show the health declaration acknowledgement email to the ICA officer

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Source: https://www.ica.gov.sg/covid-19