Singapore has announced new travel and immigration changes related to COVID-19.

Key Points:

  • The launching of the Connect@Singapore travel lane has been postponed. The travel lane had been expected to open in January, but has been pushed back to Feb. 21.
  • Work Pass holders intending to enter Singapore are required to submit an application for Ministry of Manpower entry approval up to 60 days before their planned date of entry into Singapore. The entry approval calendar can be used to calculate the earliest and latest date by which they should apply for entry. More information on the latest requirements, including those relating to insurance coverage, visa applications, pre-departure COVID-19 PCR tests, and other health control measures, can be found here.
  • Under a change that took effect Feb. 5, newly arrived Work Permit and S Pass workers from the Construction, Marine and Process (CMP) sectors who have recent travel history to higher-risk countries or regions must stay at a designated facility to go through an additional seven-day testing regime, after completing their 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN). The new requirement applies to workers who have yet to complete their 14-day SHN on Feb. 5. It also applies to all new arrivals to Singapore from this date. For more information, please click here to view the list of frequently asked questions.

Analysis & Comments: The response to COVID-19 continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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