Singapore adjusts border measures for travellers from India, Hong Kong, UK and South Africa

The new measures are in light of evolving COVID-19 situations in different countries.

Celeste Lim

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Published: 21 April 2021, 1:19 PM

Singapore is modifying its border measures for travellers from India, Hong Kong, UK and South Africa, announced the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (Apr 20). 

Starting from this Thursday (Apr 22) at 11.59pm, all travellers arriving from India will have to serve a seven-day stay-home notice (SHN) at their residence on top of their mandatory 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.

Due to the worsening COVID-19 situation in India, travellers from India who have not completed their 14-day SHN by 11.59pm on Thursday will also have to serve the additional seven-day SHN. 

Singapore is also reducing entry approvals for non-Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents who have recently travelled to India. This will take place with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, following the “improved local situation” in Hong Kong, MOH is easing border measures for travellers arriving from the country.

Starting from Thursday at 11.59pm, the SHN period for travellers from Hong Kong will be reduced from 14 days to seven days. The new SHN can be served at their residence or other suitable accommodation.


Travellers will be subjected to a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test on arrival in Singapore, as well as before the end of their seven-day SHN. PHOTO CREDIT: JC GELLIDON VIA UNSPLASH


MOH will also allow Long-Term Pass holders and short term visitors with recent travel history to the UK and South Africa to enter and transit through Singapore. 

As long as they obtain the relevant entry approvals, travellers will be allowed entry into Singapore from 11.59pm on Thursday onwards.

As essential official travel still needs to continue, MOH requires fully-vaccinated individuals who need to travel to higher-risk regions to be subjected to strict testing and self-isolation regime.

From 11.59pm on Thursday, they will have to follow a controlled itinerary when overseas, and may only leave their accommodation to commute to their workplace or the PCR test site.

Travellers who have not been fully vaccinated will still be subject to prevailing border measures, such as serving their SHN, when they return.

As the COVID-19 situation develops in different countries, MOH “will continue to adjust our border measures to manage the risk of importation and transmission to the community”. Updates on the new measures can be found on the SafeTravel website.

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