Tracking device for travellers

Careful monitoring: Travellers will be issued the device after they are cleared by immigration officers. — The Straits Times/ANN

ALL travellers entering Singapore who are serving their stay-home notice (SHN) outside of dedicated facilities will soon have to wear an electronic monitoring device.

From 11.59pm on Aug 10, such travellers will have to wear the device throughout the 14-day stay-home period.

They include citizens, permanent residents, long-term pass holders, work pass holders and their dependants. Children aged 12 and below are exempted.

The stay-home rule was extended to all incoming travellers from March 21. Travellers serve the notice either at their home or at dedicated facilities, and are tested for Covid-19 at designated community testing facilities before the end of the stay-home period.

In a joint statement yesterday, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and the ministries of Manpower and Education said the devices would allow them to monitor those serving the SHN more effectively as travel restrictions are progressively lifted.

The devices are a change from the combination of text messages, voice and video calls and house visits the authorities have been using to make sure the rules are observed.

The authorities said travellers will be issued with the device at the checkpoints after clearing immigration.

They will need to activate it once they reach their place of residence. If it is not activated, the authorities will follow up to determine their location and help with technical difficulties or take enforcement action, as needed.

GPS and 4G or Bluetooth signals are used to determine if a person is within range of their place of residence.

Those wearing the device may receive notifications from it during the stay-home period and should acknowledge these in a timely manner, said the authorities.

“Any attempt to leave the place of residence or tamper with the electronic device will trigger an alert to the authorities, ” said the joint statement.

The authorities will then investigate unless the person is leaving their residence for a Covid-19 test, by appointment. — The Straits Times/ANN

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