Singapore tightens border measures for travellers from India; only 14 cases on Monday (April 21)


The entry approvals are being reduced in response to the worsening Covid-19 situation in India. - The Straits Times/ANN

SINGAPORE, April 20 (Bloomberg): Singapore is reducing entry approvals and extending isolation measures for travellers from India amid an escalation of Covid-19 cases in that country.

At the same time, the city-state eased measures for travelers from Hong Kong, and lifted entry restrictions for travelers from the UK and South Africa. The government is also making it easier for people who have been fully vaccinated to travel to high-risk regions.

It was also confirmed from data provided that Singapore only had 14 Covid-19 cases reported on Tuesday (April 20).

Fewer entry approvals from India will be granted for non-Singapore citizens or permanent residents with immediate effect, the Ministry of Health said in a press release Tuesday.

Starting at the end of the day Thursday, all travelers who have been to India recently will be subjected to an extra seven days of home isolation following their 14-day quarantine at a government-designated facility.

India now has the world’s fastest-growing Covid-19 caseload, adding 259,170 new infections and 1,761 deaths on Tuesday, leaving it behind only the U.S. in terms of total numbers.

Travelers from Hong Kong, where vaccinations are rising and cases are dropping, will have to stay in home isolation for seven days upon arriving in Singapore starting at the end of Thursday. Previously they had to spend 14 days in a government-chosen hotel.

Singaporean long-term pass holders and short-term visitors will now be able to enter from the UK and South Africa. Previously only citizens or permanent residents were allowed. All will have to spend 14 days in a government-chosen hotel and an additional seven days in home isolation.

Fully vaccinated people will be able to make "essential official” trips to higher-risk regions subject to multiple tests at their destination and seven days of self-isolation when they return to Singapore, while non-vaccinated people will have to abide by prevailing border measures. - Bloomberg
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