Singapore upgrades Malaysia to Category 3

SINGAPORE: Malaysia will be upgraded to Category 3 from Category 4 by Singapore as part of its regular review of the Covid-19 situation.

This means all travellers from Malaysia will serve their 10-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at their declared place of residence or accommodation in Singapore from Oct 27 onwards.

This is regardless of the travellers’ and their household members’ vaccination status or travel history, said the republic’s Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) on Covid-19.

Cambodia, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Mongolia, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, South Africa, Tonga, the United Arab Emirates and Vietnam will also be placed in Category 3.

Singapore started classifying countries or regions under four categories in August, with the higher vaccination rates providing a foundation for the country to introduce vaccination-differentiated border measures for travellers.

Malaysia’s Covid-19 situation has improved significantly, with 94.4% of the adult population in the country having completed their Covid-19 vaccination as of Friday.

In a statement detailing the measures yesterday, the MTF said by default, those undergoing quarantine will not be allocated accommodation in any dedicated SHN facility.

“Returning residents should ensure that alternative accommodation is secured prior to their return if their homes are unsuitable for their SHN,” it said.

However, the MTF noted that if travellers are residing with unvaccinated, vulnerable household members, they are strongly encouraged to serve their SHN in isolation in a room, and minimise contact with vulnerable household members.

On testing procedures, Category III travellers are no longer required to undergo additional Antigen Rapid Test on the third and seventh day after their arrival, including travellers who arrived on Oct 22.

All travellers from Category 3 also no longer need to undergo on-arrival polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, and will only undergo an end-of-SHN exit PCR test.

However, Long-Term Pass Holders (LTPHs) with passes issued by the Manpower Ministry may have to comply with additional requirements and measures.

“We will continue to adjust our border measures as the global situation evolves, so that we will reconnect with the world and reinstate our economic position globally,” said the taskforce.

Travellers who are not Singapore citizens, permanent residents or LTPHs may enter Singapore for short-term visits only if they are arriving from Category 1 countries, unless using arrangements that have been separately announced such as the Vaccinated Travel Lanes or Reciprocal Green Lanes. — Bernama

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