All vaccinated travelers arriving in Singapore via air or sea checkpoints will no longer need to take a COVID-19 test before departure as restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus are eased.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has also announced that from July 1, all long-term pass holders aged 13 and over traveling to Singapore will be required to be fully vaccinated before entering the country, at unless they are medically ineligible for vaccines.
This is a change from the current rule, which states that long-term pass holders between the ages of 13 and 17 can travel to Singapore even if they are not fully vaccinated.
The ministry said in a statement on Friday that it now requires vaccinations for this group “given the increased availability of vaccines worldwide for people aged 13 to 17.”
With the latest easing of restrictions on the movement of people in the COVID-19 environment, fully vaccinated and healthy travelers will no longer need to be tested for COVID-19 to enter Singapore, it said. -he declares.
All vaccinated travelers and non-fully vaccinated children aged 12 and under arriving in Singapore via air or sea checkpoints will no longer need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test, effective midnight Tuesday.
Entry requirements for travelers aged 13 and over who are not fully vaccinated remain unchanged, the TODAY newspaper reported citing the Health Ministry’s statement.
This means that travelers must still take a pre-departure test within two days of leaving for Singapore, undergo a seven-day stay-at-home order, and take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at the end of the period of isolation.
Such tests are also required for vaccinated travelers for now, until the new rules come into effect.
For people traveling through Malaysia and Singapore land checkpoints, pre-departure or arrival Covid testing is also not required if the traveler is fully immunized.
From May 1, fully immunized non-Malaysian work permit holders who have an approval-in-principle document allowing them to work in the construction, shipyard and processing sectors no longer need to apply for entry permits to enter Singapore, the health ministry said.
Instead, they will need to book a slot at the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Embarkation Center to undergo residential onboarding upon arrival.
The center is a unique place where they can check their vaccinations, undergo a thorough medical examination and learn how to settle in the country, among other needs.
These workers are also required to complete a two-day pre-departure preparatory program if available in their home countries – namely Bangladesh, India and Myanmar – before they can enter Singapore from the 1st May, according to the Today report.
In Singapore, there will be no more limits on group sizes or work capacities here from next Tuesday (April 26).
For the first time in more than two years, the condition level of the city-state’s Disease Outbreak Response System (Dorscon) will also change from orange to yellow, in what Health Minister Ong Ye Kung called it a major milestone in Singapore’s pandemic journey.
Dorscon gives an indication of the epidemic situation and the measures needed to control infections.
In a series of sweeping changes and the strongest push yet for a return to normalcy, the Department of Health has said that from next Tuesday individuals will no longer be required to stick to one group of 10 people for non-mask activities, while use of SafeEntry and TraceTogether (apps to check vaccination status) will cease at most venues.
Meanwhile, the multi-ministerial task force on COVID-19 urged Singaporeans to remain vigilant and prepared for potential risks, and stressed that the pandemic is not over.
Ong, who is co-chair of the task force, said one such risk is that of a new wave of infections emerging in the coming months as protection from vaccines and past infections wanes. Another worrying risk is that of the emergence of a worrying new variant.
“That continues to be a potential curve that could take us back to square one, and we have to be mindful of that,” he told a press conference on Friday.
All workers can now also return to the workplace from next Tuesday, up from the current limit of 75% of those who can work from home.
The ministry said that with the current changes, almost all of Singapore’s safe management measures except for wearing masks indoors will be relaxed.
Noting that Singapore has been through numerous rounds of restrictions, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said on Friday the changes were a “very significant step forward” in Singapore’s journey to live with Covid.
“Two years isn’t that long, but it kind of feels like an eternity because so much has happened and we’ve been through so much together,” Wong, who co-chairs the task force, said. practically from the United States where he is on a work trip.
“And by working together, we’ve been able to keep everyone in Singapore safe, protect lives and livelihoods, and achieve one of the lowest Covid-19 death rates in the world.”
“With these changes, we can now have a well-deserved break after two very difficult years of battling the virus. But always remember, we are getting closer to the finish line but the race is not over,” said he declared.
“The pandemic is definitely not over. A new variant will emerge sooner or later… No one can predict what that next variant will be. And if need be, we’ll have to tighten our restrictions very well,” Wong said.