border measures

Travellers from New Zealand will be subject to a seven-day SHN, in addition to PCR tests; however, Air Travel Pass holders are banned from entry overall. Meanwhile, those from Jiangsu Province will no longer need to serve SHN if their on-arrival PCR test is negative.

Effective 2359 hours today (Monday, 30 August 2021), Singapore will tighten its border control measures for travellers with a travel history (within the last 21 days) to New Zealand.

Announcing this on Saturday (28 August), the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) said the move comes following a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in New Zealand. Per the Ministry of Health New Zealand's Tweet today, there are 53 new cases in the country.

The new border measures in Singapore will be as follows:

  • Singapore Citizens (SCs), Permanent Residents (PRs) and Long-Term Pass holders entering Singapore with travel history to New Zealand, within the last 21 days before departure for Singapore, will be subject to an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test, a seven-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at their place of residence, and a COVID-19 PCR test before the end of the SHN period.

  • Short-term travellers holding an Air Travel Pass (ATP) with travel history to New Zealand, within the last 21 days before departure for Singapore, will not be allowed to enter Singapore.

On the other hand, the MTF has shared that effective the same time (2359 hours today, 30 August 2021), all travellers entering Singapore with travel history to Jiangsu Province, Mainland China, within the last 21 days before departure for Singapore, will undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival, and will be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore if the PCR test result is negative. They will not need to serve a seven-day SHN.

Additionally, short-term visitors with travel history to Jiangsu province, Mainland China, within the last 21 days before departure for Singapore, can apply for an ATP with immediate effect, for entry into Singapore on or after 4 September 2021. They will undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival, and will be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore if the PCR test result is negative.

The MTF has highlighted that travellers who are already serving their seven-day SHN at their place of residence as of 30 August 2021, 2359 hours will still be required to complete their SHN and exit swab. 

Last, all other travellers with travel history to Mainland China (excluding Jiangsu Province) in the last 21 days prior to travel will continue to be subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport, in lieu of their SHN.

Travel categories that apply to New Zealand and Jiangsu effective 2359 hours, 30 August 

Once the latest measures take effect, New Zealand will be classified under Category II of Singapore's vaccination-differentiated border measures:

Category II

Travellers from countries/ regions in this category will be required to undergo a seven-day SHN, which can be served at their accommodation of choice. Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass Holders may serve their seven-day SHN at their place of residence, if conditions are suitable.

Meanwhile, Jiangsu Province will move to Category I:

Category I

Travellers from countries/ regions in this category can enter Singapore without having to serve a Stay-Home Notice (SHN). They will only be subject to an On-Arrival COVID-19 PCR and if negative, will be allowed to go about their activities.

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