Latest Updates & Guidance for COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019)

Summarising the latest advice, support and guidance from official sources on COVID-19 for your business, your employees and you. 

When communicating guidance and updates internally to employees, the Chamber recommends considerate use of language and terminology and the need for sensitivity across all cultures. 
 

Information Highlights Source

HEALTH MATTERS

Dashboard: Official Update of COVID -19 Situation in Singapore  

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Singapore COVID-19 Symptom Checker Suggests preferred care options based on age, recent travel history, people you may have been exposed to, and the symptoms you are having. This website does not collect personally identifiable data.

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Subscribe to the official gov.sg COVID-19 WhatsApp updates

 

 

TRAVEL MATTERS

Outbound travel from Singapore

Singapore does not impose any mandatory health requirements on travellers for departure to other countries. However, the following is advised:

  • Check the MFA website for the latest travel advisories to other countries/regions
  • Check with the immigration authority or embassy of the destination country/region on the relevant health requirements imposed on travellers from Singapore, such as Pre-Departure Tests to be taken

Travellers Departing to Countries/Regions that Require COVID-19 Pre-Departure Test (PDT)

Some countries/regions require a Pre-Departure Test (PDT) before travellers depart from Singapore. Approval for pre-departure tests may be granted only for travellers from Singapore who are travelling to a destination country/region that has a mandatory requirement for travellers to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test result prior to entry into the country.

For more details on PDT, please click here.

Travel Using Reciprocal Green Lane for Business/Official Travel

Singapore has arranged for Reciprocal Green Lanes (RGLs) with the following countries/regions for short term business and official travel.

  • Brunei Darussalam
  • China (Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin and Zhejiang)
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Republic of Korea

These RGLs have specific departure requirements and application processes and more details can be found here.

Travel to Malaysia under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement

Singapore has agreed with Malaysia on a Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) for Singapore Citizens and PRs who hold Malaysian work passes. For details on the application procedures and requirements for Singapore Citizens and PRs to enter Malaysia to work under the PCA, please visit the Immigration Department of Malaysia’s website here. For queries related to entering Malaysia under the PCA, please approach the Immigration Department of Malaysia.

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Inbound travel to Singapore

From 24 December 2020 until further notice:

a.    All long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history to the UK within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore or transit through Singapore. This will also apply to all those who had obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore.

b.    Returning SCs and PRs will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in Singapore, at the start of their 14-day SHN.


From 22 January 2021 until further notice:

Antigen Rapid Test (ART) at the Singapore Tuas and Woodland checkpoints will be progressively rolled out for cargo drivers and accompanying personnel entering Singapore. Tested drivers and personnel with a negative result may proceed to enter Singapore. Businesses expecting deliveries are encouraged to maintain close communication with their logistic providers and cater for possible delays. Businesses, cargo drivers and accompanying personnel must also continue to abide by Safe Management Measures, including contactless delivery, wearing of masks, and safe distancing.


General advice:

Arriving from All Countries/Regions

For all countries/regions, the following traveller types and Safe Travel Lanes are applicable for general entry into Singapore.

Country/Region of Departure Returning Singapore Citizen/PR Singapore Long Term Pass Holder1 Family Members of Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents
All countries/regions Returning Singapore Citizen/PR

Work Pass Holder Lane

Student's Pass Holder Lane

Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident Familial Ties Lane

1 Long Term Visit Pass holders should apply for entry either as a dependent of a Work Pass Holder under the Work Pass Holder General Lane, Parent/Guardian of a Student's Pass Holder under the Student's Pass Holder Lane or for entry under the Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident Familial Ties Lane.


Additional Safe Travel Lanes for Arrival from Specific Countries/Regions

Singapore has arranged additional Safe Travel Lanes with the following countries/regions to facilitate shorter-term entry into Singapore.

Country/Region of Departure Short Term Visitors Singapore or Malaysia Work Pass Holders
Any Purpose of Travel Business & Official Travel Periodic Commuting Between Malaysia and Singapore
Australia Air Travel Pass    
Brunei Darussalam Air Travel Pass Reciprocal Green Lane  
Germany   Reciprocal Green Lane  
Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble launch deferred. Click here for more details.    
Indonesia   Reciprocal Green Lane  
Japan   Reciprocal Green Lane  
Mainland China Air Travel Pass Reciprocal Green Lane2  
Malaysia   Reciprocal Green Lane Periodic Commuting Arrangement
New Zealand Air Travel Pass    
Taiwan Air Travel Pass    
Republic of Korea   Reciprocal Green Lane  
Vietnam Air Travel Pass    

2Applies only to travellers from Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin and Zhejiang

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SINGAPORE'S PHASED RECOVERY & SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

Roadmap to recovery

Singapore is currently in Phase 3 of a staged recovery.

For further details and updates on Singapore's vaccination plans visit our Getting Back to Business page.

 
Workplace Measures

Telecommuting remains the default for all businesses where feasible and companies should continue to hold virtual meetings. Where it is possible for employees to work from home, they may return to the office but must work from home for at least half of their working time. No more than half of all such employees should be in the workplace at any time and should operate on split, staggered shifts with no interaction for professional or social reasons between groups. Half of those attending on any day should arrive after 10am and flexible working hours should be accommodated for all. Existing safe management measures apply including use of SafeEntry, 1m distancing, wearing of masks, temperature checks, etc.

For general office workplaces, employers must ensure that employees and visitors wear a mask at all times at the workplace, except during activities that require masks to be removed, temperatures are recorded twice daily, no one is under a quarantine or SHN order, and has not been in close contact with a confirmed case for the past 14 days. Supplementary PPE is encouraged, whenever relevant. Employers must ensure regular cleaning of common spaces, machinery and equipment referring to NEA guidelines. Hand sanitiser must be installed at all human traffic stoppage points, i.e. entrances, lift lobbies, reception areas. Disinfectant agents, i.e. sanitiser, sprays, paper towels and wipes, must be provided in meeting rooms and common spaces such as pantries.

Employees based in the office who have visited a clinic for any Covid-related symptoms must submit MC records, disclose if they were tested and the results.

Employers must monitor unwell employees with any related symptoms, advising them to stay home/visit a clinic, and advising close-contact employees to monitor their health. Employers should have a follow-up plan in place in case of a confirmed case including the evacuation of the immediate section of the workplace where the employee/visitor accessed, notifying building management, cleaning and disinfecting.

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Running Events

The SG SafeEvent Standard is a mark of assurance that your event meets the requirements for safety, compliance and wellbeing in a COVID world. These standards will help event practitioners implement STB’s prevailing Safe Management Measures for MICE Events.

Check out the key points to look out for when planning your B2B event below, and download the Event Industry Resilience Roadmap to learn more about the full guidelines.

To hold a MICE event, an event organiser must submit an application and event proposal for STB’s assessment. If STB is satisfied with the proposal, MTI will give the organisers approval to carry out the event. Each MICE event and its related marketing efforts may be carried out only after receiving approval from STB and MTI. Organisers must submit their application and event proposal at least 1 month prior to each MICE event. STB and MTI will take up to 14 business days to assess each application. STB will start accepting applications from 1 October 2020. To submit a proposal for a MICE event click here

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