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Singapore Welcomes Travellers from India and Other South Asian Nations, Restrictions Relaxed

The Multi-Ministry Task Force has announced that Singapore will reopen its borders to travellers from six countries, including India and Bangladesh.

Testing and stay-home-notice restrictions will also be relaxed for travellers from certain countries.

From 26 October 2021, travellers (excluding short-term visitors) with a 14-day travel history to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, prior to departure to Singapore will be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore.

These travellers will be subject to Category IV border restrictions, which include a 10-day stay-home notice at dedicated facilities.

Travellers from Malaysia, Cambodia, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Mongolia, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, South Africa, Tonga, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Vietnam, will be placed under Category III measures.

These travellers will be able to serve their 10-day stay-home notice at their declared place of residence or accommodation – regardless of the vaccination status and travel history of the traveller and their household members.

In addition, all travellers from Category II (non-Vaccinated Travel Lane destinations), III and IV countries will no longer need to undergo an on-arrival Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.

Instead, they will only undergo an exit PCR test at the end of their stay-home notice.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said that the situation has changed since the last time Singapore enacted border restrictions.

“After going through big transmission waves for many months, the pandemic situations in many countries have stabilised and their infection rates are – some of them are even lower than Singapore’s. So we can open up travel lanes with these countries safely.”

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