Singapore’s health ministry stated on Saturday that travel to India and a few other countries, including Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka will resume on October 26 at 11:59pm.
These travelers will be subjected to the strictest quarantine procedures, according to the ministry. “Travellers from these countries will be subject to Category IV border measures. They will still be required to serve their 10-day stay-home notice (SHN) at dedicated SHN facilities.”
In a statement, the ministry said it has examined the Covid-19 situation in the six South Asian countries to which it had previously been closed off to.
Ong Ye Kung, the health minister, stated during a virtual press conference that the situation in these countries has been stable for some time.
Ong said, “There is no longer a need for strict rules that prevent travelers from these countries from landing here.”
Previously, Singapore had permitted fully vaccinated visitors from 15 more countries to enter without having to go through quarantine. Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the United Arab Emirates are some of them.
To accommodate the immediate demands of local households, Singapore also authorized more domestic workers to enter on the condition that they are fully vaccinated prior to arrival.
The multi-ministry task force on Covid-19 has also announced many new initiatives.
The announcements came after the task force said on Wednesday that current restrictions – such as limiting group sizes for dining into two people – would be extended for a month until November 21, 2021. From January 1, 2022, only employees who have been fully vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19 within the previous 270 days will be allowed to return to the workplace.
The MOH stated, “Unvaccinated employees will not be allowed to return to the workplace unless they have tested negative for Covid-19 before returning, and they will need to pay for the costs of these tests.”
The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported in a news release that Singapore recorded 3,598 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, raising the total to 169,261.
There were 2,804 new cases recorded in the community, 790 in migrant worker dormitories, and four imported cases among the new cases.
As of Friday, 84 percent of Singaporeans have been fully vaccinated, with 85 percent having received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
– India’s new age travel digital media