Singapore Will Require COVID-19 Tests for All Inbound Travel
The new requirement is meant to help stem the spread of new coronavirus variants.
On Jan. 24, Singapore will begin testing everyone for COVID-19 at the airport. It also will require visitors to carry a minimum of $30,000 in travel insurance starting Jan. 31.
Currently, Singapore requires a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure for anyone who isn't a citizen or permanent resident and has recently traveled to a high-risk country. Travelers are also required to quarantine upon arrival and get tested again prior to exiting isolation.
Singapore is tightening its restrictions in an effort to limit the spread of new, more contagious coronavirus variants that have been emerging around the world. It already requires anyone traveling from the U.K. or South Africa to self-isolate for a total of 21 days — 14 in a quarantine facility and an additional seven days at home.
And unlike some other countries, Singapore isn't relying on voluntary compliance. Instead, it's using electronic monitoring devices and drones to ensure people abide by quarantine and social distancing rules.
Singapore has so far reported fewer than 60,000 COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths, but on Wednesday, it confirmed four new locally transmitted cases. The government in Singapore said 36 travelers with COVID-19 are currently in quarantine.
Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines is working to become the first airline to vaccinate its entire crew.