Singapore to classify countries/regions for vaccination-differentiated border measures

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Travellers pull their luggages to enter the departure hall at Changi International Airport in Singapore.
Travellers pull their luggages to enter the departure hall at Changi International Airport in Singapore. (PHOTO: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Singapore will introduce a new four-category classification for foreign countries and regions, as it begins to implement vaccination-differentiated border measures.

The border measures in each category will be premised on a traveller's 21-day travel history prior to entry into Singapore. If the traveller visits or transits through countries/regions in different categories, the most stringent set of requirements among them will apply.

"Our higher population vaccination rates now give us the foundation to introduce vaccination-differentiated border measures for travellers from countries/regions that have controlled the pandemic well and also vaccinated large parts of their population," the Ministry of Health said in a media release on Thursday (19 August).

The updated classifications are:

  • 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 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and, if negative, will be allowed to go about their activities. This would include countries/regions such as mainland China (excluding Jiangsu province), New Zealand and Taiwan. Hong Kong and Macao will be added to this category from 11.59pm on Friday.

  • 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. Singaporeans, permanent residents and long-term pass holders may serve their SHN at their place of residence, if conditions are suitable. Currently, only mainland China (Jiangsu province) is in this category, but Australia, Canada, Germany and Brunei will be added to this category from 11.59pm on Friday.

  • Category III: Unvaccinated travellers from countries/ regions in this category will be required to undergo a 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities. Travellers who are fully-vaccinated may apply to opt out of dedicated SHN facilities and serve their 14-day SHN at a suitable accommodation of their choice. Currently, Austria, Italy, Norway, South Korea and Switzerland are in this category, but Belgium, Denmark, Japan and Luxembourg will be added to this category from 11.59pm on Friday.

  • Category IV: Travellers from all other countries/regions (except Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, where entry is currently not allowed) will be required to undergo a 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities. Travellers will also be required to comply with the COVID-19 testing regime.

INFOGRAPHIC: Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
INFOGRAPHIC: Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore

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