Advisory on COVID-19 for Visitors and Tourism Businesses
28 September 2021
Singapore’s borders are reopening gradually to allow safe travel with the necessary safeguards in place to ensure public health considerations are addressed.
General Advisory for Visitors
Short-term visitors who have obtained their tamper-proof vaccination stickers before 30 September and are (a) staying in Singapore beyond 30 September 2021, or (b) planning to remain in Singapore beyond 30 days, will need to take a serology test at a clinic (link) to have their vaccination records ingested into the National Immunisation Registry (NIR). Following this, their vaccination status will be reflected in their TraceTogether App. More details on the vaccination stickers can be found here.
Short-term travellers entering Singapore after 30 September 2021, who have been fully vaccinated overseas with vaccines approved under the WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL), can get their overseas vaccination records ingested into the NIR. Their vaccination status will be shown on their TraceTogether or HealthHub app within 24 hours after the NIR has been notified of their overseas COVID-19 vaccination records. For more details on the process, please head over to the Ministry of Health’s website here.
2. All inbound travellers must abide by the requirements on COVID-19 prevention and control and prevailing public health regulations of the receiving country. More information on the various entry requirements for various countries can be found here.
3. Singapore has ceased port calls for all cruise vessels.
4. Singapore is in ongoing discussions with various countries and regions on developing bilateral arrangements for safe travel. We will continue to update our border measures, taking into account developments in other countries and regions.
5. Singapore residents, long-term pass holders and visitors seeking to enter Singapore can check the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) websites for updates on the COVID-19 situation in Singapore, border control measures in relation to COVID-19 and measures for inbound travellers.
6. If you are in Singapore, please do your part by practising good personal hygiene, monitor your own health and follow appropriate safe management measures.
General Advisory for Tourism Businesses
1. All residents of Singapore are advised to defer all travel to higher risk countries/regions until further notice. Residents of Singapore who are fully vaccinated may travel overseas under Safe Travel Lanes (including Vaccinated Travel Lanes). For more information, please visit Safe Travel's website here.
Gradual resumption of business activities
2. Singapore is re-opening its economy and most activities have resumed, subject to the following safe distancing principles:
a. As a default, measures should be put in place to ensure that individuals maintain safe distancing of at least one metre at all times
b. Where not feasible or practical to apply one metre safe distancing between individuals, this one metre requirement can instead be enforced between groups. Other safe management measures should also be in place.
3. Activities such as events and performances have resumed with gradually expanded capacity, which will continue to be monitored.
4. Mask wearing will be continue to be mandatory and can only be taken off when eating and drinking, and while engaging in outdoor or strenuous exercise. For more information on masks and Personal Protective Equipment , please visit https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/general/faqs---masks-and-personal-protective-equipment-(ppe).
5. Businesses must also comply with the Safe Management Measures outlined in https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/safemanagement/general (“Safe Management Requirements”) and any industry-specific requirements which apply to them. These requirements include the staggering of working and break hours, ensuring clear physical spacing of at least 1 metre between persons, and implementing SafeEntry to record the entry of all personnel and visitors. Strict checks will be conducted, and businesses that do not provide a safe workplace for our workers will have their operations suspended until they are able to do so.
Re-opening of tourism businesses
5. Tourism businesses in Singapore have resumed operations in stages since 1 July 2020. For the list of tourism businesses that are permitted to resume, please visit https://www.stb.gov.sg/content/stb/en/home-pages/permitted-tourism-businesses.html.
6. Operators must demonstrate effective implementation of safe management measures to provide a safe environment for customers and workers. For more information on the full list of requirements, please see STB’s industry-specific advisories.
8. As the situation develops, please visit the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Manpower websites for the latest updates. You may also refer to the list of FAQs that we have developed for the tourism sector.
9. The health and safety of Singaporeans, visitors and those who work in the tourism sector are STB’s priority, and we thank you for your continued support and understanding.