Advisory on COVID-19 for Visitors and Tourism Businesses
19 August 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
1. Short-term visitors can enter Singapore under the Safe Travel Lanes, which include Air Travel Pass and the Vaccinated Travel Lane, or with special prior approval.
From 21 August 2021, a tamper-proof vaccination sticker will be attached onto passports of newly arrived travellers who were fully vaccinated overseas with a WHO-Emergency Use Listing (EUL) vaccine, and who can provide a valid, English-language vaccination certificate. These travellers will be eligible for vaccination-differentiated safe management measures if they produce their passport with the sticker affixed.
Short-term visitors who have entered Singapore prior to 21 August 2021 and were fully vaccinated overseas with a WHO-Emergency Use Listing (WHO-EUL) vaccine can request for vaccination stickers to be affixed to their passports, from Level 2 of the ICA Building before 9 Sep 2021. More details on the vaccination stickers can be found here.
2. All approved 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 also 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 Singaporeans and residents of Singapore are advised to defer all travel abroad except those permitted under the Safe Travel Lanes.
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.