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SAFE CRUISING FROM SINGAPORE

In line with the calibrated resumption of economic activities in Singapore, safe cruises were piloted since November 2020.

STB has developed a mandatory CruiseSafe certification programme, which sets out stringent hygiene and safety measures for cruises here. CruiseSafe standards include:

·       Infection control measures at every stage of a passenger’s journey, including a mandatory COVID-19 test prior to boarding

·       Strict and frequent sanitisation protocols onboard

·       Safe management measures (SMMs) e.g. mask wearing, safe distancing

·       100 per cent fresh air throughout the ship

·       Medical response plans for incidents relating to COVID-19

1.       Who can board cruises from Singapore?

Cruises from Singapore are now open to all residents and non-residents of Singapore.

All passengers, including those travelling via the Vaccinated Travel Framework (VTF) will need to take the COVID-19 pre-boarding test with a negative result before they are allowed to board the ship.

Please check directly with your cruise line for details on their boarding policy, pre-boarding test arrangements, and their refund policy should you test positive before your cruise.

To find out more about the latest travel requirements to Singapore, please refer to https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/general-travel/fully-vaccinated.

2.       Must individuals be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to board cruises in Singapore?

With effect from 21 Nov 2021, all passengers are required to be fully vaccinated in order to board cruises, unless aged 12 and below.

For individuals who are (i) certified as medically ineligible for COVID-19 vaccination or (ii) unvaccinated but recovered from COVID-19, please check directly with your cruise line on their boarding policy.

To find out more about the recognition of overseas vaccinations, and vaccination statuses and records, please refer to https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/vaccination/faqs---post-vaccination-matters.

3.       Do Long-Term Pass Holders / Short-term Pass Holders (Visitors) require re-entry approvals from the Singapore Government after their cruise sailings?
As the cruises currently do not sail to any international ports, long- or short-term pass holders (visitors) do not require entry approvals to re-enter Singapore and would be allowed to sail on these cruises-to-nowhere so long as they are in possession of a valid travel document and a valid Singapore entry visa (for visitors requiring visas).

However, visitors are still required to complete and submit their SG Arrival Cards prior to disembarking the cruise ship. This health declaration should be submitted up to three days prior to arrival back in Singapore.

4.       Are individuals required to be on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon return from their cruise sailings?

Passengers are not required to serve Stay-Home Notice (SHN) upon their return.   

5.       What happens if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case on board?

The cruise ships are equipped with trained medical personnel and facilities on board to handle medical situations, including COVID-19 case management. Procedures are in place to isolate and test suspected cases on the ships. For confirmed cases, appropriate measures will be taken, including isolating the confirmed case and close contacts, and deep cleaning of the ship.

For more information, please contact the Cruise team at STB_Cruise@stb.gov.sg.