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COVID-19: Updates

Date:

05/18/2020


COVID-19: Updates

UPDATES AS OF 18 JANUARY 2021

1. Restrictive measures for entry and transit in Singapore

2. Restrictive measures for entry and exit from Brunei

3. Measures taken by Singapore Authorities

4. Measures taken by Italian Authorities

5. Precautionary measures taken by this Embassy 

 

1. Restrictive measures for entry and transit in Singapore

For all short-term travelers from Italy, the entry ban to Singapore remains. In the case of special situations and under certain conditions, it is possible to request a special entry authorization for a short period using the relevant application form. For short-term travelers from other countries it is possible to enter Singapore only if they fall within the specific agreements stipulated by the local authorities with a limited number of countries (Air Travel Pass, Reciprocal Green Lane, Periodic Commuting Arrangement).

Prior to Departure

All authorized travelers returning to Singapore, including citizens and permanent residents, are required to submit a health declaration using this form prior to departure. In addition, before starting their trip they must obtain the approval of the local Ministry of Manpower (MOM), by applying through this form, available from the 30th day before the departure and must have a negative PCR molecular swab carried out within 72 hours prior to boarding. As the global health situation improves, the Ministry of Manpower is gradually increasing the number of approvals. However, there are still margins of uncertainty and the risk of being stranded outside the country or not being able to return on the scheduled date is still present. 

Please note for those who have been vaccinated, that at the moment no waiver is allowed in entry with respect to what is indicated and therefore the travelers will continue to be subjected to the measures and requirements of the SHN or SDF (Stay Home Notice or Stay-Home Notice Dedicated Facility).

For more details, please refer to the following website: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/health/shn  

Upon arrival in Singapore

Singaporean citizens, permanent residents and holders of long-term visas, including dependents, who have stayed in countries other than those subject to the aforementioned agreements, including Italy, in the last 14 days, are required to observe isolation in the designated hotel facility at their own expense (approximately 2,000 Singapore dollars). At the end of the isolation, all travelers over the age of 12 are subjected to a mandatory test for the detection of COVID-19 at their own expense (about 200 Singapore dollars). During this period, which cannot be reduced for any reason, no one will be allowed to leave his/her home or room. Failure to comply with this deadline will result in a fine of up to Singapore dollars 10,000, a prison sentence of up to six months and the revocation of the stay permit. For Singaporean citizens, permanent residents and long-term visa holders, including dependent family members, who have stayed in one of the countries included in the aforementioned agreements within the past 14 days, less restrictive measures are applied, indicated here.

Flights and navigation

From 2 June, transits are allowed to those airlines that have obtained prior authorization from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and automatically to all flights operated by Singapore Airlines, AirAsia, Scoot, SilkAir departing from the airports from the cities indicated in this list. The call of cruise ships is suspended until further notice. As of September 1st, crew changes are permitted under the circumstances indicated here. In light of the reduced air links with Italy and Europe, it is recommended, before traveling, to carry out adequate checks with one's carrier or travel agency and to request their assistance for any modification of itinerary. For more information on the measures taken by the Singapore authorities, consult the website of the local Ministry of Health www.moh.gov.sg, and the Maritime and Port Authority www.mpa.gov.sg.

In compliance with the provisions of the Ministry of Health, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, with Circular No. 2/2021, has ordered that starting from 23 December 2020 and from 3 January 2021 in the port of Singapore no crew changes will be allowed for all those who come from or have just transited through, respectively, the United Kingdom and South Africa in the 14 days prior to arrival in Singapore. The ban applies to those arriving by plane and to those arriving by ship.

The aforementioned provisions must be read in conjunction with circular number 42 of 2020.

Useful information

For the latest updates on the measures adopted by Singapore authorities, please visit:

There is also a WhatsApp Channel that provides updates on the situation in Singapore.

 

2. Restrictive measures for entry and exit from Brunei

Local health authorities have introduced restrictive measures both for entering and leaving the country. Short-term visitors are not allowed to enter and transit through the country. It is possible to apply for an Entry-Travel-Pass for  work, study reasons, medical treatment, family reunifications or exceptional circumstances. The application has to be presented by a local sponsor through this Form. 72 hours before departure, travellers have to do a SARS-COV-2 RT-PCR swap (in case they are unable to do the test, they can request for an exemption from the Ministry of Health: etp.health@moh.gov.bn). Upon the arrival of the authorized foreign travellers to Brunei, they will have to bear both the swap expenses, equal to 1.000 Brunei Dollars, and the costs of self-isolation in a designated facility, for a period from 2 to 14 days, based on the evaluation made by local authorities on the risk of the country of origin. Additional information on the documents to be presented are available Here.

As of March 16, the ban on exiting the country applies to all citizens and residents, with the exception of the following cases: the need to undergo urgent medical treatment, participation in judicial hearings and the continuation of studies abroad. Requests for leaving the country are subject to the approval of the Prime Minister's office and must be submitted by this Form. Additional information on the documents to be presented are available Here. In case of difficulty in using the indicated procedure, please report it to the Embassy of Italy in Singapore (the contacts can be found in the General Information section of this page). For any further information, it is advised to visit the website of Brunei Ministry of Health, and of the Prime Minister's Office, and of Brunei Tourism Board.

For the latest updates, please visit:

• the website of the Ministry of Health of Brunei

• the Viaggiaresicuri website

• the website of the Italian Embassy in Singapore.

There is also a Telegram Channel and a dedicated telephone Health Advice Line 148 (HAL 148) (operating 24 hours a day) providing updates on the situation in Brunei.

 

3Measures taken by Singapore Authorities

Starting from 28 December 2020, Phase 3 enters into force, which provides for the easing of some internal restrictions, including the possibility of meeting up to 8 persons.

The precautionary measures of social distancing, the mandatory wearing of the mask in public and work places and limitations for the organization of public and private events remain valid.

For further details consult the website of the local Ministry of Health HERE.

 

4Measures taken by Italian Authorities

 For more information, F.A.Q. and to download the self-declaration model, please, click HERE.

 

5. Precautionary measures taken by this Embassy

In compliance with the extraordinary directives implemented by Singaporean and Italian authorities, this Embassy has adopted a series of precautionary measures to protect the health of visitors and staff.

At the entrance to the building, the staff of the United Square Shopping Mall measures the temperature and requests that you fill out a declaration on the countries you have recently visited. Visitors who declare they have been in one of the countries to which local authorities have ordered restrictive entry measures, including Italy, in the previous 14 days or who exhibit one of the symptoms of Covid-19 are prevented from entering the building.

As for consular services, they will be provided exclusively by appointment using the online booking service (Prenota Online) and specifying in the notes the type of service requested.

For any clarifications and requests regarding your service request, you can always contact the consular offices at the following email addresses:

We remind you that the emergency number for assistance in cases of extreme urgency or need outside office hours is +65 90629004.

 


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