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COVID-19: Updates



COVID-19: Updates


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, the entry ban to Singapore remains valid. The only exceptions are: those who travel to Singapore for work reasons from China, Malaysia (excluding the state of Sabah), Brunei, South Korea and Japan and who have previously obtained the Safe Travel Pass; those who have spent the 14 days prior to arrival in New Zealand, Brunei, Vietnam and Australia (excluding the State of Victoria) and who are in possession of the Air Travel Pass.

Long-term visa holders and their dependents wishing to enter Singapore must obtain approval from the local Ministry of Manpower (MOM) before they can start their trip by applying through this Form. With the improvement of the health situatio globally, the Ministry of Manpower is gradually increasing the number of approvals. However, there are still margins of uncertainty and the risk of being stranded out of the country or not being able to return on the scheduled date. All authorized travelers returning to Singapore, including citizens and permanent residents, are required to submit a declaration on their health condition before departure using this Form, and they have to observe a period of self-isolation (Stay Home Notice) of 14 days. For Singaporean citizens, permanent residents and long-term visa holders, including dependents, who have stayed in mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia (excluding Sabah state) within the past 14 days self-isolation is reduced to 7 days and it is possible to stay in your home. For Brunei, New Zealand, Vietnam and Australia (with the exception of the State of Victoria), self-isolation is eliminated from the same date. In both cases it is necessary to undergo a swab on arrival at the airport, where it is necessary to stop until the test result is obtained.

From 14 October all travelers (including Singaporean and Malaysian citizens, permanent residents and travelers falling within the Reciprocal Green Lane and the Periodic Community Arrangement) who have even only transited through the State of Sabah (Malaysia) in the 14 days prior to arrival, must observe the 14-day self-isolation period.

From 19 October, those who enter Singapore (with the exception of Singaporeans and permanent residents) and have even only transited through Indonesia and the Philippines in the 14 days prior to arrival, must have a negative swab taken within 72 hours before departure, to then be subjected to compulsory self-isolation for 14 days.

From 17 September, those who enter Singapore (with the exception of Singaporeans and permanent residents) and have even only transited through India in the 14 days prior to arrival, must have a negative swab taken within 72 hours of departure and then undergo mandatory self-isolation, during which they will undergo serological tests. (The negative swab before departure is not required for Singaporean citizens and permanent residents).

Singaporean citizens, permanent residents and long-term visa holders, including dependant family members, who have stayed in the last 14 days in countries different from those indicated (e.g. Italy), and who left Singapore after 27 March (the date in which the restrictions on non essential trips abroad entered into force in Singapore) have to observe a self-isolation period in the designated hotel facilities at their own expenses (SGD2000).

During this period, which can not be reduced for any reason, it will not be permitted to leave one's dwelling place or room. Failure to comply with this term will result in a fine, a prison sentence of up to six months and the withdrawal of the stay permit.  

At the end of the isolation period all are subject to a mandatory swap to detect COVID-19 at their own expenses (SGD200).

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 and Scoot departing from the airports of the cities listed in this table

The stopover of cruise ships is suspended until further notice. As of 1st of September 2020, the crew changes are allowed in the  circumstances indicated here.  

In light of the reduced air connections with Italy and Europe, it is recommended, before traveling, to carry out adequate checks with your carrier or travel agency and to request their assistance for a possible modification of the  flight itinerary. For more information on the measures taken by Singapore authorities, visit the website of the local Ministry of Health, and of the Maritime and Port Authority 

For the latest updates, 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: 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

Phase 2 enters into force on June 19, which provides for the resumption of most economic and social activities. 

The precautionary measures of social distancing and wearing the mask in public and work places remain mandatory.

For more details, please visit the website of Singapore 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.