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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

Starting from 17 June 2020, all authorized travelers entering the country are subjected to COVID-19 detection test at the end of the mandatory period of isolation (Stay Home Notice) at their own expenses. The entry to Singapore is still prohibited for all short-term travelers. However, starting from 15 June 2020, entry is possible for the travellers whose trips fall within the scope of the agreement in force between Singapore and China, which is a fast-track for business trips. 

All holders of work permits (employment pass) and their family members (dependant's pass) who intend to enter or return to Singapore must obtain the authorization of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) before they can start the journey, by applying through this form. With the improvement of the health situation globally, the Ministry of Manpower is gradually increasing the number of approvals. However, there are still margins of uncertainty and the risk of being stuck outside the country or of not being able to return on the expected date is still high.

Click HERE to know when to apply for the authorization to enter Singapore.

Moreover, all travelers returning to Singapore are required before their departure to present a declaration on their health condition by using this form, and they have to observe a self-isolation period of 14 days at their residential place or in a governmental facility with expenses charged to them based on the country of origin and the visa in their possession. At the end of the isolation, everyone will be subjected to a compulsory COVID-19 swap test at their own expense (200 SingDollars). Singaporean citizens, permanent residents and long-term visa holders who have stayed in the last 14 days in Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Macao, Mainland China, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam can remain in their own residential place.

Travelers from countries other than those listed must observe quarantine in one of the facilities made available by Singapore government. In this case, the stay is free of charge for Singapore citizens and permanent residents, while it is paid by travelers with long-term visas and those who fall within the scope of the agreement, which introduces a fast-track with China (SGD2000). During the Stay Home Notice period, which cannot be reduced for any reason, you will not be allowed to leave the isolation place. Failure to comply with this term will result in a fine and a prison sentence of up to six months.  

For travelers from countries other than those listed, the quarantine must be observed in one of the facilities made available by the government. In this case, the stay is free for citizens of Singapore and for permanent residents, while it is borne by travelers with long-term visas and those who fall under the agreement establishing a preferential lane with China (2000 dollars Singapore). During this period, which cannot be reduced for any reason, you will not be allowed to leave your home or room. Failure to comply with this term will result in a fine and a prison sentence of up to six months.

From 2 June transits are allowed to those airlines that have obtained prior authorization from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) automatically to all flights operated by Singapore Airlines, AirAsia and Scoot departing from the airports of Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Auckland, Christchurch, Hong Kong, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Osaka, Tokyo (Narita International Airport) and Seoul and headed for a third destination after the stopover in Singapore.

The stopover of cruise ships is suspended until further notice. As of March 23, passengers and non-resident crew members are not allowed to land in Singapore. Crew changes are only permitted in the exceptional circumstances indicated here. Moreover, all ships arriving in Singapore must submit a maritime health declaration.

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 '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. 

A summary of the measures in force from 11.59 pm of 17 June 2020

misure adottate dal governo di singapore per i viaggiare in arrivo a 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 exemption if you are sponsored by the government or a local company. This measure does not apply to the citizens and residents of Brunei, who will have to observe a period of 14 days of self-isolation. All foreign travelers are required to undergo the COVID-19 test and to bear the costs of the swab, amounting to $ 1,000 Brunei Dollars, and the costs of self-isolation in a designated facility.

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 writing an email to: In case of difficulty in using the indicated procedure, please report it to the Embassy of Italy in Singapore.

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.


3. Measures 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.

A summary of what is allowed to do:

singapore inizia la fase 2 di riapertura

For more details, please visit the website of Singapore Ministry of Health HERE


4. Measures taken by Italian Authorities

Following the recommendation agreed upon yesterday in the EU, an order from the Minister of Health was adopted for an initial adaptation of our rules to the new European framework.

It is a bridge measure, which will remain in force until July 14 at the latest (when the measures to contain the pandemic currently in force expire).

Among the main new rules, we highlight the following:

  • study trips are allowed to and from any destination;
  • regardless of the reason, EU citizens, foreigners residing in an EU country and their family members (spouse, partner, children up to 21 years old, cohabiting parents, other dependent family members for disability reasons) are allowed to enter Italy;
  • regardless of the reason, residents of 14 non-EU and Schengen countries (Algeria, Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, Montenegro, Morocco, New Zealand, Rwanda, Serbia, Republic of Korea, Thailand) are allowed to enter Italy Tunisia, Uruguay).

Those who enter from countries other than the EU, Schengen, UK and European microstates continue to be subjected to quarantine (except for cases of exclusion already foreseen).

Click HERE to fill in the Self-declaration Form in case you are returning to Italy from abroad.

Click HERE to read the related Frequently Asked Questions. 


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.