Singapore to Remove All COVID-19 Entry Restrictions

As of 13th Feb. 2023, Singapore lifted all remaining entry restrictions. Nevertheless, standard entry requirements still apply, including the need to complete the SG Arrival Card 3 days before arriving in Singapore.

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Amid the decreasing number of new coronavirus cases reported, Singapore has removed all remaining COVID-19 entry restrictions for foreign visitors, including non-fully vaccinated travelers arriving in the country.

Travelers can now travel to Singapore without troubling themselves with any paperwork. 

The new rules became effective as of 13th Feb. 2023, and from this date, travelers no longer need to face additional restrictions upon crossing the Singaporean borders.

It also eliminates the need to present a COVID-19 vaccination proof or a negative test certificate.

All those who plan to visit Singapore should remember that standard entry requirements are still applicable, i.e., visa requirements as well as the need to complete the Singapore Arrival Card, which continues to be a mandatory document to be completed before arrival in the country. 

Along with loosening the entry restrictions, the Singaporean Ministry of Health also removed the mask requirements. Nevertheless, individuals still need to wear them in high-risk places such as hospitals.

COVID-19 situation in Singapore

According to the MOH announcement, the number of coronavirus cases in Singapore has been decreasing since the end of 2022, while no high-severe variants of COVID-19 have been recently reported. 

The decrease in positive cases has been observed despite an increasing number of flights operated between Singapore and China.

It, however, seems not to pose any burden on the Singaporean healthcare system. 

It is also worth noting that the reopening of the country's borders was a several-stage process that ensured that welcoming tourists to Singapore would not pose a health threat to the public.

The Singaporean health authorities have made it clear that Singapore has enough protection to lift the entry restrictions.

It was possible thanks to the strengthening of the healthcare system, the high COVID-19 vaccination rate, and the general high immunity level.

All these factors convinced the Singaporean authorities to open up the country's borders and loosen restrictions.

Previous COVID-19 Policy in Singapore

Singapore maintained a number of protective measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, passengers had to go through extra paperwork, and the required documents differed depending on the individual's vaccination status. 

The last restrictions to be lifted concerned non-fully-vaccinated travelers who were required to present a negative test certificate to prove they did not pose any threat of carrying the virus into the Singaporean territory. This requirement is no longer in place. 

International arrivals are, however, still required to enter essential health-related information when completing the Singapore Arrival Card

Singapore Arrival Card 

The SG Arrival Card must be submitted by all foreigners traveling to Singapore 3 business days before the planned travel.

Travelers can complete the declaration online without needing to fill out any paper forms upon arrival. 

The approved Singapore Arrival Card is digitally matched to the individual's passport and ensures a smooth pass through border control. 

Travelers are asked to provide some personal details as well as information regarding their health conditions and travel plans in Singapore.

What is important, even nationals who can enjoy visa-free entry to Singapore must complete the Arrival Card to enter the country issues-free.

Katarzyna Żyła

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