COVID-19 Phase Advisory

13 Sep 2021

Preparatory Stage  of Transition to COVID-19 Resilience


Here are the measures for Step 2, from 19 August 2021 onwards (updated 8 September):

dining 

F&B ESTABLISHMENTS
All vaccinated^ : 5 per group^^.
Unvaccinated: No dining-in without PET. Unvaccinated: No dining-in without PET. Take a PET at an MOH-approved test provider

COFFEESHOPS AND HAWKER CENTRES
Up to 2 per groups, regardless of vaccination status. 

Sports-Event 

LIVE PERFORMANCES, MICE, SPECTATOR & PARTICIPATORY SPORTS EVENTS
All vaccinated^ : 1,000 attendees
Unvaccinated: 50 attendees without PET
Group size limited to 5 persons^^.
Unmasking and singing or playing of wind instruments at live performances for vaccinated performers allowed.

gather 

SOCIAL GATHERINGS
Public places: Up to 5 persons per group and maximum 1 gathering a day.

visiting 

HOUSEHOLD VISITS
Up to 5 unique visitors per day*.

Cinema 

CINEMAS
All vaccinated^ : 1,000 attendees, F&B may be served in groups of up to 5 persons
Unvaccinated: 50 attendees without PET
Provision for children applies^^.

outdoors 

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Mask-on or mask-off : 5 per group regardless of vaccination status. Details in SportSG’s advisory.

Shopping-Centre 

SHOPPING MALLS & SHOWROOMS
Maximum of 1 person per 10 sqm.

exercise 

GYMS & FITNESS STUDIOS
Mask-off: All vaccinated^-  5 per group, Details in SportSG’s advisory.

Cruise 

ATTRACTIONS,SHOWS & CRUISES
Operating capacity of 50%.

workplace 

WORKPLACES
Up to 50% of employees allowed to return to the workplace. Social gatherings disallowed. See MOM’s advisory here.

Museum 

MUSEUMS & PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Capacity must not exceed 50%.

weddings 

MARRIAGE SOLEMNISATIONS
All vaccinated^ : 1,000 attendees
Unvaccinated: 50 attendees without PET
Group size limited to 5 persons^^.

Hotels 

HOTELS
Maximum 5 persons per room, unless they are from the same household  (subject to room’s maximum capacity).

reception 

WEDDING RECEPTIONS
All vaccinated^ : 250 attendees
Group size limited to 5 persons^^.
1 reception only.

Home-business 

HOME-BASED BUSINESSES
Subject to safe management measures.
Up to 5 unique visitors per day.

pray 

CONGREGATIONAL & WORSHIP SERVICES
All vaccinated^ : 1,000 worshippers^^
Unvaccinated: 50 attendees without PET^^.
Unmasking and singing or playing of wind instruments allowed, subject to safe management measures.

Spa 

MASSAGE PARLOURS, SPAS, SAUNAS AND HAIR SALONS
Mask-off services allowed, if customer is vaccinated.

Funeral 

FUNERALS
Up to 30 persons at a time on all days.

Tour-group 

TOUR GROUPS
Up to 50 persons for conveyance tours (e.g. Duck Tours etc)
Up to 20 persons for non-conveyance tours.

teach 

IN-PERSON TUITION & ENRICHMENT CLASSES
Up to 50 persons per class, in groups of up to 5 persons.

^Vaccinated: Fully vaccinated i.e. has received the full regimen of Pfizer/BioNTech Comirnaty, Moderna or WHO Emergency Use List (EUL) vaccines, with an additional two weeks for the  vaccine to be fully effective.
^^ If there is more than one child (12 and below) in the group, all children must be from the same household. Other vaccinated* individuals can be from different households as the child(ren). For large scale events, the number of children is capped at 20% of the actual event size.
* Cap on visitors does not apply to grandchildren being cared for by grandparents.

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FAQ: All Safe Management Measures

Updated 13 Sep 2021

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[Updated 13 Sep] Vaccinated-differentiated Safe Management Measures (SMMs)


[New] When will the vaccination-differentiated safe management measures (SMMs) for vaccinated individuals be implemented? Why is there a need to differentiate the measures in the first place?   

  • The differentiated SMMs for vaccinated individuals has been implemented since 10 August 2021. We have eased measures for those who are fully vaccinated, because they have good protection against the infection and are at lower risk of becoming dangerously ill if infected with COVID-19.  Therefore, there is no need to have such strict measures applied to a vaccinated person or groups of vaccinated persons. Unvaccinated individuals would need to be more prudent in interacting with larger groups of people especially in mask-off settings, which are higher risk.  Hence stricter measures are applied to them. 


[Updated 13 Sep] What are the details of vaccination-differentiated SMMs?

  • Please refer to the advisory here.   

[Updated 10 Sep] Vaccinate or Regular Test Regime

[Updated 10 Sep]  What is the “Vaccinate or Regular Test” regime? What are the sectors of the workforce that are required to be under this regime?    

  • From 1 October 2021, selected sectors of workforce will require vaccination or regular testing in lieu. Unvaccinated workers will have to be tested with an ART kit twice a week. For the small group that remains medically ineligible for the mRNA vaccines, the Government will subsidise their tests. 

    This “Vaccinate or Regular Test” (VoRT) regime serves to pick up possible infections early so that they can be treated early. This will also mitigate risk of transmission to their colleagues and the public.

The following sectors and their workers will be covered in this regime:
1)    Healthcare e.g. public and private hospitals, Traditional Chinese Medicine clinics, allied health services
2)    Eldercare e.g. nursing homes, senior care centres, residential facilities
3)    Settings with children 12 years and below e.g. preschools, early intervention centres, student care centres, schools, tuition and enrichment centres
4)    Public Service, including the uniformed services 
5)    Border front-line workers, e.g. workers at air, land, and sea checkpoints, Marine & Process workers 
6)    COVID-19 front-line workers, e.g. workers at community care facilities, government quarantine facilities, patient transporters, swabbers 
7)    Construction and Process Construction & Maintenance 
8)    Food Services, e.g. wait staff, kitchen staff 
9)    Gyms and fitness studios, e.g. instructors and trainers, receptionists 
10)    Personal care services with prolonged close contact between individuals, e.g. spa, massage, and facial therapists, hairdressers, make-up artists 
11)    Retail malls and large standalone stores 
12)    Supermarkets 
13)    Arts classes, e.g. dance, singing, wind/brass instruments, voice and theatre training (including speech and drama, actor training) classes 
14)    Pivoted bars, nightclubs, discotheques and karaoke establishments that are allowed to re-open 
15)    Markets, e.g. stallholders and assistants 
16)    Last-mile delivery personnel, including parcel and food delivery personnel 
17)    Cleaners in sectors listed above, and those offering disinfection services 
18)    Public and private transport workers, e.g. public bus captains, front-line staff at public transport nodes, taxi and private hire car drivers, driving school/private driving instructors

[New]  When does the “Vaccinate or Regular Test” regime take effect from?  

  • The “Vaccinate or Regular Test” requirement will take effect from 1 October 2021. In the meantime, we strongly encourage all employers to facilitate vaccination for your employees. A fully vaccinated workforce ensures a safe workplace and safe environment for everyone.

[Updated 10 Sep]  Who pays for the “Vaccinate or Regular Test”?    

  • For workers from the selected sectors who are medically eligible, but choose not to be vaccinated, they or their employer will have to pay for the tests. The costs of these tests can be avoided if the worker is fully vaccinated before 1 Oct 2021. For persons who are medically ineligible to receive mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and are required to undergo the regular tests, the Government will support the cost of the test kits required.

[New]  Who are considered medically ineligible to receive mRNA COVID-19 vaccines?     

  • For the purpose of “Vaccinate or Regular Test” regime, the medically ineligible for mRNA COVID-19 vaccines includes the following:
    a)    Persons who had developed an allergic reaction to a previous dose of any mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
    b)    Persons who had developed myocarditis or pericarditis following administration of any mRNA COVID19 vaccine. 
    c)    Persons who developed a severe adverse reaction to a previous dose of any mRNA COVID-19 vaccine and has been determined by a physician that he/she should not receive a second mRNA vaccine dose.
    d)    Persons who have not taken any COVID-19 mRNA vaccine but have been determined to be allergic to polyethylene glycol (PEG)/ polysorbate through a positive skin prick/ intradermal test.
    e)    Persons with/ under the following condition(s)/ treatment: 
             - Transplant within past 3 months; and/or
             - Aggressive immunotherapy; and/or
             - Active cancer on treatment.

[Updated 10 Sep]  Can my organisation participate in the “Vaccinate or Regular Test” regime?  

  • Organisations may choose to voluntarily implement the regime for their workforce at own cost. 

[Updated 10 Sep]  How does the Vaccinate or Regular Test (VoRT) regime apply to those who are currently on Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or Fast and Easy Test (FET) Rostered Routine Testing (RRT)?  

  • The regular test requirement for unvaccinated workers is an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) to be done twice a week. For workers who are undergoing Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or Fast and Easy Testing (FET) Rostered Routine Testing (RRT), their PCR or FET test taken under the RRT regimes will count towards the VoRT requirement to be tested twice a week. The table below summarises the VoRT test requirement for unvaccinated workers.
 Existing RRT regime  No. of additional ART tests needed for the unvaccinated workers who are currently on RRT and VoRTRecommended schedule  

Funding of test kits for workers who are currently on PCR RRT or FET RRT and VoRT

 7-day PCR RRT  1 ART every 14 days (Recommended schedule: D3, D7 or D1, D4) 

The PCR RRT tests (up till the basic regime of the vaccinated worker) will be funded by the Government. There is currently no vaccination-differentiation for the frequency of RRT, hence all PCR RRT tests are fully funded for both vaccinated and unvaccinated workers.

 

Only the additional ART tests for the medically ineligible under VoRT will be funded by the Government.

 14-day PCR RRT  3 ART every 14 days 

(Recommended schedule:

D3, D7, D11 ART)

 7-day FET RRT   1 ART every 14 days (Recommended schedule: D3, D7 or D1, D4)

The FET RRT tests (up till the basic regime of the vaccinated worker) will be funded. There is currently no vaccination-differentiation for the frequency of RRT, hence all PCR RRT tests are fully funded for both vaccinated and unvaccinated workers.

Only the additional ART tests for the medically ineligible under VoRT will be funded by the Government. 

[New]  Can I apply for the workplace ART kit distribution and use the 8 kits provided per on-site employee to fulfil the VoRT requirement of twice-weekly testing for unvaccinated workers?  

  • Employees may make use of the 8 free kits per on-site employee to fulfil their VoRT requirement. Once they have used up their free 8 kits, they will then need to self-fund the required kits under VoRT for the subsequent months.

    Companies that apply for the workplace ART kit distribution will need to subject all (and not just a sub-set) of on-site employees to weekly testing for 8 weeks. 

    More details of the workplace ART kit distribution will be released shortly. 

General Safe Management Measures

[Updated 10 Aug] Is carpooling allowed?

  • Carpooling trips which do not involve payment, such as those amongst family, friends and colleagues, is permitted, subjected to the prevailing social gathering group size of up to 5 persons.  More than 5 persons may travel together in the same car if they are members of the same household. 
  • In taxis, privately arranged Private Hire Care services, limousines services, and paid-carpool services matched through licensed ride-hail platforms, five passengers are allowed, i.e. the driver will not be counted towards the five person cap. 


What if I go to the supermarket/convenience/F&B shop and there are too many people inside or in the queue for me to practise one-metre safe distancing?

  • Please follow the instructions of the supermarket/shop staff on where and how to queue. Alternatively, you may wish to go to an alternate supermarket/shop if possible, or return to the store later when it is not so crowded.


What if someone outside my group comes close to me, less than one metre distance, in public spaces? Will enforcement action be taken against me?

  • Members of public are required to keep a distance of at least one metre from other individuals or groups (according to the prevailing permissible group size) in public places (excluding in vehicles or public transport facilities).
  • Enforcement officers will assess the facts of each case carefully, including whether there are reasonable explanations for any compliance. We will not hesitate to take action against egregious breaches.


How will the Government check and enforce these measures? What are the penalties for individuals who flout the rules? Who can serve these enforcement penalties?

  • These measures have been provided with the force of law under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act, and are enforceable across sectors and against individuals and businesses. This will be enforced strictly, for the protection of everyone.
  • Enforcement officers will be on the ground, and egregious breaking of these rules will lead to enforcement action under the Infectious Disease Act or the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act. The penalties for breaches are imprisonment for up to a term not exceeding 6 months or a fine not exceeding $10,000 or both, and (for a second offence under COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act) up to a term not exceeding 12 months or a fine not exceeding $20,000 or both.


There have been cases where frauds were acting as Safe Distancing Ambassadors. How do I verify if the enforcement officer is indeed appointed by the Government? Will I be expected to make payment for any penalties upfront?

  • Safe-Distancing Ambassadors are deployed by various government agencies to help and guide businesses and individuals to comply with the safe distancing measures. They do not impose fines.
  • Enforcement Officers will not collect fines on the spot, from individuals and businesses who have contravened these rules. The penalties for breaches will be issued to individuals or businesses in the form of composition letters which will state the relevant follow up actions required.

Household Activity and Care-Giving Arrangements

[Updated 10 Aug 2021]  My household consists of more than 5 people. Can we all go out together, since we are from the same household?

  • The group size limit of five is meant to minimise interaction and the risk of transmission across different households, but we seek your understanding that it is not possible to easily tell in a public setting if a group of more than five is from the same household or from more than one household. 
    So you may choose to go out together, but your household needs to observe the prevailing group size limits in public settings and venues, i.e. if there are more than 5 persons, please maintain at least 1m distancing in groups of no more than 5 persons. 

[Updated 10 Aug]  From 10 August, can my household of more than 5 persons sit together at the same table in a restaurant?  

Groups of up to 5 persons will be allowed to dine-in at F&B establishments if all the diners are fully vaccinated. Unvaccinated children aged 12 years and below may be included within the group of 5 persons as long as all the children are from the same household.  More than 5 individuals from the same household would need to split into groups of up to 5 individuals

As hawker centres and coffee shops are open-air and naturally ventilated spaces,  we will extend a special concession for both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to dine in these venues. But this will be subject to a smaller group size of up to 2 persons only.  If there are more than 2 diners from the same household, then the group would need to split up into groups of up to 2 diners.  

Dining-in at F&B establishments remains a high-risk activity because many people will be unmasked and in close proximity with each other. Thus, diners in F&B establishments are reminded to adhere to all safe management measures and keep their masks on at all times except when eating or drinking.

[New]  Why are unvaccinated individuals not allowed to dine in in F&B outlets and participate in indoor high-intensity mask-off activities?  
In general, fully-vaccinated individuals have good protection against infection and severe illness, and are also less likely to infect others as compared to unvaccinated individuals.  Unvaccinated individuals will however need to exercise tighter safe management measures to protect themselves and those around them.

Activities such as F&B dine-in and indoor high-intensity/mask-off  physical activities present a higher risk of COVID-19 transmission as people are generally  unmasked and tend to expel more droplets e.g. from talking or breathing more heavily. 

This risk is especially high in settings such as F&B establishments and gyms/ fitness studios where there are multiple groups of unmasked persons in a confined space for prolonged periods. This is why, at this point in time, we will allow only fully-vaccinated individuals to dine-in in F&B outlets in groups of up to 5 persons, and resume indoor high-intensity/ mask-off physical activities. 

[New]  Can I organise my own gathering in a group of 5 with F&B involved? Will vaccination be required? 
Social gatherings may take place in groups of up to five people in public places. Homes may also receive up to five unique visitors per day. However, unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to remain in groups of no more than 2 persons, to reduce the likelihood of transmission. Whilst eating and drinking in these groups is not prohibited, you are strongly advised to minimise the number and size of such gatherings, because mask-off activities are higher risk. Individuals are also advised to avoid eating takeaway food in public or common areas, especially in high-traffic, crowded areas.

[New]  Are door-to-door promotions allowed during this transition period from 10 August 2021? 
Yes. However, promoters should keep their interactions with residents brief. We advise salespersons to keep to small groups in conducting such door-to-door promotions, e.g. no more than two persons. 
If the promoters enter the resident’s house, they will be counted towards the household’s visitor cap for that day.

My parents usually come over to help me with caring for my children on weekdays. Can they do so?
  • Grandparents may go over to help with child-caring arrangements, however, they will contribute to the prevailing permissible visitor cap to a household per day.
  • Families who are relying on grandparents for childcare on a daily basis are advised to take the necessary safe distancing precautions to protect the grandparents. Observe personal hygiene and try to reduce interaction time as far as possible when visiting. Do not visit if you are unwell.
  • Grandparents are also strongly encouraged to take the COVID-19 vaccination, to protect both themselves and their grandchildren. To reduce the risk of transmission, grandparents should also minimise intermingling between grandchildren from different households as much as possible.

My siblings and I drop our children off at their grandparents’ house on weekdays. Will this be allowed?

  • Grandchildren being cared for by their grandparents on a daily basis would not be counted towards the prevailing permissible visitor cap per household, or to the number of social gatherings per day.
  • Grandparents are also strongly encouraged to take the COVID-19 vaccination, to protect both themselves and their grandchildren. To reduce the risk of transmission, grandparents should also minimise intermingling between grandchildren from different households as much as possible.

I am divorced and my children take turns to live with me and my ex-spouse. Can this arrangement continue?

  • Yes, this is allowed.

I am planning to relocate to a new place of residence. Am I allowed to engage more than 2 movers from a moving company to help me to shift my furniture and belongings?

  • Yes. If you are relocating from one place of residence to another, more than 2 workers from a moving company are allowed to enter your home, to support the relocation of furniture and belongings from the old to the new residential address.

Running Errands, Social Activities and Gatherings

[New]  We strongly encourage all individuals, especially the vulnerable elderly or persons staying with elderly, to reduce their non-essential social activities for the next two weeks, starting from 6 September 2021. We should continue to limit our social circle to a small group of regular contacts and limit ourselves to one social gathering a day, whether to another household or in a public place. 

All individuals, including both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, should also self-test regularly with ARTs, especially if we participate in higher-risk activities or attend large-scale events. These ART kits are now sold at most supermarkets and convenience stores.

What is the prevailing permissible group size for social activities?

  • The prevailing permissible group size for social activities, or number of visitors to households per day is currently five persons, regardless of vaccination status.  However, unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to remain in groups of no more than two persons, to reduce likelihood of transmission.   

What is the permissible group size in gyms and fitness studios?

  • For mask-on activities and classes held indoors in gyms and fitness studios:  Groups are allowed of up to 5 persons, in classes of up to 50 persons, including the instructor.  This is irrespective of vaccination or test status of these persons.
  • For high-intensity mask-off physical activities and classes held indoors in gyms and fitness studios:  Groups of up to 5 persons are allowed, in classes up to 30 persons, provided all individuals in the class are fully vaccinated. 
  • In general, class sizes are subject to the limits indicated above or the venue's capacity limit, whichever is lower. Please refer to Sport Singapore’s website for details, and for provision for children 12 years and below.

[Updated 10 Sep]  I have a weekly get-together (e.g. high tea, mahjong, movie screening) with my close group of friends. Can we do this?

  • Social gatherings of up to any 5 persons can take place, in premises that are open to the public. These persons do not need to be from the same household. If gathering is at the home of one of the persons, the home may receive up to the prevailing permissible number of visitors per day (i.e. up to 5 persons). These visitors are not restricted to having to come from the same household.
  • Individuals are advised to keep to one social gatherings a day and keep their number of contacts small, preferably limited to a regular circle of close contacts. If accepting visitors, keep them preferably to family members or very close friends, and remind them not to visit if they are not feeling well. Unvaccinated individuals are also strongly encouraged to remain in groups of no more than 2 persons.
  • If you and your friends are dining-in at an F&B establishment, all individuals within the group of up to 5 persons will need to be fully vaccinated.  Please refer to the above section on "Vaccinated-differentiated Safe Management Measures" for more information.  

Can I organise an outdoor taichi / yoga session with my friends in the park for more than five persons, as long as we keep in groups of five?

  • Social gatherings including for exercise must not exceed 5 persons. The safe distancing measures are put in place to minimise interactions to prevent transmission. In line with the intent, social gatherings of more than the prevailing permissible group size should not take place.
  • Outdoor exercise classes organised by enterprises such as a registered instructor can take place with up to 50 persons (inclusive of instructor) in groups of no more than five persons. Individuals should be spaced at least 2 metres apart and groups should be spaced at least 3 metres apart. There should be no intermingling between groups. Please refer to Sport Singapore’s website for details.

Home-Based Services

Can I allow people offering home-based services into my home? For example:

  • repairman to fix water pipes/electricity/cable/air-conditioning issues;
  • part-time cleaner / gardener / tuition teacher
  • day-time nanny caring for my child?
  • can they visit more than 2 households per day?

 
  • Home-based services will be allowed to operate. They will count as part of the five-person cap on visitors per day. Service providers are required to wear masks and maintain a one metre distance. For example, if your part-time cleaner is coming to clean your house, you can only receive four more visitors to your home within the day.
  • Limiting visits to 2 other households per day applies to social visits, and does not apply to those who need to visit multiple households in the course of business or employment. For example, if you are a repairman, you may visit more than 2 households for your work every day.
  • Using renovations works as an example, only five workers would be allowed into the house for the whole day, with no other visitors allowed in that day. If the house is vacant with no residents, there is no limit to the number of workers allowed into the house, subject to them being able to maintain safe distancing.
  • For renovation contractors, the limit of visiting more than two households per day does not apply to those who need to visit different households in the course of their business or employment.

Can I receive visitors to my home if I provide home-based services, e.g. hairdressing services, tuition classes?

  • Home-based services such as hairdressing services and tuition classes will be allowed to operate. Like any other homes, these homes offering services may receive up to the prevailing permissible number of visitors per day. Service providers and visitors should wear masks and maintain a one metre distancing. For example, if you are a tuition teacher offering tuition at your home, you may only receive up to five students per day (if you have no other visitors to your household that day).

Are door-to-door promotions allowed during this transition period from 10 August 2021?
Yes. However, promoters should keep their interactions with residents brief. We advise salespersons to keep to small groups in conducting such door-to-door promotions, e.g. no more than two persons.

If the promoter enters the residents house, they will be counted towards the household’s visitor cap for the day. 

Weddings and Solemnisations

What is allowed for weddings and solemnisations?

  • Please refer to the safe management measures and FAQs for marriage solemnisations and wedding receptions here.

Funerals and Wakes

What is allowed for funerals and wakes?

  • Wakes and funerals may be held at venues that are open to the public or for booking, including funeral parlours, places of worship and HDB void decks. Live instrumental music (except wind) may also be performed. Up to 30 persons may be present at any one time, excluding religious and supporting workers as well as any music performers which must be kept to a minimum, subject to the venue’s capacity limits based on safe management principles.

Personal Well-being


I am experiencing high levels of stress during this period. Where can I seek help or respite?

  • Those with general anxiety or stress may call the National CARE Hotline (Tel: 6202-6868) for support.
  • Those experiencing marital or parenting stress may wish to contact CPH Online Counselling at www.cphonlinecounselling.sg
  • Live chat: Mon-Fri 9am-9pm
  • Email: Anytime, counsellor will respond within 3 working days

Business and Commercial Entities

What are the Safe Management requirements for my company?


How do I know if my business is a permitted service?

  • You may refer to the list of permitted services and FAQs on the https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg website.
  • You may also call the Enterprise Infoline at 6898-1800 from 8am to 8pm (Monday to Sunday).


What if my employer operates a non-permitted service but insists that I continue working on-site?


What advice does MOH generally have for permitted enterprise workers who have to move around the island a lot?

  • Reduce mixing with others wherever possible, and proceed directly from point to point without stopping or dawdling. Workers who are operating outside their home are required to wear a mask at all times.


What is TraceTogether-only SafeEntry?

  • SafeEntry is the national digital check-in system that logs the NRIC/FINs and contact information of individuals visiting workplaces of permitted enterprises, as well as selected public venues for contact tracing purposes. TraceTogether-only SafeEntry calls for the use of TraceTogether App or Token to perform SafeEntry check-in.  The combined use of these digital tools helps to improve the speed and efficiency of contract tracing. For more information on SafeEntry, please visit https://safeentry.gov.sg/ if you have questions about SafeEntry.

[Updated 18 Aug] Visiting at Hospitals

[Updated as of 18 Aug]  What is the visitation policy at hospitals?

  • From 19 Aug 2021, a vaccination-differentiated visitation approach for hospital wards will be implemented at all hospitals.
  • Visits are limited to 30 minutes, regardless of the visitors’ vaccination status. Each patient can register up to two visitors for each admission. Each patient can receive up to two visits per day and only one visitor is allowed at the bedside.  Patients who are very ill will be allowed five registered patients visitors for each admission, with two visitors allowed at the bedside each time. 
  • Fully vaccinated visitors as well as persons who have recovered from COVID-19 and have a valid Pre-Event Test (PET) exemption notice will be able to enter the hospital wards without the need for a pre-visit COVID-19 test from 19 August 2021.  Vaccinated visitors will be required to show their vaccination status on HealthHub or the TraceTogether app as proof of vaccination. Screenshots will not be allowed. 
  • Partially vaccinated individuals have not attained sufficient immune protection from COVID-19 vaccination and will be at risk for being infected, or may infect hospital patients when they visit their loved ones. From 1 October 2021, they will be required to show a negative pre-visit COVID-19 test result before being allowed to visit the hospital wards. Between now and 30 September 2021, they will be temporarily exempted from the testing requirement.
  • Unvaccinated visitors should ensure they obtain a self-paid pre-visit COVID-19 test prior to visiting the hospital wards. They will not be allowed to enter hospital wards unless they can show a valid negative antigen rapid test (ART) or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result obtained within the last 24 hours of the visit, as administered or supervised by Ministry of Health (MOH)-approved COVID-19 test providers (including employer directed tests performed at the Quick Test Centres).
  • Visitors who are unwell or symptomatic should not visit patients in hospital wards, regardless of their vaccination status.


[Updated 18 Aug]  Can I stay beyond the stipulated time of 30 minutes? 

  • Exception will be given to visitors of the following patient groups to extend their visit beyond 30 minutes, on a conditional, case-by-case basis, as assessed by the hospital:

    a. Paediatric patients;
    b. Birthing/post-partum mothers; and
    c. Patients requiring additional care support from care givers.  For example, assistance of inpatients who have mental incapacities, visitors involved in caregiver training, etc.

  • Visitors who are allowed to extend their visit beyond 30 minutes will be required to obtain a valid negative COVID-19 test result regardless of their vaccination status.


[New]  Where can I get my pre-visit COVID-19 testing done? 

  • Pre-visit COVID-19 testing can be done at any MOH-approved ART provider. Please refer to go.gov.sg/swabproviders for the updated list of MOH-approved providers. Visitors should contact the clinic to confirm that they provide self-paid ART tests before visiting the clinic. 
  • From 1 September 2021, hospitals may also assist unvaccinated visitors to make advanced testing arrangement for pre-visit test at the Quick Test Centres (QTCs). The date and time of the appointment slot will be dependent on the daily availability of slots at the respective QTCs.


[Updated 18 Aug]  Are ART self-test (unsupervised) results accepted for visitor testing? 

  • No, for the purpose of visitor testing in healthcare institutions, ART self-test results would not be accepted.


Can I eat at the ward during visitation hours?

  • You are to keep your mask on at all times and are not allowed to consume food or drinks in the wards. For hygiene reasons, you should also refrain from sitting on patients’ beds and using patients’ toilets.


[Updated 18 Aug]  Who will pay for my visitation swab?

  • Pre-visit COVID-19 tests prior to visiting the hospitals wards will be paid for by the visitor.


[Updated 18 Aug]  Can I make multiple visits with 1 swab?

  • Yes, provided the durations of the visits are within the 24 hours from the time of the ART test was done. All visitations have to adhere to hospitals’ visitation policy.


On Inpatient Testing


[Updated 18 Aug]  I am admitted in a hospital. Do I need to be tested?

  • Yes, you will be tested on admission regardless of your vaccination status. Regular testing will allow the early detection of cases and contain the spread, reducing the risk of outbreak developing in hospital.


[Updated 18 Aug]  I am already admitted and did not go out of the hospital. Why am I still being tested so regularly?

  • Inpatient patients will be tested using Antigen Rapid Test (ART) every 7 days as long as the patient is admitted as inpatient (i.e. day 7, day 14, day 21 and so on). Unvaccinated/ partially vaccinated inpatients will have to be tested more frequently every 3 to 4 days (i.e. day 4, 7, 11, 14 and so on). This is an added measure to ensure hospital is able to pick up any cases who may be incubating.


I am a caregiver for an infant / young child. Am I subjected to the same testing regime?

  • Yes, caregivers of paediatric patients who are admitted together as part of the dyad, should be tested similarly as per an inpatient admission.

Others

How long will this Pre-endemic Transition Phase last for? How long will Vaccination-differentiated Safe Management Measures be implemented for?

  • The Pre-endemic Transition phase started on 10 Aug 2021.  As long as the local COVID situation remains stable, and vaccination rates increase, we will allow more activities to resume safely.
 

Travel Advisory

Updated 19 Aug 2021

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Latest Travel Advisory (as of 19 Aug 21)

All residents of Singapore are advised to defer all travel to higher risk countries/regions, that include Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka until further notice.

Residents of Singapore who are fully vaccinated[1] with vaccines authorised under the Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR) by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) or the World Health Organisation Emergency Use Listing (WHO-EUL) may travel overseas to other countries/regions not mentioned above (e.g. Brunei or Germany via the Vaccinated Travel Lane).

Residents of Singapore who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated are advised to defer all forms of travel overseas except for the following reasons:

a) Any travel to Category I countries/regions;

b) If they are pursuing academic studies or professional qualifications overseas, for courses or examinations which require physical presence in the foreign educational institution[2];

c) If they are taking on or returning to employment overseas, for employment opportunities which require physical presence overseas[3];

d) For essential travel for business, official and work purposes under Green/Fast Lane arrangements and the Periodic Commuting Arrangement;

e) For compassionate reasons (e.g. due to death of / critically ill family member);

f) To seek medical treatment which cannot be reasonably received in Singapore; or

g) To return to country of residence to attend to, or after attending to, legal/contractual obligations.

All travellers are advised to check the entry requirements imposed by the countries/regions they intend to travel to. When overseas, all travellers should take all necessary precautions, observe good personal hygiene, monitor local developments, and heed the advice of local authorities.

All travellers will be subject to the prevailing border measures upon entry to Singapore, including payment for their stay at dedicated SHN facilities and tests, where applicable.  All Singapore Citizens (SCs), Permanent Residents (PRs), and Long-Term Pass Holders (LTPHs) will be able to tap on regular healthcare financing arrangements for their COVID-19 treatment should they have onset of symptoms within 14 days of their return to Singapore and require hospital admission for suspected COVID-19 infection – SCs and PRs may access Government subsidies, and MediShield Life (MSHL) / Integrated Shield Plan (IP) coverage; LTPHs may tap on their usual financing arrangements, such as private insurance.

As Singapore’s measures will evolve as the global situation changes, we encourage everyone to check the MOH website (https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19) for the latest updates.

1 Fully vaccinated individuals would have received both doses of Pfizer-BioNTech/ Comirnaty, Moderna or WHO EUL vaccines, with an additional two weeks after the second dose for optimal protection. 
2 Students enrolled in local educational institutions may travel overseas to complete a compulsory course component or examination that cannot be completed locally. Students below the age of 18 may be accompanied by an adult. Mature students may travel overseas with their dependents who will be residing with them for the duration of their studies.
3 Residents of Singapore traveling to take on or return to employment overseas may travel with their dependents who will be residing with them for the duration of their employment.

Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPC)

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has re-activated the Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs) to focus our primary care efforts to better detect and manage COVID-19 infections. Please click here for more information from the press release.


From 18 February, the PHPCs, as well as polyclinics, will provide special subsidies for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents diagnosed with respiratory illnesses (e.g. common cold). Please click here to find a PHPC located near you.


You may also refer to this link for the FAQs on the PHPC Scheme.