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Travellers Arriving In Singapore Will Receive Advance Notification Of Stay-Home Notice Requirements

           From 27 March 2020, 0900  hours, all travellers arriving in Singapore, including residents [Singapore Citizens (SC), Permanent Residents (PR)], and Long-Term Pass (LTP) holders (Student’s Pass, Dependant’s Pass, Work Pass and Long-Term Visit Pass Holders), must submit a health declaration before proceeding with immigration clearance. They will have to do so via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service. The health declaration will be made available before 27 March 2020 as part of the SGAC e-Service, so that travellers who are due to arrive in Singapore after 27 March, 0900 hours, can complete it in advance of their arrival.

2.         Upon the submission of their health declaration, travellers will be notified electronically via email, on the need to comply with the 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) on arrival in Singapore. This allows travellers to be notified of their SHN requirements earlier, instead of only during immigration clearance in Singapore. At the same time, they will be made aware of the penalties under Section 21A of the Infectious Diseases Act (IDA) if they fail to comply with the requirements.

3.         Travellers will receive the following when they submit their health declaration:

   a) An acknowledgment email after submission of the health declaration via SGAC e-Service.

   b) A reminder on the SHN requirements 24 hours prior to their arrival, if the health declaration was submitted more than 24 hours before arriving in Singapore.

4.         On arrival, travellers will need to show their acknowledgement email, either on their mobile device or a printout copy, to ICA officers. Travellers must therefore provide a valid email address and contact number when submitting the electronic health declaration, as they will be used to send the acknowledgement. Travellers who do not have the acknowledgement email will experience delays during immigration clearance.

5.         ICA will not hesitate to take enforcement action against those who fail to comply with SHN requirements. The penalties are:

   a) Prosecution under Section 21A of the Infectious Diseases Act. Those who breach the SHN will face a fine of up to $10,000, or up to six months’ imprisonment, or both;

   b) If one is a Singapore Permanent Resident, Long-Term Visit Pass holder, Dependant’s Pass holder or Student’s Pass holder, the validity of their passes may be shortened, or their passes revoked;

   c) If one is a foreign employee issued with a Work Pass, it may be revoked;

   d) If one’s child/ward is a full-time student attending a preschool, school or other educational institutions in Singapore, the child/ward might be subjected to disciplinary action, including suspension or dismissal;

   e) For foreign students, their child/ward’s Student’s Pass or Dependant’s Pass may also be cancelled; or

   f) If one is a short-term visitor, their visit pass may be cancelled and they may be barred from re-entering Singapore.

25 MARCH 2020