TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Singapore shortened the quarantine time for foreign travelers from 14 days to 10 days from October 6th 2021, noting the shorter incubation period of the Delta variant.
Starting at 23:59 WIB (Western Indonesia Time), October 6th 2021, border measures will be determined based on the person's travel history in the last 14 days, not the current 21 days. This means that passengers with a history of travel to Indonesia in the last 14 days prior to departure to Singapore will be allowed to transit through Singapore, according to a written statement from the Singapore Ministry of Health.
"The 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) will be reduced to 10 days, due to the shorter incubation period of the Delta variant," the Singapore government said on Saturday, October 2, 2021.
Since June 2021, the Multi-Ministerial Task Force on COVID-19 has required travelers with a recent travel history to Category III and IV countries/regions to quarantine for 14 days to account for the maximum COVID-19 incubation period.
As the Delta variant has a shorter incubation period, the Task Force will reduce the SHN period for travelers from 14 to 10 days.
From 7 October 2021, all travelers with a history of travel to Category III and IV countries/regions within the last 14 days immediately prior to arrival in Singapore (including being in Singapore prior to travel), will undergo a 10-day quarantine in a dedicated facility. During the self-isolation period, travelers must undergo a PCR test on arrival and on Day 10, and a self-administered rapid antigen test on Days 3 and 7. Mandatory self-isolation will end as long as the PCR test result is negative on Day 10.
Travelers residing in a Category III country/region within the 14 days immediately prior to arrival in Singapore (including being in Singapore prior to travel) and who have been fully vaccinated may apply for a SHN at their place of residence or other suitable accommodation.
Travelers who are not vaccinated will still have to undergo a 10-day SHN in a special facility, the government said.
As of October 2, 2021, Singapore reported 1,422 hospitalized COVID-19 cases, according to the health ministry. There are currently 243 cases requiring oxygen supplementation and 31 in the ICU. Of those who fell seriously ill, 233 were seniors over 60 years of age.
As of 1 October 2021, 82 percent of Singapore's population had completed a two-dose regimen of COVID-19 vaccine and 85 percent had received at least one dose. In total, 4,594,688 Singaporeans have received at least one dose of vaccine under the national vaccination program, and 4,490,834 people have completed the complete vaccination regimen.