02991: Singapore Travel Reminders


Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 389

The Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has set up the SafeTravel website that explains the various conditions for entry given the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. It clearly outlines the different conditions for entering the country.

In general, the people who are qualified to enter Singapore include:
  • Returning Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Singapore Long Term Work or Student Pass Holders
  • Family Members of Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents
There are other Safe Travel Lanes for specific countries with other arrangements, but the Philippines is not among most of those lists. There is the Connect@Singapore initiative that allows for specific business-related travel provided the test negative for COVID-19 for departure, get regular tests while in Singapore and stay no longer than 14 days.

In any case, should a person meet any of these requirements, they would have to get tested upon arrival and stay in quarantine for a specific period of time. For other countries, they only have to serve quarantine while waiting for their negative COVID-19 test result. As the Philippines is not one of those special countries, so we are still subject to a minimum 14-day quarantine and another PCR test at the end of the quarantine period. 

Example: If I used the fact that my sister is a Singapore Citizen as a basis, I would need to secure all necessary pre-departure requirements first including a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure, then get tested for COVID-19 again at the airport, be taken to a quarantine facility directly from the airport where I will await the results of my PCR test, then take a final PCR test at the end of my 2-week quarantine before I can enter Singapore proper.

So let's all do the math.