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Travelling to/from Singapore – An update from the Singapore High Commission in London


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Thu, 20 Feb. 2020

There are no travel restrictions travelling to or from Singapore.

The UK travel advisory states that if you have returned to the UK from Singapore or the other 8 affected areas (China, Hong Kong, Japan, Republic of Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand) and develop symptoms of cough or fever, shortness of breath, you should immediately:

  • stay Indoors and avoid contact with other people
  • call NHS #111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country.

In addition, there is no UK travel advisory on travel to Singapore except for:

  • advice on measures to take if you return to the UK and develop symptoms of cough or fever, shortness of breath (see above)
  • measures taken by Singapore for visitors who have visited mainland China in the past 14 days with mandatory quarantine for travellers to Hubei and compulsory leave of absence for travellers to other parts of mainland China (see details below).

The Singapore High Commission in London are aware of reports of the person in the UK who had tested positive for COVID-19 (Corona virus) and had travelled to the UK (and France) from Singapore.  They have worked closely with the UK through international health channels and the Chief Medical Advisor is also in touch with Singapore’s Ministry of Health.

As all cases detected in the UK are handled by the UK authorities and they have worked quickly to identify any contacts the patient has had and taken the necessary measures.  The case can be clearly traced to the Grand Hyatt cluster in Singapore emanating from a visitor from Wuhan over a 3-day meeting that took place before 23 January and not from a community transmission in Singapore.

Singapore has taken swift and robust measures to pro-actively screen, isolate and contact trace, to both prevent and deal with confirmed cases and minimise community transmission.  More details and updates can be found at www.moh.gov.sg/2019-ncov-wuhan.


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