Safe Travel Information
From 29 August 2022, all travellers can enjoy quarantine-free travel in Singapore regardless of their vaccination status.
Transition Phase to COVID-19 Resilience
Even as we resume our transition towards living with COVID-19, we need to do so in a careful and controlled manner. We seek everyone’s cooperation to:
- Exercise social responsibility and cooperate with the SMMs
- Follow the appropriate health protocols should we test positive for COVID-19, including by resting at home or visiting your primary care physicians if you need any medical attention
- Refrain from going to the Emergency Departments unless there are any medical emergencies, to ensure that we preserve the hospital resources for those require acute care
- Get vaccinated and boosted when eligible
These will ensure the current situation continues to remain stable, and allow us to progressively resume our social and economic activities.
The MTF will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and ease measures to allow more activities to resume.
Here are the measures from 10 October 2022:
• No group size limit.
• No limit on the number of visitors per household.
• Unvaccinated should exercise caution, reduce movement, stay at home as much as possible.
• Optional in all settings except for healthcare facilities*, residential care homes (including welfare and sheltered homes for the aged, as well as adult disability homes) and ambulances, and public transport. Click here for more details.
• Even as mask-wearing is removed in most settings, individuals are encouraged to wear masks when in crowded places, or when visiting or interacting with vulnerable persons.
*refer here for the listing of hospitals and national specialty centres. Mask-wearing is required in all indoor premises of these facilities including at retail or F&B establishments located within the building.
• Not required between individuals or between groups.
• All employees may return to the workplace.
• For healthcare facilities, residential care homes (including welfare and sheltered homes for the aged, as well as adult disability homes) and ambulances, and public transport, where mask-wearing is still required, unmasking is allowed at these workplace if one is not interacting physically with others and when not in customer-facing areas.
• Workforce Vaccination Measures lifted. See MOM’s advisory.
Why is mask-wearing required for healthcare facilities, residential care homes and public transport?
Mask wearing is an effective way of minimizing the risk of disease transmission. Healthcare, residential care, medical and public transport are essential services frequently used by vulnerable persons, and there is need for us to take extra precaution in these areas to ensure vulnerable persons remain protected.
How will the Government check and enforce the community safe management 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 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, the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act or other relevant laws. For instance, under 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 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.
What are the Safe Management requirements for my company?
Details on the Safe Management measures for workplaces can be found at https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/requirements-for-safe-management-measures and https://www.mom.gov.sg/covid-19/advisory-on-covid-19-vaccination-in-employment-settings
Sector-specific advisories can also be found at https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/safemanagement/sector/
When will Singapore lift all the remaining SMMs?
MOH will continue to review the measures and adjust based on the evolving community situation.
While we have eased most SMMs at this juncture, we must continue to remain vigilant and be ready to respond to any dangerous new variants. Should the situation worsen, we may need to put in place the necessary measures at short notice, so as to protect the public, safeguard our healthcare workers and conserve hospital capacity. This may include standing up an appropriate level of VDS, as was necessary during the height of the pandemic.