Repatriate to Singapore – All You Need to Know When Moving Back Home During COVID-19
Has COVID-19 caused you to repatriate to Singapore? Here’s everything you need to know about taking that return flight back to our sunny shores in the midst of this pandemic.
You will get to know:
- Singapore’s Entry Requirements
- Arrival in Singapore
- Stay-Home-Notice (SHN) and its exceptions
- The logistics of moving home and what to take note of
Singapore’s Entry Requirements
The country’s borders remain open to all Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs). As a Singapore resident, you do not need to obtain any approvals to repatriate to Singapore.
However, you must submit a health declaration within 3 days prior to your date of arrival. The health declaration can be submitted via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service.
For SG Pass Holders (including In-Principle Approval Holders)
- All Long-Term Visit Pass and Dependent’s Pass holders must obtain the ICA’s (International Checkpoints Authority) approval by submitting an application for entry before entering Singapore
- All Student Pass holders must obtain permission from the Ministry of Education by submitting an application to the respective educational institutions.
- All Work Pass holders, including dependents and those with in-principle approvals (IPAs), must seek approval from the Ministry of Manpower.
Once permission is granted, you will get an approval letter of entry. You must present this letter to airline staff upon check-in at the departure airport. Upon arrival in Singapore, you must present the letter to the ICA officer.
*Important note to all returning residents: if you travelled out of Singapore before 27 March 2020, the Singapore government will subsidise all screening tests and Stay-Home Notices (SHNs) expenses. However, if you departed Singapore after 27 March 2020, you will have to bear all the expenses incurred.
Arrival In Singapore
If you’re arriving from the Philippines, Indonesia and India, you will have to present a valid negative COVID-19 test result before entering Singapore. Otherwise, you must take a COVID-19 Swab Test, at your own expense, upon arrival, or during your SHN.
You will have to serve SHN when you return to Singapore. You can find SHN information concerning different countries in this table. Do refer to the SafeTravel website for more information on the fast lane, and reciprocal green lane schemes.