SINGAPORE: Travelers under the Business Travel Pass program will be required to undergo additional COVID-19 tests upon returning to Singapore, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday February 9.
Currently, such travelers will be required to undergo a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon return to Singapore instead of serving a stay-at-home notice. They must also be isolated in one place until they test negative on arrival.
As an additional precaution, travelers on this program are now required to undergo COVID-19 PCR tests on the third, seventh and 14th days of their return. An additional serological test will also be required on the third day, the health ministry said.
“These enhanced testing requirements serve to minimize the risk of potential leakage of incubating cases into the community. Travelers should also avoid events with more than eight attendees within 14 days of returning to Singapore,” the Ministry of Health added. health.
The Business Travel Pass program was introduced in June 2020 to facilitate essential business travel for Singapore-based senior executives with regional or international responsibilities who need to travel regularly for work.
Travelers under this program are required to adhere to a strictly controlled itinerary when travelling. Upon their return to Singapore, they are required to use TraceTogether, avoid all means of public transport within 14 days of their return, adhere to safety management measures at their workplace, and adhere to all other force applicable to local residents.
“As compliance with the border measures of this program is essential to protect public health and help curb the potential transmission of COVID-19 to the community, Business Travel Pass holders must comply with the border measures of this program or risk having their Business Travel Pass revoked,” the Department of Health said.
“We will continue to carefully monitor the global situation and the public health outcomes of this program to strike a calibrated balance between local community safety and the resumption of business travel to support our overall economic recovery.”
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