Top News Singapore further tightens border measures for travellers from India By TTG Asia / Posted on 23 April, 2021 12:51 Singapore will ban all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history to India within the last 14 days from setting foot into or transiting through the country from Friday (April 23), 23.59. This applies to travellers who have obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a press release on Thursday (April 22). All long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history to India within the last 14 days will be banned from entering Singapore from April 23, 23.59 In addition, all travellers with recent travel history to India who have yet to complete their 14-day stay-home notice (SHN) by April 22, 23.59, will need to complete their additional seven-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities, instead of their place of residence, according to the release. They will undergo Covid-19 PCR tests on-arrival, on day 14 of their SHN, and another test before the end of their 21-day SHN period. Singapore’s further tightening of border measures for travellers from India comes following a surge in Covid-19 cases in the South Asian country. In addition, a new Covid-19 cluster was detected among its migrant worker community earlier this week. While MOH said that there is no evidence that the recent cases at the Westlite Woodlands Dormitory are linked to the new virus strain from India, it said that the stricter border controls are to guard against the risks of any potential “leaks” from newly arriving workers from India, which could cause another wave of infection in the dormitories. It also cited reinfection risks among recovered workers as the reason for the tightening of measures. With the emergence of new Covid-19 variants, MOH said that it will closely monitor for reinfection of recovered cases, and is reviewing the country’s border measures for recovered travellers. It added that imported cases suspected of reinfection will be isolated and undergo repeat Covid-19 PCR tests to ensure prompt detection. The multi-ministry taskforce has been closely monitoring the global Covid-19 situation, “especially given the rapidly deteriorating situation in India”, said MOH.