Top News Singapore lifts travel ban for five South Asian countries, eases restrictions for Malaysia and Indonesia By TTG Asia / Posted on 25 October, 2021 15:43 Singapore will reopen its borders to some travellers from five South Asian countries and Myanmar from Wednesday (October 26), as well as ease measures for several other nations, including Malaysia and Indonesia. This follows a review of the Covid-19 situation in these countries, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday. Singapore loosens border measures further in response to the evolving global Covid-19 situation Travellers, excluding short-term visitors, with a 14-day travel history to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be allowed to enter or transit through the country again. These travellers will be subject to Category IV border restrictions, which include a 10-day stay-home notice at a dedicated facility. Singapore classifies countries and regions into four categories based on the risk of Covid-19 transmission, with differentiated border measures for each category. MOH said that Malaysia, Cambodia, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Mongolia, Qatar, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, South Africa, Tonga, the UAE and Vietnam, will be placed under Category III measures. These travellers will be able to serve their 10-day stay-home notice at their declared place of residence or accommodation – regardless of the vaccination status and travel history of the traveller and their household members. Under the current regulations, Category III travellers have to apply to opt out of serving their stay-home notice at a dedicated facility. MOH said that these travellers must remain in their declared place of residence or accommodation and wear an electronic monitoring device throughout their stay-home notice period. In addition, travellers from Category I places – Hong Kong, Macau, mainland China and Taiwan – as well as those arriving from Category II countries on Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights, only need to take a PCR test on arrival. All travellers from Category II countries on non-VTL flights, as well as those from Category III and IV countries, will no longer need to undergo an on-arrival PCR test, but will have to take an exit PCR test at the end of their stay-home notice. Category III and IV travellers will also no longer have to undergo additional antigen rapid tests on the third and seventh days of their arrival, during their stay-home notice period.