Singapore moves ahead with streamlined Covid measures

Singapore city panoranora at sunrise with Marina bay

Streamlined Covid-19 safety measures announced last month that were soon postponed due to a surge in daily infections, will finally come into effect today (March 15).

The easing of measures, according to Singapore’s Ministry of Health, includes the removal of safe distancing requirements for mask-on settings and the application of a single safe distance of 1m for all settings.

Singapore removes capacity limits on smaller events, and prepares for further simplified entry for fully vaccinated travellers

Smaller events and group settings with 1,000 or fewer people can proceed without being subject to any capacity limit. For events and group settings involving more than 1,000 people, such as cruises, live performances and tourist attractions, only 50 per cent of the venue’s capacity may be utilised.

Travellers entering Singapore on Vaccinated Travel Lanes or from Category 1 areas China, Taiwan and Macau can now choose to submit an unsupervised self-swab antigen rapid test (ART) result within 24 hours of entry, instead of undergoing a supervised self-swab rapid test at a test centre in the city-state. The advanced submission must be made through the Sync website before proceeding with their activities in Singapore.

MOH said the easing of the Covid-19 testing regime for arriving travellers is view of the low imported infection numbers – around one per cent of total daily infections – as many countries have already passed the peak of their Omicron infection waves.

“These are important steps to take to prepare ourselves for a new Vaccinated Travel concept in the coming weeks, where fully vaccinated travellers generally need not apply for approval to enter Singapore, and will undergo simplified test requirements,” MOH said in a statement.

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