Singapore Requires Testing for Most Returning Citizens and Permanent Residents

The Ministry of Health announced on Wednesday, May 26, that Singapore citizens and permanent residents will be required to present a valid negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result taken within 72 hours before they depart for Singapore.

What to Expect

  • May 29, from 11:59 pm, nearly all Singaporeans and permanent residents will have to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result before boarding a flight or ferry to Singapore.
    • Singaporeans and permanent residents who have stayed in lower-risk countries and regions — Australia, Brunei, mainland China, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Macau — in the last 21 days before departure to Singapore are exempt.
    • Travelers who arrive without a valid negative test result may be denied entry.
    • Permanent residents and long-term pass holders who fail to comply may have their permit or pass canceled.
  • Travelers from lower-risk countries and regions may either take a COVID-19 test on arrival or serve a 7-day SHN at their place of residence and take a COVID-19 test at the end of the notice.



In November 2020, the MOH made it a requirement for all long-term pass holders and short-term pass visitors to present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before their departure to Singapore. Singaporeans and permanent residents who arrive prior to May 29 at 11:59 pm will be required to do a PCR test on arrival before going to a dedicated stay-home notice facility.


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