AVIATION, HEALTHCARE | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Returning citizens, permanent residents require negative PCR test 3 days before flight home

The Ministry of Health extends the pre-departure testing requirement to all Singapore citizens and permanent residents.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) updated its COVID-19 test requirements to include Singapore citizens and permanent residents.

As of May 29, Singapore citizens and permanent residents will also be required to present valid negative COVID-19 plymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests taken 72 hours before their departure to Singapore. This has long been a requirement for long-term pass holders and short-term visitors.

Upon arrival, both citizens and residents would have to take another PCR test before they are brought to Stay-Home Notice (SHN) facilities.

Travellers from low-risk regions of Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Mainland China, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Macao are excempt from the 72-hour test requirement, but will still have to take either a PCR test upon arrival or serve a 7-day SHN at their place of residence.

Singaporeans who test positive for COVID-19 while overseas and require urgent medical care in Singapore can still return through medevac flight or other equivalent forms of transport.

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