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Written Reply by Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung to Parliamentary Question on Plans for Green Lanes or Special Travel Arrangements between Singapore and USA and Precautionary Measures in Place for Incoming Passengers

03 Nov 2020 In Parliament

Miss Cheng Li Hui asked the Minister for Transport regarding SIA launching non-stop flights to USA 
 
a.     what are the current travel arrangements between Singapore and USA; 
 
b.     whether there are plans for green lanes or special travel arrangements with USA; and 
 
c.     what are the COVID-19 precautionary measures for inbound passengers from USA including returning Singaporeans, considering the high infection rates in USA.
 
Reply by Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung:
 
1.     Currently, Singapore does not allow entry of short-term visitors from the United States of America (USA) unless they are 
 
a.     immediate family members or relatives of a Singapore Citizen or a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR), 
 
b.     spouses-to-be of a Singapore Citizen or Singapore PR, or 
 
c.     non-residents who have extenuating or compassionate reasons to enter Singapore.
 
2.     Travellers from the USA who are entering Singapore must serve a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at SHN Dedicated Facilities. Like all travellers who serve SHN, they are required to undertake a COVID-19 swab test before the end of the SHN period.
 
3.     The prevailing advisory is for Singaporeans to defer all non-essential travel to the USA. As of now, we have yet to begin negotiations of a green lane or special travel arrangements with the USA.