Singapore will allow travellers from more countries to spend their mandatory 14-day isolation period upon arrival in the city at their place of residence from November, the Ministry of Health said in a commentary.
Travellers from Estonia, Fiji, Finland, Japan, Norway, the Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Turkey who arrive in the city-state from November 4 will be capable to isolate at their place of residence. Individuals who opt to stay at their place of residence for their self-isolation period will be subject to shut monitoring of their whereabouts via electronic means and physical spot-checks, the ministry said.
The expanded list comes as Singapore seeks to cautiously reopen its borders to international trip and revive activity in key sectors. After emerging from a two-month partial lockdown in June, the economy has gradually reopened with day-to-day virus cases often declining in recent weeks to low unmarried digits or zero.
Singapore will also stop paying for stays at committed self-isolation facilities from January next year for citizens and permanent residents, the ministry said.
All incoming travellers may also be responsible for inpatient medical bills from Jan. 1 whether they develop Covid-19 symptoms inside 14 days of arriving in the country.
(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)
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