MPA Singapore informed that in view of the improving global COVID-19 situation, the low impact of imported cases on our healthcare capacity, and the absence of signs of threatening variants, Singapore will stand down the remaining COVID-19 border measures.
More specifically, from 13 February 2023, all non-fully vaccinated travelers entering Singapore will no longer be required to show proof of a negative Pre-Departure Test. Non-fully vaccinated short-term visitors will no longer be required to purchase COVID-19 travel insurance.
All individuals aged 18 years and above (including short-term visitors) may receive vaccination and boosters under the Private Vaccination Programme (PVP). As this is a private arrangement, the vaccinations will be at the individual’s own cost.
At the beginning of the year, China confirmed significant changes to its COVID-19 policies, regarding crew on commercial ships and crew changes as well.
More specifically, after three years of a strict no-COVID policy, China continues its steps to relax travel bands, requirements for quarantine, and tests, despite a new surge in a variant in parts of the country.
As a matter of fact, on January 8 the country reopened its borders for international travel, and people entering the country are no longer required to quarantine but must still provide proof of a negative PCR test done at least 48 hours before their travel.
Regarding shipping, government agencies confirmed that crews from foreign-flagged ships are included in the relaxed restrictions. The rules for crew changes reverted mostly to pre-pandemic dropping the requirement for local approvals and testing for all crewmembers.
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