Singapore bans Chinese nationals and individuals with recent travel to China from entering Singapore beginning late Feb. 1.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 31 Jan 2020 17:07 GMT and is scheduled to expire 19 Feb 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel restrictions
  • Location(s): Singapore (map)
  • Start Time/Date: 2359 Feb. 1
  • Impact: Entry restrictions; likely increased immigration wait times

Singaporean authorities will prevent foreign travelers who have visited mainland China in the previous 14 days, as well as all Chinese passport holders, from entering Singapore beginning 2359 Feb. 1. The restrictions are meant to prevent the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus in the country. Travelers who have permanent residency status and long-term passes in Singapore may be exempted from the restrictions. Authorities have not announced the intended duration of the travel restrictions; the duration of the measures will likely depend on the course of the outbreak in China and other countries.

Individuals affected by the restrictions should postpone planned travel to Singapore. Follow all official immigration and health screening instructions. Allow additional time for immigration and health screenings. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with 2019-nCoV, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.