SINGAPORE: From Friday (April 15), Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer need an SG Arrival Card to enter Singapore through their land checkpoints.
The SG Arrival Card submitted online contains the traveller’s health declaration.
All travellers entering Singapore by air or sea are still required to submit a health declaration via the Singapore Arrival Card.
In a media briefing on Wednesday, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said the move to waive the Singapore Arrival Card requirement for this group of travellers at land checkpoints is to provide greater convenience for fully vaccinated Singapore residents and long-term pass holders . , a given flow.
The ICA noted that people commute to work and study at the border with Malaysia every day.
The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a press release that to qualify for the exemption, travelers must not have been to any restricted category of countries or territories in the past seven days. It noted that there are currently no countries or territories under this category.
Those who have been vaccinated in Singapore must reflect their vaccination status in the TraceTogether or HealthHub mobile app.
Those who have not been vaccinated in Singapore must submit a vaccination record to the Ministry of Health (MOH) system upon first entry.
Before arrival, they can submit their digital overseas vaccination certificate through the ICA’s Vaccination Check Portal. If they are unable to do so, or if they have a non-digital overseas vaccination certificate, they must present it to the ICA officer at the manual immigration counter upon arrival in Singapore.
The ICA said those vaccinated overseas would only have to go through a single procedure to enter their vaccination records into the MOH’s systems.
Traffic conditions over the long weekend
The ICA also advises travellers planning to use land checkpoints on Good Friday weekend to consider the extra time for entry and exit and to check traffic conditions before travelling.
They can do so through the Land Transport Authority (LTA) OneMotoring website.
They should also plan ahead and avoid peak times, as follows:
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April 14th from 4pm to April 15th at 2am
April 15th 5am to 1pm – April 17th noon to 11.59pm
“During the peak period of the 2019 Good Friday long weekend, travellers leaving Singapore by car and motorbike through land checkpoints had to wait up to three hours and one and a half hours respectively,” the ICA said.
“During the same period, those who came by car had to wait up to an hour.”
Travellers should also ensure they have all the necessary documents such as passports, valid vehicle entry permits and LTA approval emails, as well as an Autopass card if they are driving a foreign registered vehicle into Singapore.
Singapore Permanent Residents who renew their passports must also transfer their re-entry permit to the new passport. Long Term Pass holders are required to notify the ICA or the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) of any changes to their passport details before entering Singapore.
Passengers must also comply with other requirements, such as not carrying prohibited items and following the “three-quarter tank” rule when leaving Singapore-registered cars.