What to do if you are unwell or test positive for COVID-19 while visiting Singapore
- Travellers are advised to follow the Health Protocols and protect yourselves and others around you, or risk possible penalties and/or fines.
- Travellers will bear all cost of COVID-19 related treatment, testing and recovery in Singapore.
- Travellers who test negative for COVID -19 and are not placed on a recovery protocol should continue adhering to prevailing border measures SHN.
- Travellers who test positive for COVID-19 may be placed on a recovery protocol and should follow the protocols for the recovery procedure assigned to them. They will not be required to adhere to any remaining border measures, during and following their discharge from the recovery protocol.
- Travellers may depart Singapore when they are recovered and discharged from their isolation and/or tested negative for COVID-19 in accordance with Ministry of Health (MOH) testing protocols.
Should you feel well but test positive for COVID-19
If you have taken a PCR or ART as part of a pre-event test (PET) or any mandatory traveller tests (e.g On-arrival test (OAT), Pre-departure test (PDT)) and the result is positive:
- Seek medical advice even if you are feeling well if you fulfil any of the criteria1.
- Otherwise, for the first 72 hours, isolate at your hotel or residential accommodation4 and follow these instructions.
- Following exit from the above protocol, you do not need to adhere to further testing/SHN obligations.
Should you feel unwell
Should you feel unwell:
- During SHN, follow the instructions in your SHN.
- At any other time, visit a clinic via private transport or contact a telemedicine provider2 for a doctor to advise on appropriate tests and steps to take.
If you are experiencing emergency symptoms such as chest pains or shortness of breath at any point in time, call 995 for urgent medical attention.
Should you receive a HRN (Health Risk Notice) via SMS
- Self-isolate immediately at your hotel or residential accommodation and follow the instructions in the SMS sent to you.
- If you are residing in the same hotel room as someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you should move to a separate place of accommodation as soon as possible.
- You can find more details here.
- You are still required to comply with the prevailing border measures (e.g. SHN) imposed on you even if you receive a HRN5.
Travellers who feel well but tested positive for COVID-19, should receive medical advice if they fulfil any of the following criteria:
- Aged 70 years and older
- Less than 3 years old
- Less than 12 years old and have any of these conditions:
- Congenital condition or growth disorder that affects the heart, lungs or brain
- Diabetes Mellitus or Hypertension
- Had an organ transplant surgery before
- Have any disease or are taking medications which weaken the immune system
- Diagnosed with cancer before (including blood cancers)
- On dialysis
- Diagnosed with HIV or AIDS
- Have disease affecting heart, lungs, kidneys, liver or brain that required hospital admission in the last 6 months
2Refer to https://www.moh.gov.sg/licensing-and-regulation/telemedicine. Should you test positive on a COVID-19 PCR test, please note that you will be assigned a separate telemedicine provider for medical support while you are serving your Isolation, and should not reach out to the telemedicine providers on this list.
3Self-administered ART kits can be purchased online or from pharmacies and drugstores around Singapore. Hotels may also carry self-administered kits for purchase. If you test positive on an ART and are self-isolating, you should purchase your ART kits through contactless methods and should not leave your accommodation to do so.
4By default, travellers should recover in hotels or residential accommodation unless they are 1) partially vaccinated or unvaccinated, aged 50 years and above 2) Vaccinated, aged 80 years and above 3) Children aged below 3 months and children aged 3 months to below 3 years, who have been assessed by a medical professional to be clinically unsuitable to recover at home or in a hotel. These travellers will be advised by MOH to be transferred to an appropriate care facility. Travellers may opt to recover at home if they own a residence in Singapore. Travellers may not check into another hotel for recovery, or change their isolation venues (e.g. transfer hotels) once they have begun isolating. They will only be released upon fulfilling the recovery conditions.
5Health Risk Notices (HRN) are issued to persons identified as close contacts of a COVID-positive case, either based on TraceTogether/SafeEntry records, or being declared a close contact by a COVID-positive case.
If you test positive and require medical assistance
- Please call MOH COVID-19 General Enquiries Hotline: 1800 333 9999
For all other enquiries
- Safe Travel Enquiries Helpline: 6812 5555
- For FAQ and more information: https://www.covid.gov.sg/travellers
Articles from: Visit Singapore https://www.visitsingapore.com/travel-requirements/health-protocol/