Singapore Tightens Testing Requirements For Air and Land VTL Due To Additional Omicron Cases

source – malay mail

Singapore will expand its testing process for travellers entering Singapore through the air or land Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) beginning December 7, amidst growing global transmissions of Omicron.


Singapore Tightens Testing Requirements For Air and Land VTL Due To Additional Omicron Cases

Singapore will expand its testing process for travellers entering Singapore through the air or land Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) beginning December 7, amidst growing global transmissions of Omicron.

According to the republic’s Ministry of Health (MOH), all travellers on VTL will be subjected to daily testing utilising Antigen Rapid Tests for a period of seven days (ARTs).

source - the straits times

The Ministry of Health indicated that on Days 3 and 7, tests would be conducted under the supervision of a Combined Test Centre (CTC) or Quick Test Centre (QTC), while the other days will be spent on self-administered ART.

For air travellers with VTL, the current testing protocol is an On-Arrival PCR test followed by supervised ART tests on Days 3 and 7, whereas land travellers with VTL receive a Pre-Departure Test and an On-Arrival ART.

“We expect to see more Omicron cases being reported globally in the weeks to come. We are coordinating with health authorities globally to study and understand the Omicron variant,” the MOH said in a statement.

“While we do so, we will further augment our testing regime for travelers. Should the Omicron variant be more transmissible than Delta and become the globally dominant variant over time, it is a matter of time before it establishes itself in Singapore,” it added.

MOH said that the additional measures would help buy time for the department to learn more about managing Omicron and to continue its booster programme, which aims to enhance the department’s collective resilience in order to provide stronger protection against the new variant.

Singapore detected two imported COVID-19 infections with the Omicron variant on Thursday (Dec 2).

Source: Bernama

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