Hong Kong, Singapore ban foreigners, including transit passengers

Hong Kong, Singapore ban foreigners, including transit passengers

Agency News

Hong Kong and Singapore are closing their borders on all foreign tourists following the surge of COVID-19 cases in their territory recently.

Singapore started implementing the ban Monday on short-term visitors, including transiting passengers.

Hong Kong will start the ban, which will also include transit passengers, this Wednesday. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said the ban on foreign arrivals would last for 14 days. Recently, a doctor assigned to screen the arrival of passengers at the Hong Kong international airport tested positive for COVID-19. He was among the newest 39 cases of coronavirus.

Travelers from Macau and Taiwan who enter Hong Kong will be subjected to mandatory 14-day quarantine – which is already required for most travelers, including those from mainland China.

In Singapore, only work pass holders providing essential services such as in healthcare and transport and their dependents were exempted from the ban.

Only permanent residents and those with long-term passes would be allowed to enter Singapore but would be required to undergo 14-day quarantine. Before leaving the airport, they need to sign a health declaration. Those who make false declarations will face a fine of up to S$10,000 and six-month imprisonment.