Starting next week (October 19), non-Singaporeans with recent travel history to the Philippines will be required to undergo a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test 72 hours before entering the Lion City, the Singapore government announced on Thursday.

The mandatory requirement of presenting a COVID-19 swab test before a passenger’s departure covers non-citizens and permanent residents who had been in the Philippines 14 days before they arrived in Singapore. They must then present a valid negative result for an approved entry into or travel through Singapore.

Once they passed the said requirement and set foot in Singapore, these travelers from the Philippines must still proceed with the country’s standard 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at assigned SHN facilities and required to have a negative COVID-19 test before the end of their SHN.

These updated restrictions come as the Southeast Asian country gets an increasing number of imported COVID-19 cases involving Filipino workers.

Philippine Consul General Adrian Candolada reported that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) returning from the Philippines made up 11 of the 27 new COVID cases in Singapore from October 9 to 11.

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