Wednesday, March 04, 2020

Singapore to step up screening for incoming passengers from March 5

New Delhi: Just like India deciding to screen all passengers flying into the country, other nations are also putting in place stringent screening measures for international travelers.

Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) website says people flying into Singapore (on any airline) from Thursday “who exhibit fever and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness, but who do not meet the clinical suspect case definition, may be required to undergo a Covid-19 swab test at the checkpoint. They may carry on with their journey after undergoing the test. Those with a positive result will be contacted and conveyed to the hospital.”

“Visitors who refuse to be tested will not be allowed to enter Singapore. Singapore permanent residents and long-term pass holders who refuse to be tested may have their immigration facilities and work pass privileges revoked or the validity shortened. All travellers, including Singapore citizens, who do not comply with the testing or who cannot be contacted subsequently may face penalties under Singapore law,” the SIA website added.

Indians, and some other foreign nationals like Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans, travelling to Kuwait will from Sunday (March 8) need to carry a health certificate saying they are “free for coronavirus” issued by health centres approved by Kuwait embassies to be allowed entry there. Persons required to carry this certificate going to Kuwait without the same will be deported on the same airline they flew in on and the carrier will be fined for violated for circular issued by the state of Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday.
04/03/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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