Singapore to China

Current Destinations :

(as of 3rd Jun 2020)

Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

DEPART FROM SINGAPORE

Essential travel for business and official purposes

Sponsored by either a company or a government agency in China, which will file an application with the local provincial or municipal authorities

Obtain  Approval 

Chinese Embassy in Singapore

Obtain  Visa

Prior to Departure

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test

within 48 hours prior to departure

Obtain Certificate  for Negative Result

ARRIVE IN CHINA

PCR test and Serology Test 

First 1-2 Days

remain in locations designated by the local provincial or municipal government for one to two days until the test result is released

First 14 Days

Supervised by Host Company or Government Agency

Only Hire Cars/Taxis or Cohorted Company Transport

First 14 Days

Get advance approval from the provincial or municipal government of the NEXT destination, through the government agency or company hosting them

Only After 14 Days

Should adhere to prevailing measures in China

Travel from China to Singapore

Current Destinations :

(as of 3rd Jun 2020)

Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang.

DEPART FROM CHINA

Essential travel for business and official purposes

Sponsored by either a company or a Singapore government agency

Obtain  Approval 

Online Application from ICA

Obtain  Visa

Prior to Departure

3 Days Prior to Arrival in Singapore 

Electronically submit pre-trip health and travel history declarations and declare his/her accommodation in Singapore

Submit it to the Officer-in-Charge upon disembarkation

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test

within 48 hours prior to departure

Obtain Certificate  for Negative Result

ARRIVE IN SINGAPORE

PCR test 

First 1-2 Days

Host company or government agency will transport the traveller directly from the airport to the declared self-sourced accommodation, adhering to prevailing health measures

First 14 Days

Supervised by Host Company or Government Agency

Only Hire Cars/Taxis or Cohorted Company Transport

Recommended Travel Survival Pack

If you are thinking about travelling post-Covid, here's what you should pack to provide peace of mind and reduce your chance of getting sick.

1. MASKS

By now, we've become used to wearing masks whenever we go outside. While wearing a mask was heavily contested in the earlier months of Covid-19, experts currently believe that widespread use of face coverings coupled with social distancing can reduce Covid-19 transmission.

Since you'll be in close contact with many people at the airport, wearing a mask can help reduce the risk of transmission when social distancing isn't possible.

It's also important to wear a mask throughout the flight, especially on a full one since you will be sitting close to other passengers.

2. DISINFECTING WIPES

Research has shown that tray tables are some of the dirtiest parts of a commercial airplane as passengers use it to change baby diapers.

Tray tables can also contain cold viruses, influenza viruses and norovirus, according to microbiologist Charles Gerba. Respiratory illnesses can be spread through surfaces where droplets of saliva, mucus and other bodily fluids land such as the tray table .

On your next flight, pack some disinfecting wipes and wipe down all hard surfaces around your seat, including the tray table, armrest, air nozzles, light switch, seat belt buckle, touchscreen tv, and remote before touching them with your bare hands.

You should also wipe your electronic devices before and after placing them on the tray table to ensure that they're clean. 

3. FLIGHT BAGS

Seat pockets are also one of the germiest parts of a commercial aircraft as people rest their bare feet on them, discard old food, used diapers and other trash containing bodily fluids in there.

A study of more than 100 swab samples from 18 different flights has also found evidence that bacteria, yeast or mould are present in seat pockets.

Instead of using the seatback pocket to store your water bottle, electronic devices, books or snacks, put them in a flight bag and hang it from the tray table latch.

4. HAND SANITISERS

Since you're going to be touching dirty surfaces on an airplane, hand sanitisers are essential to maintain hygiene while travelling. Hand sanitiser is even more important if you don't wear gloves. After wiping down surfaces, sanitise your hands with antimicrobial sanitiser to kill germs.

It's also important to sanitise or wash your hands with soap before and after eating as it's simply a basic hygiene measure.

You should look for hand sanitisers that are alcohol based and contain at least 60 per cent alcohol. This is because alcohol can attack and destroy the envelope protein that surrounds some coronaviruses.

However, you should note that even alcohol-based hand sanitisers have limitations. To ensure that your hands are as clean as possible, combine hand sanitiser use with frequent hand-washing.

5. REUSABLE SEAT AND TRAY TABLE COVER

While the plane seats may look clean, airline employees have revealed that seats only get a proper cleaning when the plane is not in service.

Beyond dirt, viruses and bacteria such as E.coli and hemolytic bacteria associated with strep throat have also been found on headrests.

Even during cleanings between flights, the cabin crew only has time for superficial cleaning for aesthetic purposes, using a napkin or water to wipe down surfaces.

While cleaning efforts have been ramped up to prevent Covid-19 transmission, there is still a chance your seat is not as clean as it could be. To minimise exposure to germs on fabric and hard surfaces even after wiping them down, you can invest in a reusable seat and tray table cover to be extra safe.

Best of all, these items have use beyond travelling. For instance, you can also use the seat covers in movie theatres or other public seats. 

HOW DANGEROUS IS FLYING?

The prospect of flying in a cramped space for hours on end surrounded by potentially sick travellers can give many people anxiety. However, current data suggests that in-flight transmission is relatively rare.

Furthermore, airports are taking measures to reduce transmission including conducting temperature screening and requiring the use of face masks.

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Airlines are also taking extra precautions, with some airlines using highly effective electrostatic spraying to clean their fleets, while others are providing hand sanitiser and enforcing face mask use.

Despite these new cleaning measures, going the extra mile won't hurt, especially as airports and flights become more crowded.

To reduce your risk of infection during travel maintain social distancing, wash your hands often and wipe down any hard surfaces with antibacterial wipes before use whether on the plane or at the airport.

Lastly, make sure you are following proper travel guidelines such as getting tested and providing proof of travel insurance.

The new health risks associated with flying won't disappear any time soon, but if you take precautions and understand your risk, you can still enjoy travel as much as you used to.

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