Singapore Releases More Information About ATP (Air Travel Pass)

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Singapore last week slightly relaxed visitor requirements (read more here) for those wishing to visit the city-state from September 8, 2020, and willing to pay for S$300 for a Covid-19 test.

Visitors who have been in Brunei or New Zealand in the preceding 14 days can apply for a new Air Travel Pass (ATP) from September 1 that allows visitors to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival and start freely roaming the country once a negative result has been confirmed (takes 24 to 48 hours).

You can access Singapore’s site for ATP here.

Here’s the Travel Advisory that Singapore Airlines released:

COVID-19: ENTRY REQUIREMENTS INTO SINGAPORE FOR VISITORS FROM BRUNEI AND NEW ZEALAND

From 1 September 2020, 1200hrs (GMT +8), visitors from Brunei and New Zealand can apply for a single-entry Air Travel Pass (ATP) at https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg for entry into Singapore on or after 8 September 2020.

They must apply for the ATP between seven and 30 calendar days prior to their entry into Singapore. It takes three working days for an ATP application to be processed, and customers are encouraged to factor in the time required when booking their flights.

Successful applicants will be subjected to a Covid-19 test upon arrival in Singapore in lieu of a Stay-Home Notice (SHN). Please refer to https://bit.ly/31qCbsb for more details.

Please note that ATP applicants must comply with the following conditions of travel:

1. Travel History – They must have spent the last 14 consecutive days in Brunei or New Zealand before departing for Singapore. All visitors must travel from these countries to Singapore on direct flights without transit.

2. Documentation – Show the following documents to airline staff at check in at the point of departure, and at the checkpoint upon arrival in Singapore:

(i) a valid Air Travel Pass approval letter (electronic or physical copy) for the specified period of entry into Singapore;

(ii) a valid visa (for visa-required passport holders)

3. Post-Arrival Covid-19 Testing – Upon arrival in Singapore, visitors must undergo a Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at the airport*. The cost of the Covid-19 PCR test is S$300 (inclusive of Goods and Services Tax), and the visitors must bear this cost. The test results will be out within 48 hours.

After taking the Covid-19 PCR test, visitors are to take private transportation, taxis, or private hire cars from the airport to their declared place of accommodation**. They must remain isolated at the accommodation until the test result is confirmed to be negative. Upon clearing the test, visitors will be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore.

4. Contact Tracing – To facilitate the contact tracing process, visitors must download the TraceTogether app*** on their mobile devices prior to departing for Singapore and keep it activated during their stay here. In addition, they must not delete the TraceTogether app for 14 consecutive days after leaving Singapore. Should they subsequently test positive for Covid-19 within 14 days after leaving Singapore, they will be required to upload data in the app if asked by the Singapore Ministry of Health.

5. Medical Costs – Visitors must be responsible for their medical bills should they require medical treatment for Covid-19 while in Singapore.

For further queries on the ATP, visitors can email COVID_ATP_Enquiries@caas.gov.sg.

* To expedite the Covid-19 PCR test at the airport, visitors are strongly encouraged to pre-book and make payment at https://safetravel.changiairport.com.

** Visitors may refer to the Singapore Hotel Association (SHA) website www.sha.org.sg for the list of hotels approved to receive visitors travelling to Singapore.

*** For more information on TraceTogether, please refer to www.tracetogether.gov.sg.

Conclusion

I don’t think that visitors from Brunei or New Zealand are too eager to use this facility because there is no reciprocity meaning that they need to go through the usual quarantine when returning home or when continuing to next destination.

ATP can work for business travelers that need to enter Singapore from these two countries and are willing to put up with the testing and a short quarantine requirement while waiting for the results.

It almost seems like this would be a trial to see how it works and whether it could be expanded to other countries, as long as there are no imported cases.

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