Singapore is implementing a ban on both short term visitors and transit passengers, starting Monday at 11:59 p.m. local time.
Foreign workers and their dependents will be allowed entry if they work in essential sectors like health care. Diplomats will be allowed to enter. However those individuals will be subject to 14 day quarantine. A broader use of quarantine for arriving passengers is no longer going to be available after the country experienced its first two COVID-19 deaths.
Singaporeans and permanent residents will still be subject to ‘stay at home orders’ for 14 days on arrival.
As of this writing Singapore has 432 confirmed cases. The city-state is doing a good job of containing the virus. A concern here is resources, having to identify, monitor and treat incoming cases when their health care system stretches thin.
The idea of cutting off Singapore Changi airport as a transit hub is nonetheless striking about where we are. Remember when the most that happened there was a passenger being arrested there for buying a refundable ticket to escort his wife to the gate?