Asia tightens Covid rules

SINGAPORE, 4 January 2021: Singapore and Korea are tightening entry rules to combat the threat of a new Covid-19 strain.

Singapore confirmed that both long-term pass holders and short-term visitors who have visited South Africa in the last 14 days would not be allowed to enter or transit via Singapore, starting 4 January.

Singapore tightened rules for South Africa due to the threat of a new Covid-19 strain. Citizens and permanent residents arriving from South Africa must now take a PCR test on arrival and self-quarantine for 14 days.

South Korea will introduce tighter entry restrictions for all foreigners from 8 January. Local media in Seoul reported that authorities had issued a new directive that all non-South Korean citizens must submit a negative Covid-19 PCR test result issued within 72 hours before departure to enter the country at airports effective midnight local time on 8 January and at seaports from 15 January until further notice.