Phase 2 (Heightened Alert Measures) with Effect from 16 May 2021
To reduce the risk of community spread during this period of heightened alert, a series of enhanced border and safe management measures have been introduced in accordance with the latest Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) advisory. In the upcoming weeks, we would like to seek your cooperation to be extra vigilant and take all necessary precautions against the spread of COVID-19 infections in Singapore.
Please refer to extracts of the updates below:
Border Measures to Manage Risks
- From 1 May 2021, 2359 hours, all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history (including transit) to Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka within the last 14 days are not allowed entry into Singapore, or transit through Singapore. This also applies to all those who obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore.
- From 2 May 2021, 2359 hours, travellers with recent travel history to Thailand are required to serve their 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated SHN facilities.
- From 7 May 2021, 2359 hours, all new travellers arriving from higher risk countries/regions* will be subject to a 21-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.
(A) Extending Consecutive Travel History from 14 to 21 Days
- From 7 May 2021, 2359 hours, prevailing border measures applying to incoming travellers will be determined based on the travellers’ recent travel history in the past consecutive 21 days to countries/regions*, instead of the currently assessed travel history period of 14 days.
(B) Reviewing the Length of the SHN Duration from 14 to 21 Days
- From 7 May 2021, 2359 hours, the following changes to the SHN duration will be implemented:
a) All arriving travellers with recent travel history to higher risk countries/regions* will be required to serve a 21-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities. Travellers who are currently serving a 14-day SHN and have yet to complete their SHN by 7 May 2021, 2359 hours, will need to serve an additional 7 days at their current SHN location to minimise movement and risk of transmission.
b) Travellers who have stayed in Fiji and Vietnam in the past consecutive 21 days before arrival in Singapore will need to serve a 21-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities, with the option to serve the last 7 days at their place of residence.
Travellers who are currently serving a 14-day SHN and have yet to complete it by 7 May 2021, 2359 hours can complete the remaining days at their current SHN location and serve the last 7 days at their place of residence.
c) Travellers from the UK, South Africa, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka who are currently required to serve a 21-day SHN will need to serve the full duration at dedicated SHN facilities. Travellers who have yet to complete their 21-day SHN by 7 May 2021, 2359 hours, will have to complete it at their current SHN location to minimise movement and risk of transmission.
d) Travellers serving a 21-day SHN will undergo COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests on arrival.
*As of 4 May 2021, this refers to all countries/regions except Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Mainland China, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, and Macao SAR. Please refer to the Safe Travel Office website for updates to the countries/regions identified.
TraceTogether-only Safe Entry (TT-only SE) brought forward to 17 May 2021
TraceTogether-only SafeEntry will be implemented from 17 May 2021. Please carry your TT token or app with you at all times while on campus to facilitate accurate contact tracing should the need arise.
Visitors and staff must also check in using their TT token or app to be allowed entry into campus and keep their TT token or app with them at all times.
For more information please visit the websites of Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Education (MOE).
Updated LOA Policy for Students Living in the Same Household as Persons under Stay-Home Notice (SHN)
Starting from 8 February 2021, students with household members returning from ALL COUNTRIES and serving ICA-issued SHNs at home would be placed on LOA [SHN]. The duration of the LOA will be aligned to the duration of the household member’s SHN.
If you have any household members on SHN, please declare the following to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately:
- Email subject title: “Household Member on SHN”
- Indicate whether you are residing in the same place of residence as a household member who is currently serving SHN at home
- Provide proof of household member’s SHN
- Indicate which country your household member has visited and returned from
SUSS Student Support Department will then issue you with an LOA. You are to follow the instructions stated in the LOA letter.
The health and safety of our students, staff and associates remain our priority. We appreciate your cooperation to keep our campus safe.
Please check your email and the student portal regularly for more details.
New Travel Declaration
Please submit a new travel declaration for trips with arrival dates from 1 January to 30 June 2021. This supercedes any earlier travel declarations, and is required even if you do not have any travel plans. A restriction on the Canvas Learning Management Platform will be implemented on the accounts of all students who have yet to submit their travel declaration by 25 January 2021.
*Note: You will be able to access your Canvas account once you have submitted the declaration.
Updated Border Control Requirements
For students who have recent travel history to Hong Kong, Sabah (Malaysia), Indonesia, Philippines, there are changes to border control measures that you should take note of. Please refer to the student portal for more details.
Leave of Absence (LOA) for Medical Certificate (MC)/Hospitalisation Leave (HL)
If your household members are unwell, especially with flu-like symptoms, please encourage them to see a doctor. Should any of your household members be on MC/HL, please do not return to campus. Instead, email the MC/HL of your household member to Student Support (email@example.com) and you will be issued a letter to excuse you from face-to-face classes. If you have online classes, you can continue to attend them as usual.
Returning to Campus for Lessons
If you are returning to campus for face-to-face lessons, please submit a health declaration before coming to campus and keep the email notification sent to you as proof of declaration for at least 14 days.
On campus, show your scheduled class timetable to security staff and check in by scanning the SafeEntry QR code. Don’t forget to activate your mobile phone’s Bluetooth and TraceTogether app at all times. Temperature screening will continue to be administered on campus by security staff.
For students attending face-to-face classes on Sundays, please enter the campus via the Blk C basement carpark entrance as the other entrances will be closed.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging time for many. If you wish to talk to someone about your concerns, you can contact our counsellors at C-Three. For more information, visit https://www.suss.edu.sg/about-suss/centres/c-three.
The University will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and respond accordingly. Please check your email and the student portal regularly for more details. You may also refer to our website for updates.
Useful Email Addresses
If you have any queries regarding student or payment matters, please write to the following:
Your health and safety is our priority. We appreciate your help to keep our campus safe by following the above precautionary measures. Stay well and healthy.