SINGAPORE – Singapore will, from Thursday, March 24, cease conducting on-arrival Covid-19 testing at land checkpoints for cargo drivers arriving from Malaysia and those accompanying them.
They will instead have to show a negative Covid-19 test result or prove that they have recently recovered from Covid-19 at checkpoints, Tuas and Woodlands, to be allowed to enter Singapore.
Tests can be in the form of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or a professionally administered rapid antigen test (ART).
The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) has been distributing leaflets to freight drivers entering Singapore since March 14 informing them of the new procedure.
He delivered a copy to the Straits Times on Sunday.
The pre-departure PCR or ART test must be completed at an accredited facility in Malaysia within two calendar days of departure for Singapore.
For example, a driver from Malaysia wishing to leave for Singapore anytime on April 3 can take his test at the beginning of April 1 at the earliest.
This test result can be used for multiple entries into Singapore, as long as it is within the two calendar day window.
Test certificates presented at checkpoints must be in English and in hard or soft copy. They cannot be handwritten.
The certificates must also include the person’s name, date of birth and passport number. They must indicate the date and time of the test, as well as the name of the test provider.
All truck drivers in Malaysia entering under this arrangement will need to continue to be fully vaccinated.
For those who have recently recovered from Covid-19, they will be allowed entry without having to show a test result if they show documentary evidence of an infection within the past 90 days.
However, they will also need to be fully vaccinated.
MTI said that since March 15 it began allowing freight drivers to enter checkpoints with a negative test result instead of taking a test there.