Singapore: Travelers staying in hotels who have tested positive for COVID-19 will soon be able to isolate in their hotel rooms virtually, rather than being transferred to a care facility.
It takes effect on December 20, and also applies to travelers who have been identified as having close contact with coronavirus cases.
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said in a media statement on Thursday (December 16) that it will “closely align” recovery protocols for visitors with those of local community cases. Recover from home is the default arrangement for most local COVID-19 cases.
“In line with current in-home recovery protocols, telemedicine support will be provided to guests recovering in their rooms,” STB said.
“Travelers will remain responsible for costs associated with recovery, testing and treatment, including any necessary extended stays in hotels or care facilities.”
However, suspected or confirmed Omicron cases will be moved to a designated care and isolation facility. Close contacts of these cases will also have to submit their quarantine request at a designated facility.
Travelers who test positive before December 20 and who are already recovering at care facilities will continue to spend their isolation period there.
Positive PCR test result
Travelers who have been notified of a positive COVID-19 PCR while staying in a hotel should remain isolated in their rooms, notify hotel staff, complete an online form and await further instructions on recovery procedures.
If they are fully vaccinated, the isolation order will be 10 days. Otherwise, they would have to stay in their rooms for 14 days.
STB said they will be automatically laid off without further testing at the end of their isolation orders.
“The segregation order will replace any testing requirements that you may have originally been subject to,” the tourism board added.
STB said hotel guests who have a home in Singapore and who wish to recover there may request hotels’ assistance to have the Ministry of Health transport them to their accommodations, adding that visitors should not make their own transportation arrangements.
Those with high-risk medical or social conditions, or who are severely ill, will be transferred to a nursing facility or hospital.
STB said travelers who have tested positive for COVID-19 but are not staying in hotels should not check in rooms.
“If their home environment is not suitable for recovery at home, they should inform the Ministry of Health, which will arrange for them to be transferred to an appropriate care facility,” she added.
For vaccinated Travel Corridor visitors who test positive on mandatory daily ART, they are required to self-isolate until they receive their confirmatory PCR test results.