The Stay-Home Notice(SHN) is a legal notice issued under the Infectious Diseases Act that requires newly arrived travellers to remain in their place of residence or SHN Dedicated Facility (SDF) for a stipulated period. The failure to comply with any SHN requirement is punishable under Singapore laws and can amount to an imprisonment term and/or fine. Additional penalties such as the cancellation of long-term visit passes could also be taken against errant individuals by the relevant authorities.
The requirements for SHN and COVID-19 tests are specific to individual Safe Travel Lanes. Travellers approved for entry into Singapore should refer to their Entry Approval Letter or SafeTravel Pass for details on whether they are required to serve their SHN and COVID-19 test to take. In general, travellers issued with a 7 or 14-day SHN will take a mandatory COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction test(“PCR test”) towards the end of their SHN. Travellers that had been in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the past 14 days prior to arriving in Singapore will need to serve a 14-day SHN at an SDF and a further 7-day SHN at their place of residence; a COVID-19 PCR test will be conducted at the end of each SHN.
Travellers issued with an SHN should refer to the SHN Health Advisory here, and watch the video below for a quick overview of SHN requirements. Travellers who have questions regarding their SHN may also refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section. Those in need of additional support can refer to this page for a list of local helplines and resources.
Guide to Determine the SHN End Date
Reflected in the table below are three examples of how the SHN end date is typically calculated. You may also click here to calculate the estimated end date of your SHN. Travellers should note that the SHN comes into effect immediately on the day of its issuance.
Traveller A arrived in Singapore on 1 March 2021. His SHN will start with immediate effect on 1 March 2021, and end on 8 March 2021, after his COVID-19 test results are released.
Traveller B arrived in Singapore on 1 March 2021. His SHN will start with immediate effect on 1 March 2021, and end on 15 March 2021, after his COVID-19 test result is released.
Traveller C arrived in Singapore on 1 March 2021. His 14-day SHN will start with immediate effect on 1 March 2021, and end on 15 March 2021, after his 1st COVID-19 test result is released. The subsequent 7-day SHN will start on 15 March 2021, and end on 22 March 2021, after his 2nd COVID-19 test result is released.
For travellers serving SHN in an SDF, the SDF will inform the traveller of the check-out time once it receives confirmation of the negative COVID-19 test result from the relevant government agency. Travellers will only be alllowed to leave the SDF thereafter.
SHN Compliance Checks
Travellers issued with the Stay-Home Notice (SHN) will be subjected to on-site or electronic compliance checks (SMS, phone/video calls) from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Ministry of Manpower (MOM) or Ministry of Education (MOE). Travellers should note that officers conducting house visits will produce their warrant cards or authorisation letters as proof of identity. For phone/video compliance checks, travellers will only be asked to provide the last four digits of his/her Identity Card or Travel Document for verification. Any payment request made by the caller may be a scam. Travellers with SHN issues may call the SafeTravel Helpline at 6812 5555 for further enquiries or assistance.
Travellers serving their SHN outside of SDFs will also be issued with electronic SHN monitoring devices. More information on these devices can be found here.