COVID-19: Antigen Rapid Test from Friday for cargo drivers entering Singapore

by BERNAMA / pic by BLOOMBERG

SINGAPORE – Singapore will progressively roll out a compulsory Antigen Rapid Test (ART) at its Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints for cargo drivers and accompanying personnel entering the city-state from 9am Friday (Jan 22).

According to the republic’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), the new border control measure is aimed at managing the growing risk of imported COVID-19 cases.

“Tested drivers and personnel with a negative result may proceed to enter Singapore,” the ministry said on its website today.

As cargo drivers and accompanying personnel could have interactions with the local community in Singapore, the MTI said introducing an on-arrival ART will allow it to identify potential COVID-19 cases and mitigate the risk further.

“This will add to the safeguards towards ensuring public health both in Singapore and for the community of cargo drivers and accompanying personnel,” it said.

The MTI said it recognised the importance of ensuring the smooth passage of goods between Singapore and Malaysia and valued the important role of the cargo drivers and accompanying personnel.

“We will ensure smooth operations at the checkpoints to minimise disruptions to deliveries and supply chains. Businesses expecting deliveries are encouraged to maintain close communication with their logistics providers and cater for possible delays.

“Businesses, cargo drivers, and accompanying personnel must also continue to abide by Safe Management Measures, including contactless delivery, wearing of masks, and safe distancing,” said the ministry.