Travelers to S’pore can bring up to 20 approved Covid-19 self-test kits to the country of embarkation

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SINGAPORE – Local and foreign travelers entering Singapore are each allowed to bring with them a maximum of 20 Covid-19 self-test kits which have not been permitted for use here as long as they are approved for use in the country from which the traveler arrives.

This has been the case since December 23, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) told the Straits Times.

The HSA said it has observed an increase in personal imports of Covid-19 self-test kits into Singapore since October.

He had banned the importation of some of these test kits, the quality or effectiveness of which has not been evaluated because they can be resold locally.

But with the borders reopening, the HSA said it recognizes the need for travelers to bring their own self-test kits to meet the testing requirements needed here.

The maximum quota of 20 self-test kits that can be brought is based on the assumption that inbound travelers may need to test themselves daily for 14 days, with some room for retesting, the HSA said. .

Currently, those entering Singapore via the vaccinated traffic routes must undergo rapid antigen testing (ART) daily for seven days after arrival. This is in addition to a mandatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on arrival.

On days three and seven of arrival, ART is performed under supervision at a combined test center or rapid test center. Travelers should use the test kits provided at these centers.

On days two, four, five and six of arrival, travelers should take self-administered ART. These are done using test kits that they buy themselves.

“As test kits authorized for use in Singapore may not be readily available in other countries, travelers may bring test kits approved for use in their country of embarkation,” HSA said. .

“The public is reminded that the import of self-test kits by parcel post is still not authorized.

“Any subsequent wholesale supply of self-test kits is also not permitted and will require licensing and authorization from the HSA.

According to the HSA website, 11 Covid-19 self-test kits have been cleared for use in Singapore as of November 23.

These are the Abbott PanBio Covid-19 Antigen Self-Test Kits and the Panbio Covid-19 Ag Rapid Test Device (Nasal), the BD Kit for the Rapid Detection of Sars-CoV-2 and the Kit Veritor At-Home Covid-19, SD Biosensor’s Sars-CoV-2 Antigen Self-Test Nasal, Standard Q Covid-19 Ag Home Test and Standard Q Covid-19 Ag Test kits, as well as the Quidel QuickVue At-Home kit OTC Covid-19 Test Kit, Cue Covid-19 Test Lucira Check It Covid-19 Test Kit and Acon Biotech Flowflex Sars-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kit (self-test).

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