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  • Singapore says determination taken because of the sustained enhance in instances reported within the areas round Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.
  • Well being ministry says rule may even apply to all those that had obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore.
  • Earlier, Singapore had made it necessary for travellers from the 4 South Asian nations to finish 14-day quarantine. 

Contemplating the rising variety of coronavirus instances, Singapore on Friday introduced that travellers coming from Pakistan is not going to be allowed to enter the nation, neither will they be allowed to transit through the city-state from Could 1 onwards, mentioned an announcement issued by the nation’s Well being Ministry.

“We will further tighten our border measures given the sustained increase in cases reported in the regions around Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka,” mentioned the ministry in an announcement.

The ministry defined that presently, the city-state has made it necessary for travellers coming from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to Singapore to finish a 14-day keep at house discover (SHN) at a devoted authorities facility. The nation makes use of SHN as an alternate for quarantine.

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“From 1 May 2021, 2359 hours, until further notice, all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history (including transit) to Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or transit through Singapore,” mentioned the well being ministry relating to the newest restrictions.

The well being ministry of the nation mentioned that the rule may even “apply to all those who had obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore”.

Singapore mentioned that travellers which have come to Singapore earlier than Could 1 from the 4 South Asian nations and are but to 14-day isolation by Could 2 “will need to complete an additional seven-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities”.

“They will undergo COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests on arrival, on Day 14 of their SHN, and another test before the end of their 21-day SHN period,” mentioned the ministry.

Norway, Iran, Qatar introduce journey restrictions for Pakistanis

Earlier this week, Norway and Iran had grow to be the newest nations to impose restrictions or shut their borders to Pakistani residents getting into their nation out of worry of the harmful Indian variant of coronavirus.

“The rate of infections is very high in India, among other countries. In order to limit the risk of imported cases of new COVID-19 variants, we are now introducing stricter entry restrictions for travellers arriving from India and its neighbouring countries, as well as Iraq”, Norway’s Justice and Public Safety Minister Monica Maeland was quoted as saying in an announcement.

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Underneath the brand new guidelines, travellers coming from Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Nepal, and Pakistan will now be required to remain at a quarantine lodge.

“This means that people who undertake necessary travel to these countries will also be required to stay at a quarantine hotel,” mentioned the assertion.

The European nation mentioned that the measures will come into impact on Wednesday 28 April at 12pm.

Iran closes land borders with Pakistan

Individually, Iran introduced the closure of its land border with Pakistan in worry of the coronavirus instances being reported from India, reported Fars Information Company.

“The Southeastern borders with Pakistan would only allow the return of Iranian and Pakistani nationals to their countries after the new ban is imposed on Wednesday,” mentioned an announcement issued by the Iranian customs workplace that was quoted by the publication.

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Iranian Customs Workplace Spokesman Rouhollah Latifi mentioned that the Iranian authorities will introduce “hygiene controls” on vans arriving from Pakistan for the subsequent 10 days. He added that business vessels from Pakistan will solely be allowed to load and unload at Iranian ports after going by some strict checks and controls.

Final week, Iran had banned flights from India and Pakistan over fears that an Indian variant of the coronavirus might unfold within the nation.

Qatar points quarantine coverage for Pakistani travellers

Then again, Qatar’s Public Well being Ministry revised the lodge quarantine coverage for travellers coming from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

Qatari newspaper The Peninsula reported that as per the brand new coverage, a 10-day lodge quarantine for all travellers from the six nations is necessary even when they’re vaccinated towards COVID-19.

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Other than this, the travellers may even should have a adverse PCR COVID-19 check taken from the designated well being services 48 hours earlier than their departure for Qatar.

“The travellers will undergo a repeat PCR test at their quarantine facility within 24 hours of their arrival, and will be tested again before the end of their quarantine period,” mentioned the publication.

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