Joint Statement by MOH, MPA and STB: Precautionary Measures taken for Cruise Ship’s Scheduled Call at Singapore
09 March 2020
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Singapore Tourism Board (STB) confirm that the scheduled call by the Singapore-based Costa Fortuna at Singapore is one of the scheduled calls made by cruise ships at our terminals.
2 Over the past two weeks, Singapore has handled more than 10 scheduled calls by cruise ships and disembarked more than 5,000 passengers.
3 Costa Fortuna began its journey from Singapore as a home-ported ship and is returning as scheduled on 10 March 2020. Like all other cruise ships departing from Singapore’s cruise terminals, Costa Fortuna was disinfected prior to its departure from Singapore. All its passengers also completed pre-embarkation checks based on prevailing policies for travel history and temperature screening as required by the cruise line and the terminal operator prior to boarding. This is its 16th call since December 2019.
4 Costa Fortuna has not picked up any new passengers since it left Singapore on 3 March 20201.
5 After Costa Fortuna berths, doctors, licensed by the Ministry of Health, will conduct enhanced, one-on-one checks on passengers who have recent travel history to northern Italy within the last 14 days. Those who exhibit fever and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness will be conveyed directly to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. Those without symptoms will be conveyed directly to the airport for their onward flights.
6 All remaining passengers entering Singapore will also undergo temperature screening as a precautionary measure. Those who exhibit fever and/or other symptoms of respiratory illness will be required to undergo a COVID-19 swab test. Passengers who are identified for COVID-19 swab testing but refuse to do so will not be allowed entry into Singapore.
1 From 4 March 2020, 2359 hours, all new visitors with recent travel history to Iran, northern Italy or the Republic of Korea within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or transit through Singapore.
Ministry of Health
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Singapore Tourism Board