The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Thursday (21 January) said that COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (ART) will be made compulsory for cargo drivers entering Singapore from Malaysia via the Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints from tomorrow onwards.
In a statement earlier today, the Ministry noted that COVID-19 antigen rapid tests will be progressively rolled out from 9am on Friday (22 January) at the two checkpoints for cargo drivers and those accompanying personnel entering Singapore.
Those with a negative result will be allowed to enter the city-state.
“As cargo drivers and accompanying personnel could have interactions with the local community in Singapore, introducing an on-arrival ART will allow us to identify potential COVID-19 cases and mitigate the risk further,” it stated.
MTI assured that the move will ensure public health both in Singapore, as well as the community of cargo drivers and accompanying personnel.
“We recognise the importance of ensuring the smooth passage of goods between Singapore and Malaysia and value 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,” said the Ministry.
MTI also advised businesses expecting deliveries to maintain close communication with their logistic 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,” it added.