Singapore cuts SHN duration to 14 days for travellers from higher-risk areas

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From 24 June 2021, the SHN duration will be reduced from 21 to 14 days, which will likely see more hotels reopening for staycations as well.

Singapore has decided to reduce the stay-home notice (SHN) duration for all inbound travelers from 21 to 14 days, effective Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 2359 hours.

In a statement released today, MOH said that it found no evidence the new COVID-19 variants come with longer incubation periods, and that all 270 imported cases since 8 May (when the 21 day SHN policy came into effect) had incubation periods well within the 14-day window. 

Changes to SHN regime

Temperature screening at Changi Airport

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With the latest changes, here’s a summary of the SHN policy based on travel history, effective 23 June 2021, 2359 hours.

😷 SHN Policy by Country/Region
Travel HistorySHN Duration
🇦🇺Australia (excluding Victoria state)N/A
🇨🇳China (excluding Guangdong province)
🇳🇿New Zealand
🇦🇺Australia (Victoria state)7 days at place of residence
🇨🇳China (Guangdong province)
🇭🇰Hong Kong SAR
🇲🇴Macao SAR
🇹🇼Taiwan14 days at place of residence
🌏All other countries14 days in SDF*
*SDF= SHN Dedicated Facility

Only travelers from Australia (excluding Victoria state), Brunei, China (excluding Guangdong province) and New Zealand are exempt from SHNs; all others must do a stint of 7-14 days. Singapore has yet to introduce any special concessions for fully-vaccinated travelers, although it’s surely only a matter of time. 

The revised policy also applies to travelers currently in the midst of an SHN stint, who will be contacted separately regarding refunds. As a reminder, the cost of a 14-day SHN at a hotel is S$2,000 per adult (or S$1,300 per adult for twin sharing), excluding testing. 

Speaking of testing, the regime is also being revised with additional ART self-administered tests on Days 3, 7 and 11 of their arrival. This will take effect for new arrivals from 27 June 2021, 2359 hours. 

🩺 Revised Testing Regime
DayPCR TestART Test

More staycation options soon?

The Pan Pacific Singapore is currently an SHN-only facility

Even if you’re not intending to travel out of Singapore, the revised SHN policy may impact your staycation plans. Back in May, I wrote about how numerous 5-Star hotels had converted into SHN-only facilities, due to the additional capacity required to accommodate 21-day stints. 

With the SHN duration cut to 14 days, it stands to reason some of these hotels may reopen to the public soon. Here’s the latest snapshot of some popular hotels and the earliest they’re taking public bookings. 

HotelLocationEarliest Booking
Mandarin OrchardOrchard25 Jun 2021
Marriott Tang Plaza Orchard1 Aug 2021
SO/SofitelRaffles Place1 Aug 2021
Park Hotel Farrer ParkFarrer Park1 Aug 2021
Ritz-Carlton Millenia SingaporeMarina Bay2 Aug 2021
Four Points by Sheraton RiverviewHavelock1 Sep 2021
Grand Park City HallCity Hall1 Sep 2021
Grand Park OrchardSomerset1 Sep 2021
Park Hotel AlexandraAlexandra1 Sep 2021
Park Hotel Clarke QuayClarke Quay1 Sep 2021
JW Marriott South BeachCity Hall4 Sep 2021
Pan Pacific SingaporeMarina Bay5 Sep 2021
Conrad Centennial SingaporeMarina Bay7 Sep 2021
Dorsett SingaporeTanjong Pagar7 Sep 2021
Sheraton Towers SingaporeNewton15 Sep 2021
Amara SingaporeTanjong Pagar20 Sep 2021
Westin SingaporeRaffles Place1 Dec 2021
Crowne Plaza ChangiChangi Airport7 Jan 2022


14 days is still a heck of a long time to be cooped up in a hotel room, but it sure beats 21. I can imagine there’ll be quite a few people relieved to hear this news, although the true breakthrough will be when there’s reduced requirements for vaccinated individuals. 

Hopefully, this will also see more hotels reopening for staycations, since overseas travel looks unlikely until Q4 at least. 

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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I wonder why the government put Israel on that list. Is it possible for someone to come to Singapore from there without transiting at a high-risk country at all?


In theory you could do TLV-HKG-SIN


With Israel about to announce that vaccinated tourists are welcome again from July 1st – that sounds like the first hotel quarantine free leisure travel option in 14 months (at least for our boomers):

Last edited 1 year ago by Dave

TBH SHN is a bad name which makes innocent ppl think those arrivals can actually stay at home.

li yan

it stands for Stay Hotel Notice.


Understand from my girlfriend HR long term pass holders will not need to apply for permission to come back from end June/early Jul so govt will prob keep the extra hotel capaciy for that.



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