Important Updates For The TUM Asia Community: COVID-19 Updates

01 April 2020

LAST UPDATED: 1 April 2020

LATEST ADVISORY FROM MOH AND ICA

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION (MOE) PRESS RELEASES

LEAVE OF ABSENCE (LOA) FOR TUM ASIA STUDENTS

SUSPENSION OF ALL ACTIVITIES AT TUM

ENTERING THE TUM ASIA CAMPUS

 
LATEST ADVISORY FROM THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH (MOH) AND THE IMMIGRATION & CHECKPOINTS AUTHORITY (ICA)
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Given the evolving situation, please refer to the MOH website for the latest measures and updates.

Please be informed that as of 23 March 2020, 2359 hours, Singapore will not let any short-term visitors enter or transit through the country. All Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders entering Singapore will be issued a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN).

As of 25 March 2020, 2359 hours, returning Singapore residents who have travelled to the United Kingdom and United States will be taken from the airport to hotels to serve out their 14-day stay-home notices.

In view of the heightened risk of further importation of COVID-19 to Singapore, Singaporeans are advised to defer all travel abroad with immediate effect.

List of Countries/ Regions and Border Control Measures from 25 March, 2359 hours

Travel History in the last 14-days in Countries/Regions For Singapore Residents and Long-Term Pass Holders For Short-Term Visitors
Hubei province (mainland China) 14-day quarantine Not allowed entry or transit
All countries and regions 14-day SHN Not allowed entry or transit
[New] UK and US 14-day SHN to be served out in hotels Not allowed entry or transit

Source: Ministry of Health

Regulations on Stay-Home Notice (“SHN Regulations”):

During SHN please note the following:

  • You will need to remain at your residence at all times throughout the entire 14-day period of SHN.
  • You will have to make your own arrangements for meals or to buy household supplies (to be sent to your residence).
  • You will need to minimise contact with others during this period at your residence.
  • Government agencies may contact you via phone.
  • You will need to monitor twice daily for fever and respiratory symptoms.

In addition, any individual who is issued a medical certificate (MC) by a medical practitioner certifying that he/she has acute respiratory symptoms must not, without reasonable excuse, leave the individual’s place of accommodation for 5 days starting on the day the medical certificate is issued.

The penalty for an offence under the SHN Regulations is a fine of up to $10,000 or imprisonment of up to six months or both. (Please refer to Annex A for the SHN Regulations.)

Regulations on Safe Distancing (“Safe-Distancing Regulations”):

Stricter measures will come into effect from 26 March 2020, 2359 hours, to limit gatherings outside of work and school to 10 persons or fewer, and ensure that physical distancing of at least one metre is maintained in settings where interactions are non-transient.

Under the Safe-Distancing Regulations, any person who is guilty of an offence shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both. (Please refer to Annex B for the Safe-Distancing Regulations.)

Click here for more details on the above regulations.

Tighter measures to minimise further spread of COVID-19

The Multi-Ministry Taskforce has decided to enforce stricter measures that would limit gatherings outside of work and school to 10 persons or fewer, and ensure that physical distancing of at least one metre can be achieved in settings where interactions are non-transient. These measures will take effect from 26 March 2020, 2359 hours.  MOH expects these measures to be in place until 30 April 2020, but this may be extended if the situation does not improve.

Any Singapore resident or Long Term Pass holder who leaves Singapore from 27 March 2020, in disregard of the prevailing travel advisories, will be charged at unsubsidised rates for their inpatient stay at public hospitals, if they are admitted for suspected COVID-19 and have onset of symptoms within 14 days of returning to Singapore. Singapore residents will also not be able to claim from MediShield Life or Integrated Shield Plans for these treatments at public and private hospitals. Click here for the full list of tighter measures imposed.

All travellers entering Singapore from 27 Mar, 9am, must submit online health declaration forms

As an additional precautionary measure to mitigate the risk of importation of COVID-19 into Singapore, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) announced on 23 March 2020 that from 0900 hours on 27 March 2020 (Friday), all travellers arriving in Singapore will have to submit a health declaration online via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service before proceeding with immigration clearance. This includes Singapore residents and long-term pass holders entering Singapore after 9am on 27 March.

For more details, please click here to view the full media release from ICA.

Entry Approval Required For All Long-Term Pass Holders

In view of the heightened risk of importation of COVID-19 cases into Singapore, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Ministry of Education (MOE) will implement additional precautionary measures for all Long-Term Pass (LTP) holders who are entering or returning to Singapore. These include holders of the Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP), the Student’s Pass (STP), as well as those who have been granted In-Principle Approval (IPA) for a LTP. These measures will come into effect from 29 March 2020, 2359 hours.

For more details, please click here to view the full media release from ICA.

 STP and STP-IPA Holders:

From 29 March 2020, 2359 hours, all foreigners holding STP and STP-IPAs who are planning to enter Singapore from any country must obtain approval from MOE before they commence their journey.

If permission is granted, they will be issued an approval letter of entry by MOE that is valid for two weeks. STP and STP-IPA holders must produce the approval letter of entry to the airline staff upon check-in, and to the immigration officer at the checkpoints upon arrival in Singapore.

To contain public healthcare risks, the total number of entry approvals for STP and STP-IPA holders has been significantly tightened.

All STP and STP-IPA holders currently overseas must not make travel plans to Singapore until approval has been given by MOE. If they arrive in Singapore without the approval letter of entry from MOE, ICA will require them to return to their last port of embarkation within 48 hours, at their own cost. If they fail to comply, ICA will cancel their passes or rescind their IPA.

Advisory to All Foreign Students:

For those currently in Singapore:

  • All students who are currently in Singapore, should not travel overseas, unless there are strong reasons to do so e.g. family emergencies. Disciplinary actions may be taken for non-compliance. Those who leave the country without strong reasons, while travel restrictions are in place, will face greater difficulty obtaining entry approval when they wish to return.


For those currently overseas:

  • You are strongly encouraged to return to Singapore before 29 March 2020, 2359. Your chances of being able to enter Singapore after this deadline will be extremely low.
  • If you are unable to return to Singapore by 29 Mar 2020, 2359hr, you should inform TUM Asia of your travel plans and apply for entry approval.
  • You should not try to enter the country, before entry approval is issued. If you arrive in Singapore without the necessary approval letters, you will not be able to clear immigration, and will be required to fly out of Singapore within 48 hours at your own cost. If you fail to comply, your passes or IPAs will be cancelled or rescinded respectively. Work Pass holders may also be barred from future employment in Singapore.

 

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION (MOE) PRESS RELEASES

Please refer to the MOE website for the latest press releases.

Issuance of Leave of Absence for All Overseas Travel during March Holidays

19 March 2020: To further protect the education system, the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) have implemented additional precautionary measures over and above MOH’s measures.As some have travelled overseas during the March school holidays, a 14-day Leave of Absence (LOA) will be issued to students and staff of schools, preschools and student care centres who have returned from overseas on or after 14 March. As an added precautionary measure, SIT and TUM Asia will similarly impose an LOA for all students and staff returning to Singapore between 14 and 20 March 2020 if they have not been issued with SHN. This will include trips from Malaysia via sea or land.

To view the full press release, please click here.

Advisory for Singaporean Students Studying Overseas

As of 17 March 2020, the Ministry of Education (MOE) encourage Singaporean students studying overseas to consider returning home soon. Institutes of Higher Learning in Singapore (including TUM Asia) have begun recalling their students currently on overseas internship or exchange. Students requiring any assistance while overseas, please contact your educational institutions, student associations, the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or the Singapore Global Network (hello@singaporeglobalnetwork.com) for guidance. The Ministry of Education may also be contacted at contact@moe.gov.sg.

To view the full press release, please click here.

Institutes of Higher Learning to Suspend All Official Overseas Placements

As of 15 March 2020, the Ministry of Education (MOE), together with the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) have decided to suspend all official overseas placements, including all internships and exchange programmes, until end-July. Students who are currently on such overseas placements will be recalled as soon as is practicable.

To view the full press release, please click here.

 

LEAVE OF ABSENCE (LOA) FOR TUM ASIA STUDENTS

To further protect the education system, the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) have implemented additional precautionary measures over and above MOH’s measures.

As some of you may have travelled overseas during the March school holidays, a 14-day Leave of Absence (LOA) will be issued to students and staff of schools, preschools and student care centres who have returned from overseas on or after 14 March.

As an added precautionary measure, TUM Asia will similarly impose an LOA for all students and staff returning to Singapore between 14 and 20 March 2020 if they have not been issued with SHN. This will include trips from Malaysia via sea or land.

Students who had returned to Singapore between 14 – 20 March 2020 but had not made travel declaration are required to inform our Academic Service Unit (ASD) Programme Executives immediately via email.

In addition, if you have been issued a SHN by the authorities, please inform ASD immediately via email with the following details:

-    Name
-    NRIC
-    Address at which SHN will be served
-    Flight number
-    Date of return
-    Contact number

Please be reminded to check your TUM Asia email regularly as all important messages will be sent to that account.

 

SUSPENSION OF ALL ACTIVITIES AT TUM

Referring to the latest advisory from the Bavarian State Ministry for Science, Research and Art, teaching activities at TUM must be discontinued with immediate effect (currently until the beginning of the semester on April 19, 2020) until further notice. In the interest of the safety of the health of our students, the Overseas Immersion Project (OIP) trip to Munich in March / April 2020 will be put on hold until further notice. TUM Asia is working towards other options for the students affected by this.

Due to the increase in the number of cases globally, all official overseas placements are suspended (refer to this link). Please do not hesitate to contact the Academic Services Unit at 6777 7407 if you require more information.

More information from TUM: https://www.tum.de/en/about-tum/news/coronavirus

 

ENTERING THE TUM ASIA CAMPUS

We have enclosed the information on enhanced precautionary measures by Singapore Polytechnic (SP) and TUM Asia.

 
1. Getting into SP campus
  • From Thursday, 27 Feb 2020, only SP and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) Staff, Students and Service Providers will be allowed to enter the SP Campus through the following Gates (with operating hours) as all other gates will be closed.
Operational Gates Operating Hours
Gate 1 (along Dover Road) – closest to SIT@SP building 24 hours
Pedestrian Gate at Dover MRT Station
7am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday;
Close on Sunday and Public Holidays.
 
  • Please bring your staff/visitor pass (if any) to be identified.
  • For those who park their vehicles in SP, they are to drive in via Gate 1 (along Dover Road) and use the left lane. To facilitate identification and ease traffic flow, staff, students and others authorised should print the attached temporary label (Annex B) and affix it at a visible position on their vehicles front windscreen.
  • All the gates with turnstiles will operate such that it will facilitate exit while preventing entry, so that they can still be used for exit.
  • Do anticipate delays and congestion.  You are advised to plan your travel accordingly.
 
2. Pick-up / Drop-off within SP campus
 
  • Drop-offs and pick-ups can take place at Gate 1 along Dover Road, in addition to Dover MRT Station driveway along Commonwealth Ave West. Please refer to the attached file for information on the Dover MRT Station driveway along Commonwealth Ave West (Annex C).
  • All the gates with turnstiles will operate such that it will facilitate exit while preventing entry, so that they can still be used for exit.
 
3. Getting to SIT@SP building from Dover MRT
 
  • Please refer to the following guide on how to walk to our office from Dover MRT.
  • Alternatively, you may also refer to this video link for the walking directions.
 
4. Temperature screening stations
 
  • All entering SP Campus shall be subjected to temperature screening. Temperature screening stations would be placed at both Operational Gates mentioned in Point 1 (above).
  • All entering TUM Asia office will also be subjected to temperature screening at the reception lobby. Please enter through the main office door.
  • Those who are detected with fever will be refused entry. If you are feeling unwell or have any respiratory symptoms (such as fever, cough and shortness of breath), do seek medical attention promptly, and stay at home throughout your illness. Please do NOT come to campus.
 
5. Visitor declaration form
 
a. Entering SP Campus
  • If you do not hold an SIT/SP pass, you will need to fill in a hardcopy visitor declaration form before entering the SP campus.
 
b. Entering TUM Asia office
  • You will also be required to fill up the visitor declaration form (COVID-19 Visitors Travel Declaration Form) at our front desk. Please note that our TUM Asia front desk would only be open from 8.30am – 12.30pm on weekdays during this period, and you will need to contact the relevant TUM Asia staff to enter the premises in the afternoon. For planned meetings, please contact the relevant TUM Asia staff for more information on filling out the visitor declaration form prior to the meeting.
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6. Declaration on contact with COVID-19 cases

In addition to the requirement to make a travel declaration, you are required to submit a declaration if, to the best of your knowledge, in the past 14 days, you:
  1. are a Confirmed Case/Suspect Case/Person under Quarantine Order*, or
  2. have been in contact with a Confirmed Case/Suspect Case/Person under Quarantine Order, in the past 14 days.
 
If (i) or (ii) applies to you, please make your declaration using the Declaration Form for non-SP staff attached and submit to your supervisor together with the attached Excel file Template for case data.
 
*Definitions:
  • Confirmed/suspect Case – A person confirmed or suspected by MOH to have contracted COVID-19.
  • Person under Quarantine Order – A person under quarantine order from MOH.
 
7. Good personal hygiene
 
  • Please continue to practice good personal hygiene habits such as frequent handwashing with soap / hand-sanitising, and wearing a face mask if feeling unwell.
  • Some tips to stay safe:

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This is TUM Asia’s effort to help minimise contact within our TUM Asia community and keep everyone safe. We seek your cooperation to follow these measures. Thank you!
 

 

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