Travellers in Singapore to wear electronic tags to implement quarantine
September 30, 2020
Asia

Travellers in Singapore to wear electronic tags to implement quarantine

SINGAPORE CITY (SINGAPORE) – Incoming travellers in Singapore will be asked to wear an electronic monitoring device to make sure that coronavirus quarantines are followed. The city-state is gradually reopening its borders, according to authorities on Monday

The devices will be provided to incoming travellers, from August 11, including citizens and residents, from a select group of countries. They will be allowed to be in home isolation than at a state-appointed facility.

Hong Kong and South Korea have used similar measures with electronic wristbands to trace people’s movements during quarantine.

Travellers to Singapore have to activate the device, which uses GPS and Bluetooth signals, after reaching their home and they must acknowledge the notifications they get on the device.

Attempts to leave home or tamper with the device will alert the authorities.

Singapore said in a statement that no personal data will be saved and the device would not have any voice or video recording function.

Those aged 12 and below will not have to wear the devices.

Under the Infectious Diseases Act, fines can go up to S$10,000 ($7,272) or imprisonment of up to six months, or both. The work passes of foreigners who do not follow the rules will be cancelled.

(Photos syndicated via Reuters)
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