Q: Will I face penalties if I decide to fly with Covid-19?

A: All travelers entering Singapore via air and sea checkpoints, including returning Singapore residents, are required to complete the SG Arrival Card within three days prior to their arrival.

A question on the card requires travelers to indicate whether they have fever, cough and other symptoms and whether they have visited Africa, the Middle East and select Latin American countries in the 14 days before arriving in Singapore.

According to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority website, travelers who provide false information may be prosecuted under the Infectious Diseases Act.

For committing an offense under the law, a first-time offender can be jailed for up to six months and fined up to $10,000.

A repeat offender may be jailed for up to one year and fined up to $20,000.

Q: Does travel insurance cover me for Covid-19 related expenses?

A: Ms Annie Chua, head of personal lines at Income Insurance, said Covid-19 insurance benefits are included in the insurer’s travel plans for single trips and annual trips to provide customers with protection from the virus and peace of mind.

“Unforeseen circumstances may arise before or during your trip, and knowing you are financially protected against a variety of travel inconveniences and risks, be it Covid-19, flight or baggage delays or medical emergencies, is key to peace of mind” she says added.

If you are diagnosed with Covid-19 by a doctor before traveling, you can make a claim if the trip is postponed or canceled, she added. To make a claim, customers must purchase their policy at least three days before their departure from Singapore.

If a traveler contracts Covid-19 abroad, he or she may benefit from the “Travel Interruption” benefit to cover the cost of an additional economy class ticket for air, sea or land travel or the administrative fees for rebooking their ticket cover up. Travel insurance can also cover accommodation – a standard room for one person – to continue the originally planned trip.

When making a claim, customers must provide documentation from a doctor, local authorities or airline showing that they are forced to change their original itinerary due to Covid-19, Ms Chua added.

Source : www.straitstimes.com

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