Temperature screening at Singapore checkpoints to check for Wuhan virus

Motorists entering Singapore will have their temperatures checked from today. (Facebook pic)

SINGAPORE: Travellers entering Singapore by land will be subjected to temperature screening at the city-state’s Woodlands and Tuas checkpoints in view of the coronavirus pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China.

The screening, which was started at noon today, is being carried out in view of the detection of cases outside of China and the anticipated rise in the number of travellers leading up to the Chinese New Year holiday period.

The republic’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) said on its website that travellers arriving at the land checkpoints would have to undergo temperature screening conducted by on-site healthcare assistants.

“Suspected cases will be referred to hospitals for further assessment,” it said.

Temperature screening will be carried out for all travellers arriving by bus, train, car, motorcycle, or lorry and travellers are advised to follow ICA officers’ instructions.

Travellers arriving by bus will be screened at the bus concourse or bus hall before the immigration counters. Bus drivers will be screened at the security checkpoint.

Those arriving by train will be screened at the platforms before entering the hall for immigration clearance.

Travellers arriving by car are required to wind down their car windows for temperature screening at the security checkpoint before the immigration counters.

Motorcyclists are required to remove their helmets for temperature screening at the security check area after the immigration counters while lorry drivers will be screened at the cargo platforms or immigration counters.

ICA said arrival traffic is expected to be heavy between Jan 25 and 28 because of the Chinese New Year holiday.

Delays are expected and travellers are advised to check traffic conditions before embarking on their journey.