This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has laid out a series of requirements for business aircraft to enter the country amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak around the globe. Starting at 11:59 p.m. local time on March 12, all air crew and passengers have to make a health declaration before permitted to depart Singapore.
If a crew or passenger is declared unwell, the flight will be instructed to be operated as medevac flight. Symptoms that qualify for a medevac flight include a fever of 37.5 degrees C (99.5 degrees F) or pneumonia or respiratory symptoms of any degree of severity, including cough, runny nose, sore throat, and shortness of breath.
All patients arriving on medevac flights are required to test negative for COVID-19 at the departing country before they are permitted to fly to Singapore and must have a hospital in Singapore to receive them. With the exception of Singaporeans and permanent residents, the country will turn away flights with passengers on non-medevac flights who exhibit fever or other symptoms of respiratory illness upon arrival as soon as possible.
Any false declaration will be prosecuted under Singapore law and violators could face fines or jail. The country has already charged two Chinese nationals for falsely reporting their travel details in Singapore.
The measures come soon after an Indonesian man was found to be COVID-19 positive after landing at Seletar Airport, highly likely arriving there on a business jet.