About Home Quarantine Order

The Home Quarantine Order came into effect on 4th May 2009. Travellers entering Singapore with a travel history to Mexico over the past seven days will be quarantined for seven days when they enter Singapore from when they were last in Mexico.

The Home Quarantine Order is issued under the Infectious Diseases Act to contacts and suspected contacts of the Influenza A (H1N1) virus, with the aim of limiting the spread of Influenza A (H1N1) in the community. It can be issued to any person who is a known or suspected close contact of a probable or confirmed case of Influenza A (H1N1), as well as persons who arrived in Singapore within 7 days after having departed from Mexico. Travellers who are unable to be quarantined at their own residential homes, or are without a residential home in Singapore, will be quarantined in alternative housing such as government chalets, i.e., the Aloha Chalets located at Loyang.

While under HQO, the person must stay at home throughout the quarantine period, monitor their temperature twice daily and check for flu-like symptoms. They should minimise contact with other family members and practice good personal hygiene. Persons under home quarantine who develop symptoms will be referred to the CDC for a thorough assessment. A dedicated ambulance service (993) is in place to convey them to TTSH Emergency Department. The public is urged to call this number only if they have a travel history to affected areas.

Any person guilty of breaking the HQO shall be liable to a maximum fine of $10,000, or imprisonment of six months, or both. In the case of a second or subsequent offence, the person will be liable to a maximum fine of $20,000, or imprisonment of 12 months, or both.

For travellers who are returning from other areas with evidence of community transmission of Influenza A (H1N1-2009) (i.e., the states of California, New York and Texas in the United States, and the state of Nova Scotia in Canada), MOH advises them to stay at home for seven days, monitor their temperature daily and check themselves for symptoms of flu-like illness. They should refrain from joining mass gatherings, e.g., going to the cinemas, shopping malls, supermarkets, etc. Those who develop respiratory illness with fever (temperature > 38 deg C) within seven days after their return should put on a surgical mask and call 993 for an ambulance. They should also disclose their travel history to their doctors.

MOH had reviewed the imposition of the HQO in light of the new information on the Influenza A (H1N1) outbreak situation. With effect from 16 May 09, the HQO for travellers to Singapore with a recent Mexican travel history was lifted.