Singaporean, 58, charged for false declarations to avoid SHN at facility

Staff Writer, Singapore
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SINGAPORE — A 58-year-old man was charged on Friday (19 March) for making false declarations in his application to opt out of serving his Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated facilities.

On his arrival at Changi Airport on 22 November 2020, Vijeyakumar allegedly declared in a physical declaration form, which was submitted to an Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer, that he had not travelled anywhere apart from a list of six countries or regions in the 14 consecutive days prior to entering Singapore.

From 2 November, travellers from selected countries or regions were allowed to opt out of serving their SHN at dedicated facilities, for arrivals on or after 4 November 2020. Instead, they may serve it at a suitable place of residence if they fulfil certain criteria.

At the time of Vijeyakumar's alleged offence, the list of countries comprised Fiji, Finland, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Turkey. However, he was returning from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.

Vijeyakumar also allegedly declared in the form that he would be occupying his place of residence alone or with household members with the same travel history as him and serving their SHN during the same duration.

He was subsequently served with an SHN from 22 November to 6 December, said ICA.

On 25 November, enforcement officers conducted checks at Vijeyakumar’s place of residence and found him allegedly residing with two other household members who did not share the same travel history as him.

Individuals who make false declarations in seeking to opt out of dedicated SHN facilities are liable to be prosecuted for offences under the Infectious Diseases Act.

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