I finally got released from my seven-day SHN. Because I was so prepared to stay in a hotel, but not knowing which hotel, 2 star or five stars. I had a lot of anxiety about my arrival in Singapore. It was a pleasant surprise to spend my SHN at home. However, not leaving the apartment was limiting, and I’m happy to say I am now officially released from my SHN.
Swab testing appointment
The first step in the process of being released from SHN is a swab test. I was given an appointment and told to show up. As I don’t have personal transportation in Singapore, I had to arrange with a designated taxi company for travel to the testing site.
The location of my testing was an old school building. When I first went there, more workers were present than people needing to be swab tested, which soon changed as the lines queue.
The process was the same for everyone. We were all given a sticker designating us as SHN. We then had to verify our name with identification. Answer health questions. Get our temperature taken, then once again queue for the swab test. The process seemed to move relatively smoothly. Once inside, there was another checking of ID, medical questions, and then I was escorted to the swab testing station, where I again had to verify my particulars. Once my swab test was completed, I was free to return home.
My final release from the SHN came the following day. I had to wait for a text notification of my negative test results. Once I received that text, I could then cut my tracking bracelet off and throw it away. Officials picked up the gateway portion that came with the bracelet.
Now I am free to leave my house, but not go everywhere I would like to. I must install an app that allows the government to track my every movement in Singapore. In addition, although I have my vaccination cards from the US. I will need to take a serology blood test to get a vaccination designation on my tracer app. Unvaccinated people have limited accessibility. I’ll tell you a bit more about that in my next blog post.