Important information for foreign patients seeking medical care in Singapore

Date: 1 April 2022

With the reopening of Singapore borders as announced by the COVID-19 Multi-Ministry Task Force (MTF) on 24 March 2022, the prevailing travel policies will apply to all foreign patients seeking outpatient medical care* in Singapore as well. No additional approval is required from Singapore’s Ministry of Health.

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For patients who require an inpatient admission, approvals are still needed.

If you require further clarifications, please email and we will attend to your queries as soon as we can. We look forward to serving you at Icon Cancer Centre Singapore.

*Does not apply to patients seeking care for COVID-19 and patients who require hospitalisation

Important information for Singapore patients accessing treatment

Icon doctors and clinical teams were among the first healthcare workers in Singapore’s private healthcare sector to receive the COVID-19 vaccination as part of the Ministry of Health’s vaccination roll-out. As frontline staff it’s critical our staff remain healthy and safe to ensure our patients continue to receive the best possible care.

Icon are proud to be early adopters and support MOH’s continued efforts to keep our community safe from COVID-19. Please be assured our centres continue to operate with COVIDSafe protocols in place with patient care our top priority.


Our clinical team will continue to triage patients before their scheduled appointments, in accordance with the Government’s criteria based on health status assessments and safe distancing principals. Please note the following:

  • If you are feeling unwell, with fever, cough, or have flu-like symptoms before your scheduled appointment, you are required to contact the clinic before your appointment to speak to our nurse to seek further advice.
  • Icon staff will also personally contact you in advance to reconfirm your appointment.
  • For patients who are unable to travel to our clinic for a in-person appointment, we will be offering telemedicine and medication home delivery (prescription medications only) to support your health and wellbeing.

Your health remains important to Icon and our doctors and we will seek to still support you under these measures.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your treatment during this period, please reach out to our Concierge mobile on (65) 8597 6128 or contact the clinic directly.

COVID-19: keeping you safe

As we continue to face the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) global pandemic, we want to reassure you that we are undertaking the most stringent hygiene practices and screening measures to ensure the safety of our patients, doctors and staff within our centre.

Icon has enforced all Ministry of Health (MOH) recommendations and have installed extra screening stations across all our clinics to ensure the safety of our patients and visitors in and out of the clinics, including:

  • Checking temperature and general symptoms of all patients and visitors
  • All patients are required to complete a health declaration form
  • Screening for travel history. People who have travelled to heightened areas of concern (Mainland China, Republic of Korea, Italy, Iran, France, Germany, Spain) in the last 14 days and/or been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case are not permitted into the clinic
  • Continuing to monitor the health of our staff and have procedures in place to ensure we can continue to provide care during this time

What to do if you are currently receiving treatment

If you are currently receiving cancer treatment please continue to go to the clinic for treatment and take precautions when travelling to and from your appointments – always practice good personal hygiene and wear a mask.

We will isolate patients and visitors who fit the current MOH suspected case definitions for COVID-19 who then may be referred to the nearest A&E or escalated to MOH for further management. If you are feeling unwell please call the clinic ahead of your visit.

What will happen if I contract COVID-19 during my treatment?

At Icon, we manage many conditions with a wide variety of treatments. It is not uncommon for our patients to develop seasonal flu and other infections during active treatment cancer care and we are well prepared to manage your safety and the safety of our staff if you do develop COVID-19. At this point in time you may need a temporary break from treatment, treatment after-hours or in a dedicated protected treatment area, or treatment at another site. Your doctors will carefully consider what is the best approach in your circumstance.

If you have a fever after treatment or develop flu-like symptoms

As per general direction by your doctor and nursing team it is important to monitor your health during chemotherapy treatment. If you develop a fever it is important to always contact the clinic immediately. Many of the known symptoms of COVID-19 are general symptoms and side-effects experienced by cancer patients. We advise closely monitoring your health and to look out for new or worsening symptoms and call your clinic if you are feeling unwell.

It is important to remain calm and vigilant during this time. Icon is taking every precaution to prevent spread of the virus and ensure the safety of our patients, doctors and staff. Please continue to check the Ministry of Health website and/or Facebook page for updates on the evolving situation.

How cancer patients can protect themselves from COVID-19 and what you should know

Patients with cancer who are undergoing treatment have a weakened immune system, which makes them more vulnerable to general infections, including COVID-19. It is particularly important for patients having chemotherapy to take extra caution during this time. Alongside the measures Icon is taking in line with the Ministry of Health guidelines to ensure the safety of our patients at our clinics, here are some general steps cancer patients can take to help protect from infections such as COVID-19.

Observe good personal hygiene and wash hands regularly

Most infections travel through the oral route. It is important to practice good hand hygiene and always wash your hands before every meal and make sure you wash your hands with soap and water for about 20 seconds and sufficiently dry them. If you don’t have access to fresh water, carry around a hand sanitiser that contains high alcohol content. Also try to avoid touching your face frequently, particularly with unclean hands.

Practice social distancing

Social distancing is one of the best ways that you can reduce your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Stay 1.5 metres away from others and avoid shaking hands, hugging and kissing others.

Avoid contact with people who are sick

Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness. Steer clear of crowded places and wear a mask if you have respiratory symptoms such as a cough or runny nose. If you have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case please monitor your health and self-isolate and call your doctor to seek medical advice immediately.

Maintain a balanced diet

Nutrition will help build the body’s immune system. You should always try to maintain a balanced diet, particularly during chemotherapy treatment. There are certain foods you should avoid during treatment, ensuring you only eat cooked foods (all fruit and vegetables should be cooked or peeled) to minimise the risk of bacterial infections as the body’s immune system is weaker throughout your treatment. Similarly, avoid crowds and gatherings where it is difficult to maintain distance from others, for example family celebrations or public places. Try to reduce your contact with others to fifteen minutes of close face to face contact, or less than two hours in the same room

Exercise regularly

During cancer treatment it is important to continue an active lifestyle and exercise in accordance to what is suitable for your condition as advised by your doctor. It is recommended to exercise 30 minutes a day. This can be light exercise such as a walk in the park. If you are more comfortable with staying indoors during this time, you can exercise in your home, this can be simply walking or maybe dancing to a video.

Regular sleep

Sleeping helps your body stay strong. The adult body needs 6 – 8 hours of sleep every day which will help build your immune system.

Healthy mental health

Poor mental health can lead to unhealthy habits. It can lead to poor diet, lack of sleep and exercise resulting in a weakened immune system. A cancer diagnosis can be a highly emotional time in someone’s life and that of their family and friends. It is important to have a trusted support network and keep a positive attitude throughout your treatment and beyond. If you are struggling please talk to your doctor who will be able to connect you with support groups and counselling services.