March 30, 2021
By Emily Lim
Taiwan has started the year strong by maintaining a strong close to zero Covid-19 infection rates with strong health and safety controls in place. Singapore has identified Taiwan as a low risk country and are in talks of a possible Travel Bubble without quarantine procedures.
In the meantime, the Air Travel Pass terms between Singapore and Taiwan was established since December 2020. Travellers may travel under Any Purpose of Visit between Singapore and Taiwan, as this travel route is recognised as a Safe Travel Lane for all Short Term Visits. Are you planning a trip to Singapore from Taiwan? Here is all you need to know.
Yes, if you are a Taiwan citizen or resident you can apply for the SafeTravel | Air Travel Pass (caas.gov.sg) at no charge. You can only enter by Air on a direct flight and can visit on a short-term basis(ie under 2 weeks) for any purpose of travel.
However, in your Travel History you will need to prove that:
Each traveller must apply individually for his/her own ATP, and each trip requires a new ATP. You can apply between 7 to 30 calendar days before your intended date to travel into Singapore. It takes about 3 working days for an application to be processed. You’ll be notified via email if your application is approved.
Your ATP is valid for single entry into Singapore anytime from your intended date of entry and up to 7 calendar days after. What this means is, if your approved ATP states that you are to enter Singapore on 1 April 2021, you have up to 8 April 2021 to enter should you need to make changes to your travel arrangements. The ATP is NOT an immigration visit pass, it only allows you to seek entry into Singapore within a specified period. For more information, visit Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
First, you need to have travel insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 for Covid-19 related medical and hospital treatment. Don’t forget to bring a copy of your travel insurance copy when entering Singapore.
Travellers are requested to submit their health and travel history declarations, plus details of hotel accommodation for their time in Singapore via the SG Arrival e-card service at least 72 hours prior to departure.
Prior to your departure to Changi Airport from Taiwan, you will be required to register and pre-pay for a COVID-19 PCR test to be completed at Changi International Airport. The result of this test will be known within 48 hours. The cost of the test is S$196 (with GST) per person. You will need to register and pre-pay https://safetravel.changiairport.com/#/ before leaving Taiwan.
Travellers need to have pre-booked two days isolation accommodation at an approved hotel, following their COVID-19 PCR test at Changi Airport. A list of approved hotels can be found here https://sha.org.sg/hotel-accommodation.
You must download and register your profile on the TraceTogether app on a mobile device that is compatible.
✅ Here is a checklist of important documents and items you are required to present upon checking in at Taiwan’s International Airport:
After taking the PCR test Changi Airport, you are required to head straight to your self-isolated accommodation to await your test results within 48 hours. During this short commute (between the airport to your hotel), it is advised to hire a pre-arranged, private transportation to take you to your hotel. You are not allowed to take any public transport for this commute.
While waiting for your Covid-19 test results, you are allowed to share the same room with your family members, travel companions or a caretaker, provided they share similar travel history to you in the past 14 days prior to your departure for Singapore. Meaning they are people who have travelled with you and are in your travel circle. You’re not allowed to have outside visitors during your isolation period.
However, if your test result is confirmed to be positive, all persons who had shared the same room with you, as well as those identified to be a close contact with you, will be issued a Quarantine Order by the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH). You are also individually responsible for your medical treatment and expenses in Singapore too.
Once you have been cleared of the Covid-19 test results, you can leave your declared accommodation and go about their activities in Singapore.
Wearing a mask at all times is mandatory and can only be removed when eating or drinking.
You must upload all your information on the TraceTogether app and check in and out of each location using the locations SafeEntry QR codes. The bluetooth mode on your mobile must be on at all times to enable TraceTogether’s functions. These apps must remain installed and data retained for at least 14 days after returning from Singapore.
Should you require an extension of this visit pass, submit your application to https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/esvclandingpage/extend at least 7 days prior to the expiry of the visit pass to avoid overstaying.
Each application will be reviewed and there is no guarantee that an extension will be granted.
Before your trip back, you are required to complete a pre-arrival form48 – 72 hours prior to departure with the Ministry of Health & Welfare. Travellers are required to present a formal Medical Certificate presenting a negative PCR test from an accepted establishment.
For residents returning to Taiwan, a shorter quarantine period of 7 days is allowed and required. On arrival at one of the four international airports in Taiwan, you must travel straight to your home or designated hotel and self quarantine for a period of 7 days.
On the 7th day it is obligatory for you to have a COVID-19 CPR test. If the result is negative, you must stay on ‘enhanced self health management’ for a further seven days. For business travellers, this means keeping business activities to a minimum and using contact tracing. On day 15 after your entry to the country, you can resume normal daily life.
If you are resident in Singapore and making the journey to Taiwan, there are differences in the travel requirements and health requirements.
● You will need to submit documents from a business in Taiwan giving details of the reason for your visit with a daily agenda of your activities.
● You will be required to self quarantine in an approved quarantine hotel for 7 days and then take a COVID-19 PCR test. If it is negative you must practise ‘enhanced self health management’ for a further 7 days – making a total of 14 days.
● For your return to Singapore you will need to have arranged SHN quarantine.
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