September 3, 2021
By Emily Lim
As part of Singapore’s efforts to reopen its borders safely, the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) will open on 8 September 2021. Currently, Brunei Darussalam and Germany have VTL arrangements with Singapore. The route can also be used by fully vaccinated citizens of Singapore (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) to travel in and out of the country, without the need to quarantine.
As Singapore looks to restart travel, more VTLs are expected to be negotiated with time. Countries with a high proportion of vaccinated populations and low numbers of COVID-19 cases will be more likely contenders. Another important requirement is the setup of designated, direct flights. While not confirmed yet, some strong candidates for VTL include Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. Recently, entry restrictions to Singapore were also eased for those travelling from Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, read on for all you need to know about Singapore’s vaccinated travel lanes (VTL) and get ready to travel!
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On 8 September 2021, the vaccinated travel lane (VTL) will first come into effect for people travelling from Brunei Darussalam and Germany. Fully vaccinated travellers from both of these countries will be able to use the VTL.
Travellers are required to be fully vaccinated in their country of departure or Singapore. You are considered fully vaccinated if you have received the full dosage of the Pfizer-BioNtech/Comirnaty, Moderna or any Covid-19 vaccine under the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing at least 14 days before travelling.
If you’re a fully vaccinated Singapore citizen or permanent resident, you will not have to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) as long as you enter via the vaccinated travel lane. You can enter Singapore without entry approval provided you follow the VTL rules as covered in this article.
Yes, short-term visitors (including business and official visitors) who are not SCs or PRs can enter Singapore using the VTL. However, they must apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP). Applications for the VTP started on 1 September 2021 for travel starting 8 September 2021.
Visitors who require a visa to enter Singapore must do so separately from their VTP application. Visa applications are advised to be made after the VTP is approved and before departing for Singapore. You can check if you need a visa and requirements here.
If you’re from a country or region on Singapore’s VTL list, you can apply here. Applications must be made ahead of time between 7 to 30 calendar days before your intended date of entry into Singapore.
The VTP application requires fully vaccinated travellers to:
By applying for the VTP, the traveller agrees to use the personal data collected by Singapore’s authorities to process and implement the VTL entry. (This article explains how digital vaccination certificates work)
Once the application is approved, you will receive the VTP through email. Your VTP is valid for single entry into Singapore from your intended date of entry and up to 6 days after.
The VTP allows travellers to enter Singapore without needing to be quarantined. However, travellers must take a COVID-19 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test within 48 hours of their designated VTL flight to Singapore. The test must be undertaken at an internationally accredited or recognised laboratory or clinic.
The test result certificate must be in English and contain the following information:
● Traveller’s name and identifying information
● A negative COVID-19 PCR test result.
● The date and time that the test was taken.
● The name of the establishment that performed the test.
Although you will not need to be quarantined, you are still required to self-isolate while waiting for the results of your on-arrival Covid-19 PCR test. Travellers must isolate themselves alone, or with household members that are fully vaccinated with the same travel history and isolation requirements.
Those that self-isolate at a hotel must bear the cost of accommodation. You may find a non-exhaustive list of hotels here by the Singapore Hotel Association. Any available accommodation may be booked as long as you stay in an individual room with an en-suite toilet.
Travellers with approved VTP can only travel to Singapore via a designated VTL flight. Only fully vaccinated travellers are able to use VTL flights. As the number of VTL countries increase, so will VTL flight providers. Here are the list of airlines operating VTL flights for the time-being:
For the flight schedules and other information, visit the respective airlines’ website:
All travellers to Singapore must have been in Brunei or Germany for 21 consecutive days, before their departure to Singapore. Having an air ticket for a VTL designated flight does not guarantee the traveller a VTP, and vice versa.
All passengers are required to monitor their health before they arrive at the airport. They should not travel if:
All passengers must submit their health, travel history and accommodation information using the SG Arrival Card e-service, no earlier than 3 days prior to their arrival in Singapore. If you need further information about the SG arrival card e-service, read more here.
If you’re a short-term visitor, it is mandatory to have travel insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 for COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs. Carry an electronic or physical copy of this insurance policy to facilitate your entry into Singapore
When you arrive at the departure airport, you will need to present the following documents for check-in:
As a short-term visitor, you should also ensure that:
You will be required to take an on-arrival Covid-19 PCR test. In terms of documentation, here is what you need to present to the immigration officer:
The COVID-19 test result certificate must include the following:
If you are a short-term visitor, you must present the following:
For those who need a Singapore SIM card or the service of a money changer, you should do so in the airport transit area before clearing immigration.
Once you take your on-arrival Covid-19 PCR Test at Changi Airport, you will be required to leave the airport immediately to your self-isolation accommodation and await your test result.
You will not be permitted to enter any retail or food establishments including at the Jewel Changi Airport. Travellers must immediately leave via private transportation and bear any associated costs.
While staying in Singapore, you are required to adhere to the current public health measures. Current requirements include wearing masks in public and maintaining a safe distance. There may also be other safety measures to follow that are relevant to travellers’ various activities or the locations they visit. The TraceTogether app must be kept activated at all times while in Singapore.
Travellers are required to book, pay for and take post-arrival COVID-19 PCR tests on Day 3 and Day 7 after their arrival in Singapore and tests must be completed by 1500 hours on these days. All travellers will be emailed instructions for the required dates of the tests and the designated clinics to be used. More details can be found here.
It is essential that you take the COVID-19 PCR tests as required to avoid a fine of S$10,000 or 6-month imprisonment. You may also be required to quarantine and bear the cost of accommodation if you fail to meet this requirement.
If you are to test positive for COVID-19 in the first 21 days after leaving Singapore, the Singapore government will request for all data recorded on the TraceTogether app. Therefore, travellers are required to retain their TraceTogether app data for 21 days after leaving Singapore.
Check the respective countries’ immigration rules and requirements prior to departure:
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