COVID-19 Travel Restrictions: Latest updates you need to know
Singapore has worked with several countries to open up its borders for visitors and residents to travel. As part of Singapore’s plan to ease travel restrictions amidst the pandemic, the government has implemented Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) to facilitate travel while safeguarding public health.
Here is what you need to know about the latest updates on travelling and how to stay safe.
Vaccinated travelers can travel to participating countries under the SafeTravel1 VTL scheme. From September 8, VTLs to Brunei and Germany will be opened.
On October 9, Transport Minister S Iswaran announced additional plans to extend VTLs to more countries3. From October 19, travelling would be allowed to these countries: Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom and United States. From November 15, trips to Korea will also be allowed2.
Travelers who wish to enter Singapore or depart Singapore have to be fully vaccinated using vaccines approved by their respective countries. You would need to present proof of vaccination to visiting countries and upon arrival into Singapore4.
Depending on the country you are travelling to, find out more about their different entry requirements below*:
|Australia||Click here to find out more|
|Brunei||Click here to find out more|
|Canada||Click here to find out more|
|Denmark||Click here to find out more|
|France||Click here to find out more|
|Germany||Click here to find out more|
|Italy||Click here to find out more|
|Netherlands||Click here to find out more|
|Spain||Click here to find out more|
|South Korea||Click here to find out more (effective from 15 November 2021)|
|Switzerland||Click here to find out more|
|United Kingdom||Click here to find out more|
|United States||Click here to find out more|
*The list of countries with VTLs are updated as of 27 October 2021
If you are entering Singapore, you would need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP). Travelers are only allowed to travel on a designated VTL flight 4.
While travelling via VTLs, it is important to ensure the safety of you and your companions. Here are some tips to follow for better prevention and protection against COVID-19.
Make sure you are fully vaccinated before travelling. Also, regardless of the country you are visiting, you are encouraged to take a PCR or ART test to prove that you are tested negative for COVID-19. You should also stock up on disinfecting wipes (at least 70% alcohol), hand sanitizers (at least 60% alcohol) and masks, as well as bring along a thermometer to conduct regular temperature checks.
When you enter the plane, consider wiping down the seating area with disinfecting wipes. During the flight, masks should also be worn at all times unless you are eating or drinking. You should also limit your interactions with one another to minimize contact with others.
Even if not required by the country, you should voluntarily take a PCR or ART test upon arrival. If you are doing a PCR test, it is encouraged to isolate yourself for at least 12 hours upon arrival while waiting for the test results. (For specific requirements of each country, refer to the links above)
Ensure that masks are worn at all times. If you are able to access a toilet, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly. Maintain a distance of 1m or adhere to the safe distancing guidelines of the country you are visiting. Do your best to avoid large crowds as well.
If you are on a business trip, avoid handshakes as much as possible and ensure safe distancing in business meeting locations at all times.
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