Update: Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lane scheme has been discontinued since 1 April 2022 and travellers may now take any flight to enter Singapore.
In addition, from 26 April 2022, fully vaccinated travellers and non-fully vaccinated children aged 12 and below no longer need to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test before boarding their flight to Singapore on any Singapore Airlines or Scoot flight. They can also enter Singapore quarantine free.
However, all travellers are still required to meet prevailing visa requirements.
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated will be subject to prevailing quarantine and testing requirements. For more details on entry requirements around the world, visit the Safe Travel site or Singapore Airlines’ travel advisory.
The Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) is quite possibly the most exciting bit of travel news for everyone living in Singapore, along with anyone eager to visit the Little Red Dot.
So now that quarantine is no longer required for travellers between Singapore and the growing selection of VTL countries, how do you go about planning your next adventure? We’ve got you covered. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to travel on a VTL flight, start off by checking your eligibility on this Vaccinated Travel Lane (Air) Overview, regularly updated by Singapore’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority.
All good? Let’s continue…
Flying from Singapore to a VTL destination
While the majority of VTL countries (listed below) provide quarantine and test-free entry to vaccinated travellers from Singapore, this is not the case for all of them and the full details can be found here. There may also be entry restrictions by VTL countries based on recent travel history, so make sure to check Singapore Airlines’ Travel Advisory or the website of the local embassy of your planned destination.
A few things to keep in mind before booking:
- Apart from selected flights to Malaysia, the VTL concept only applies to flights returning to Singapore. Other flights departing from Singapore are not designated as VTL.
- Travellers must stay in 1 or a combination of the following countries for at least 7 days before departure: Singapore; any VTL-approved country; any country in the European Economic Area, as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican City; any Category 1 country/region
- Singapore residents can authenticate their certificate of vaccination and obtain a QR code from Notarise
- Travel between VTL countries while overseas is permitted
- The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has removed the pre-departure test requirements for all passengers transferring or transiting through Singapore.
List of VTL countries SIA services:
- Australia: Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns (starting 29 March 2022), Darwin (starting 29 Mar 2022), Melbourne, Perth, Sydney
- Brunei: Bandar Seri Begawan
- Cambodia: Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
- Canada: Vancouver
- China: Hong Kong
- Denmark: Copenhagen
- France: Paris
- Germany: Frankfurt, Munich
- India: Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and more
- Indonesia: Jakarta, Denpasar Bali
- Italy: Milan, Rome
- Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur, Penang
- The Maldives: Male
- The Netherlands: Amsterdam
- The Philippines: Cebu (starting 1 Apr 2022), Davao (starting 1 Apr 2022), Manila
- South Korea: Seoul
- Spain: Barcelona
- Sri Lanka: Colombo
- Switzerland: Zurich
- Thailand: Bangkok, Phuket
- Turkey: Istanbul
- United Arab Emirates: Dubai
- United Kingdom: London, Manchester
- United States: Houston, Los Angeles, New York (JFK and and Newark Liberty International Airport from 27 Mar 2022), San Francisco, Seattle
- Vietnam: Da Nang (starting 27 Mar 2022), Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City
Flying from a VTL destination to Singapore
For those flying from a VTL destination, it’s essential to be on a VTL flight in order to be eligible for quarantine-free entry to Singapore. Search for your preferred itinerary on Singapore Airlines’ Flight Schedule page and take note that non-VTL flights may still be available on the same route. VTL flights are denoted by a VTL label in the booking system, take a look here.
Travellers entering Singapore must meet the following requirements:
- A 7 day travel history that includes only 1 or a combination of the following countries: Singapore; any VTL-approved country; any country in the European Economic Area, as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican City; any Category 1 country/region
- Fully vaccinated with any vaccine noted on the World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Use List. The final dose must be completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Singapore.
- Travel on designated VTL flight to Singapore
- Negative professionally administered Covid-19 test (e.g. PCR, ART, LAMP test or NAAT test) taken within two days before departure for Singapore*. All pre-departure test result memos must state:
- Traveller’s name.
- Either date of birth or passport number as stated in the passport.
- Date and time where the test was taken, as well as the name of the testing institution.
- Negative test result in English.
- Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents as well as Singapore Long-Term Pass Holders travelling from specific countries/regions may take a self-administered ART as a pre-departure test if it is remotely supervised by an approved ART provider in Singapore. A list of approved ART providers based in Singapore may be found here. Do check with the medical provider directly if a tele ART service is available.
*Passengers under two years old are exempt
Documents needed when entering Singapore:
- A vaccination certificate in English – issued by Singapore or the VTL country – must be provided. The certificates must be digitally certifiable. Children aged 12 and below are exempted from these requirements, but must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.
- All short-term visitors and work permit holders eligible to travel on VTL must apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) online between three to 60 days before visiting. Children 12 and under (as of calendar year) do not need to apply.
- Singapore citizens, Long-Term Pass holders and permanent residents are not required to apply for a VTP, however PRs do need valid re-entry permits.
Testing requirements for VTL flights
- An unsupervised self-administered ART using self-procured authorised ART kits within 24 hours of arrival in Singapore. Travellers must report their test result via https://www.sync.gov.sg before proceeding with their activities in Singapore.
- VTL travellers who recently recovered from Covid-19 (i.e. within seven to 90 days of their last infection before departure to Singapore) are exempted from all testing requirements if they provide appropriate documentary proof of their recovery. Learn more here.
Happy and safe travels!