Travellers fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to fly in and out of Singapore to nine more countries without quarantine and with fewer swab tests in the coming weeks.
From Oct 19, vaccinated travellers from Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain and the United States will be able to enter Singapore without quarantine under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme.
The scheme will be extended to South Korea from Nov 15, as announced by the Ministry of Transport on Friday.
There are now a total of 11 countries that Singapore has opened up VTLs to. Germany and Brunei came under the scheme last month.
Almost all of the countries are already open to Singapore, or will be open by the time the VTL starts.
The only exception is Brunei, where borders remain closed to leisure travel.
Here is a look at what is needed to travel under the scheme:
Q: Is vaccination a must?
A: Travellers must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have vaccination certificates that can be digitally verified.
An individual is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after he has received the full regimen of any World Health Organisation Emergency Use Listing vaccines. The person must have been vaccinated in any of the VTL countries or Singapore.
Short-term visitors and long-term pass holders will need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass to enter Singapore under the VTL.
Q: When are applications open?
A: Applications to enter under the VTL for the eight countries apart from South Korea will start from 10am on Tuesday, for entry into Singapore from Oct 19.
For those looking to travel from South Korea under the VTL, applications will start from 10am on Nov 8, for entry into Singapore from Nov 15.
Travellers from Germany and Brunei have been able to apply for the VTL since last month.
More details are available on https://safe travel.ica.gov.sg
Q: Can unvaccinated children travel under the VTL scheme?
A: Anyone who is unvaccinated, including children under 12, will not be allowed on VTL flights. They can travel on non-VTL flights but will be subject to quarantine as with other passengers on these flights.
Q: What are the requirements for my travel history?
A: From Oct 19, VTL travellers must have remained in one or more of the VTL countries, or Singapore, in the last 14 consecutive days prior to departure to Singapore.
An example of this could be a traveller who plans to leave Singapore today, fly to Britain, and travel to France and then Spain, before returning on a VTL flight on Oct 19.
Q: How many tests do I have to take? What flights can I take?
A: Testing requirements for travellers to Singapore under the VTL will be cut from Oct 19 to just a pre-departure test 48 hours before their flight and an on-arrival test. Travellers must take designated VTL flights. More details about the flights are available from airlines such as Singapore Airlines and Scoot.
Q: What other requirements are there?
A: Short-term visitors who require a visa for travel to Singapore must separately obtain a visa. They are advised to do so after receiving approval to enter and before departing for Singapore.
They must also purchase travel insurance, with a minimum coverage of $30,000 for Covid-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs, prior to departure.