Following successful pilot Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) with Brunei and Germany since early September 2021, the Singapore Government has progressively made significant expansions to the scheme, along with some welcome improvements for travellers.
There are now more than 20 countries on the VTL list, most allowing two-way quarantine-free trips for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19, by clearing a pre-departure and on-arrival test when flying to Singapore, then taking a Day 3 and Day 7 test.
By mid December 2021, Singapore will have opened VTLs with 24 countries, providing a wide range of options for quarantine-free travel including both regional and long-haul options.
Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lanes
|Already Running||🇦🇺 Australia
🇰🇷 South Korea
🇱🇰 Sri Lanka
Here’s our detailed rundown of the process for vaccinated travellers heading to and from VTL countries, covering the latest requirements for arrivals in Singapore.
- Vaccination Certs
- Children 12 and under
- Travel to VTL countries on any flight
- Travel within the ‘VTL Zone’ (but be careful!)
- VTL designated flights
- Transit passengers on VTL flights
- The VTL process
- VTL departure checklist
- Singapore pass holders and visitors
- Testing costs
- Pre-departure test timing
- Day 2 to Day 7 tests
- What if you test positive?
- Additional testing?
- Additional testing for travel to some VTL countries
- What if the VTL is suspended?
- Travelling to Singapore on a non-VTL flight
- Other resources
Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lanes
- Must be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine in Singapore, or any VTL country, or any EU member state, or any non-EU countries that have joined the EU DCC system
- Must have an accepted digital proof of vaccination
- Must have remained in a VTL country or countries and/or Singapore for the last 14 days
- Travel to Singapore on designated ‘VTL flights’
- Unvaccinated children aged 12 or below are eligible when travelling with fully vaccinated adults
- Visitors and Singapore pass holders must apply for a VTP in advance
- Pre-departure, on-arrival and post-arrival COVID-19 tests (except for children aged 2 or under) replace quarantine / Stay-Home Notice (SHN) in Singapore
- Those recovered from COVID-19 in the last 7-90 days are exempt from testing and SHN in Singapore
To be eligible to travel from a VTL country to Singapore quarantine-free, you must fulfil the following criteria:
- Have no travel history to any place other than Singapore or any VTL countries in the last consecutive 14 days prior to departure to Singapore
- Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (any WHO approved vaccine) in Singapore, or any VTL country, or any EU member state, or any non-EU countries that have joined the EU DCC system, with the final dose completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Singapore
- Have digitally certifiable evidence of vaccination (QR code)
- Children aged 12 or under in the calendar year of arrival are exempt from the vaccination requirement, when travelling with fully vaccinated adults
- Apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) between 3 and 60 days before your intended date of entry into Singapore (visitors and LTP holders only)*
- Have a negative COVID-19 PCR or ART test result from a recognised testing institution within two calendar days prior to departure from the VTL country (children aged 2 or under in the calendar year of arrival are exempt)
- Travel on designated VTL flights on the final leg from a VTL country to Singapore
- Transits between VTL countries on non-VTL flights are allowed prior to taking a VTL flight to Singapore
- Complete a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Singapore (children 2 or under in the calendar year of arrival are exempt)
- Complete post-arrival Day 2 to Day 7 self-swab COVID-19 ART tests, if you will leave your place of accommodation that day (children 2 or under in the calendar year of arrival are exempt)
* Returning Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who are fully vaccinated will automatically qualify and will not need to apply for a VTP in order to travel under the VTL.
Overall, up to eight COVID-19 tests may be required – one ART/PCR before departure, one PCR on arrival, and up to six more ARTs between Day 2 and Day 7 post-arrival.
In turn, the usual 7 days of SHN at home when arriving from VTL countries is not required.
Vaccination certificate requirements
When the VTL with Germany was first introduced, travellers had to be fully vaccinated in either Singapore or Germany, which was (perhaps deliberately) quite restrictive in the early days, while the scheme was being used as a pilot.
Good news with this latest expansion is that passengers travelling on a VTL flight can now show their digitally-verifiable vaccination records from a range of sources, provided they have been fully vaccinated in any VTL country, or in Singapore.
For those vaccinated in 🇸🇬 Singapore:
- A vaccination status on the TraceTogether app or HealthHub app
- A vaccination certificate issued by the Singapore Ministry of Health in English
For those vaccinated in a VTL country:
- Holding an EU Digital COVID certificate (EUDCC) issued by any VTL country 🇪🇺
- With a SMART Health Card – CommonTrust Network for the 🇺🇸 US and 🇨🇦 Canada
- With a COVID Pass in the National Health Service (NHS) mobile app in the 🇬🇧 UK
- With an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC) issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 🇦🇺 Australia
- With a vaccination certificate issued by the Korean Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), as well as authorised clinics and hospitals in 🇰🇷 South Korea
- Vaccination status on the BruHealth app for 🇧🇳 Brunei
Exception: 🇰🇷 South Korea
For those planning to take the VTL to South Korea, your vaccination certificate must be issued in Singapore or South Korea.
The Singapore government has said “we are currently working on accepting digitally verifiable vaccination certificates by other issuers. Further details will be shared at a later date”.
Children 12 and under
The VTL is open to unvaccinated children aged 12 or under, based on the calendar year of arrival in Singapore.
For example, for arrivals in 2021 those born after 1st January 2009 will not be required to provide proof of vaccination to board designated VTL flights.
If you’re arriving in Singapore in 2022, the exemption applies to those born after 1st January 2010.
Unvaccinated children must be travelling with fully vaccinated adults to be eligible. Unaccompanied minors are not permitted on VTL designated flights.
This rule applies to children who are short-term visitors, long-term pass holders, Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, and therefore eligible tourists based overseas can travel with younger children to visit Singapore as a family, as well as any resident families returning.
Children aged 12 or below must comply with all other VTL conditions, including the 14-day travel history requirement, pre-departure and on-arrival testing, but in the case of short-term visitors or long-term pass holders, they are not required to apply for a Vaccinated Travel pass (VTP).
Children aged 2 or younger in the year of arrival in Singapore (i.e. those born on or after 1st January 2019 for arrivals in 2021) are exempt from the pre-departure COVID-19 ART/PCR testing requirement overseas, and the on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test at Changi Airport.
Exception: 🇰🇷 South Korea
Those using the VTL to take a trip to South Korea will not be able to travel with unvaccinated children aged 6-11, because South Korea only allows unvaccinated children aged 5 or under to enter the country.
Children aged 13 and above in the current calendar year will need to be fully vaccinated to use the VTL. That means those in the 13-17 age range residing in some VTL countries will not be eligible, because they still cannot be vaccinated in their home country.
Some countries (e.g. UK) also administered only one dose of two-dose vaccines to children under 18. This does not meet Singapore’s criteria for full vaccination, and they will not be able to travel on the VTL until two weeks after a second dose has been given.
You can travel to VTL countries on any flight
You won’t find any VTL designated flights from Singapore to a VTL country, because the requirement only applies to those arriving in Singapore.
Exception: 🇲🇾 Malaysia
Those using the VTL to take a trip to Malaysia will also have to take designated VTL flights from Singapore for quarantine-free entry to Malaysia on that bilateral scheme.
A full list of designated flights from Singapore to Malaysia is available here.
If you’re based in Singapore and taking an overseas trip to a VTL country, you can take a nonstop flight or transit only in other VTL or Category 1 country en-route, to keep your 14-day travel history ‘clean’ for your return journey eligibility (unless your stay in VTL countries will be more than 14 days).
If you’re based overseas and are visiting Singapore using the VTL, it doesn’t matter what flight you take at the end of your trip to return home, subject to the prevailing arrival restrictions (based on travel history) of your destination country.
Travel within the ‘VTL Zone’
(but be careful!)
With an expansion of the scheme, it’s now possible to retain your quarantine-free arrival privileges in Singapore using the VTL on your return provided you have remained only within VTL countries (or Singapore itself) over the last 14 consecutive days before your flight back to Singapore.
The only exceptions are Malaysia and South Korea, where you’ll need to have remained in Singapore itself for at least 14 days prior to travel, before setting off for the country on a VTL trip.How is 14 days counted? Singapore counts your arrival day in a country as ‘Day 0’. If you enter the ‘VTL Zone’ from anywhere other than Singapore or a Category 1 country you will therefore have to spend a full 14 nights in VTL countries to be able to declare a ‘clean’ 14-day travel history and be eligible for a VTL flight to Singapore.
For example, if you fly from Portugal (non-VTL) to France (VTL) on 1st November 2021, then remain in France, you should not take a VTL flight to Singapore before 15th November 2021.
With this expanded list, that now includes trips that can incorporate several European countries (e.g. both France and Italy) and even more adventurous journeys like Singapore – France – Canada – USA – Netherlands – Singapore.
Only the final flight to Singapore must be a VTL-designated service.
The ‘VTL Zone’
You must be careful not to stray outside VTL countries, if your flight to Singapore is less than 14 days away, since your travel history must include only Singapore and/or VTL countries during this period.
Given that many of these countries in Europe share a land border, you could unknowingly fall foul of the requirements.Pro Tip: Be especially careful when taking train journeys in Europe between VTL countries. Some of these (e.g. Paris – Amsterdam) pass through non-VTL countries (e.g. Belgium), voiding your eligibility to use a VTL flight to Singapore in the next 14 days.
Direct flights between VTL countries are a safer bet.
Watch out for:
- Channel Islands (not part of the UK)
- Isle of Man (not part of the UK)
- Monaco (not part of France)
- San Marino (not part of Italy)
- Vatican City (not part of Italy)
If you are going to ‘stray’ to (or through) a non-VTL country on a longer trip, do so at or near the beginning of your journey, so that the relevant ‘naughty’ travel history will fall outside the 14-day window when it comes time to return home.
These requirements equally apply to residents of VTL countries wishing to visit Singapore using the scheme.
For example a US resident who returned from a trip to Mexico (non-VTL) on 1st December 2021 should not take a VTL flight to Singapore before 15th December 2021.
While the Schengen zone in Europe is ‘borderless’, and there is a ‘Common Travel Area’ between the UK and Ireland, remember you will have to make a health declaration prior to using the VTL, stating that you have only been in Singapore and/or a VTL country for the last 14 consecutive days.
False declarations can result in enforcement under Singapore’s Infectious Diseases Act.
VTL designated flights
To qualify for SHN-free arrival in Singapore, the VTL requires you to travel on designated flights from a VTL country to Singapore, operated by a variety of airlines.
These flights will only carry VTL passengers (no unvaccinated travellers are allowed, with the exception of children).
Remember there are no designated VTL services from Singapore to VTL countries, apart from the Singapore – Malaysia VTL.
We have a continually updated designated VTL flights page showing all the available options to use the scheme from VTL countries to Singapore.
Transit passengers on VTL flights
From 19th October 2021, passengers transiting at Changi to a further final destination will be allowed to take designated VTL flights.
This is a slight change from the original version of the VTL, where only point-to-point passengers can board designated VTL services.
If you’re booked on a designated VTL flight but are transiting in Changi, you can therefore still retain your booking and travel on the flight (on or after 19th October), provided you are fully vaccinated and comply with the pre-departure testing requirements.
Pre-departure testing is a requirement for transiting at Changi anyway, for those originating in all current and upcoming VTL countries, so it’s only the full vaccination requirement that’s new here.
- Transit passengers on VTL flights do not need to apply for a VTP.
- Transit passengers on VTL flights are exempt from the 14-day travel history requirement.
- Transit passengers on VTL flights are exempt from the on-arrival PCR test at Changi Airport.
- Transit passengers on VTL flights can roam the transit area freely, shop and use the lounges at Changi Airport, unless they have a 14-day travel history including specified countries.
- Transit passengers on VTL flights are exempt from all post-arrival tests (obviously!).
Note that if you enter Singapore on the VTL and make an unprotected connection (i.e. two separate bookings) onward to a third country (e.g. Singapore Airlines Munich to Singapore, followed by Jetstar Asia Singapore to Phuket), you will not benefit from the simplified transit process.
In this case you will have to proceed through immigration, complete on-arrival testing, and then self-isolate until your results come through, before being able to proceed back to the airport for any onward flight.
The VTL process
Here’s how the process works, assuming travel from Singapore to a VTL country and back again via the VTL.
Pre-departure process (Singapore to VTL country)
Ensure you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before departure, enabling you to use the VTL on your return.
Book any non-stop flight to a country in the ‘VTL Zone’, if your stay in VTL countries will be less than 14 days. (Exception: Malaysia VTL requires a designated VTL flight from Singapore)
For stays of at least 14 days in the ‘VTL Zone’, you can take a connecting flight via a non-VTL country (e.g. Qatar) and still use the VTL on your return. Those visiting Singapore on the VTL can also return home via any routing.
Pre-departure process (VTL country to Singapore)
Apply for a VTP approval (for Singapore long-term pass holders and visitors only).
Book a designated VTL flight to Singapore.
Pre-pay for on-arrival test at Changi Airport (not required for transit passengers on VTL flights).
Submit your online SG Arrival Card (not required for transit passengers on VTL flights).
Take a pre-departure COVID-19 ART or PCR test.
Bring a mobile device with the TraceTogether app downloaded and registered and your vaccination certificate.
Bring your VTP confirmation and proof of COVID-19 insurance (not required for Singapore passport holders or long-term pass holders).
Post-arrival process (VTL country to Singapore)
Take an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test.
Activate your TraceTogether app (short-term visitors only).
Take private transport (e.g. taxi or Grab) to your self-isolation location, for example your place of residence or a designated hotel. Remain there until you receive a negative result. This typically takes four to six to hours.
Once your negative test result is received by SMS, you are free to leave your self isolation location.
Unless you are leaving Singapore that day, you must take a self-swab ART test before leaving your accommodation each day on Day 2 to Day 7. If you are not leaving your accommodation, a test is not required that day.
Your VTL departure checklist
Here’s your checklist of items you’ll need to have with you before you head to the airport to check in for your VTL flight.
VTL Departure checklist
|COVID-19 vaccination certificate|
|Valid visa / VTP (if required)|
|Negative COVID-19 ART or PCR test result (within 2 days of your departure)|
|QR code receipt of Health Declaration|
|Mobile device with the TraceTogether app|
|Proof of COVID-19 insurance (visitors only)|
Singapore pass holders and visitors
If you’re in Singapore on an Employment Pass, S Pass or Work Permit, or you are flying in from a VTL country as a short-term visitor, there’s an extra step if you want to use the Vaccinated Travel Lanes, which is to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP).
You must apply for the VTP between 3 and 60 calendar days prior to the intended date of entry into Singapore.
Once issued, the VTP is valid for single entry up to six calendar days from the intended day of entry to Singapore, giving you some flexibility if you need to take a later VTL flight than originally planned.
VTP Application Example
|18 Feb||18 Feb|
Returning Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who are fully vaccinated will automatically qualify and will not need to apply for the VTP in order to travel under the VTL.
Check out our detailed guide on the VTP application process.
The VTL for travel from approved countries to Singapore requires two COVID-19 tests, plus up to six daily ART tests after arrival if you are leaving your place of accommodation each day.
ART test kits in Singapore cost around S$7 each at the time of writing.
The total cost is around S$200 per person, as outlined below.
|Overseas pre-departure (ART)*||~S$30|
|Singapore arrival (PCR)||S$125|
|Day 2 (self ART)^||~S$7|
|Day 3 (self ART)^||~S$7|
|Day 4 (self ART)^||~S$7|
|Day 5 (self ART)^||~S$7|
|Day 6 (self ART)^||~S$7|
|Day 7 (self ART)^||~S$7|
* Prices vary between providers and locations.
^ Only if you are leaving your accommodation that day.
Remember if you’re travelling with children under 2 years of age in the calendar year of arrival in Singapore, no testing is required for them.
You can read about our first-hand testing experiences when we travelled on the VTL between Germany and Singapore in September 2021.
Pre-departure test timing
You must take your pre-departure test (professionally administered ART or PCR) within 2 days of your VTL flight departure date when travelling from a VTL country to Singapore.
Your test does not have to be conducted in your country of departure, for example if you are flying from the Netherlands to the UK to take your VTL designated flight from London to Singapore, a test issued in the Netherlands will suffice.
[Example:] If the pre-departure test is taken on 1 November 2021, it will be valid for departures up to 3 November 2021, 2359 hours.Singapore ICA
For example, if your VTL flight to Singapore leaves on Thursday 9th December 2021, just deduct two days from the local departure date. You can take your PDT anytime from 7th December 2021 at 00:00 hours onwards in this case, even if your flight departs at 23:55 on 9th December 2021.
Day 2 to Day 7 tests
VTL travellers must complete the Day 2 to Day 7 self-tests only if they need to head out that day, using approved kits authorised for use in Singapore, as outlined here by the Health Sciences Authority, or using a rapid test kit approved in your origin country, if you are bringing your own kits from overseas.
These kits are not provided to travellers on arrival, they must instead be self procured.
Outlets like Watsons, Guardian and Unity pharmacies stock these kits for around S$6-7 per test, but remember you must not go out to purchase them during the self-isolation period between your on-arrival PCR test and the negative result notification (typically 4-6 hours).
These ART kits are designed for use by consumers and do not require a doctor’s prescription or authority letter to purchase them. Instructions are relatively simple to follow and results take 15 minutes.
You can also stock up on approved kits via home delivery services like Grab or PandaMart, if you don’t have a sufficient supply at home or have not brought kits approved for use in your home country with you.
If you are leaving Singapore within a week of arriving on the VTL, you won’t have to undergo both of the post-arrival ART tests.
If you are leaving Singapore on Day 2 through Day 7, you are exempted from taking a scheduled ART on the day of departure. The traveller’s day of departure from Singapore is defined as the scheduled day of departure of their flight or ferry, or the day they clear departure immigration if they depart by land.
FAQs for the Day 2 to Day 7 tests are available here.
What if you test positive?
If you test positive from a self-swab Day 3 or Day 7 test, the good news is a confirmatory PCR test is no longer required for arrivals from 24th January.
Instead, the following procedure applies:
- Follow MOH’s Protocol 2 and self-isolate immediately.
- Immediately stop going to work and cancel your social activities to protect others from possibly being infected with COVID-19.
- Self-isolate for 72 hours at home or in your accommodation. This will allow you to safely recover, monitor your health and avoid spreading the virus further.
- At the end of 72 hours, you should perform a self-administered ART.
- You can stop self-isolation and resume normal activities when you get a negative result.
- If you continue to test positive, continue to self-isolate and self-test daily until you obtain a negative result, or until 12pm on Day 10 for vaccinated individuals, whichever comes earlier.
Singapore residents overseas who test positive for COVID-19 will have to arrange treatment at their own expense. In most VTL countries, you’ll be subject to mandatory self-isolation if you test positive for COVID-19.
Recovered travellers: Exemption from testing & SHN
Provided they have recovered from the virus within 90 days of their last infection, with appropriate documentary evidence, VTL travellers will be exempted from all testing and stay-home notice requirements.
- A positive COVID-19 PCR test or professionally-administered ART result 7-90 days before the date of departure for Singapore.
- A discharge memo that states the traveller’s name, and at least one other personal identifier such as the date of birth or passport number corresponding exactly with the information in the passport used for entry into Singapore. It should also state the date of infection or the discharge date, which must be within 7-90 days before the date of departure for Singapore. The memo must also be issued by a relevant state authority or licensed medical professional.
This allows those who have recently recovered from COVID-19 to travel or return to Singapore after only 7 days, instead of the current 14 days.
Furthermore, fully vaccinated travellers who are diagnosed or suspected to be infected with COVID-19 within 7 days of their departure for Singapore, or non-fully vaccinated travellers who are diagnosed or suspected to be infected with COVID-19 within 14 days of their departure for Singapore, may be permitted to depart for Singapore if they test negative for COVID-19 via a PCR test or professionally administered ART at least 72 hours after their initial diagnosis.
That potentially brings their travel or return to Singapore down to just 3 days following a positive test.
Of course it’s also possible just to wait until the 7-day point and travel to Singapore without further testing, if that fits with your plans.
Additional testing for travel to some VTL countries
If you’re based in Singapore and heading on a VTL trip, it’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll also be subject to the following testing requirements when travelling to certain countries from Singapore, in addition to VTL testing on your return:
Testing before travelling to selected VTL countries
|VTL country||Test type||Test timing||Exemptions|
|PCR 3 days before departure
ART 24h before departure
|Age 4 or below|
|Brunei||PCR||48h before departure
72h before departure (Singapore RGL)
|Cambodia||PCR||72h before arrival||—|
|Canada||PCR||72h before departure||Age 4 or below|
|PCR 72h before arrival
ART 48h before arrival
|Age 14 or below
|Fiji||PCR||3 days* before departure||Age 11 or below|
|48h before arrival||Age 15 or below
Finnish Citizens / PRs
|48h before departure||Age 11 or below|
|India||PCR||72h before departure||Age 4 or below|
|Indonesia||PCR||72h before departure||—|
|PCR 72h before arrival
ART 24h before arrival
|Age 5 or below|
|Malaysia||PCR||2 days before departure||Age 2 or below|
|Maldives||PCR||96h before departure||Age below 1|
|PCR 48h before departure
ART 24h before departure
|Age 11 or below|
|South Korea||PCR||48h before departure||Age 5 or below|
|Sri Lanka||PCR||72h before departure||Age 1 or below|
|Thailand||PCR||72h before departure||Age 5 or below|
|1 day before departure||Age 1 or below|
* Passengers arriving in Fiji from the UK or USA must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 1 day of departure of the first flight or series of flights booked on the same itinerary.
Please check the links above to ensure these requirements still apply, or have not changed, when planning your trip.
We also recommend checking entry requirements for any VTL destination country not listed above, because rules can change at short notice.
Short-term visitors travelling to Singapore on a VTL flight must purchase travel insurance, with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 for COVID-19 related medical treatments and hospitalisation costs, prior to travel to Singapore.
“All Short Term Visitors entering via [the] VTL are required to prepare an electronic or physical copy of their insurance policy to bring with them to facilitate their entry into Singapore.”Singapore ICA
The requirement does not apply to Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents (SCs/PRs), as they are able to access Government subsidies and MediShield Life / Integrated Shield Plans to help pay for their medical bills, should they develop onset of symptoms for COVID-19 within 14 days of returning.
For Singapore residents using the VTL to travel overseas, it’s a very good idea to have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 before your trip.
Options for Singapore residents visiting VTL countries include SIA’s own coverage (from AIG), now including enhanced COVID-19 clauses.
It’s also possible to get travel insurance from a third-party provider as usual, several of which include COVID-19 cover, including:
What if the VTL is suspended?
The VTL arrangement is subject to suspension or cancellation in certain conditions.
“Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the relevant authorities in Singapore may, at their own discretion, introduce new measures or requirements to safeguard public health. This may include changes to the VTL conditions or cancellation of the VTP at short notice. Travellers will be notified of changes to the VTL conditions or cancellation of their VTP.”Singapore ICA
If your Singapore Airlines flight is cancelled or reverted to a non-VTL flight, you will be eligible for a refund, with a waiver of any applicable cancellation fees, including for non-refundable fare types and award tickets.
Other airlines operating VTL flights may have different policies, so it’s best to check with them directly before booking.
The way we see potential VTL suspension, there are two scenarios:
- The entire scheme is suspended (unlikely)
- Individual countries or regions are removed from the VTL
Suspension of the entire VTL scheme would be the worst-case scenario, but we can only foresee such a major decision in very critical circumstances, like a new vaccine-resistant COVID-19 variant spreading across the globe (i.e. we’d be back to March 2020 – square one!).
A much more likely modification of the VTL would potentially exclude only certain countries or regions from the relevant 14-day travel history eligibility.
In this case, if all or part of your 14-day travel history included a now-prohibited country, you would probably have the following options:
- Wait for the VTL with that country to resume (assuming a temporary suspension)
- Fly to Singapore on a non-VTL flight (SG residents only) and complete the prevailing SHN requirements for that country (this would probably have moved to Category 3 or 4)
- Travel to a VTL country where the VTL is still running and “cleanse” your 14-day travel history there, before taking a VTL flight to Singapore
Hopefully the Singapore Government would give some notice of a country becoming excluded from the VTL scheme, allowing you to return on a VTL flight before any suspension took effect.
Travelling to Singapore on a non-VTL flight
Singapore residents can travel to Singapore on a non-VTL flight if they wish, but SHN on arrival is then based on the highest category from their 14-day travel history, including any transits, even if you remained within an airport’s transit area.
Singapore SHN requirements
(from 27th October)
|14-day travel history
(can include Singapore)
Partially vaccinated /
||7 days SHN at home
||10 days SHN at home
|Category 4||10 days SHN in hotel|
For example, if you wish to travel to Category 2 countries during your trip that aren’t on the VTL, then return within 14 days, you’ll have to take a non-VTL flight to Singapore.
Let’s say you spend a week in Greece (Category 2) then a week in France (Category 2 & VTL). Since Greece is not included in the VTL, you’ll have to take a non-VTL flight back to Singapore. Here are some examples:
- Singapore Airlines non-stop non-VTL: Category 2 arrival criteria applies (France is Category 2)
- Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong (Category 1): Category 2 arrival criteria applies (France is Category 2)
- British Airways via London (Category 2): Category 2 arrival criteria applies (France and the UK are both Category 2)
- Emirates via Dubai (Category 4): Category 4 arrival criteria applies (UAE is Category 4)
As you can see it is not possible to travel from a VTL country on a non-VTL flight to Singapore and have a quarantine-free arrival, since the minimum requirements (Category 2) currently require 7 days SHN at home.
Please also refer to these official resources for details of the latest VTL process, which may be updated periodically.
Singapore started small and cautiously with its Vaccinated Travel Lane concept to Brunei and Germany, with the latter the only effective quarantine-free two-way option at the time.
The welcome success of the scheme, with only two positive cases recorded among thousands who used it in the initial weeks, has thankfully given the government confidence to boost it significantly.
Over 20 countries in total are now eligible (or will be in the coming weeks), and the process has also been simplified.
Not only can unvaccinated children aged 12 or below use the VTL , but testing has been reduced and travellers can move within a large ‘VTL Zone’ of countries during their trip, for more interesting and varied itineraries.
It’s not the simplest travel process, but once you get your head round the concept (primarily that the VTL is only really for the journey to Singapore), it’s easy enough to understand.
Hopefully we have covered most if not all of the VTL’s detailed aspects here, but if we missed anything, made a mistake, or you have any other questions, let us know in the comments section below.
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