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New holiday options: Thailand, Maldives, Fiji, Sri Lanka and others join Singapore’s VTL

Need a year end holiday? Singapore's latest VTLs include popular cities like Bangkok and beach destinations like Phuket and the Maldives, and we've got all the details you need on entry requirements, testing and designated flights.

Singapore has given us an early Christmas present with a range of new additions to its Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme, adding several popular holiday spots to the list including some regional countries from mid-December, like Thailand and the Maldives.

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From 14th December 2021, travellers will be able to arrive in Singapore quarantine-free under the VTL when arriving on designated flights from:

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand

Just two days later, from 16th December 2021, another range of countries is added to the list:

๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Fiji
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป Maldives
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Sri Lanka
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey

In total there will then be 27 countries on the VTL scheme, providing a wide range of options for quarantine-free travel including both regional and long-haul options.

Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lanes

Already Running ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ Brunei
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Malaysia
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA
From 14 Dec ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand
From 16 Dec ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Fiji
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป Maldives
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Sri Lanka
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey

How the VTL works

In almost all cases, the VTL is a one-way arrangement from an overseas country to Singapore.

Here’s a reminder of the key process and requirements.

Singapore
Vaccinated Travel Lanes

Key Features

  • Must have stayed in a VTL country/region and/or Singapore for 14 days
  • Travel to Singapore on designated ‘VTL flights’
  • No restrictions on travel purpose or itineraries
  • Must be fully vaccinated in Singapore, any VTL country, or all countries in the EUDCC system, with an accepted digital proof of vaccination
  • Unvaccinated children aged 12 or under can accompany their parents
  • Visitors and Singapore pass holders must apply for a VTP in advance
  • COVID-19 tests replace quarantine / Stay-Home Notice in Singapore

  VTL: All you need to know

There are some additional requirements for the VTLs with South Korea, Australia and Malaysia, the latter being a bilateral agreement which has additional travel history requirements and designated VTL flights from Singapore as well as in the other direction.

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As part of this announcement, the daily cap on all VTL arrivals into Singapore will be lifted from 10,000 to 15,000 travellers.

While the process above relates to travel from VTL countries to Singapore, here are the details of the arrival process in each of these new VTL countries and the designated VTL flights that have been announced so far.

Thailand

Of all the countries on the expanded list, travel to and from Thailand is likely to be the most popular option for Singapore residents.

This opens up quarantine-free trips to and from the likes of Bangkok and Phuket.

Singapore – Thailand
Entry requirements

Travellers can take any flight to Thailand, since there are no designated VTL services in this direction.

Bangkok. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Thailand reopened its borders to vaccinated travellers from over 60 countries, including Singapore, from 1st November 2021.

You must arrive via:

  • Bangkok Don Mueng (DMK)
  • Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK)
  • Chiang Mai (CNX)
  • Phuket (HKT)
  • Samui (USM)
  • U-Tapao (UTP)

Other requirements for quarantine-free entry include:

  • Having a 21-day travel history solely within Singapore and/or 62 other eligible countries.
  • Holding medical insurance with minimum coverage of USD 50,000 (except Thai nationals); and
  • A negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. The test result must be in English or Thai; and
  • Having a hotel reservation for 1 night at AQ, OQ, or SHA+ hotel obtained at www.thailandsha.com or asq.in.th; and
  • A COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that you were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure (unvaccinated children aged 11 or below are exempt); or
  • A recovery certificate and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that you received at least one dose of the vaccine at most 3 months after your infection and at least 14 days before departure.

You will have to remain in your hotel room for the first night awaiting the results of an on-arrival PCR test.

For arrivals on or after 16th December 2021, an antigen rapid test will replace the on-arrival PCR test and no self-isolation requirement will apply. Full details are expected shortly.

If you’re travelling under the sandbox programme, you must have a hotel reservation for 7 nights at an SHA+ hotel (see www.thailandsha.com) and proof of payment for COVID-19 tests. You will be subject to quarantine within the sandbox area (e.g. Phuket island) for 7 days.

Thailand – Singapore
Designated VTL Flights

Here are the designated VTL flights confirmed so far from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket to Singapore (click to expand).

Update: There will no longer be any designated VTL flights from Chiang Mai (Scoot) or Phuket (SIA and Scoot) to Singapore, due to regulatory requirements.

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
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A350 Long Haul
BKK
08:00
SIN

11:15
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A320
BKK
09:25
SIN

12:50
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A350 Regional
BKK
09:50
SIN

13:15
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787-8
BKK
10:50
SIN

14:15
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A350 Long Haul
BKK
12:15
SIN

15:45
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A320
BKK
12:50
SIN

16:15
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787-8
BKK
14:35
SIN

17:50
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A350 Long Haul
BKK
15:40
SIN

19:15
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A321neo
BKK
17:35
SIN

21:00
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A320
BKK
21:20
SIN

00:45*

* Next day

Important

From 1st April 2022, there will be no more designated VTL flights to Singapore.
All fully vaccinated travellers can enter quarantine-free on any flight operated by any airline on any route.

Testing costs

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ VTL
Singapore Thailand
Estimated Testing Costs 

Test Cost
Singapore pre-departure* S$107 – S$200
Thailand on-arrival (PCR) ~S$100
Thailand pre-departure (ART)* ~S$20
Singapore arrival S$125
Day 3 S$15
Day 7 S$15
Total S$382 – S$475

* Prices vary between providers and locations.

Testing costs will reduce once Thailand switches to cheaper antigen on-arrival testing in mid-December.

Cambodia

Cambodia reopened its borders to all vaccinated travellers from 15th November 2021.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia. (Photo: George Bakos)

Singapore – Cambodia
Entry requirements

Travellers can take any flight to Cambodia, since there are no designated VTL services in this direction.

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To enter quarantine-free, you must be fully vaccinated and:

  • have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival. The test result must be in English and have a stamp or the signature of the doctor; and
  • obtain a health insurance policy issued by “FORTE” with a minimum medical coverage of USD 50,000. The insurance can be obtained at www.forteinsurance.com/covid-19-insurance; and
  • deposit USD 2,000 at a designated bank on arrival.

Nationals of Cambodia and those entering on a diplomatic, official or business visa are exempt from the insurance and bank deposit requirements.

An on-arrival COVID-19 test is also conducted, though this is free of charge

Cambodia – Singapore
Designated VTL Flights

Here are the designated VTL flights confirmed so far from Phnom Penh and Siem Reap to Singapore (click to expand).

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
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737-8 MAX
PNH
09:35
SIN

12:40
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A320
PNH
15:25
SIN

18:25
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737-8 MAX
PNH
18:25
SIN

21:25
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A320
PNH
21:30
SIN

00:30*

^ From 1st April
* Next day

1st June 2022 - 29th October 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
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737-8 MAX
PNH
09:35
SIN

12:40
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737-8 MAX
PNH
14:05
SIN

17:10
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A320
PNH
15:25
SIN

18:25
 bgcolor= SQ157
737-8 MAX
PNH
18:25
SIN

21:25
 bgcolor= 3K592
A320
PNH
21:30
SIN

00:30*

* Next day

Important

From 1st April 2022, there will be no more designated VTL flights to Singapore.
All fully vaccinated travellers can enter quarantine-free on any flight operated by any airline on any route.

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
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737-8 MAX