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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.

1st January 2022 - 26th March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= TG403
787-8
BKK
08:00
SIN

11:15
 bgcolor= SQ705
A350 Regional
BKK
09:50
SIN

13:15
 bgcolor= TR607
787-8
BKK
11:55
SIN

15:35
 bgcolor= SQ707
A350
BKK
12:15
SIN

15:45
 bgcolor= 3K516
A320
BKK
13:35
SIN

17:10
 bgcolor= SQ709
A350
BKK
15:40
SIN

19:15
 bgcolor= TR611
A321neo
BKK
18:10
SIN

21:50
 bgcolor= 3K514
A320
BKK
21:20
SIN

00:50*

* Next day
3K516 on Mondays and 3K514 on Saturdays are subject to regulatory approval

27th March 2022 - 29th October 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= TG403
A350-900
BKK
08:00
SIN

11:15
 bgcolor= SQ705
A350 Regional
BKK
09:40
SIN

13:05
 bgcolor= SQ707
A350
BKK
12:15
SIN

15:40
 bgcolor= SQ709
A350
BKK
15:30
SIN

18:55
 bgcolor= TR611
A321neo
BKK
17:35
SIN

20:00

* Next day

Bangkok (BKK) Singapore
Non-VTL

  • SQ711, SQ713 & SQ719 are not designated VTL flights.
  • TR751, TR753 & TR625 are not designated VTL flights.
  • Thai Airways is not operating any non-VTL flights from Bangkok to Singapore.
  • Jetstar flights from 27th March 2022 to be confirmed.

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).

16th December 2021 - 26th March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ153
737-8 MAX
PNH
09:35
SIN

12:40
 bgcolor= 3K594
A320
PNH
14:45
SIN

18:00
 bgcolor= 3K592
A320
PNH
20:40
SIN

23:50

27th March 2022 - 29th October 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ153
737-8 MAX
PNH
09:35
SIN

12:40

Phnom Penh Singapore
Non-VTL

  • SQ157 (Daily) is not a designated VTL flight.
  • Jetstar VTL flights from 27th March 2022 to be confirmed.

17th December 2021 - 26th March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ163
737-8 MAX
REP
10:40
SIN

14:15

27th March 2022 - 29th October 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ163
737-8 MAX
REP
10:40
SIN

13:55

Siem Reap Singapore
Non-VTL

  • SQ165 (Tue, Thu, Sat) are not designated VTL flights.

Testing costs

๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ VTL
Singapore Cambodia
Estimated Testing Costs 

Test Cost
Singapore pre-departure* S$107 – S$200
Cambodia on-arrival (ART) Free
Cambodia pre-departure (ART)* ~S$30
Singapore arrival S$125
Day 3 S$15
Day 7 S$15
Total S$282 – S$385

* Prices vary between providers and locations.



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Maldives

Another popular beach break for Singapore residents is undoubtedly the Maldives, which has already been open to quarantine-free tourist arrivals for some time.

Maldives. (Photo: Anantara)

Singapore – Maldives
Entry requirements

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

To travel to the Maldives without quarantine, passengers must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Complete a “Traveller Health Declaration” at most 24 hours before departure at imuga.immigration.gov.mv
  • Have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 96 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. Passengers who have transited for more than 24 hours must repeat the test (excludes passengers under 1 year of age).
  • Have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that you were fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria or SK Bioscience Co Ltd. from Korea), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm or Sputnik V at least 14 days before arrival, or have a positive COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 60 days before arrival and a recovery certificate.
  • Unvaccinated children aged under 18 can travel with their fully vaccinated parents.
  • Tourists must have a hotel reservation confirmation for the entire stay in a registered tourist facility. More details can be found here.

Maldives – Singapore
Designated VTL Flights

Here are the designated VTL flights confirmed so far from Male to Singapore (click to expand).

16th December 2021 - 26th March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ437
737-800
MLE
23:25
SIN

07:15*

* Next day

27th March 2022 - 29th October 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ437
737-800
MLE
23:25
SIN

07:05*

* Next day

Male Singapore
Non-VTL

  • All SQ flights operating on other days (not highlighted above) or with different flight numbers (e.g. SQ431) are not designated VTL flights.

Testing costs

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป VTL
Singapore Maldives
Estimated Testing Costs 

Test Cost
Singapore pre-departure* S$107 – S$200
Maldives pre-departure (ART)* ~S$50
Singapore arrival S$125
Day 3 S$15
Day 7 S$15
Total S$312 – S$405

* Prices vary between providers and locations.

Sri Lanka

(Photo: Hendrik Cornelissen)

Singapore – Sri Lanka
Entry requirements

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

To travel to Sri Lanka without quarantine, tourists must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Have a valid tourist visa.
  • Complete a “Health Declaration” form here before arrival.
  • Have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that you were fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before departure.
  • Have a printed negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point (children under 2 years of age are exempt).
  • Unvaccinated children aged 12-18 must have an on-arrival PCR test (US$40 per person).
  • Unvaccinated children aged below 12 can travel without arrival testing, with fully vaccinated parents.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers are allowed to make their own arrangements for accommodation, airport transfers and local transportation.

Sri Lanka – Singapore
Designated VTL Flights

Here are the designated VTL flights confirmed so far from Colombo to Singapore (click to expand).

16th December 2021 - 26th March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ469
A350 Regional
CMB
00:45
SIN

07:15
 bgcolor= UL302
A330
CMB
07:25
SIN

13:55
 bgcolor= UL302
A330
CMB
12:30
SIN

19:00
 bgcolor= UL308
A330
CMB
13:30
SIN

20:00

27th March 2022 - 29th October 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ469
A350 Regional
CMB
00:50
SIN

07:20

Colombo Singapore
Non-VTL

  • UL308 on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays prior to 27th March 2022 are not designated VTL flights.
  • SriLankan Airlines VTL flights from 27th March 2022 to be confirmed.

Testing costs

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ VTL
Singapore Sri Lanka
Estimated Testing Costs 

Test Cost
Singapore pre-departure* S$107 – S$200
Sri Lanka pre-departure (ART)* ~S$14
Singapore arrival S$125
Day 3 S$15
Day 7 S$15
Total S$276 – S$369

* Prices vary between providers and locations.

Turkey

The addition of Turkey to the VTL list reconnects two major aviation hubs quarantine-free for the first time since March 2020, which is great news for those flying transit itineraries on Turkish Airlines to and from other VTL countries like the UK and the USA, once the airline confirms its VTL flight schedule.

Istanbul

It’s also an excellent value KrisFlyer redemption, with Business Class saver award tickets at just 49,000 miles one-way – a cheap way to get to and from Europe in style.

Singapore – Turkey
Entry requirements

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

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To travel to Turkey without quarantine, tourists must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Complete the “Traveler Entry” form at most 72 hours before departure, and present it at check-in and upon arrival. The form can be obtained here.
  • Have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that you were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival (those aged below 12 are exempt).
  • No pre-departure or on-arrival testing.

Turkey – Singapore
Designated VTL Flights

Here are the designated VTL flights confirmed so far from Istanbul to Singapore (click to expand).

16th December 2021 - 22nd January 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ391
A350
IST
14:25
SIN

05:45*

* Next day

Turkish Airlines will also operate the following additional VTL flights from Istanbul to Singapore (TK54) from 18th December 2021 to 31st January 2022:

  • Saturday 18th December 2021
  • Monday 27th December 2021
  • Sunday 1st January 2022
  • Thursday 13th January 2022
  • Monday 17th January 2022
  • Monday 31st January 2022

23rd January 2022 - 26th March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= TK54
787-9
IST
01:45
SIN

17:10
 bgcolor= SQ391
A350
IST
14:25
SIN

05:45*

* Next day

27th March 2022 - 29th October 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= TK54
777-300ER
IST
02:10
SIN

17:50
 bgcolor= SQ391
A350
IST
13:30
SIN

05:00*

* Next day

Istanbul Singapore
Non-VTL

  • TK54 flights on other days are not designated VTL services.

Testing costs

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท VTL
Singapore Turkey
Estimated Testing Costs 

Test Cost
Turkey pre-departure (ART)* ~S$20
Singapore arrival S$125
Day 3 S$15
Day 7 S$15
Total S$175

* Prices vary between providers and locations.

Fiji

Fiji. (Photo: Jeremy Bezanger)

Singapore – Fiji
Entry requirements

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

To travel to Fiji without quarantine, tourists must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Fiji is only open to fully vaccinated travellers aged 18 years and over and their accompanying minors.  
  • Currently, Fiji recognises Astra-Zeneca, Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
  • Travellers aged 13 years or older must have a negative RT PCR test completed 3 days before departure.
  • Your RT-PCR tests should be taken by a travel test provider (hospital, doctor, lab) that issues an official document with your results. Drive through tests and SMS text results will not be accepted.
  • All travellers who visit Fiji will need to stay at CFC certified accommodation. You must have documented proof of a confirmed 3-night CFC booking before your flight.
  • Foreign nationals entering Fiji for a holiday must have medical travel insurance, with international coverage that includes COVID-19.
  • Youโ€™ll need to download the careFIJI contact tracing app to access businesses as soon as you land in Fiji.

Fiji – Singapore
Designated VTL Flights

Here are the designated VTL flights confirmed so far from Nadi to Singapore (click to expand).

20th December 2021 - 30th January 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= FJ361
A350
NAN
11:35
SIN

18:00

31st January 2022 - 26th March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= FJ361
A350
NAN
11:35
SIN

18:00

* Next day

Nadi Singapore
Non-VTL

  • None

Looks familiar? Fiji Airways uses the same Business Class seat on its A330s flying to and from Singapore as SIA previously used on its own A330s. (Photo: Fiji Airways)

Testing costs

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ VTL
Singapore Fiji
Estimated Testing Costs 

Test Cost
Singapore pre-departure* S$107 – S$200
Fiji pre-departure (ART)* ~S$20
Singapore arrival S$125
Day 3 S$15
Day 7 S$15
Total S$282 – S$375

* Prices vary between providers and locations.

All designated VTL flights

We have already updated our full list of VTL designated flights by all airlines on all VTL routes following these new additions. It’s worth bookmarking for future reference.

As we receive confirmed details of additional VTL flights from these six countries to Singapore by other airlines, we’ll be updating that page progressively.

Redemption rates

These are the one-way KrisFlyer miles redemption rates for flights between Singapore and these newly announced VTL countries, when flying on SIA.

KrisFlyer Redemption Rates
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia
to/from Singapore
  Saver
(one way)
Advantage
(one way)
Economy 12,500
25,000
Business 21,500
40,000
KrisFlyer Redemption Rates
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป Maldives
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Sri Lanka
to/from Singapore
  Saver
(one way)
Advantage
(one way)
Economy 18,500
37,000
Business 39,000
65,000
KrisFlyer Redemption Rates
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey
to/from Singapore
  Saver
(one way)
Advantage
(one way)
Economy 25,000
55,000
Premium Economy 37,000
n/a
Business 49,000
90,000

As previously mentioned, it’s the Singapore – Istanbul route where the value lies here, with one-way saver awards at just 49,000 miles in Business Class on this 11-hour sector.

Singapore Airlines deploys its 2013 Business Class on the Istanbul route. (Photo: Singapore Airlines)

Singapore testing costs

For most of these new VTL additions, a pre-departure PCR or ART test is required before you leave Singapore.

Here’s our latest rundown of the cheapest locations to get a pre-departure test suitable for travel.

Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP)

Those entering Singapore on a VTL flight who are not Singapore Citizens or Permanent residents will have to apply for a VTP 7-60 days prior to arrival (temporarily, applications are currently restricted to 7-13 days prior to arrival).

  • VTP applications for those arriving from ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand will open on 7th December 2021 at 10am.
  • VTP applications for those arriving from ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia, ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Fiji, ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป Maldives, ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Sri Lanka and ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey will open on 9th December 2021 at 10am.


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Summary

Further expansion of the VTL to popular neighbours like Thailand will be warmly welcomed by families and friends reuniting, but perhaps most of all the full range of six countries joining the scheme in mid-December provide popular holiday options.

Many Singapore residents will be keen to take a well-earned break to beach destinations like Phuket and the Maldives, or even as far afield as Fiji, and it’s now possible to do so over Christmas and the New Year, perhaps earlier than many were expecting.

Linking Singapore and Turkey quarantine-free in both directions also opens up great value KrisFlyer redemptions to and from Europe on SIA, plus competitive Turkish Airlines fares to and from Europe and the USA, once the latter confirms its VTL flight schedule.

(Cover Photo: Marriott)

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