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New Singapore VTLs: Philippines, Israel, Hong Kong, UAE, Qatar & Saudi Arabia

Singapore will begin to expand its VTL network again, including the Philippines, Hong Kong and Israel, from 25 February.

VTL capacity will also be tripled to 15,000 per day.

It’s been a while since Singapore expanded its Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) network, allowing two-way quarantine-free trips to a range of countries, due to the emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in late 2021, which resulted in a deferment of some additions and additional testing restrictions.

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Thankfully we’re now back on the path of expansion, with the government announcing the addition of two new countries to the VTL list from 4th March 2022:

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippines

In addition VTLs will be activated with the following countries, which were originally planned for early December but were indefinitely deferred in late November last year:

๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Qatar
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi Arabia
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช UAE

These VTLs will start on 25th February 2022. A new VTL will also start in tandem with the Middle East trio:

๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong

That makes the new list of all VTL countries look healthier than it’s ever looked:

Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lanes

2-way quarantine-free

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ญ Cambodia
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆย Canada
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐย Denmark
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Fiji
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ทย France

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡นย Italy
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Malaysia
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ป Maldives
๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Netherlands

๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Qatar
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Saudi Arabia
๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท South Korea
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain
๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Sri Lanka
๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Thailand
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช UAE
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง UK
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ USA

1-way quarantine-free
(to Singapore)

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณย Brunei
๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Indonesia

From 4 March

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Israel
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippines

Updated: 3 March 2022

These latest VTL additions will mean Singapore has opened VTLs with 30 countries, providing a wide range of options for quarantine-free travel (two-way in most cases), including both regional and long-haul options.

Hong Kong ‘moves’ category

Hong Kong currently enjoys a unilateral opening with Singapore in ‘Category 1’.

From 25th February 2022 the country will be reclassified into the Category 2/3 band, but Singapore is reinforcing its intention to maintain connectivity with the city by adding it to the VTL programme, despite two-way quarantine-free travel not currently being possible for travellers.

“We will cease the current unilateral opening with Hong Kong as the Ministry of Health has reviewed the public health situation and reclassified Hong Kong in Category II/III. With this classification by Ministry of Health, our intention is and we will establish a unilateral Vaccinated Travel Lane with Hong Kong. Our aim here is to maintain air connectivity between our two cities.”

S Iswaran, Singapore Minister for Transport

Thailand expands

As part of these changes, VTL flights will also be launched from three other cities in Thailand to Singapore; Phuket, Chiang Mai and Krabi.

That’s a nice improvement from the current arrangement, where only specified Bangkok – Singapore flights are part of the VTL.

Here’s a full list of the VTL flights on these routes confirmed to date by Singapore Airlines and Scoot.

Two-way quarantine-free options

With the exception of Hong Kong, all these new VTLs allow fully vaccinated travellers from Singapore to make two-way quarantine-free trips.

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While there are no direct flights between Singapore and Israel, it’s possible to connect via other VTL countries like those in Europe.

The most recent of these new countries to lift quarantine restrictions was the Philippines, and we already have a full rundown on the process you’ll face heading there.

Designated VTL flights

Singapore Airlines and Scoot are the first two airlines to confirm their designated VTL flight schedules from these new VTL countries, plus those from new Thai cities.

Designated VTL flights from these newly added countries will include selected services operated by Scoot and SIA. (Photo: Kwok Ho Eddie Wong)

Here’s a full breakdown of the VTL schedules confirmed so far through to the end of October 2022.

Cebu (Scoot)

From 4th March, Scoot will operate TR385 five times weekly as the designated VTL flight from Cebu to Singapore.

These services will be operated on the Airbus A321neo aircraft.

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= TR389
A321neo
CEB
14:45
SIN

18:30

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.

Chiang Mai (Scoot)

Scoot currently operates four-times weekly services between Singapore and Chiang Mai. From 5th March 2022, TR677 and TR675 will operate as designated VTL flights from Chiang Mai to Singapore.

These services will be operated on the Airbus A320neo aircraft.

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= TR675
A320neo
CNX
15:50
SIN

19:55
 bgcolor= TR675
A320neo
CNX
18:00
SIN

22:05

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.

Clark (Jetstar & Scoot)

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
3K780
A320
CRK
06:40
SIN

10:20
3K774
A320
CRK
14:00
SIN

17:40
 bgcolor= TR387
A320
CRK
18:30
SIN

22:05

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.

Davao (Scoot)

Scoot currently operates three times weekly services between Singapore and Davao. From 4th March, TR361 will be designated as a VTL flight from Davao to Singapore.

These services will be operated on the Airbus A321neo aircraft.

4th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= TR361
A321neo
DVO
14:40
SIN

18:10

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.

Doha (Qatar Airways)

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= QR946
A350-900
DOH
02:35
SIN

15:45

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.

Dubai (Emirates & Singapore Airlines)

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= EK352
777-300ER
DXB
09:30
SIN

20:55
 bgcolor= SQ495
A350 Regional
DXB
20:00
SIN

07:30*

* 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.

Hong Kong (Singapore Airlines & Scoot)

SIA currently operates twice-daily services between Singapore and Hong Kong. From 25th February, SQ883 and SQ895 will operate as designated VTL flights from Hong Kong to Singapore.

SIA services will be operated on the Airbus A350-900 or the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, depending on flight schedule.

Scoot currently operates daily flights between Singapore and Hong Kong. From 25th February, TR981 will be designated as a VTL flight from Hong Kong to Singapore.

Scoot services will be operated on the Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= TR981
787-9
HKG
10:50
SIN

14:50
 bgcolor= SQ883
A350 Long Haul
HKG
14:25
SIN

18:20
 bgcolor= SQ895
777-300ER
HKG
18:50
SIN

22:40

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.

Jeddah (Scoot)

Scoot currently operates three times weekly services between Singapore and Jeddah. From 24th February, TR9597 be designated as a VTL flight from Jeddah to Singapore.

The flight number changes to TR597 from late March. These services will be operated on the Boeing 787-8 aircraft.

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
TR597
787-8
JED
22:10
SIN

12:35*

* 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.

Krabi (Scoot)

Scoot currently operates three times weekly services between Singapore and Krabi. From 4th March, TR689 will be designated as a VTL flight from Krabi to Singapore.

These services will be operated on the Airbus A320neo aircraft.

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= TR687
A320 neo
KBV
13:05
SIN

16:00

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.

Manila (Jetstar & Singapore Airlines)

SIA currently operates 24-times weekly services between Singapore and Manila. From 4th March, all flights from Manila to Singapore will be designated as VTL flights.

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From 27th March, this service will increase to 28 times weekly between the two cities.

All services will be operated on the Airbus A350-900 medium haul aircraft.

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ915
A350 Regional
MNL
07:40
SIN

11:20
PR507
A321
MNL
09:35
SIN

13:15
 bgcolor= TR393
A321neo
MNL
09:55
SIN

13:45
3K762
A320
MNL
10:30
SIN

14:15
 bgcolor= SQ917
A350 Regional
MNL
14:15
SIN

17:55
PR501
A321
MNL
15:10
SIN

18:50
 bgcolor= SQ919
A350 Regional
MNL
16:40
SIN

20:20
 bgcolor= SQ921
A350 Regional
MNL
18:30
SIN

22:20
 bgcolor= TR391
A321neo
MNL
19:25
SIN

23:10
5J803
A321
MNL
20:30
SIN

00:05*
3K766
A320
MNL
21:40
SIN

01:20*

* 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.

Phuket (Jetstar, Singapore Airlines & Scoot)

SIA currently operates twice daily flights between Singapore and Phuket. From 4th March, both return flights from Phuket to Singapore, SQ727 and SQ735, will operate as designated VTL flights.

From 27th March 2022 to 31st May 2022, this will increase to a three times daily flight. From 1st June to 30th September 2022, it will increase to a four times daily service. From 1st October, the frequency will further increase to a five times daily service.

All return flights from Phuket to Singapore will be designated as VTL flights, using the Boeing 737-8 aircraft.

Scoot currently operates three times weekly services between Singapore and Phuket. From 4th March, this will increase to a daily service between the two cities. TR653 will be designated as a VTL flight from Phuket to Singapore.

All Scoot services will be operated on the Airbus A320 aircraft.

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

ย  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ725
737-8 MAX
HKT
10:15
SIN

13:05
 bgcolor= SQ727
737-8 MAX
HKT
11:40
SIN

14:40
3K536
A320
HKT
12:40
SIN

15:35
 bgcolor= SQ735
737-8 MAX
HKT
17:50
SIN

20:40
 bgcolor= TR653
A320
HKT
17:35
SIN

20:35
 bgcolor= TR653
A320
HKT
19:50
SIN

22:45
 bgcolor= TR653
A320
HKT
20:40
SIN

23:40
3K538
A320
HKT
21:20
SIN

00:15*

* 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.

Other routes and airlines

We expect other operators, including Jetstar and some Filipino and Thai carriers to also add VTL flights in the coming days. There will also inevitably be VTL flights from other cities, like Doha.

Check back here for updates from other carriers, or via our up-to-date full list of VTL flights to Singapore by all airlines on all routes.

Pre-departure testing

Some of these new VTL countries require a pre-departure test (PDT), as shown below.

Pre-departure test requirements

Country Test type Test timing Exemptions
Hong Kong PCR
48h before departure โ€”
Israel PCR
or
ART
PCR 72h before arrival
or
ART 24h before arrival
Age 11 or below
Philippines PCR 48h before departure Age 3 or below
Qatar PCR 72h before arrival
Age 3 or below
&
Vaccinated Qataris and residents
Changing to 48h before departure
from 28 Feb 2022
Saudi Arabia PCR
or
ART
48h before departure Age 7 or below
UAE   No PDT

Travellers heading to Saudi Arabia for tourism will also have to obtain an electronic visitor visa in advance.

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Pre-departure testing for travel to Singapore’s existing VTLs that require it is outlined below (click to expand):

Testing before travelling to selected countries
based on fully vaccinated travellers departing from Singapore by air

Country Test type Test timing Exemptions
Brunei PCR 48h before departure
or
72h before departure (Singapore RGL)
โ€”
Fiji PCR
or
ART
PCR 2 days before departure
or
ART 24h before departure
Age 11 or below
Hong Kong PCR
48h before departure โ€”
Israel PCR 72h before departure Isreali citizens and residents
Myanmar PCR 72h before arrival Age 5 or below
New Zealand PCR
or
ART
PCR 48h before departure
or
ART 24h before departure
Age 1 or below
Philippines PCR
or
ART
PCR 48h before departure
or
ART 24h before departure
Age 3 or below
Qatar PCR 48h before departure
Age 3 or below
&
Vaccinated Qataris and residents
South Korea PCR
or
ART
PCR 2 days before departure
or
ART 1 day before departure
Age 5 or below
USA PCR
or
ART
1 day before departure Age 1 or below

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 7 days
  • Travel to Singapore on designated ‘VTL flights’
  • No restrictions on travel purpose or itineraries
  • Must be fully vaccinated with a WHO-approved vaccine in Singapore, or any VTL country (e.g. Denmark), 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
  • 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

* Long-term pass holders (e.g. Employment Pass, Dependant’s Pass, S Pass) no longer require a VTP or entry approval from 22nd February 2022.

  VTL: All you need to know

There are some additional requirements for bilateral VTLs with South Korea and Malaysia.

As part of this announcement, the daily cap on all VTL arrivals into Singapore will be tripled to the previously announced total of 15,000 travellers, a significant increase from the current 5,000 level.

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 3-60 days prior to departure.

  • VTP applications for those arriving from these new countries will open on 22nd February 2022.

Once issued, the VTP then allows entry on your intended date plus 13 further days (i.e. a two-week window).



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Summary

Great news that Singapore is expanding its VTL scheme again after a two-month drought over Omicron variant concerns, with the Philippines, Hong Kong and Israel joining the programme, either from 25th February or 4th March.

There’s also an activation of three Middle East VTLs, from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, previously announced but deferred due to Omicron, finally starting from 25th February

Thailand will also see additional VTL options from locations like Phuket.

The news comes as expensive on-arrival PCR testing is also being relaxed to a post-arrival supervised swab taken within 24 hours of arrival, making the process over S$100 cheaper for travellers, among other improvements.

(Cover Photo: Shutterstock)