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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.