Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Everything you need to know about Vaccinated Travel Lanes

The announcement of Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) is quite possibly the most exciting bit of travel news for everyone living in Singapore, along with anyone eager to visit the Little Red Dot.

So now that quarantine is no longer required for travellers between Singapore and the growing selection of VTL countries, how do you go about planning your next adventure? We’ve got you covered. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to travel on a VTL flight, start off by checking your eligibility on this Vaccinated Travel Lane (Air) Overview, regularly updated by Singapore’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority.

All good? Let’s continue…

Please note that all information is accurate as of the last page update. Travel advisories may change at short notice. If you plan to travel to Singapore on a VTL flight, always check the latest advisories on the ICA Safe Travel website before you fly.

Flying from Singapore to a VTL destination

While the majority of VTL countries (listed below) provide quarantine and test-free entry to vaccinated travellers from Singapore, this is not the case for all of them and the full details can be found here. There may also be entry restrictions by VTL countries based on recent travel history, so make sure to check Singapore Airlines’ Travel Advisory or the website of the local embassy of your planned destination.

A few things to keep in mind before booking:

  • Apart from selected flights to Malaysia, the VTL concept only applies to flights returning to Singapore. Other flights departing from Singapore are not designated as VTL.
  • If your trip is seven days or less, avoid transiting in non-VTL countries when flying out of Singapore. Any transits will add that country to your seven-day travel history regardless of whether you’ve entered the country.*
  • Singapore residents can authenticate their certificate of vaccination and obtain a QR code from Notarise
  • Travel between VTL countries while overseas is permitted
  • The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has removed the pre-departure test requirements for all passengers transferring or transiting through Singapore.

List of VTL countries SIA services:

Flying from a VTL destination to Singapore

For those flying from a VTL destination, it’s essential to be on a VTL flight in order to be eligible for quarantine-free entry to Singapore. Search for your preferred itinerary on Singapore Airlines’ Flight Schedule page and take note that non-VTL flights may still be available on the same route. VTL flights are denoted by a VTL label in the booking system, take a look here.

Travellers entering Singapore must meet the following requirements:

  • 7-day travel history only includes Singapore and/or any VTL country/countries
  • Fully vaccinated with any vaccine noted on the World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Use List. The final dose must be completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Singapore.
  • Negative pre-departure Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) or professionally administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) taken within two days before departure for Singapore*
  • Travel on designated VTL flight to Singapore
  • Take a supervised self-swab antigen rapid test (ART) within 24 hours of arrival at any test centre located across Singapore and self-isolate until negative result is received*
    *Passengers under two years old are exempt

Documents needed when entering Singapore:

  • A vaccination certificate in English – issued by Singapore or the VTL country – must be provided. The certificates must be digitally certifiable. Children aged 12 and below are exempted from these requirements, but must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult.
  • All short-term visitors and work permit holders eligible to travel on VTL must apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) online between three to 60 days before visiting. Children 12 and under (as of calendar year) do not need to apply.
  • Singapore citizens, Long-Term Pass holders and permanent residents are not required to apply for a VTP, however PRs do need valid re-entry permits.

Testing requirements for VTL flights

  • Travellers on a VTL flight entering Singapore are required to take the following professionally administered tests: a pre-departure test (either PCR or ART, depending on the passenger’s travel history) and a supervised self-swab ART at any test centre across Singapore within 24 hours of arrival. A testing notice with a weblink to book tests will be issued to travellers upon their entry into Singapore.
  • VTL travellers who recently recovered from Covid-19 (i.e. within seven to 90 days of their last infection before departure to Singapore) are exempted from all testing requirements if they provide appropriate documentary proof of their recovery. Learn more here.

As all requirements are continuing to change, refer to this frequently updated
list of details regarding eligibility and requirements from Singapore Airlines and bookmark this page!

Happy and safe travels!

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