What You Should Know about Singapore VTL

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21 Oct, 2021

What is a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)?

Contents

What is a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)?
When will Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) take effect?
Requirements of Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)
Preparation for Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) for different tourists
Returning to VTL countries from Singapore
FAQ of Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)

Since September 8, 2021, Singapore has implemented the Vaccinated Travel Line (VTL) for Brunei and Germany. The VTL policy states that when travellers meet certain conditions, they do not have to quarantine for two weeks after entering Singapore. Instead, they can go about their activities freely. This greatly saves the traveller's time and cost.

At present, the VTL for these two countries has been implemented for one month. The Singapore government decided to extend the scope of VTL countries, adding 6 European countries (Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom), Canada, the United States and South Korea to the list to expand the number of people who can travel to Singapore without quarantine.

When will Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) take effect?

VTL starts for travelers from different countries as following dates

Countries/ Regions Valid Date
Brunei, Germany Already Valid
Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain,
the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States
From October 19, 2021
South Korea From November 15, 2021

Requirements of Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)

However, not all tourists from the above countries can enjoy VTL and quarantine-free journey, travellers must meet the following conditions:

1. Fly to Singapore on VTL Flights

Quarantine-free entry is only valid for passengers taking VTL flights from VTL countries. The VTL flights operated within each VTL country are different. However, not every flight to Singapore is a VTL flight, and passengers need to confirm the flight number. In addition, the operating hours of each flight will also be adjusted over time, so please be sure to purchase tickets according to your travel plan.

* All times are local time

** Click Flight Number for direct Booking! (Please double check before purchasing as not all flights are VTL flights)

The United Kingdom (UK): London – Singapore

Oct. 19, 2021 – Oct. 30, 2021 SQ317
(Singapore Airlines)
Daily 11:25am – 7:30am (+1) Boeing 777-300ER
Oct. 31, 2021 – Mar. 26, 2022 SQ317
(Singapore Airlines)
Daily 10:55am – 7:50am (+1) Boeing 777-300ER

Oct. 19, 2021 - Mar. 26, 2022 BA11
(British Airways)
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays 19:55pm - 16:25pm (+1) Boeing 777-300ER

What You Should Know about Singapore VTL

2. Stay in Singpore and VTL Countries 14 Days Prior to Departure

Passengers must not have any travel history outside of Singapore and VTL countries in the past 14 days before going to Singapore to enjoy VTL Flights.

You can visit multiple VTL countries in the same trip and still be eligible for VTL flights. For example, passengers can fly from London to Munich and then from Munich to Singapore. They can still take VTL flights to Singapore at their second flight.

3. Get Fully Vaccinated and Vaccination Certificates

Travellers must use any vaccine on the World Health Organization (WHO) Emergency Use List to get the Covid-19 vaccine; and get autoritative vaccination certificate.

To be considered fully vaccinated, you need to

  1. get two shots of approved vaccine or one shot of Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  2. make is sure the last dose must be completed at least 14 days before entering Singapore.

For vaccination certificates, they must be

  1. in English
  2. issued by Singapore or any VTL countries
  3. digitally verifiable (with QR code for verification on).

Following Vaccination Certificates are acceptable:

Region Vaccination Certificate Valid Date
Singapore Vaccination status shown on the HealthHub or TraceTogether app Already Valid
EU countries European Union Digital Covid Certificates (EUDCC)
Español Français Deutsch
rom Oct. 19, 2021. Before Oct. 19, 2021, only EUDCC from Germany will be accepted
Canada and The USA Smart Health Card (SHC) From Oct. 19, 2021
The United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) COVID Passes From Oct. 19, 2021
South Korea Vaccination certificates issued by the Korean Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), as well as authorised clinics and hospitals From Nov. 15, 2021

4. Apply for Vaccinated Travel Pass(VTP)

Both short-term visitors and long-term pass holders need to apply for Vaccinated Travel Pass(VTP)7 to 30 days prior to their departure to Singapore. Travellers can apply for VTP on ICA website. However, not travellers from all VTL countries cam apply for VTP now. Following chart can help you clarify.

VTL Countries Starting Date for VTP Application
Brunei, Germany Already started
Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the UK
the Netherlands, Spain, and the USA
Oct. 12, 2021, 1000 hours (Singapore time)
South Korea Nov. 8, 2021, 1000 hours (Singapore time)

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5. Two PCR Tests are Required (After Oct. 19 2021)

  • A PCR test within 48 hours before VTL flights departure. (At one's own expense. Done at local accreditation bodies)
  • A PCR test at Changi Airport when VTL flights arrive. (At one's own expense, 160 S$. Booking here.)

* Before Oct. 19, 2021, travellers must take PCR tests on Day 3 & 7 after arrving in Singapore as well.

6. Travel Insurance

Before travelling to Singapore, short-term travelers must also purchase travel insurance, with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 for COVID-19 related medical and hospital expenses.

7. Download TraceTogether App

Short-term travelers also need also download TraceTogether App for contact tracing before entering Singapore, and keep the app data for 21 days.

8. Prepare for self-isolation for first 24 hours

After taking PCR test at Changi Airport when arriving, travelers must take private transport to claimed self-isolation accomodation. The accommodation can be personal house and hotels whenever theres is a individual rooms with an en-suite toilet. Travelers must not stop self-isolation until the result of PCR test in Changi Airport shows negative. The result usually comes out within 24 hours.

Preparation for Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) for different tourists

Short-Term Visitor Permanent Resident Singapore Citizen Singapore Citizen
Vaccination Certification
Negative Covid-19 Test Results
for Pre-departure & On-arrival
VTL Flights
14 Days in Singapore
& VTL Countries
VTP
Insurance
TraceTogether App
Self-isolation

Returning to VTL countries from Singapore

Country Entry Policy
Brunei Quarantine and testing
Italy PCR test or ART taken within 72 hours before departure
South Korea PCR test within 72 hours before departure
(Quarantine and test-free entry starting Nov. 15 2021)
The United States PCR test within 72 hours before departure
Other VTL countries Quarantine and test-free entry

FAQ of Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)

Q: What happens if I meet all other requirements but take a non-VTL flight to Singapore?

A: You still need to be quarantined.

Q: Can I get refund if my pre-departure Covid-19 PCR test shows positive?

A: If you test positive for Covid-19, you will not be allowed to board any Singapore Airlines flight. You may request a refund for the unused portion of your ticket, with cancellation fees waived.

Q: Do I need to take Day 7 test if it's after Oct. 19, 2021?

A: Yes. Day 3 & 7 tests are must if you enter Singapore before Oct. 19, 2021.

Q: Why VTP application site ask me to pay for Day 3 & 7 tests fee even though my intended entry date is after Oct. 19, 2021?

A: Travellers submitting a VTP application before 12 October 2021, 0000hrs (Singapore time), will be charged for two COVID-19 PCR tests, regardless of their intended date of entry. However, the payment for the Day 3 and Day 7 tests will be refunded if your entry date is after Oct. 18 2021, 2359hrs (Singapore time).

Check more details about Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) on Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority

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