As countries begin to open, travel restrictions ease and new policies are put in place, it can be difficult to know what the most current requirements are to travel. If you’re looking to travel in or out of Singapore in 2022, or perhaps transiting through, you’d be wondering what you need to know. The problem is, not long after an informative article is published, the policies for traveling during COVID change. This is why we’ve put together a comprehensive list of resources and links that you can directly check the most current regulations you need to follow.
For those of you coming to Singapore, once you’re clear on everything that’s required for entering, check out all the interesting activities to do and places to visit.
If you’re looking to enter Singapore, there are requirements you must meet according to the Safe Travel arrangement that will be determined by your travel history. The following policies are in place as of February 11th, 2022 (follow the links for the most updated information on Singapore travel requirements).
If you’re returning to Singapore as a resident or citizen, you don’t need any entry approval. The travel health measures that need to be taken will differ depending on your 14-day travel history. See this table for more details.
For people who have a Long Term Pass to stay in Singapore, or are an immediate relative of a permanent resident or Singaporean Citizen, you must apply for approval to enter Singapore. See what health and approval measures apply to you here if you’re a part of this category.
Travelers who are entering Singapore due to a family crisis as defined by the DCEV Overview need to submit an appeal for entry under compassionate reasons.
The Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) have been an exciting evolution of travel policies for Singapore, enabling people to travel in and out of Singapore with more freedom and ease. People who qualify for VTL don’t require to adhere to a stay-home notice (SHN)/Quarantine. There are specific requirements to be met in order to qualify for VTL, which will depend on your vaccination status.
Here's the basic run-down of what you need to know, plus helpful links to the most updated resources that will help you plan your trip.
Benefits of the VTL in Singapore
The biggest benefit is the quarantine-free travel by air that people who qualify get to experience. That’s a huge bonus, as you don’t need to spend time on your trip waiting to go out and enjoy your holiday - you can get straight to it!
A negative PCR test (taken 48 hours prior to departure to Singapore) is required by citizens, permanent residents, and long/short-term pass holders and visitors. There are other requirements needed to follow (these change regularly). Look to the most updated advantages of the VTL here.
Do you qualify for the VTL?
If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you are eligible for VTL travel. That’s not all, however. Review the list of additional conditions to meet to be sure that you are eligible for VTL Singapore.
It is also only valid for people who have traveled to or transited via one of the Active VTL (Air) Countries/Regions within the past 14-days. An updated list of the VTL countries/regions can be found here.
Familiarize yourself with the list of documents needed to submit when you apply for VTL. Review them carefully.
There are no set restrictions for vaccinated and unvaccinated Singapore residents to travel, however there are strong advisories encouraging residents not to travel, or to be wary of high-risk regions of the world.
Refer to the Ministry of Health Travel Advisory for updated information as to which regions are considered high risk.
Quick Links for Departing Travellers
Are you sorting out your travel plans and not sure what the requirements are for making transit through Singapore? Even if you aren’t traveling to or from Singapore, transiting during COVID has its own requirements.
As of February 11, 2022, the current Singapore travel requirements for transiting passengers are as follows:
Regularly updated government regulations: www.safetravel.ica.gov.sg
VTL Frequency Asked Questions: www.safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/faq
Traveling In and Out Of Singapore FB Page: www.facebook.com/groups
Accredited testing Facilities: www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/statistics
**The Ministry of Health in Singapore will only accept PCTR tests that have been administered by approved providers. Check your country/region to see the full list of approved testing facilities.