Travel To Singapore: Latest Covid Rules And Practical Guidance

With nearly all of its population fully vaccinated, Singapore is cautiously reopening to the world as part of its declared intention to “live with Covid”. 

It recently launched Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL), allowing fully-vaccinated travellers to travel to and from the countries without quarantine, and is progressively adding to a list of VTL destinations, which currently include Great Britain, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the US, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland and Australia. 

Shops, restaurants and attractions are all open “as normal”, although mask-wearing and social distancing continues to be the rule, and social gatherings as well as dinners at restaurants are currently restricted to groups of two. Roving safe distancing ambassadors (dressed in their trademark red shirts) regularly patrol public areas to ensure compliance, although Singaporeans – while fatigued by long-running pandemic regulations – are generally happy to follow the rules. 

Entry to most public places such as shopping malls and restaurants requires the scanning of the TraceTogether token or mobile app, which all travellers are required to use during their stay in Singapore.

With the introduction of a slew of vaccination-differentiated measures on October 13, life has diverged quite dramatically for those who are fully vaccinated and those who remain uninoculated.

Unvaccinated individuals can no longer dine at hawker centres or markets and coffee shops, enter shopping malls and large standalone stores (except for supermarkets) or visit attractions without a valid negative test administered by a test provider approved by the Ministry of Health. Some exemptions apply, such as in the case of unvaccinated children under 12 years of age.

Can I go to Singapore?

Singapore has formed a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) with the UK. This means only double-jabbed travellers can visit. They must first apply for a vaccinated travel pass with the Singapore authorities, by travel insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 for Covid-19-related medical treatment and hospital costs and travel on one of the designated Vaccinated Travel Lane flights (see below). There’s also mandatory testing and forms to fill out (see below).

Only Singapore residents can enter the country without using the Vaccinated Travel Lane, but may need prior approval and will need to quarantine on arrival and take several tests.

Will I be insured if I go?

According to the FCDO, if visiting Singapore via the VTL you must “buy travel insurance, with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 for Covid-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs. Travellers may purchase travel insurance from Singapore-based or overseas-based insurers.” The FCDO no longer advises against travel to the country, making policies easier to come by. Visitors must have an electronic or printed copy of this policy to show on arrival.

Do I need to take a test before traveling to Singapore?

Yes. All arrivals via the VTL must take several tests. Firstly, a PCR test 48 hours before your departure to Singapore, followed by another PCR test on arrival at the airport in Singapore, which must be pre-registered and pre-paid for.

Do I need to fill in any forms?

Yes. All arrivals must submit health, travel history, and accommodation declarations electronically via the SG Arrival Card, up to 3 days prior to your date of arrival in Singapore, according to the FCDO.

Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/advice/travel-singapore-latest-covid-rules-guidance-entry-requirements-2021/

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