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SINGAPORE – Travelers fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to enter and exit Singapore to nine other countries without quarantine and with fewer swab tests in the coming weeks.

Starting October 19, vaccinated travelers from Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Great Britain and the United States will be able to enter Singapore without quarantine under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) program.

The program will be extended to South Korea from November 15, as the Ministry of Transport announced on Friday October 8.

There are now a total of 11 countries to which Singapore has opened VTL. Germany and Brunei fell victim to the blow last month.

Almost all countries are already open to Singapore, or will be by the time VTL begins.

The only exception is Brunei, where the borders remain closed to leisure travel.

Here is an overview of what is required to travel under the plan:

Q: Is vaccination compulsory?

A: Travelers must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and have vaccination certificates that can be digitally verified.

A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after receiving the full regimen of Pfizer-BioNTech / Comirnaty, Moderna or other vaccines on the World Health Organization emergency list.

They must have been vaccinated in one of the VTL countries or in Singapore.

Short-term visitors and long-term pass holders will need to apply for a vaccinated travel pass to enter Singapore under the VTL.

But Singapore citizens and fully vaccinated permanent residents will be able to automatically use the VTL without requesting the pass.

Q: When are the applications open?

A: Applications to enter the VTL for all eight countries except South Korea will begin from 10 a.m. on October 12, for entry to Singapore from October 19.

For those wishing to travel from South Korea as part of the VTL, applications will begin from 10 a.m. on November 8, for entry to Singapore from November 15.

Travelers from Germany and Brunei have been able to apply for VTL since last month.

More details are available on this site.

Q: Can unvaccinated children travel?

A: No, only vaccinated people are allowed to travel under the VTL. Therefore, any unvaccinated person, including children under 12, will not be allowed on VTL flights.

They can travel on non-VTL flights but will be subject to quarantine like other passengers on these flights.

Q: What are the requirements for my travel history?

A: As of October 19, VTL travelers must have stayed in one or more of the VTL countries for the last 14 consecutive days prior to departure for Singapore.

If the traveler has been in Singapore within the past 14 days, their time in Singapore may be counted towards meeting this 14-day travel history requirement.

An example could be a traveler who plans to leave Singapore on October 10, fly to Britain and travel to France and then Spain, before returning on a VTL flight on October 19.

Q: How many tests do I have to take?

A: The testing requirements for travelers to Singapore under the VTL will be reduced from October 19 to a single pre-departure test 48 hours before their flight and an arrival test.

Travelers will no longer have to take Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab tests on days three and seven after arriving in Singapore.

The Singapore Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS) said the Department of Health’s public health assessment is that pre-departure testing and arrival testing provide sufficient safeguards to detect and isolate imported cases of Covid-19.

“Eliminating PCR testing on days three and seven will help reduce costs and improve convenience for VTL travelers,” CAAS added.

Q: What flights can I take?

Singapore Airlines has expanded its VTL network to 14 cities, with additional points expected in the coming weeks. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

A: Travelers must take designated VTL flights. More details on flights to the eight countries other than South Korea will be announced shortly.

Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) announced on Saturday that it has expanded its VTL network to 14 cities, with additional points expected in the coming weeks.

SIA will operate VTL services from Amsterdam, Barcelona, ​​Copenhagen, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Paris and Rome from October 19.

The airline’s VTL services from Seoul will begin on November 16.

It currently operates VTL services from Bandar Seri Begawan, Frankfurt and Munich.

Scoot, SIA’s sister airline, will offer VTL flights from Berlin from October 20.

Q: What are the other requirements?

A: Short-term visitors who need a visa to travel to Singapore must obtain a visa separately. They are advised to do so after receiving permission to enter and before leaving for Singapore.

They must also purchase travel insurance, with a minimum coverage of $ 30,000 for the cost of medical treatment and hospitalization related to Covid-19, before traveling to Singapore.

Visitors and residents must also use the TraceTogether contact tracing app or token in Singapore.


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