The Government of Singapore is preparing to add further Vaccinated Travel Lanes to the country – expanding the corridors from Germany and Brunei.
The Vaccinated Traveller Lane programme will be extended to eight countries. They include
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
This will be valid for entry into the country fro from 19 October 2021. Applications for short-term visitors and Long-Term Pass Holders will commence on 12 October 2021 for travel into Singapore from 19 October 2021.
The Singaporean government will also launch Vaccinated Traveller Lanes for the Republic of Korea (ROK) for travel from 15 November 2021, with applications for the VTP for Short Term Visitors and Long-Term Pass Holders commencing on 8 November 2021.
Returning Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who are vaccinated will not need to apply for the VTP to travel under the VTLs.
Testing requirements from 19th October
The testing regime will be modified for all these countries.
All travellers entering Singapore under the VTLs from the 19th October 2021 will only be required to present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 48 hours before departure to Singapore and undergo an on-arrival PCR test upon arriving in Singapore.
They will not be required to undergo additional PCR tests on Days 3 and 7 of their stay in Singapore.
Typically, flights will be on designated carriers on a point-to-point basis (as opposed to connecting via a third country).
Reopening Singapore to the world
As Singapore moves to live with COVID, it seems to have taken a pragmatic approach to how it wants its passengers arriving, how they want to test them and what procedures to follow.
With PCR tests required to enter the country (with a rather tight 48-hour window) as well as tests when they land, it will force travellers to be a little more careful when booking tests, it should minimise the risk of cases being imported to the country.
More importantly, it will allow Singaporian residents to return without extensive isolation requirements, as well as giving them the confidence to leave the territory if needed.
For business travellers, it will mean that Singapore is open again for their meetings – and considering Singapore is a city built on trade and business – it is a good start for the island nation.
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