PUBLISHED: 13/10/2021

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Vaccinated Travel Lane 101

Latest Update (22/12/2021)

Airlines will no longer be allowed to sell new vaccinated travel lane (VTL) flight tickets from 23 December 2021 until 20 January 2022, as Singapore tightens its borders amid a rising number of imported Covid-19 cases. The suspension of sales also applies to those travelling on the Singapore-Malaysia land VTL. However, eligible travellers who have earlier bought tickets will still be allowed to travel via the quarantine-free travel scheme.

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(Updated on 2/12/2021)

As part of Singapore’s efforts to safely reopen our borders, the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme was established to allow for fully vaccinated travellers to travel to and from Singapore without the need for any quarantine or stay-home-notice⁺. To date, there are 27 countries applicable for the VTL.

This article is applicable to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. Information detailed is as at 2 December 2021.

⁺Amid concerns over the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, please note that travel restrictions to VTL countries may apply. Learn more below. 

What's the VTL Scheme?

Under the VTL, fully vaccinated travellers will be able to travel to and from these countries without the need for quarantine or stay home notice if their Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test is negative. There will also be no restriction on the purpose of travel under the VTL.

Who is eligible for the VTL Scheme?

Fully Vaccinated Travellers

With effect from 19 October 2021, travellers must be fully vaccinated and have a valid proof of vaccination issued in any VTL country/region or Singapore, regardless of which VTL country/region they depart from.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after he or she has received the full regimen of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna or WHO EUL Vaccines.

Designated Flight and Travel History

VTL travellers must have remained in one or more of the VTL countries, including Singapore, in the last 14 consecutive days before departure to Singapore.

Travellers must also be travelling on one of the designated VTL flights. As transit points will also be counted toward your travel history, travellers may only transit via any of the VTL countries in order to be eligible for the VTL arrangement. This is subject to the transit country’s VTL being in effect.

PCR Testing

With effect from 19 October 2021, all VTL travellers must take 2 COVID-19 PCR tests.

  1. A professionally administered ART or PCR pre-departure test within 48 hours before departing to Singapore and obtain a negative test result; and
  2. An on-arrival test at Changi Airport and remain self-isolated until their test result is confirmed to be negative.

Unvaccinated children under 12 years old

From 19 October 2021, unvaccinated children aged 12 and below will be allowed to travel into Singapore from countries under the VTL scheme and are not required to present proof of vaccination. Children must be accompanied by another VTL traveller.

Like other travellers travelling via the VTL, children travelling on this scheme will not need to serve quarantine. Instead, they'll need to undergo pre-departure and on-arrival PCR tests, except for young children aged two years and below.

Please note that prior to travelling, travellers are advised to check the prevailing entry requirements imposed by the countries they are travelling to, including any restrictions on the age of travellers and vaccination status as different countries may have different requirements.

Which countries are part of the VTL Scheme?

To date, there are 27 countries eligible for the VTL scheme. These are the countries and the dates of which the VTL arrangement will come into effect.

Current Existing VTL

  • Germany
  • Brunei (travellers need to obtain a valid entry pass and serve a minimum of 2 to 14 days of self-isolation immediately at the appointed monitoring centers in accordance with Brunei's Infectious Disease Act.)
  • Canada
  • Denmark (travellers from Singapore have to serve between four and 10 days of isolation after arrival to Denmark)
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Australia* (Vaccinated travellers from Singapore have to serve 72-hour isolation after arrival to Australia)
  • Switzerland
  • South Korea (Travellers who have purchased their tickets after 29 December 2021 will have to serve a 10 day quarantine upon arrival. For travellers who purchased their VTL tickets on or before 28 December 2021 may enter South Korea quarantine free if they meet all the VTL requirements.)
  • Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur International Airport)
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • India
  • Indonesia

From 14 December 2021

  • Thailand

From 16 December 2021

  • Cambodia
  • Fiji
  • Maldives
  • Sri Lanka
  • Turkey

Deferred until further notice

  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Do note that not all flights from eligible countries are VTL flights.

For the latest information and/or to book your VTL flights, feel free to speak to our experienced travel consultants: [email protected]

Other resources regarding the VTL:

Latest update regarding the VTL from ICA

*NOTE: Fully vaccinated Singaporeans are only to travel to and from the states of New South Wales and Victoria in Australia under the VTL scheme.

Information in this article is accurate as at time of publish and is subject to change following regulations.