Vaccinated Travel Lane 101
Latest update (29/03/2022)
In Singapore's most significant move to reopen its borders, a new travel scheme named Vaccinated Travel Framework (VTF) will replace the existing Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme.
Under the VTF, from 1 April 2022, all vaccinated travellers and children aged 12 and below will be able to enter Singapore on any flights with just a pre-departure Covid-19 test. Post-arrival test and quarantine requirements will not be required.
(Updated on 09/03/2022)
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 Singapore without the need for any quarantine or stay-home-notice⁺. To date, there are 32 countries applicable for the VTL.
Travellers intending to leave Singapore to a VTL country/region, must check with the authorities of their desired destination on the prevailing entry requiremements and exercise care and caution while travelling.
This article is applicable to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. Information detailed is as at 9 March 2022 and are applicable for Air Travel.
⁺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
Travellers must meet the following vaccine requirements:
- Be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 with any vaccine in the World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Use List, at least 14 days prior to arrival in Singapore
- Provide a digitally verifiable (i.e. contains a QR code for verification) vaccination certificate in English issued by Singapore or the VTL country
Designated Flight and Travel History
VTL travellers must have remained in one or more of the VTL countries or Category I countries/regions, including Singapore, in the last 7 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.
All VTL travellers are required to take the following Covid-19 tests:
- A professionally administed PCR or ART pre-departure test within 48 hours before departing to Singapore and obtain a negative test result. All pre-departure test result memo must state
- Traveller's name
- Either date of birth or passport number (as stated in the passport)
- Date and time where the test was taken, as well as the name of the testing institution
- Negative test result in English
- Travellers are required to undergo a supervised self-administered ART test at any Quick Test Centres or Combined Test Centres located across Singapore within 24 hours of arrival. Travellers are also supposed to remain in isolation until their test result is confirmed to be negative
Unvaccinated children under 12 years old
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 30 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
- Australia (Quarantine requirements differ by state)
- Brunei (travellers need to obtain a valid entry pass and serve a minimum of 5 to 10 days of self-isolation immediately at the appointed monitoring centers in accordance with Brunei's Infectious Disease Act.)
- Hong Kong (travellers are required to quarantine for up to 14 days)
- Indonesia (travellers are required to serve quarantine for up to 5 days)
- Italy (travellers entering Italy from Singapore currently cannot enter as tourists, regardless of vaccination status)
- Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur International Airport)
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea (Travellers who have purchased their tickets between 29 December 2021 and 20 January 2022 will have to serve a 10 day quarantine upon arrival. For travellers who purchased their VTL tickets before 28 December 2021 may enter South Korea quarantine free if they meet all the VTL requirements.)
- Sri Lanka
- Thailand (Travellers are required to serve between 7 to 14 days quarantine unless they hold an existing approved Thailand Pass)
- United Arab Emirates (UAE)
- United Kingdom (For travellers with a positive or unclear post-arrival test must self-isolate for 10 days.)
- United States of America
From 16 March 2022
Do note that not all flights from eligible countries are VTL flights.
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Information in this article is accurate as at time of publish and is subject to change following regulations.