PUBLISHED: 08/09/2020

An Overview Of Singapore's Travel Green Lanes

Over the past few months, Singapore has progressively launched travel green lane and fast lane arrangements with neighboring countries to facilitate the resumption of essential business and official activities.

While leisure travel continues to remain off the charts for Singapore residents, there is hope that these essential green lanes will serve as the very first step towards the creation of reciprocal tourism green lanes.

In the meantime, here is a list of the countries that have existing green lane and fast lane arrangements with Singapore, and what you may expect if you choose to travel to these destinations.

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Brunei

South Korea

Malaysia

China

 

Brunei

As of 1 September 2020, Singapore and Brunei have agreed on a reciprocal green lane (RGL) arrangement to resume cross-border movement for essential travelers.  

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Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. Photo by PriceBreaker’s Angel

Residents in Singapore seeking to travel to Brunei via the RGL must be sponsored by either a company or a government agency in Brunei, which will file an application on behalf of the applicant with the authorities.

Pre-departure to Brunei, Singapore residents must produce:

  • Approved Entry Travel Pass issued by the Brunei government
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken 72 hours before departure at designated clinics
  • A valid visa, if applicable
  • Proof of installation of the BruHealth application
  • A valid boarding pass
  • Valid proof of payment for post-arrival COVID-19 PCR test
  • Proof of hotel reservation in Brunei

Upon arrival in Brunei, you will be isolated at your declared hotel before you are transported to a designated center for your post-arrival PCR test.

If test results are negative, you will then be allowed to proceed with your controlled itinerary via private transportation.  

You will also be required to self-report your health through the BruHealth application throughout your stay.

Upon return from Brunei, Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass holders will not be required to serve a Stay-Home Notice. However, you will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

 

South Korea

From 4 September 2020, Singapore and South Korea launched the Singapore-ROK Fast Lane for essential travel.

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Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul.

Residents in Singapore seeking to travel to South Korea via the Fast Lane must be sponsored by either a company or a government agency in South Korea, which will file an application on behalf of the applicant with the authorities.

Pre-departure to South Korea, Singapore residents must produce:

  • An isolation exemption certificate issued by the ROK
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken 72 hours before departure at designated clinics
  • A valid visa

Upon arrival in South Korea, you will be required to present your passport, valid visa, and isolation exemption certificate.

You will then undergo a PCR test at Incheon Airport and remain in a centralised quarantine area designated by the ROK Government for one to two days until test results are released.

During your stay, you must follow all local COVID-19 prevention guidelines, keep to your controlled itinerary for the first 14 days, and activate the ROK Government’s Self Health Check Mobile App.

Upon return from South Korea, you will then have to adhere to prevailing Stay-Home Notice requirements.

 

Malaysia

From 17 August 2020, Singapore and Malaysia have resumed cross-border travel under two schemes: the reciprocal green lane (RGL) for travellers on shorter visits, and the longer-term periodic commuting arrangement (PCA)..  

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Residents in Singapore seeking to travel to Malaysia via the RGL must be sponsored by either a company or a government agency in Malaysia, which will file an application on behalf of the applicant with the authorities.

Pre-departure to Malaysia, Singapore residents under the RGL must produce:

  • A Letter of Invitation issued by the Malaysian government specifically for essential business or official travel under the RGL
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken 72 hours before departure at designated clinics
  • A valid visa

Upon arrival, you will be required to take a PCR test and remain in isolation until test results are released.

During your stay, you must follow all local COVID-19 prevention measures, keep to your controlled itinerary, and download the MySejahtera contact tracing app.

Upon return, you will be exempted from the Stay Home Notice requirements if you:

  • Obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test at accredited facilities within 72 hours prior to departure from Malaysia; and
  • Undertake a COVID-19 PCR test at the airport/checkpoint upon arrival in Singapore and remain in isolation until test results are released

 

China

Since 8 June 2020, Singapore and China have established the Singapore-China Fast Lane between six Chinese provinces and municipalities (Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Zhejiang) and Singapore.

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Residents in Singapore seeking to travel to China via the fast lane must be sponsored by either a company or a government agency in China, which will file an application on behalf of the applicant with the local provincial / municipal authorities.

Pre-departure, Singapore residents must produce:

  • A Letter of Invitation issued by the Chinese provincial/municipal authorities of Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin or Zhejiang
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken 72 hours before departure at designated clinics
  • A valid visa

Upon arrival, you will need to undergo PCR and serology tests, and remain in a centralised quarantine area designated by the local provincial / municipal government for one to two days until test results are released.

During your stay, you must follow local COVID-19 prevention measures, keep to your controlled itinerary for the first 14 days, and download the local health QR code used in the province /municipality.

Upon return, you will be exempted from the Stay Home Notice requirements if you:

  • Obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test at accredited facilities within 48 hours prior to departure from China; and
  • Undertake a COVID-19 PCR test at the airport/checkpoint upon arrival in Singapore and remain in isolation until test results are released
  • Produce the following two documents to ICA at Singapore Immigration (a) the letter from the PRC Embassy in Singapore which confirms that you were granted approval by the relevant authorities to travel to China via the fast lane; and (b) negative COVID-19 PCR test result obtained 48 hours prior to departure from China.

 

Overall, Singapore’s existing travel lanes feature similar mechanics to safeguard public health – requiring for travellers to take pre-departure and post-arrival PCR tests, and to stick to a controlled itinerary without using public transportation.

As Singapore builds upon these tried and tested mechanics, and expands to more green lane arrangements with countries such as Japan and other G-20 countries, we can continue to have hope that international travel will make a safe and healthy return in the near future.

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