COVID-19: Singapore Travel Updates

Marina Bay Sands Luxury Hotel - Singapore by night.

Updated 29th November 2021.


LATEST SINGAPORE COVID-19 NEWS: 

  • 29th November 2021 – Malaysia and Singapore reopen land border for vaccinated travellers. Source.
  • 28th November 2021 – Singapore imposes travel curbs over fears regarding the Omicron variant. Source.
  • 26th November 2021 – Singapore increases number of VTL’s to include Cambodia and Thailand. Source.
  • 17th November 2021 – VTL’s have been extended to cover another five countries includiing Indonesia. Source.
  • 9th November 2021 – Singapore will no longer provide free healthcare for those with COVID-19 who are unvaccinated by choice. Source.
  • 8th November 2021 – Singapore has eased entry restrictions for Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. VTL’s have been extended to cover Malaysia, Sweden and Finland. Source.
  • 26th October 2021 – Singapore extends its VTL scheme to Australia and Switzerland from November 8th. Source.
  • 11th October 2021 – As of October 19th, fully vaccinated travellers from Denmark, UK, US, Canada, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands will be allowed to enter Singapore as part of the Vaccinated Travel Lanes scheme. Source.
  • 4th October 2021 – Cautious Singapore plans to open more Vaccinated Travel Lanes connecting the US and Europe by end of 2021. Source.
  • 2nd October 2021 – Singapore cuts the mandatory SHN for travellers from high risk countries from 14 days to 10 days from 6th October 2021. Source.
  • 28th September 2021 – The CDC raises travel advisory level for Singapore from level 2 to level 3 indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country as cases continue to rise. Source.
  • 8th September 2021 – The Vaccinated Travel Lane scheme is launched, allowing travel between Singapore, Germany and Brunei. Source.
  • 26th August 2021 – Travellers from Hong Kong and Macau are allowed to enter Singapore on short-term trips. Source.
  • 11th July 2021 – Australia’s travel bubble with Singapore has been postponed until the end of 2021. Source.

Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing daily. The following information reflects South East Asia Backpacker’s current understanding of the rules. We work hard to update this information as often and accurately as possible. However, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. We strongly advise you to contact the embassy of the country you are visiting for the latest information.

Singapore Travel Restrictions

Can you travel to Singapore right now? SUMMARY:

Permanent residents and citizens of Singapore can enter the country without prior permission. After the introduction of the “Vaccinated Travel Lanes”, citizens from a number of countries (see list) are now also able to travel without quarantine in Singapore. However, they will be required to follow strict protocol, including testing negative in four PCR tests and applying for a ‘Vaccinated Travel Pass’ 30 days prior to entry. All travel between these countries is limited to designated flights. Travellers from Hong Kong and Macau have been allowed to enter Singapore on short trips and move around freely after testing negative on a PCR upon arrival.

The following travellers can enter Singapore if they are fully vaccinated and have applied for re-entry permission from the government prior to travel:

  • S-Pass and Work Permit holders
  • Employment Pass holders
  • Dependent Pass holders
  • Long-term Visit Pass holders
  • Foreign domestic workers
  • Student Pass holders

Before you enter Singapore, you will need to:

  • Apply for permission to enter Singapore in advance of your arrival.
  • Submit an online health declaration before you arrive. 
  • You must have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 hospitalisation and treatment. This must total at least $30,000. We recommend SafetyWing for travellers. 

If you are heading to Singapore on one of their Vaccinated Travel Lanes you must:

  • Apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass
  • Bring proof of vaccination status
  • Stay in one of the VTL countries for at least 14 consecutive days prior to entering Singapore
  • Buy travel insurance (must cover minimum of S$30,000 for COVID-19 coverage)
  • Prepare copy of insurance policy to show on arrival
  • Fly on one of the designated VTL flights
  • Pre-pay for your PCR test which will be taken on arrival in Singapore
  • Take a PCR test no earlier than 48 hours before departing for Singapore
  • Download the TraceTogether app on your mobile
  • Submit your travel and health history as well as your accommodation details using the SG Arrival Card. This must be done no earlier than 3 days before your arrival date.

Quarantine Period: 

There will be no quarantine for travellers visiting on a VTL.

If you have travelled to Singapore from a country that is deemed ‘high risk’, you will be required to quarantine in a SHN dedicated facility (government-approved hotel) for 10 days upon your arrival. This is known as a ‘Stay at Home’ Notice (SHN) and is based on your travel history across the last 14-days before entering Singapore. Travellers will need to meet the cost for their stay in the quarantine hotel. See what countries are considered high risk here.

The quarantine procedure in Singapore is very strict. Generally, quarantine hotels will be assigned to travellers randomly but if you are happy to pay the extra cost for a suite, you will be allowed to choose your quarantine hotel in Singapore from a list (depending on availability). This is an expensive option which may not suit all travellers. 

You will not be allowed to leave your room and in certain hotels, smoking is not permitted. You will not be exempt from completing the quarantine even if you wish to leave Singapore early. If you fail to comply with the quarantine rules, you can be fined and jailed for up to six months. 

Those arriving from certain countries may serve shorter quarantine periods or be able to quarantine in their own homes. If you are quarantining at home, everyone over the age of 12 will be required to wear an electronic tag for the duration of your SHN. 

During your time in Singapore, if you test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has, you will be required to quarantine in a government facility. This is different to the quarantine hotels in place for those arriving in the country. You can be held in a government quarantine facility for up to several weeks. 

Face Masks: 

Face masks are mandatory in public spaces. The only exceptions to this rule are:

  1. If you are eating, drinking or taking medication 
  2. For children under 6 years of age
  3. If you are engaged in strenuous exercise

If you are caught without a mask in a public space, you could be fined or imprisoned. 

See for recommendations on the best masks for flying.

COVID-19 Tests Required: 

You must take a COVID-19 test on arrival in Singapore. You must also pay for a COVID-19 test which will be carried out just before your SHN quarantine period finishes. 

Costs of Travel: 

Travellers are expected to pay the cost of any COVID-19 tests and for the duration of their stay in one of the listed government quarantine hotels. 

The cost of serving your SHN in a quarantine hotel (randomly allocated) is around S$1,450 for one person, with food included. The cost for two adults is S$950 per person or S$1900 total. 

If you want to book a suite and choose your quarantine hotel, this price increases to anywhere from S$3,600 for one person, right up to S$14,300 depending on the type of suite you opt for. 

Internal Travel Restrictions in Singapore: 

Singapore is using the Trace Together phone app which allows you to scan in and out of public areas, such as places of worship, shopping centres and other public buildings. Working from home is still being encouraged for residents and nationals. 

Public places: 

A one-metre social distancing rule is currently in place, as well as mandatory use of face masks in public spaces. 

If you want to dine in a restaurant, this is allowed in groups of up to five providing everybody is fully vaccinated (that is to say, it has been at least 14 days since they received their final jab of an approved vaccine). Children under the age of 12 from the same household as the other diners who have not been vaccinated can be included. 

People who are not vaccinated are allowed to be part of the group only if they have recently recovered from COVID-19 or taken an antigen rapid test and received a negative result within the last 24 hours. 

At hawker centres, a maximum of two people can dine together, regardless of their vaccination status. 

Social gatherings must be limited to five people and you can have two gatherings per day, either at somebody’s home or in a public place.

Resources:

Sheree Hooker | Editor @ South East Asia Backpacker + Winging The World

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