COVID-19: Singapore Travel Updates

Marina Bay Sands Luxury Hotel - Singapore by night.

Updated 11th September 2021.


LATEST SINGAPORE COVID-19 NEWS: 

  • 9th September 2021 – First flight carrying vaccinated travellers from Munich arrives in Singapore. The process is described as “smooth and seemless”. 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.
  • 19th August 2021 – Applications open for travellers from Hong Kong and Macau to enter Singapore without quarantine. Source.
  • 11th July 2021 – Australia’s travel bubble with Singapore has been postponed until the end of 2021. Source.

See here for Southeast Asia Travel COVID-19 overview.


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 VTL, citizens of Germany, Brunei 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. 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. 

Quarantine Period: 

For most travellers, 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 14 days upon your arrival. This is known as a ‘Stay at Home’ Notice (SHN). 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 be suitable for 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 travelling from a country that has been designated as a Safe Travel Lane, you may not be required to quarantine at all. 

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$2,000 for one person, with food included. The cost for two adults is S$1300 per person or S$2600 total. 

If you want to book a suite and choose your quarantine hotel, this price increases to anywhere from S$5,000 for one person, right up to S$20,000, 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

Sheree is the awkward British wanderluster behind Winging The World, a blog designed to show that even the most useless of us can travel. Follow Sheree’s adventures as she blunders around the globe, falling into squat toilets, getting into cars with machete men and running away from angry peacocks. In recent years, Sheree has also taken on the role of editor at South East Asia Backpacker.

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