Singapore Eases Travel Restrictions, Expands VTLs : Business Traveler USA

The requirements for vaccination travelers to undergo PCR testing on arrival and quarantine have been dropped

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has announced that the country’s COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers have been simplified. In addition the Vaccinated Travel Lane program has been expanded and testing requirements eased.

Arrivals are now streamlined into three categories:

  • Category I – applies to visitors from countries with low infection rates (Macau, Mainland China and Taiwan)
  • General Travel – includes both VTL and non-VTL countries with different quarantine rules for each
  • Restricted – this will be used for countries/regions with concerning COVID-19 situations (currently, no area is listed as restricted)

Beginning Feb. 21, travelers under Category 1 and those traveling under the VTL program are no longer required to take a PCR test upon arrival in Singapore and do not need to quarantine. Instead, they will have to take a supervised rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arrival in the country at one of the testing centers across Singapore.

The new rules also include:

  • The travel history requirement is reduced from 14 to seven days.
  • The stay-home notice duration will be standardized to seven days across all country and region categories in view of omicron’s shorter incubation period.
  • Vaccinated long-term pass holders (except work permit holders) will no longer have to obtain a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) or an entry approval to enter Singapore. They will still need to adhere to border health measures on entry.

Singapore border restrictions as of Feb 21, 2022:

Singapore has also announced that VTL air quotas have been “fully restored with immediate effect.” Land quotas are also being restored this week.

Singapore is launching VTLs with Hong Kong, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. A sea VTL will also launch from Indonesia’s Bintan and Batam to Singapore – travelers from Indonesia can already fly into Singapore under a VTL arrangement.

Applications for travel from these areas open on Feb. 22 at 10:00 AM, and the first flights and ferry trip will take place on Feb. 25.

The Ministry of Health states that it will “progressively launch VTLs with more destinations” as it moves towards “facilitating fully vaccinated travel”.

According to a statement from the ministry, the incidence rate in Singapore is “now comparable with most overseas destinations” and therefore “imported cases are unlikely to affect the trajectory of local destinations.”

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