Coronavirus cases remain high worldwide. Health officials have resorted to advising people to stay at home as travelling increases the chances of getting infected and spreading the virus. However, if you are planning to travel to Singapore during this pandemic, here is what you need to know:
Who can go?
Currently, all international travellers are not allowed to enter Singapore, only citizens, and permanent residents are permitted entry. But under the Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) scheme, visitors from various countries will be able to enter without the need to quarantine.
As of October 19, fully vaccinated travellers from the United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United States can enter Singapore and this will extend to Australia and Denmark. The country has also opened up four “green lanes” for fully jabbed travellers from Hong Kong, Macao, Brunei, and Germany.
The following can also enter the country:
- Travellers with an approved letter of entry from a relevant agency in Singapore or a Safe Travel pass.
- Spouse and children of Singapore residents who applied for permission.
- Travellers with a long-term visit pass or student pass with permission to enter.
- Travellers with a short-term visit pass with permission to enter.
- Holders of Work Pass.
Passengers must check with airlines before purchasing tickets and ensure that they have the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore’s Approval (CAAS). Only those who are travelling with an airline whose transfer routes have been approved by CAAS will be allowed to transit in Singapore.
What are the restrictions?
Singapore nationals and permanent residents may enter the country but they have to show proof of a negative coronavirus PCR test that must be taken 72 hours before departure. They must take another upon arriving at the country.
On day 7 of their stay, eligible visitors would have to get tested again at a designated clinic in Singapore. They are also subjected to 14 days quarantine at home after being served a Stay-Home Notice (SHN) on arrival which can be taken in an SHN facility or their residence.
The city-state will also accept the IATA digital travel pass or a vaccine passport, confirming that the holder has received a COVID-19 vaccination from an accredited laboratory.
COVID-19 Tests for Travel to Singapore
Taking a Covid-19 test is a significant part of Singapore’s long-term strategy in managing COVID, re-opening borders, and travel health measures. This applies to children aged 3 years and above departing to Singapore.
1. PCR test before departing to Singapore
All travellers, including Singapore citizens and residents, must take a COVID-19 PCR test 48 hours before their flight to Singapore. They are required to take their pre-departure test at an internationally accredited or recognised laboratory, clinic, or medical facility in their country of departure.
Additionally, they must obtain a copy that meets the following conditions below that will show proof that travellers got a negative coronavirus private test.
- COVID-19 test results must be in English or accompanied with an English translation.
- The results must contain the traveller’s name, date of birth, passport number; and
- Reflects the date and result of the coronavirus test.
2. On-arrival test
Travellers might be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in Singapore. Accordingly, those with a 14-day travel history to a Category (I) country or region, must take a PCR test upon arrival in the country.
Travellers from Category II to IV countries or regions are also required to take a PCR test on arrival. Visitors should register and pay for the said test before departing for Singapore to shorten the relevant administration process.
Those who registered and paid for their on-arrival tests will be informed of the results either in person or verbally by phone.
Test During SHN
Visitors might be required to serve a stay-home notice and take a PCR test at the end of their quarantine depending on their travel and transit history.
Returning Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
Travellers with a travel history to countries and regions under Category II, III, or IV within the last 14 days before arrival in Singapore must show proof of negative COVID-19 PCR test result, taken within 48 hours before travel.
Work Pass Holders and their Dependants
Those with a travel history to a Category III or IV countries or regions must be fully vaccinated before their entry to the country. They must present proof of full vaccination status before boarding and at the checkpoint upon arrival in Singapore.
These rules apply to all work pass holders and their dependents. For travellers who are medically exempted and/or under 18 years of age, they must take Private Blood tests or a serology test to confirm their vaccination status and update the National Immunisation Registry (NIR) within 14 days of completing SHN.
After taking on-arrival COVID-19 tests, travellers must immediately proceed to their accommodation and isolate until their tests results are out.
Many countries with strict COVID-19 testing protocols require travellers to present documentary proof to show that the laboratory or healthcare institution is ISO certified (ISO 15 189) and is recognised or approved by the relevant authority of the government of the place where the healthcare or laboratory is located. Some of those countries are:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- Saudi Arabia
Many countries do not accept self-administered PCR tests and Rapid Antigen tests as pre-departure testing options for entry.
Are you looking for a testing provider?
Harley Medic International is a government-approved testing provider and an expert in COVID-19 testing. They have many locations across the UK, ensuring that a testing centre is near you. Getting a test is as easy as booking online and finding their closest clinic. Visit their website harleymedic.co.uk to learn more.