Coronavirus travel health

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Singapore.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. Information on local testing facilities is available.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Singapore

See the Singapore Government website for the latest on the COVID-19 situation and measures in place to curb its spread.

If you do not comply with these measures you could be fined, imprisoned, or both, then deported. Repeat offenders will face further fines and/or prosecution. Be aware that restrictions and penalties are subject to change at short notice.

Public spaces and services

Face masks

You must wear a face mask in public. Some exceptions are: children under 6 years old; anyone eating, drinking or taking medication; or anyone engaged in strenuous exercise. You could be fined, imprisoned, or both if you are found not wearing a face mask without a valid reason.

The Health Sciences Authority’s guide on face masks recommends that masks have at least 2 to 3 layers of fabric.

Trace Together and Health Alerts via SMS

You’ll need to scan in and out of many places using the Trace Together phone app or token. TraceTogether and fully vaccinated status is required to enter public places including:

  • public buildings
  • shopping centres and malls
  • schools
  • workplaces
  • places of worship

Short term foreign visitors must download the TraceTogether app on their phones and activate it while in Singapore. Mobile phones and/or local tourist SIM cards can be rented/purchased at Changi Airport to enable visitors to do so.

TraceTogether tokens can be rented for children aged 7-12 or those with disabilities. See the TraceTogether for Travellers page on the SafeTravel website for complete information.

If you are identified as a close contact of a confirmed case as part of this contract tracing system, you may receive a health alert via SMS and need to be tested. It is a legal requirement to follow the COVID-19 instructions given to you by the Singapore government.

Vaccination status

To enter most public places, anyone over 12 years old must be recognised as fully vaccinated by the Singapore government’s definition. You’re considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you’ve completed the required doses of any of these vaccines:

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca (CoviShield)
  • Janssen (Johnson and Johnson)
  • Sinovac or Sinopharm

You’ll need to show your TraceTogether app or token as proof of vaccination before being allowed to enter.

Singapore’s Vaccine Booster Programme now includes those 12 years old and above. If you fail to get your booster shots within 270 days after your final dose of the primary series, you will lose your fully-vaccinated status. See section on booster shots.

If you’re not fully vaccinated, you will not be able to enter shopping malls or public attractions, visit someone in hospital, or to dine or drink in restaurants, hawker centres, cafes or bars.

Quarantine and home recovery

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will initially be required to isolate at your hotel or residential accommodation. Instructions on what to do next depend on whether you are well or unwell. Details are on Singapore’s Living with COVID-19 page.

Work

Offices can have up to 50% staff capacity. Social gatherings at work are not allowed. Social distancing rules still apply.

If you are unvaccinated, you are not allowed to go into work at all.

Vaccination is required to obtain or renew a long-term pass, work pass or Permanent Residency.

Details on workplace matters are under Advisories on COVID-19 on the Ministry of Manpower website.

Social gatherings and dining out

When meeting up with friends or family:

  • keep group sizes to a maximum of five people, including for outdoor exercise (larger groups are possible in organised classes or teams but pre-activity tests may be required)
  • a maximum of five different people (‘unique visitors’) can visit you at home in one day
  • a maximum of five people can dine out at restaurants together if they are fully vaccinated and can provide the necessary proof of vaccination
  • limit social gatherings to one per day, whether at home or in a public place
  • keep a distance of one metre from each other

If safe distancing is not possible – while on public transport, for example – avoid speaking to each other or talking on the phone.

For guidelines on measures, visit the Ministry of Health or gov.sg websites.

Healthcare in Singapore

For contact details for English speaking doctors, see our list of healthcare providers. English is almost universally spoken in Singapore, so all hospitals – whether private or public – will have English-speaking medical staff.

For a complete list of healthcare institutions in Singapore, see the HCI directory.

Anyone requiring a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test can get it from one of the clinics approved by the Ministry of Health. These clinics issue digital test result certificates. You should have these digital certificates notarised before you travel.

You can also get COVID-19 tests at Combined Test Centres (for PCR and ART tests) and Quick Test Centres (for self-paid ART tests). These tests are not valid for overseas travel.

If you’d like to do a self-test at home, you can buy Antigen Rapid Tests from retailers and chemists. There’s a list of self-test kits authorised for use in Singapore on the Health Sciences Authority website.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health. View Health for further details on healthcare in Singapore.

If you need some emotional support during this period, you can call one of these numbers:

  • National Care Hotline: 1800 202 6868
  • Samaritans of Singapore: 1800 221 4444
  • Mental Health Helpline (Institute of Mental Health): 6389 2222

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Singapore

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Singapore announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

Vaccination programme eligibility

The Singapore national vaccination programme has approved vaccination for those aged 5 years and older, with children eligible for children’s doses of the Pfizer vaccine. The following foreigners are part of the government’s vaccination programme:

  • permanent residents (PR)
  • employment pass (EP) holders
  • S Pass holders
  • work permit holders
  • foreign domestic workers
  • dependant’s pass holders
  • long-term visit pass (LTVP) holders
  • student pass holders

Certain categories of short-term pass holders can also be vaccinated. You should check the guidelines to see if you qualify and to find out how you can register. Vaccination using Pfizer-BioNTech (also known as Comirnaty), Moderna and Sinovac is free of charge. Vaccination with other vaccine brands may be possible at private clinics for a fee.

Booster shots

Those aged 18 and above are considered fully vaccinated if the final dose of the primary vaccination series was received in the last 270 days. From 14 March 2022, this rule will include those aged 12 years and above.

If you fail to receive a booster shot within 270 days after the final dose of the primary vaccination series, you will not be considered fully vaccinated. Visit the Vaccine Booster Programme section of the Ministry of Health website for more information.

A Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme exists to cover any vaccine related impacts on health. This is available for residents and long-term pass holders who were vaccinated in Singapore with Pfizer, Moderna and Sinovac.

Updating your vaccination status in Singapore

If you were vaccinated abroad, you can update your records in Singapore if:

  • you’re a resident or long-term pass holder
  • you were vaccinated outside of Singapore with one of the WHO listed vaccines including: Pfizer (Comirnaty), Moderna, AstraZeneca (Covishield), Janssen (Johnson & Johnson), Sinovac, or Sinopham

Once confirmed, you’ll be recognised as vaccinated on Singapore’s TraceTogether app/token. See the Ministry of Health’s FAQs page for more information.

The local authorities have warned that vaccine-related scams exist.

For any questions about vaccination in Singapore, you should see the Ministry of Health website or call their hotline on 1800-333-9999.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Singapore, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Proof of vaccination: within Singapore

Once vaccinated in Singapore, your vaccination status is recorded in the national ‘TraceTogether’ app/token. This can be shown at venues or events which require your vaccination status to enter.

Proof of vaccination: digital vaccine certificate

If you’re registered as vaccinated in Singapore and need a digital vaccine certificate (with a QR code) for overseas travel, you can:

  • visit notarise.gov.sg and log in using your SingPass account. If you don’t have a SingPass account, log in with your passport number
  • choose the type of document you need
  • follow the step-by-step guide

A PDF version of your vaccination certificate with a QR code will be sent to you by email.

Further information

Check the Singapore Ministry of Health website for full details of Singapore’s coronavirus response and restrictions.

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.