It seems like this COVID-19 lockdown nightmare is about to be over. Following the success of the Singapore-Germany Travel Bubble (and Brunei), Singapore has reached agreements with 9 other countries to open up vaccinated travel lanes (VTLs) for its citizens and permanent residents.
Which countries have reached a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) agreement with Singapore?
To date, there are 19 countries that have reached a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) agreement with Singapore:
Commencement Date & Time
Number of PCR tests
9 September 2021
2, down from 4
19 October 2021
8 November 2021
15 November 2021
Australia (New South Wales & Victoria State only)
22 November 2021
29 November 2021
6 December 2021
United Arab Emirates
This list will keep growing as countries around the world seek to immunise their citizens
This list will keep growing as countries around the world seek to immunise their citizens and jumpstart their economy. Personally, I’m rooting for Australia and New Zealand. It’s been too damn long since I’ve seen my extended family.
Update: Australia’s on the list! Yay!!!
What are the designated Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights?
Here are the flight prices for the designated Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights! Remember that you can fly out with any flight you choose, but when you return to Singapore you need to make sure you’re on one of these flights listed below:
Flight Cost (return)
SQ23 (New York)
United Arab Emirates
What are the requirements to travel within the Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL)?
1. Trip prep(arations)
Here’s your easy-to-digest checklist of what you need to do before you fly:
Be in Singapore, or any of the above mentioned VTL countries* for the past 14 days
Make sure that you were in those countries after the commencement date of the VTL
Have your COVID-19 vaccine certificate with the following particulars:
Your personal details
Dates & number of vaccinations
Name of vaccine used
Seal of authentication (not an issue with HealthHub app or PDF from National Immunisation Registry)
If you have kids, check the border measures here
2. Buy COVID-19 travel insurance (yes, it exists!)
The above mentioned video covers what you need to know about COVID-19 travel insurance coverage. Skip to 3:20 for the relevant bit, but if it’s TL;DW, here are three phases that you need to consider for your travel insurance coverage:
Coverage before your trip
Check if your insurer requires you to get a negative PCR test before purchasing your policy
If you get COVID-19 before your trip, you can cancel it and get reimbursed
Coverage during your trip
Whether your medical expenses would be covered should you get COVID-19
Whether quarantine allowance is included
Coverage after your trip
What is the coverage for getting COVID-19 in Singapore
With all that being said, COVID-19 coverage is not a default within travel insurance policies. It’s usually an add-on that costs an extra $20 to $40, and this does not include the mandatory PCR tests that you have to take before flying back to Singapore!
3. Whip out your credit card to book your flight
When you book your flight, you can fly out of Singapore with any flight. When you return to Singapore, though, you have to make sure that it’s a designated VTL flight. Check the lovely table above that I’ve painstakingly hyperlinked and emojified for your viewing pleasure and ease.
Most flights from Singapore Airlines are a little bit on the pricier side, but the upside is that you can guarantee that all your returning flights will be a designated one. With the other airlines, you can score a cheaper deal but you need to pay attention to what flight you’re returning with.
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4. Check-in procedures before flying
The most exciting moment is boarding the plane itself, but before that, some more paperwork!
Have these documents ready:
Negative PCR test result OR Vaccine certificate
5. Travelling to your country of choice
It goes without saying that every household runs itself differently, and you can apply this concept to other countries as well. You will have to adhere to their health authority mandates:
United Arab Emirates
6. Coming home to Singapore
This bit got quite a bit less expensive than before. You used to have to take FOUR PCR tests, but Singapore has come to their senses and reduced that requirement to two; one for the pre-departure and the other for your arrival.
This will likely cost in the range of S$320 to S$400 for both tests. Bear in mind that self-test kits are not allowed, and only accredited bodies for COVID-19 testing are accepted.
You will have to book and pay for on-arrival PCR test before your flight back to Singapore via Changi Airport Group’s booking website. In addition, you will have to submit your health, travel history, and accommodation declarations electronically via the SG Arrival Card e-service 3 days before you come home.
When you’re finally out of Changi Airport, you need to take a cab, which is about $20 to $30. You cannot take public transport. You will then need to isolate yourself at home, assuming that you’re travelling alone.
If you’re travelling with someone else, make sure that both of you are from the same household. Otherwise, you will have to self-isolate in a room with an attached toilet while you wait for your negative PCR test results. This will take about 24 hours.
6a. What if you get COVID-19 after returning?
You first need to check if your travel insurance provider covers for COVID-19. Usually, this will be an add-on that costs an extra $20 to $40, and this does not include the mandatory PCR tests as mentioned above!
Travel insurance providers like Aviva, AXA and FWD require that you notify them within 14 to 30 days of you getting COVID-19 for you to benefit from the coverage. Then, you simply have to make an online claim via your insurers’ mobile app or website with the relevant documents:
Doctor’s memo stating that you have caught COVID-19 and you require treatment
Flight itinerary or boarding pass
Medical report or inpatient discharge summary
Original medical bills
That being said, insurance is still largely a “phygital” thing, so if you would rather have someone guide you along the mess of paperwork, definitely ring your agent up or call your insurers’ hotline.
You can also tap into existing government subsidies, make health insurance claims via MediShield Life, Integrated Shield plans or private health insurance for your COVID-19 treatment in Singapore. This is only open to Singaporeans, PRs and long-term pass holders only, and if your symptoms appear within 14 days of your return.
Only two PCR tests to travel? Two-dle loo!!
To have reached this many Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) agreements with so many countries is incredibly promising, and do not let the four-digit daily cases in Singapore scare you.
If you do get COVID-19 before your trip, you had best make sure you already have your travel insurance policy already purchased! It can cover trip cancellations, inconveniences and/or the whole shebang. Find the best COVID-19 travel insurance coverage here.
If you’re really paranoid though, you can definitely afford to be a hermit until your travel dates. You’ll want to minimise as much spending as possible because the flight tickets, accommodation, food and travel insurance expenses will add up to a pretty penny.
Look at this way, you’ve been a hermit since March 2020, what’s a few more weeks or days’ worth of isolation? It will all be worth it when you finally get to spread your wings and experience the thrill of takeoff and landing.
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