SINGAPORE — Singapore will be opening a new Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) arrangement for fully-vaccinated travellers from Germany and Brunei from 8 September.
Under this arrangement, the travellers may enter Singapore without the need to serve Stay-Home Notice (SHN), the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said in a media release on Thursday (19 August).
Instead, they would undergo multiple COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests during their stay in Singapore. These include:
A pre-departure test within 48 hours of the scheduled departure flight;
An on-arrival test at Changi Airport;
Post-arrival tests on Days 3 and 7 during their stay, at one of the designated clinics in Singapore.
There will be no restrictions on the purpose of travel under the VTL arrangement, and no requirement for a controlled itinerary or sponsor.
However, these travellers must have remained in their country of departure and/or Singapore in the last 21 consecutive days prior to their departure for Singapore.
They must also travel on non-stop designated VTL flights from their country of departure to Singapore that will only serve VTL travellers. There will be seven and three designated VTL flights from Germany and Brunei to Singapore, respectively, per week.
Those who fail to complete the required PCR tests may be served with an SHN to be quarantined in a dedicated facility. It is also a chargeable offence under the Infectious Diseases Act.
As Germany already allows travellers from Singapore to enter the country without quarantine, the move means that fully-vaccinated travellers can travel between both countries without serving any quarantine or SHN.
Application for Vaccinated Travel Pass
In addition, short-term visitors and long-term pass holders will need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) to travel to Singapore under the VTL. Application opens from 1 September for entry into Singapore on or after 8 September.
As part of the application, travellers will have to pre-pay for their two post-arrival PCR tests. Their vaccination status will be checked for entry into Singapore.
Short-term visitors who require a visa for travel to Singapore must separately obtain a visa, preferably after receiving their VTP approval and before departing for Singapore.
They must also purchase travel insurance, with a minimum coverage of $30,000 for COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs, prior to travel to Singapore. They must also use the TraceTogether app in Singapore to facilitate contact tracing.
Fully-vaccinated Singaporeans and permanent residents do not need to apply for a VTP to enter Singapore under the VTL.
For those who are vaccinated in Singapore, they can show their vaccination status on the HealthHub app to the airline at check-in before departure for Singapore.
For those not vaccinated in Singapore, they can present proof of their vaccination taken in their country of departure to the airline at check-in and to the Singapore immigration authorities on arrival at Changi Airport.
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