Last updated 21 January 2021
After months of dormancy due to the raging pandemic, the travel industry is gearing up for a return to small normalcy with borders reopening, easing of quarantine requirements, and the creation of travel bubbles. Travellers around the world are now keen to find out if, when and where they can travel abroad. One country that’s been on many travel wishlist is Singapore.
Can anyone travel to Singapore now? What important things do travellers need to know if they are planning to fly to Singapore?
Who can travel to Singapore?
With the COVID-19 pandemic deemed under control in Singapore, the city-state is progressively re-establishing cross-border travel by implementing Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Air Travel Pass (ATP) arrangements with select countries. The establishment of these special travel arrangements is a part of the Singaporean government’s broader effort to further ease and facilitate movement across the board while continuing to safeguard public health.
Both the RGL and ATP scheme essentially grant short-term cross-border travels for residents of Singapore and its partner countries. The RGL is geared towards essential business and official purposes, while the ATP provides the means for participants to travel on non-essential trips to and from Singapore.
Needless to say, participants of both arrangements must comply with the requirements and regulations of COVID-19 prevention and control of the receiving country. Details for the RGL and ATP schemes can be found here.
Countries under the Green/Fast Lane arrangement and Air Travel Pass are as follows:
Australia: Singapore and Australia residents are allowed entry into both countries on both short and long-term visits. For short-term trips, Australia residents may apply for the ATP.
Brunei Darussalam: Residents of Brunei Darussalam and Singapore may apply for travel permits on both essential and non-essential travels.
China: The Fast Lane arrangement is in place between Singapore and six Chinese provinces and municipalities, namely Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin and Zhejiang
Indonesia: Singapore-Indonesia Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) is applicable to all residents in Singapore and Indonesia entering/exiting through Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Tangerang) or Batam (Batam Center Ferry Terminal).
Update: On 28 December 2020, Indonesia announced a temporary ban on the entry of all foreign nationals into Indonesia. Given the reciprocal nature of this travel arrangement, travellers will also not be able to apply to travel from Indonesia to Singapore under the Singapore-Indonesia RGL / TCA . Travellers who have already received approval to enter Singapore under the Singapore-Indonesia RGL / TCA can continue to do so.
Japan: Singapore-Japan Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) is applicable to all residents in Singapore and Japan entering/exiting through Tokyo (Narita International Airport or Haneda International Airport) or Osaka (Kansai International Airport).
Update: On 26 December 2020, Japan announced a temporary ban on the entry of all non-resident foreign nationals into Japan from 28 December 2020 to 31 January 2021. Given the reciprocal nature of the Singapore-Japan RGL and Residence Track, travellers will not be able to apply to travel from Japan to Singapore under the RGL during this period. Travellers who have already received approval to enter Singapore under the RGL can continue to do so but should check with the Japanese Embassy in Singapore with regard to the latest immigration regulations for their return to Japan.
Malaysia: The RGL along with the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) arrangements are meant to accommodate the needs of cross-border travels between Malaysia and Singapore.
New Zealand: Singapore and New Zealand residents are allowed entry into both countries on both short and long-term visits. For short-term trips, New Zealand residents may apply for the ATP.
Republic of Korea: Singapore and the Republic of Korea have implemented the Fast Lane for essential business and official travel between them. The arrangement is open to all residents of both countries.
Vietnam: Singapore and Vietnam residents are allowed entry into both countries on both short and long-term visits. For short-term trips, Vietnam residents may apply for the ATP.
Hong Kong: The newly established travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore has been delayed for at least two weeks. This is due to a sudden surge of coronavirus cases in Hong Kong.
Germany: Business or official travellers seeking to travel via the RGL to Singapore must be sponsored by either a Singapore-based company or a Singapore Government agency, which will file an application on behalf of the applicant for a SafeTravel pass.
Do I need to quarantine if I travel to Singapore?
Travellers holding an Air Travel Pass will undergo a COVID-19 PCR test at the airport upon arrival in Singapore. After undergoing the test, they must remain in isolation at declared accommodation until they are notified that their test result is negative. If the traveller tests negative for COVID-19, they can leave their accommodation and go about their activities in Singapore.
Travellers coming from countries under Reciprocal Green Lane will have to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours from departure and show a certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19. After arrival in Singapore, they will again undergo a COVID-19 PCR test at the airport at their own expense. After undergoing the test, they must remain in isolation at declared accommodation until they are notified that their test result is negative. If the traveller tests negative for COVID-19, they can leave their accommodation and go about their activities in Singapore.
To facilitate contact tracing, all travellers must keep the TraceTogether app activated on their mobile devices while in Singapore.
Are there flights to Singapore now?
International flights to and from Singapore are currently available. A search through Wego shows a number of flights inbound for Singapore. If you’re looking to visit Singapore from one of the approved countries, you shouldn’t find any trouble securing your flight tickets.