Singapore (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 16 December, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: As part of Singapore’s Vaccination-Differentiated Safe Management Measures (VDS), you must be vaccinated to participate in certain activities in Singapore, such as dining, entering shopping malls or attending performances.

Travellers who are vaccinated overseas should present your vaccination certificate(s) to the ICA officer at immigration clearance in order to get the overseas vaccination records reflected electronically in their HealthHub or TraceTogether apps to show on demand to be eligible for VDS. Travellers need to:

Be aged 12 and above;
Be fully vaccinated overseas with any vaccines approved under the WHO EUL; and
Bring along the original overseas vaccination document that clearly states the type of vaccine taken and date(s) they were taken. The documents need to be in English or translated to English by a translation service provider, notary public or embassy of the country that issued the document.
If your vaccination certificate(s) are valid, you will be granted temporary vaccinated status lasting about 30 days. You will need to download the TraceTogether app and register with your passport number to view your vaccination status. The vaccinated status in your TraceTogether app will be your proof of vaccination while going around Singapore.

Maintaining vaccination status beyond 30 days after arrival
The temporary vaccinated status on the TraceTogether app may expire 30 days after your arrival in Singapore. If you require your vaccination status for longer than 30 days, please visit a private healthcare provider or Public Health Preparedness Clinicsfor a serology test. Please call in advance to check if the service is available, and bring along your personal identification documents, vaccination certificate(s), as well as translated copies if necessary.

If your serology test is positive, the private healthcare provider will enter your vaccination records into the National Immunisation Registry (NIR). Your vaccinated status will be updated in the TraceTogether app within 24 hours and you will continue to be eligible for VDS.

For more information, please refer to the MOH FAQ .
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: All passengers will undergo a swab test upon arrival, except for those arriving from Hong Kong on an ATB flight.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 21 days required for some countries.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 04.12.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Singapore.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Singapore;
– permanent residents of Singapore;
– passengers with a Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) or a Long-Term Visit Pass In-Principle Approval (LTVP IPA). They must have an Approval Letter for Entry (ALE) issued by the Safe Travel Office (STO) or the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa or Zimbabwe in the past 14 days;
– passengers with a Work Pass, Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP), Dependant’s Pass, or the respective In-Principle Approval (IPA) issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). They must have an approval letter from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) or Safe Travel Office (STO). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa or Zimbabwe in the past 14 days;
– passengers with a Student’s Pass (STP) or a Student’s Pass In-Principle Approval (STP IPA). They must have an Approval Letter for Entry (ALE) issued by the Ministry of Education (MOE) or the Safe Travel Office (STO). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa or Zimbabwe in the past 14 days;
– passengers with an approval letter from the Safe Travel Office (STO), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Ministry of Education (MOE), Ministry of Health (MOH), or Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa or Zimbabwe in the past 14 days;
-This does not apply to with a Business Travel Pass (BTP) or a Pre-Approved Business Pass (PBP). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa or Zimbabwe in the past 14 days.
-This does not apply to passengers with an Air Travel Pass approval letter issued by Singapore if they:
– have only been in Singapore and/or Category I countries/regions https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/shn-and-swab-summary in the past 14 days ; and
– must have a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test, taken at most 2 days before departure from the first embarkation point; and
– have a visa to enter Singapore (if they are a visa-required short-term visitor).
– This does not apply to passengers with a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTL) approval letter issued by Singapore if they:
– have a valid proof of vaccination issued in Singapore or a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) country/region listed on https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/requirements-and-process#countries ; and
– they have only been in or transited through China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), Macao (SAR China), Singapore or a VTL country/region in the past 14 days; and
– have a visa to enter Singapore (if they are a visa-required short-term visitor); and
– have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR or rapid antigen test, taken at most 2 days before departure from the first embarkation point; and
– arrive in Singapore on a designated VTL flight.
– This does not apply to residents of Brunei Darussalam if they:
– have a valid SafeTravel Pass approval letter issued by Singapore under the Singapore-Brunei Reciprocal Green Lane; and
– have a visa to enter Singapore (if they are a visa-required short-term visitor); and
– have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test taken at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point; and
– stayed in Brunei Darussalam in the last 14 days before departure; and
– have a return ticket or proof of other transportation arrangements to depart from Singapore.
– This does not apply to residents of China (People’s Rep.) if they:
– have a valid Safe Travel Pass approval letter issued by Singapore under the Singapore-China Reciprocal Green Lane; and
– have a visa to enter Singapore (if they are a visa-required short-term visitor); and
– have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test taken at most 3 days before departure from the first embarkation point; and
– stayed in Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin, or Zhejiang in the last 7 days before departure; and
– have a return ticket or proof of other transportation arrangements to depart from Singapore.
– This does not apply to returning passengers with a Work Pass, Student’s Pass, Dependant’s Pass, or Long-Term Visit Pass who have an Entry Travel Pass issued by the Brunei authorities under the Singapore-Brunei Reciprocal Green Lane, an invitation letter issued by the Chinese authorities under the Singapore-China Fast Lane, a Singapore-Germany-Singapore (SGS) Travel Pass issued by the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce under the Singapore-Germany Reciprocal Green Lane, an electronic visa issued by the Indonesian authorities, an approval letter issued by the Embassy of Japan under the Singapore-Japan Reciprocal Green Lane, an approval letter issued by the Korea (Rep.) Embassy in Singapore under the Singapore-ROK Fast Lane, or a MyTravelPass approval letter issued by the Malaysian authorities under the Singapore-Malaysia Reciprocal Green Lane. They do not require an approval letter from the Safe Travel Office (STO), Ministry of Manpower (MOM), or Ministry of Education (MOE).
– This does not apply to passengers between 3 and 12 years, if they:
– in the past 14 days have only been in, or transited through China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China), Macao (SAR China), Singapore or a VTL country/region; and
– have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR or rapid antigen test taken at most 2 days before departure from the first embarkation point; and
– have a visa to enter Singapore (if they are a visa-required short-term visitor); and
– arrive in Singapore on a designated VTL flight.
2. Passengers entering and transiting through Singapore must have a negative COVID-19 test taken at most 2 days before the day of departure from the first embarkation point. If passengers have transited for more than 24 hours before arriving in Singapore, the negative test must be taken at most 2 days before the day of departure of the last direct flight to Singapore. Passengers entering or transiting through Singapore from Category II or Category III countries/regions (https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/shn-and-swab-summary) could be subject to presenting a negative COVID-19 PCR test or professionally-administered ART result. Passengers entering or transiting through Singapore from Category IV countries/regions (https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/shn-and-swab-summary) must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test result must:
– be in English; and
– include the date the test was taken; and
– include a minimum of 2 personal identifiers as stated in the passport (i.e. name and either date of birth or passport number).
More details can be found at https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19/faqs/faqs—border-measures-and-changes-to-stay-home-notice-requirements .
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 3 years.
3. Passengers are not allowed to transit.
– This does not apply when traveling on airlines with transit routes approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). They must not have been in Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa or Zimbabwe in the past 14 days.
4. Passengers must comply with the prevailing Singapore government requirements upon entry into Singapore. Passengers could be subject to quarantine or Stay Home Notice (SHN). Please refer to https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/shn-and-swab-summary
5. Passengers could be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival at their own expense. Passengers should register and pre-pay for their on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test prior to departing for at https://safetravel.changiairport.com
– This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 3 years;
– merchant seamen.
6. Passengers must submit a health declaration before arrival via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service (https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard) or via the mobile application.
– This does not apply to passengers in transit.
7. Passengers with a Work Pass, Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP), Dependant’s Pass, or the respective In-Principle Approval (IPA), a Student’s Pass (STP) or a Student’s Pass In-Principle Approval (STP IPA), must have:
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), Covaxin, Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm and Sinovac;
– vaccination status on the HealthHub app or TraceTogether app is accepted as proof of vaccination.
More details can be found at: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/health/vtsg
-This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 18 years;
– passengers with an exemption letter issued by a Singapore government agency.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Travelers from all countries except Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, are permitted to enter.

Singapore has opened up four “green lanes” for fully vaccinated travelers from Hong Kong, Macao, Brunei and Germany, beginning September 8.

This is subject to change at short notice.

Country/Region Categories
Singapore is now grouping countries and regions into four categories based on their risk profiles. Category One covers countries with the lowest risk and Category Four countries are those with the highest risk.

Countries in Category One include China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

Your travel history will be taken into account when entering Singapore. The restrictions and testing protocols you must follow will be based upon the most stringent criteria for any of the countries you have been to in the previous 21 days.

Category Two countries, as of October 15, are: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Fiji, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, the US and Vatican City

Travelers from Category 3 countries (currently Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, and Slovenia)

Any country not listed in Categories 1 through 3 is a Category 4 country.

Vaccinated Travel Lane
Singapore has expanded their vaccinated travel lane (VTL). Initially it was only open to Germany and Brunei for all types of travel including tourists.

This has been expanded to also allow vaccinated travellers from Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the US and the UK.

Applications for short-term visitors and Long-Term Pass Holders from these countries/regions opened on October 12 for travel into Singapore on October 19.

On November 15, South Korea will be added to the list. The application for the VTP for Short Term Visitors and Long-Term Pass Holders will open November 8.

Singapore has announced that they will accept visitors who use the IATA mobile travel pass for digital certificates of COVID-19 tests and vaccines.

Fully vaccinated travellers will be able to apply to opt out of dedicated SHN facilities and serve their 14-day SHN at their place of residence or suitable accommodation of choice if they:

a. are entering Singapore via the General Entry Lanes for Long-term Pass holders, or Returning Singapore Citizen and Permanent Residents Lane; and
b. Have remained in any Category (I) to (III) country/region for 21 consecutive days before arrival in Singapore

From 25 Aug 2021 to 9 Sep 2021, short-term visitors who have been fully vaccinated overseas with a WHO-Emergency Use Listing (EUL) vaccine, and who can provide a valid, English-language vaccination certificate, can request for a tamper-proof vaccination sticker affixed onto their passports to be eligible for vaccination-differentiated safe management measures. For more information on vaccination stickers for short-term visitors, click here https://bit.ly/3zoKLFq .

From 8 September 2021, fully vaccinated travellers who are departing from Germany or Brunei Darussalam for Singapore, will not be required to serve a Stay-Home Notice. For more information on the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL), click here https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/requirements-and-process .

Allowed vaccines in Singapore: Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Astrazeneca/Vaxzeveria, Covishield, Janssen, Sinopharm, Sinovac.
See for update: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/health/vtsg

All travelers are required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival.

Eligible visitors will need to show proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of the scheduled flight and will have to take another one upon arriving at Changi Airport. On days three and seven of their stay, they will need to test again at a designated clinic in Singapore.

What that means, though, is no quarantine or stay-at-home order.

Singapore nationals and permanent residents are allowed to enter but must have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure and spend 14 days in quarantine after being served a stay-home notice (SHN) on arrival. This can be undertaken in a dedicated SHN facility, or at their place of residence.

Category One:
Can enter Singapore without having to spend time in quarantine or isolation. They will be subject only to an on-arrival PCR testing and can go about their activities if they test negative.

Category Two:
Places in this category will be required to undergo seven-day isolation at an accommodation of their choice. The exception is those from countries allowed to use the Vaccinated Travel Lane

Category Three:
Have to undergo minimum of 10-day quarantine at dedicated facilities or at a declared place of accommodation. They must also undergo Day 3 and 7 Antigen-Rapid Test (ART) self-swab tests, and on Day 10 they need a negative PCR test to be released from quarantine.

Category Four:
Must quarantine at a government facility for the full 10-day quarantine. They must also undergo Day 3 and 7 Antigen-Rapid Test (ART) self-swab tests, and on Day 10 they need a negative PCR test to be released from quarantine.

All travellers entering Singapore under the VTLs are required:
– To present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 48 hours before departure to Singapore.
– Undergo a PCR test upon arriving in Singapore.
– They will not be required to undergo additional PCR tests on Days 3 and 7 of their stay in Singapore.

The city-state has announced that it will accept the IATA digital travel pass, colloquially called a vaccine passport, from May 2021. This pass will store data confirming that a traveler has received the Covid-19 vaccination from an accredited laboratory. As the pass is still in the planning stages, Singapore has not released more details about whether holders will be able to skip or shorten quarantine or have other benefits.

Those traveling from countries with an Air Travel Pass agreement must apply for entry here between seven and 30 days before departure and submit health details and all travel movements over the previous 14 days via a SGArrivalCard. They must also download the Trace Together app to their mobile device and pay for an on-arrival PCR test, at a cost of SGD$196 (US $148). This applies to all travelers aged six and over.

As of January 24, anyone entering Singapore for any reason will get a rapid Covid-19 test upon arriving at the airport. And as of January 31, all travelers will have to prove they have travel insurance that can cover at least $30,000 in expenses if necessary.

All visitors must apply for an Air Travel Pass before traveling.

Layover passengers are permitted in specific areas of the airport. They are not allowed to leave these designated areas unless they have a confirmed booking for one of Changi’s two airport hotels, and if going there they must be accompanied by an airport staff member.
 

Lockdown Details

Most non-essential businesses and attractions in Singapore are open, under social distancing requirements and capacity limitations.

Here are the measures from 27 September 2021 onwards https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19-phase-advisory.

 

Sources

https://sg.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-information/
Data Source: covidcontrols.co