Singapore (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 20 September, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Partially Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: From 20 August 2021, 2359hrs, 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 .

For more information on full SDF opt-out criteria, click here https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/health/shn/sdf.

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 .
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: Delivery/Takeout only
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 10.09.2021
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Singapore.
-This does not apply to nationals of Singapore.
-This does not apply to permanent residents of Singapore.
-This does not apply to passengers (except those with travel history to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka within the past 21 days prior to departure for Singapore) 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).
-This does not apply to passengers (except those with travel history to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka within the past 21 days) 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). Passengers with travel history to higher risk countries/regions in the past 21 days prior to departure for Singapore must have an approval letter with the following reference codes: R001; OPT-OUT OF SDF_CMod; or OPT-OUT OF [email protected] , and have documentary proof of COVID-19 vaccination (full vaccination with AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience Co Ltd. from Korea), Covishield, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac at least 14 days before arrival), either in the form of a hardcopy vaccination certificate, or a vaccination status on the HealthHub app or TraceTogether app. Passengers holding an approval letter with other reference codes and passengers below 18 years old will not be required to present documentary proof of vaccination. Pass holders who cannot be vaccinated due to special considerations will be issued with an exemption letter by a Singapore Government Agency and must present this to the airline during pre-boarding checks.
-This does not apply to passengers (except those with travel history to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka within the past 21 days prior to departure for Singapore) 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).
-This does not apply to passengers (except those with travel history to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka within the past 21 days prior to departure for Singapore) 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).
-This does not apply to passengers (except those with travel history to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka within the past 21 days prior to departure for Singapore) with a Business Travel Pass (BTP) or a Pre-Approved Business Pass (PBP).
-This does not apply to passengers with an Air Travel Pass approval letter issued by Singapore if they:
– have stayed in China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China) or Macao (SAR China) in the last 21 days before departure; 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 approval letter issued by Singapore if they:
– have been fully vaccinated in their country of departure or Singapore; and
– have stayed in Brunei Darussalam and/or Singapore, or Germany and/or Singapore, in the last 21 days before departure; 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 result. The test must have been taken at most 48 hours before departure from the first embarkation point; and
– travel to Singapore on a designated Vaccinated Travel Lane 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 result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours 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 result. The test must have been taken at most 72 hours 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 a 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).
2. Passengers entering and transiting Singapore must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 48 hours before departure. The test result must be in English and must include the date the test was taken, and 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;
– passengers who in the past 21 days have only been in or transited through China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong (SAR China) or Macao (SAR China).
3. Passengers with an Air Travel Pass approval letter issued by Singapore, passengers who are short-term visitors with a valid Vaccinated Travel Pass approval letter issued by Singapore, passengers with a valid SafeTravel Pass approval letter issued by Singapore under the Singapore-Brunei Reciprocal Green Lane and Singapore-China Fast Lane, and passengers with an approval letter from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) with the reference numbers C01 or C21 must:
– have a mobile device with the TraceTogether app already downloaded, with the passenger’s profile registered on the app and the ‘Activate App’ holding screen shown on the app; or
– if the passenger has a mobile device with the TraceTogether app downloaded but is unable to show the ‘Activate App’ holding screen, have an electronic or physical copy of his/her booking confirmation for a Singapore SIM card from Changi Recommends; or
– if the passenger does not have a mobile device with the TraceTogether app downloaded, have an electronic or physical copy of his/her booking confirmation for a mobile device from Changi Recommends;
– children who are aged 7 to 12 years and those unable to use a mobile device due to certified disability or special need, are eligible to be issued TraceTogether tokens.
– This does not apply to passengers who are younger than 6 years.
4. Passengers are not allowed to transit Singapore.
– This does not apply when traveling on airlines with transfer routes approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Passengers must check with airlines if the airlines have the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)’s approval, before purchasing tickets.
– Passengers with travel history to Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka within the past 21 days prior to departure for Singapore are not allowed to transit.
5. Passengers must comply with the prevailing Singapore government requirements upon entry into Singapore. Passengers could be subject to quarantine. Please refer to https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg
6. Passengers are 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 Singapore at https://safetravel.changiairport.com
– This does not apply to:
– passengers who are 6 years or younger;
– merchant seamen.
7. Passengers who have been in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines and Sri Lanka in the past 21 days are also subject to a COVID-19 rapid antigen test upon arrival.
8. 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.

 

Detailed Tourist Information

Travelers from all countries except Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, are permitted to enter.

If you hold a long-term residency pass or are a Singaporean citizen you will be allowed to return home regardless of where you have been. You may have to follow certain health protocols.

All travelers entering Singapore who have been in China’s Guangdong province within the past 21 days must undergo a PCR test upon arrival. They will be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore if the test result is negative, and will no longer be required to serve a seven-day quarantine at home.

This is subject to change at short notice.

Singapore now allows fully vaccinated work pass holders and their dependents to enter the City State. Fully vaccinated travelers from selected countries — including Australia, Canada, Germany and South Korea — can serve the mandatory quarantine at their homes.

All visitors must apply for an Air Travel Pass before traveling (https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/)

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

Travelers are encouraged to register and pre-pay for their COVID-19 test prior to departing for Singapore at https://safetravel.changiairport.com

All travelers are require to have a minimum $30,000 (SD) in COVID insurance.

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.

Travellers from Category One countries 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.

Your travel history will be taken into account wen 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.

Countries in Category One include China (excluding Jiangsu province), New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau.

Category Two countries comprise places with similar COVID-19 risk profiles to Singapore. Travellers from places in this category will be required to undergo seven-day isolation at an accommodation of their choice.

Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders may serve their seven-day isolation at their place of residence if conditions are suitable. Australia, Brunei, Canada and Germany are in this category.

Travellers from countries and regions with higher risks will have to undergo minimum of 14-day stays at dedicated facilities or may be barred from entering.

Singapore has announced that they will accept visitors who use the IATA mobile travel pass for digital certificates of COVID-19 tests and vaccines. They have not yet announced if negative tests will still be required for vaccinated travellers once this launches. No final date has been set for the launch.

Vaccinated Travel Lane
As part of its plan to cautiously reopen the country, Singapore also announced a vaccinated travel lane (VTL) with Germany and Brunei for all types of travellers including tourists.

This means anyone travelling from Germany and Brunei to Singapore do not have to quarantine. The VTL which will start from September 7 comes with certain conditions.

Travellers under this scheme will have to take four COVID-19 tests, one within 48 hours before departure, one upon arrival and another two on day three and day seven.

In addition, they must travel on designated VTL direct flights, must have been in Brunei or Germany 21 consecutive days before departure and use Singapore’s contact tracing app.
 

Lockdown Details

Currently, the restrictions in Singapore include:

Dine-in at food and bars is allowed for groups of up to 5 people if all are fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test no more than 24 hours old.

Dining at open-air food centers and coffee shops are only allowed for groups of up to 2 people, regardless of vaccination status.

Exercise indoors without a mask is permitted in groups of up to 5 fully vaccinated people and for classes of up to 30 vaccinated participants.

Mask-on indoor exercise is permitted for up to 5 people regardless of vaccination status and up to 50 people can attend mask-on exercise activities.

You can exercise outdoors without a mask alone or in a groups of up to five regardless of vaccination status.

Social events
When meeting up with friends or family:

Keep group size to a maximum of 5 people.

Five different people can visit you at home in one day.

You can have two social gatherings 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.

Trace Together and Health Alerts via SMS

You need to scan in and out of many places using the Trace Together phone app or token (https://www.tracetogether.gov.sg/):

Public buildings

Shopping centres and malls

Schools

Workplaces

Places of worship

If you visit a COVID-19 hotspot, you’ll receive a health alert via SMS and may need to be tested.

Remote work

People should work for home where at all possible.

Critical, low-risk workplaces have started opening, depending on the nature of the business and its ability to maintain social distancing.

No more than 50% of employees are allowed at workplaces at any time, down from 75%.

If you must go to work, wear a face mask and keep a distance of 1 metre from others.

Social gatherings at work are not allowed.

From August 19, workplaces can allow up to 50% of their staff (who have been working from home) to return to work with workplace social gatherings allowed in a group of up to 5 people.

Schools

Most schools are now open. Children over the age of seven must wear a coronavirus tracing token or use the contact tracing app at school.

Institutes of higher learning (IHLs), especially the Institute of Technical Education, bringing back small groups of students on campus for critical consultations, projects or practicums.

In-person tuition and enrichment classes for those aged 18 are allowed to resume.

Face masks
The wearing of face masks is compulsory for everyone when:

When outside of your home.

On public transport, taxis, and private hire cars.

Walking to or at markets.

For essential workers at all workplace premises.

Do not need to be worn:

During strenuous exercise.

When eating.

By children younger than 6 years old.

Fines will be issued for those who don’t comply with the face mask rules.
 

Sources

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