Singapore (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 07 May, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

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 7 or 14 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 03.05.2021
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, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka within the past 14 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 Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
-This does not apply to passengers (except those with travel history to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka within the past 14 days prior to departure for Singapore) 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 the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
-This does not apply to passengers (except those with travel history to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka within the past 14 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 Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
-This does not apply to passengers (except those with travel history to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka within the past 14 days prior to departure for Singapore) with an approval letter from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), 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, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka within the past 14 days prior to departure for Singapore) with a valid letter of Approval for SafeTravel Pass Application under the [email protected] Scheme.
-This does not apply to passengers (except those with travel history to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka within the past 14 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 Australia, Brunei Darussalam, China (People’s Rep.), Chinese Taipei or New Zealand in the last 14 days before departure; and
– have a visa to enter Singapore (if they are a visa-required short-term visitor).
-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 Fast 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 Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Ministry of Manpower (MOM), or Ministry of Education (MOE).
2. Passengers entering Singapore must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. 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). For passengers with a connecting flight(s) where the total transit duration is more than 24 hours, the test must be taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Singapore.
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Singapore;
– permanent residents of Singapore;
– passengers who are 6 years or younger;
– passengers (except those with travel history to Ireland, Israel, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom within the past 14 days prior to departure for Singapore) with a Business Travel Pass (BTP) or a Pre-Approved Business Pass (PBP);
– passengers who in the past 14 days have only been in low risk countries/regions listed at https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview ;
– passengers with a positive COVID-19 PCR test result issued at least 22 days before arrival.
3. Passengers with an Air 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.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers who are 12 years old or younger and travelling with a parent or guardian;
– passengers who are unable to use a mobile device due to a certified disability and/or special need.
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, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka within the past 14 days prior to departure for Singapore are not allowed to transit.
5. Passengers transiting through Singapore who have been to Indonesia or the Philippines within the past 14 days must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken at most 72 hours before departure from the first embarkation point. 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).
– This does not apply to:
– nationals of Singapore;
– permanent residents of Singapore;
– passengers who are 6 years or younger.
6. Passengers must comply with the prevailing Singapore government requirements upon entry into Singapore. Please refer to https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg .
7. 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.
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

All foreign nationals (including long term pass holders, short term visitors and all those who had obtained prior approval from entry into Singapore) who have visited South Africa or United Kingdom in the last 14 days, are not allowed to enter or transit through Singapore

Short-term travellers holding an Air Travel Pass (ATP) who have visited the state of New South Wales (NSW) in Australia in the last 14 days, are not permitted to enter Singapore

Only the following passengers are permitted to enter Singapore:

-Singapore citizens (SC)
-Permanent residents (PR)
-Long term pass holders (including work pass, student’s pass, dependent’s pass and long term visit pass)
-Long term pass holders including those granted an In-Principle Approval (IPA) who are entering or returning to Singapore and are able to show the approval letter of entry
-Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) holders issued by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) with ICA approval letter.
-All Student Pass holders (STP) issued by Ministry of Education (MOE) with MOE approval letter.
-Work Pass holders (including Employment Pass, Entre Pass, Personalised Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit, Training Employment Pass, Work Holiday Pass, Dependant’s Pass, Long Term Visit Pass.) issued by Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) with MOM approval letter
-Short-term visitors holding a valid visa and the approval documents obtained via the appropriate COVID-19 travel channels (e.g. a Safe Travel Pass under Green/Fast Lane arrangements, or Air Travel Pass). More information is available at ICA’s websiteOpen a new window
-Business Travel Pass (BTP) holders who are currently stranded in the UK are allowed to return to Singapore, providing they hold the Pre-approved Business Pass and the Letter for Entry into Singapore

Quarantine measures:

-Singapore citizens, Permanent residents and long term pass holders who were staying (including transit) in Japan, Malaysia and the Republic of Korea in the past 14 days prior to travelling to Singapore, are required to serve the 14 day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at the dedicated SHN facilities.

-Singapore citizens and Permanent residents may serve the 14-day SHN at their place of residence.

-Long Term Pass holders may serve their 14-day SHN at a place of residence that they or their family members own, or at a hotel

-Singapore citizens, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass holders who have visited New South Wales (NSW), Australia (i.e. including Sydney) in the last 14 days before departing for Singapore, will be subject to a 7-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) quarantine at their place of residence

-Singaporean citizens and permanent residents arriving from the United Kingdom or South Africa, will be subject to an additional 7-day self-isolation period at their place of residence, following their 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated SHN facilitates:
Passengers travelling from low risk countries/regions, including Macao and Taiwan, will be required to undergo a 7-day SHN quarantine at their place of residence

-All other customers entering from other countries are required to serve their 14-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities (at their own expense)

-Passengers with travel history (including transit) to Hong Kong in the past 14 days, are required to serve the 14 day SHN at the dedicated SHN facilities. Passengers meet the following criteria are allowed to serve their 14 day SHN quarantine at their place of residence:

*Passengers had only travelled to Hong Kong, Fiji, Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand in the last consecutive 14 days prior to entry, AND
*They are occupying their place of residence alone, or only with household members who are also persons serving SHN with the same travel history and duration of SHN

 

Lockdown Details

Most of Singapore’s lockdown restrictions have now been lifted and new daily coronavirus cases are down to single digits most days.

Currently:

Masks are now compulsory for everyone outside their homes.

Groups of up to 8 people are allowed to meet outside the home.

Organized events of up to 250 people are permitted.

Religious gatherings of up to 100 people are allowed.

Households are allowed up to 8 visitors.

Speaking is discouraged on public transport.
 

Sources

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