Singapore to Reopen Borders to All Fully-Vaccinated Travelers from April 1
- Özgür Töre
Singapore will reopen its borders to all fully vaccinated travelers, removing all existing vaccinated travel lanes (VTL) and unilateral opening arrangements from April 1.
Instead, it will transition to a new simplified travel framework - the vaccinated travel framework - where countries and regions will be classified into two categories - general travel or the restricted category.
All fully-vaccinated travelers from any country or region will be able to enter Singapore without the need for quarantine, as long as they have not visited any countries or regions in the restricted category in the past seven days. There are currently no countries or regions in the restricted category.
Travelers will no longer be required to serve a quarantine/stay-home notice or undergo an unsupervised antigen rapid test after arriving in Singapore. However, they must take a pre-departure test within two days before departing for Singapore and obtain a negative test result. This test can be a Polymerase Chain Reaction test, a professionally-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) or a self-administered ART that is remotely supervised by an ART provider in Singapore that provides such services.
This also means that travelers will no longer be required to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass or Air Travel Pass for entry into Singapore.
Airlines will no longer need to operate designated VTL flights into Singapore, and fully-vaccinated travelers may now enter Singapore on any flight. There will no longer be quotas applied on daily arrivals. Existing customers who are currently booked on a VTL flight on or after 1 April may travel as planned. They need not make any changes to their booking.
As for Vaccination Status, all vaccination certificates, regardless of the place of issuance and whether digitally verifiable or not, will be accepted as proof of vaccination.
Under current arrangements, fully vaccinated travelers have to enter Singapore on specific flights to avoid quarantines. They must also take an on-arrival antigen rapid test. Pre-departure tests will be removed for people entering via land borders but will still be needed for those entering via air and sea routes.
Returning Singapore residents previously needed to pay for Covid-related medical bills if they tested positive within 14 days of their arrival, but will no longer need to with immediate effect.
Travelers who are not fully vaccinated will be subject to prevailing quarantine and testing requirements. Long-Term Pass holders and short-term visitors who are not fully vaccinated must also apply for approval prior to entry into Singapore.
Mask mandate and other restrictions eased
Singapore will ease most of its Covid restrictions including outdoor mask mandates starting March 29.
Masks will still be needed indoors, and safe distancing of one meter between groups in mask-off settings will still be required.
Limits on social gatherings will be doubled from five to 10 people, more employees can return to offices and capacity limits for large events will be increased. Singapore will also lift restrictions on large-scale social events, live performances and alcohol consumption beyond 10.30pm from Mar 29.
Current restrictions on the sale and consumption of alcohol after 10.30pm will also be lifted. At the same time, live performances will be allowed to resume at all venues, including at F&B establishments, which will also be allowed to screen live broadcast programs and recorded entertainment.
Large-scale social gatherings and events, such as gala dinners, corporate dinner-and-dance events, birthday celebrations and anniversaries will be allowed to resume.