Singapore is introducing new border policies that will make the travel experience in Singapore similar to that before the pandemic.
Singapore has announced that starting this Friday, April 1, fully vaccinated international travellers will no longer need arrival tests or quarantine when entering Singapore.
The Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) program which Singapore introduced in August 2021, permitted travel quarantine-free for fully-vaccinated arrivals, provided they met several criteria and were tested both before departure and after arrival in Singapore.
International travellers will continue to be required to take a pre-departure PCR or antigen test within two days of departure for Singapore. In addition to a pre-departure test, international travellers must meet current visa requirements to enter Singapore, and prior to travel, short-term visitors must also have purchased travel insurance with a minimum coverage of $30,000 for COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalization costs.
Beginning April 1, all fully vaccinated travellers and non-fully vaccinated children 12 years old or under will be permitted to enter Singapore without having to use VTL transport, take arrival tests or undergo quarantine.
There will also be no more quotas on the number of daily arrivals and no entry approvals needed for all vaccinated travellers.
As a result of the new simplified travel protocols, named the Vaccinated Travel Framework, Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its subsidiary Scoot will no longer designate specific VTL flights from April 1. Customers who are already booked on VTL flights after this date may travel as planned and do not need to change their booking.
The new border policies will make the travel experience in Singapore similar to that before the pandemic. However, non-fully vaccinated long-term pass holders and short-term visitors aged 13 and above are generally not allowed to enter Singapore. Exemptions will be made for long-term pass holders medically ineligible for vaccines, long-term pass holders aged 13 to 17, and long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with other valid entry approvals.
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a televised speech that the move to reopen to vaccinated travellers will give a much-needed boost to businesses, particularly those in the tourism sector, and help Singapore reclaim its position as a business and aviation hub.
SIA and Scoot operate from 97 destinations in 34 countries to Singapore.
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