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Singapore eases travel restrictions and expands VTLs : Business Traveler USA

Requirements for vaccinated travelers to undergo PCR testing on arrival and in quarantine have been dropped

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has announced that the country’s COVID-19 travel restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers have been simplified. Besides the Vaccinated Travel Lane program has been extended and the testing requirements relaxed.

Arrivals are now divided into three categories:

  • Category I – applies to visitors from countries with low infection rates (Macau, mainland China and Taiwan)
  • General travel – includes both VTL and non-VTL countries with different quarantine rules for each
  • Restricted – this will be used for countries/regions with situations regarding COVID-19 (currently no areas are listed as restricted)

As of February 21, Category 1 travelers and those traveling under the VTL program are no longer required to take a PCR test upon arrival in Singapore and do not need to self-quarantine. Instead, they will have to take a supervised rapid antigen test within 24 hours of arriving in the country at one of the testing centers in Singapore.

The new rules also include:

  • The travel history requirement is reduced from 14 to seven days.
  • The length of stay-at-home notice will be standardized to seven days across all categories of countries and regions given omicron’s shorter incubation period.
  • Vaccinated long-stay pass holders (except work permit holders) will no longer need to obtain a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) or entry clearance to enter in Singapore. They will always have to respect the health measures at the borders on entry.

Singapore border restrictions as of February 21, 2022:

Singapore also announced that VTL air quotas have been “fully reinstated with immediate effect”. Land quotas are also reinstated this week.

Singapore is launching VTLs with Hong Kong, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. A maritime VTL will also be launched from Bintan and Batam in Indonesia to Singapore – Indonesian travelers can already travel to Singapore under a VTL agreement.

Travel requests from these areas open on February 22 at 10:00 a.m., and the first flights and ferry trips will take place on February 25.

The Department of Health says it will “gradually launch VTLs with more destinations” as it moves towards “facilitating fully vaccinated travel”.

According to a ministry statement, the incidence rate in Singapore is “now comparable to most overseas destinations” and therefore “imported cases are unlikely to affect the trajectory of local cases”.

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