COVID-19: Singapore Travel Updates

Marina Bay Sands Luxury Hotel - Singapore by night.

Updated 10th April 2022.


LATEST SINGAPORE COVID-19 NEWS: 

  • 1st April 2022 – Singapore officially reopened to all vaccinated travellers, shifting a change from VTLs to Vaccinated Traveller Framework. Source.
  • 24th March 2022 – Singapore is relaxing more COVID-19 restrictions from 1st April 2022. VTLs will be scrapped in favour of opening to all vaccinated travellers with pre-departure test. Source.
  • 10th March 2022 – Singapore is working to replace its VTL scheme with a vaccinated travellers concept. Source.

Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South East Asia’s Backpacker’s understanding of the current rules for entry. While we update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as it can be, we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Singapore Travel Restrictions

Can you travel to Singapore right now?

Vaccinated Travellers:

As of 1st April 2022, Singapore is open to fully vaccinated travellers from across the world without quarantine.

Please see here for Singapore’s list of recognised vaccines*. 

*If you have been fully vaccinated more than 270 days ago, you will need a booster dose to be considered fully vaccinated. The most recent dose should be given no later than two weeks prior to travel to Singapore. From 14th March 2022, this rule will include everybody over 12 years of age.

Unvaccinated Travellers:

Unvaccinated short term visitors will not be able to travel to Singapore.

However, Singapore citizens or residents can enter unvaccinated. Unvaccinated travellers who are given permission to enter the country will need to complete a 7-day quarantine.


Entry Requirements

Before you enter Singapore, you will need:

Required Entry Documents

  • Bring proof of vaccination status
  • Take a PCR test no earlier than 48 hours before departing for Singapore
  • Download the TraceTogether app on your mobile (short term pass holders)
  • Complete an online SG Arrival Card within 3 days before arrival.

Insurance

You must have travel insurance that covers COVID-19 hospitalisation and treatment. This must total at least S$30,000. We recommend SafetyWing for travellers. 

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COVID-19 Tests Required

You must take a COVID-19 test on arrival in Singapore.


Upon Arrival

Quarantine Period

There will be no quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers.

Unvaccinated travellers will be required to quarantine in a SHN dedicated facility (government-approved hotel) for 7 days upon arrival. Travellers will need to meet the cost for their stay in the quarantine hotel.

See: Quarantine hotels in Singapore

During your time in Singapore, if you test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has, you will be required to quarantine in a government facility. This is different to the quarantine hotels in place for those unvaccinated arriving in the country. You can be held in a government quarantine facility for up to several weeks. 


Local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations below are only meant to serve as a guide and the situation is prone to change rapidly without warning. For more information on local rules and restrictions visit https://safetravel.ica.gov.

  • FACE COVERINGS – Mandatory in public spaces. The only exceptions are eating, drinking, undertaking intense exercise or taking medication. Children under 6 are exempt. You can be fined or imprisoned if you are caught not wearing your mask in a public space. Also see: Best face masks for travel. 
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING – A one-metre social distancing rule is currently in place, as well as mandatory use of face masks in public spaces. 
  • CURFEWS – None at present but these could be introduced at short notice.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT – Masks are mandatory on all public transport.
  • VENUES AND GATHERINGS – If you want to dine in a restaurant, this is allowed in groups of up to five providing everybody is fully vaccinated (that is to say, it has been at least 14 days since they received their final jab of an approved vaccine). Children under the age of 12 from the same household as the other diners who have not been vaccinated can be included. At hawker centres, a maximum of two people can dine together, regardless of their vaccination status. Social gatherings must be limited to five people and you can have two gatherings per day, either at somebody’s home or in a public place.
  • MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE – Singapore is using the Trace Together phone app which allows you to scan in and out of public areas, such as places of worship, shopping centres and other public buildings. Working from home is still being encouraged for residents and nationals. 

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Sheree Hooker | Editor @ South East Asia Backpacker + Winging The World

Sheree is the awkward British wanderluster behind Winging The World, a blog designed to show that even the most useless of us can travel. Follow Sheree’s adventures as she blunders around the globe, falling into squat toilets, getting into cars with machete men and running away from angry peacocks. In recent years, Sheree has also taken on the role of editor at South East Asia Backpacker.

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