Following Singapore's COVID-19 vaccination drive and the successful implementation of its Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) program for travelers from Brunei and Germany, Singapore is adding eight more countries.
From October 19, travelers fully vaccinated for COVID-19 from Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (USA) will be able to enter Singapore quarantine-free. South Korea will be added to the list effective November 15.
Under the VTL scheme, travelers who are short-term visitors or holders of long-term passes (Long-Term Visit Pass, Student’s Pass, Work Pass or Dependant’s Pass) arriving from any of the listed countries will need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP). Travelers will then have to book travel on designated VTP flights bound for Singapore, and have stayed in the country of origin in 14 consecutive days before departure.
Fully vaccinated Singapore citizens and permanent residents will not need to apply for travel under the VTL arrangement. All VTL travelers bound for Singapore will be required to take two COVID-19 PCR tests with the first within 48 hours before departure and upon arrival.
In a separate announcement, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) stated that unvaccinated children under the age of 12 with a VTL traveller will be able allowed entry to Singapore.
Singapore first launched its VTL in early September for travellers from Brunei and Germany.
Singapore Airlines' Operations to Support the Expanded VTL
With Singapore's announcement of the expanded VTL scheme, Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group announced its plans to expand its VTL services.
Currently serving VTL flights from Bandar Seri Begawan, Frankfurt, and Munich, Singapore Airlines will add services from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Paris, and Rome starting 19 October 2021. VTL services from Seoul will start on November 16.
In addition, SIA Group's budget airline Scoot will operate VTL flights from Berlin on October 20.
“The SIA Group supports all measures to reopen Singapore to quarantine-free international travel. This will enable the safe and gradual recovery of Changi Airport as a major air hub, backed by rising vaccination rates and confidence in the robust health and safety measures across the end-to-end customer journey,” said Singapore Airlines Executive Vice President for Commercial Lee Lik Hsin.