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Hold on to your passports as travel might be returning to normal really soon!

[UPDATE] There are no more VTL countries starting 1 Apr 2022

Travel Rules - VTL Singapore

Starting 1 Apr 2022, the VTL scheme will be replaced with the Vaccinated Travel Framework, making travelling easier for everyone 🛫.

According to the new rules, there will no longer be any VTL countries or designated flights back to Singapore. So you can travel to any country and take any flight back home without serving quarantine upon arrival!

While you’ll still need a supervised ART or PCR test within 48 hours of departure, there won’t be on-arrival tests in Singapore.

Read also: No More VTL Flights From 1 April 2022 — 5 Things to Know about Travelling in and Out of Singapore

Man with Backpack - VTL Singapore

In case you’ve forgotten, here’s a quick recap on the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL):

– Fully vaccinated travellers can return from a VTL country to Singapore quarantine-free
– Pre-departure & On-arrival PCR/ART tests are required for some destinations
– Return to Singapore must be on a VTL flight
– Before returning, you have to be in a VTL country for the last seven days (travelling under seven days is fine)
Upon return to Singapore, you can take an unsupervised ART within 24 hours of arrival
– Travellers who have been in any country within the European Economic Area in the last seven days will also be eligible for quarantine-free return

Jump to a relevant section by clicking any of the links below:

– VTL Countries
– VTL Flights
– Essential Pre-trip Documents
– Pre-flight Checklist from Singapore
– Pre-flight Checklist to Singapore
– Mask Rules in VTL Countries
– Resources for Safe Travels
– VTL FAQs

Know where you’re travelling to?

Key in the country in the form below for a country-specific summary:

Need inspiration? Here are the VTL Countries:

Girl in Korea Wearing Hanbok - VTL Singapore

Currently, there are 32 countries under the VTL Singapore scheme.

VTL CountriesLatest Updates
Australia VTLAll states are fully open to vaccinated international travellers

[NEW] No pre-departure Covid test from 17 Apr
Brunei VTLNot open for leisure travel
*Travellers from Brunei can enter SG
Cambodia VTL
Canada VTL
Denmark VTL
Fiji VTL
Finland VTL
France VTL
Germany VTL
Greece VTL
Hong Kong VTLOnly Hong Kong residents are allowed to enter
*Quarantine for up to 14 days
India VTLVTL extended to all Indian cities
Indonesia VTLVTL (Air) to Jakarta and Bali, and VTL (Sea) to Bintan and Batam
Israel VTL
Italy VTL
Malaysia VTLVTL (Air) to Kuala Lumpur and Penang, and VTL (Land) to Johor Bahru

[NEW] Reopening borders to all international travellers from 1 Apr. From then on, no more designated VTL flights for entry and on-arrival PCR test will be replaced by ART test within 24 hours.

[NEW] From 1 Apr, can drive into Malaysia without quarantine or testing.
Maldives VTL
Philippines VTL
Qatar VTL
Saudi Arabia VTL
South Korea VTL
Spain VTL
Sri Lanka VTL
Sweden VTL
Switzerland VTL
Thailand VTLVaccinated travellers will soon be able to enter Singapore from all cities in Thailand without quarantine — date to be announced

[NEW] Plans to lift pretravel testing requirement from 1 Apr
The Netherlands VTL
Turkey VTL
UAE VTL
United Kingdom VTL
United States VTL
Vietnam VTL

Read also: Singapore-Korea VTL — 13 Essential Things We Wished We Knew Before Planning Our Trip

If you’re returning to Singapore from a non-VTL country/flight, you are required to:

  1. Serve 7-day Stay Home Notice (regardless of risk categories)
  2. Take a COVID-19 PCR test to exit SHN

Direct, Non-Stop VTL Flights back to Singapore

Airplane Window - VTL Singapore

*Apart from Malaysia, you can take any flight out to the destination country but you must return on a designated VTL flight to Singapore.

CountryAirline
Australia VTLJetstar Airways, Jetstar Asia, Qantas, Scoot, Singapore Airlines
Brunei VTLRoyal Brunei Airlines, Singapore Airlines
Cambodia VTLJetstar Asia, Singapore Airlines
Canada VTLSingapore Airlines
Denmark VTLSingapore Airlines
Fiji VTLFiji Airways
Finland VTLFinnair
France VTLAir France, Singapore Airlines
Germany VTLLufthansa, Scoot, Singapore Airlines
Greece VTLScoot
Hong Kong VTLCathay Pacific, HK Express, Scoot, Singapore Airlines
India VTLAirIndia, IndiGo, Singapore Airlines, Vistara
Indonesia VTLGaruda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines
Israel VTLNo direct flight
Italy VTLSingapore Airlines
Malaysia VTLAirAsia, Jetstar Asia, Malaysia Airlines, Malindo Air, Scoot, Singapore Airlines
Maldives VTLSingapore Airlines
Philippines VTLCebu Pacific, Jetstar Asia, Philippines Airlines, Scoot, Singapore Airlines
Qatar VTLQatar Airways
Saudi Arabia VTLSaudia, Scoot
South Korea VTLAsiana Airlines, Korean Air, Scoot, Singapore Airlines
Spain VTLSingapore Airlines
Sri Lanka VTLSingapore Airlines, SriLankan Airlines
Sweden VTLNo direct flight
Switzerland VTLSingapore Airlines, SWISS
Thailand VTLJetstar Asia, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, Thai AirAsia, Thai Airways, Thai Lion Air
The Netherlands VTLKLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Singapore Airlines
Turkey VTLSingapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines
UAE VTLEmirates, Etihad, Singapore Airlines
United Kingdom VTLBritish Airways, Singapore Airlines
United States VTLSingapore Airlines, United Airlines
Vietnam VTLBamboo Airways, Jetstar, Scoot, Singapore Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet

*Note: The government will be progressively lifting the 50% cap on the number of VTL travellers.

Essential Pre-trip Documents

Man Carrying Laptop - Safe Travels

1) Proof of Vaccination

Download your digital Covid vaccination certificate via Notarise.

The vaccination certificate is only valid if:
– It’s 14–180 days from the second dose/booster
– Vaccine is recognised on the World Health Organisation Emergency Use Listing — includes Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna

EU Digital Covid Certificate

In Europe, travelling across borders and entering certain attractions require proof of vaccination via Europe’s Digital Covid Certificate. You can now upload your Singapore-issued vaccination certificates on any of the Covid apps for easy access.

2) Travel Insurance

– Some countries require a minimum amount of Covid coverage
– Examples of coverage include overseas medical expenses, quarantine overseas, repatriation, trip cancellation due to Covid
– Print in hard copy for safe travels

Mandatory Travel Insurance with Covid Coverage
Fiji
Indonesia
Israel
Malaysia
Philippines
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Thailand
Turkey
Vietnam
Policy must cover Covid medical treatment, no minimum amount designated 
S$30,000
Policy must cover Covid medical treatment, no minimum amount designated 
RM100,000 (~S$32,000)
US$35,000 (~S$48,000)
Policy must cover Covid medical treatment, no minimum amount designated 
₩30,000,000 (~S$34,000)
Local Covid 19 insurance of US$75,000 (~S$102,000)
US$20,000 (~S$27,000)
Policy must cover Covid medical treatment for the entire trip
US$10,000 (~S$13,500)

Some policies to consider:

Travel Insurance PolicyCoverage
AIG Travel GuardFrom S$50K
Allianz Travel InsuranceFrom S$1M
Aviva Travel InsuranceFrom S$10K
AXA SmartTravellerFrom S$300K
DBS TravellerShieldFrom S$50K
Great Eastern TravelSmart PremierFrom S$150K
HL Assurance COVIDSafe Travel Protect360From S$100K
MSIG TravelEasyFrom S$65K
NTUC Income Travel InsuranceFrom S$150K
Sompo Travel (COVID-19) InsuranceFrom S$100K

3) Other essential documents

– All VTL countries require proof of vaccination but some countries require more documents such as proof of negative Covid test result, declaration forms and sometimes even proof of accommodation bookings. Here’s a handy list below:

*Note: Remember to check if you need to apply for a visa too

CountryProof of Negative Covid Test ResultMandatory Travel InsuranceDocuments
Australia VTLAll states
Australian Travel Declaration (at least 72 hours before departure)
Australian Capital Territory
Online Declaration Form (within 24 hours of arrival)
Victoria

International Passenger Arrival Permit from Service Victoria
Western Australia
G2G Pass

Cambodia VTL
Canada VTL– Enter travel information on ArriveCAN (72 hours prior to the trip)
Denmark VTL
Fiji VTL– Proof of min. three-night booking at Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) certified property (hotel or resort)
– Proof of CFC transfer booking from airport to hotel
Finland VTL
France VTLSworn statement of absence of Covid symptoms and contact with Covid case
–  European Digital Passenger Locator Form
– Download TousAntiCovid app
Germany VTL
Greece VTLPassenger Locator Form (optional)
– Download Visit Greece app
India VTL– Self-declaration form on Air Suvidha portal
Indonesia VTL✔ (hardcopy)– Register travel details on e-HAC form via PeduliLindungi app 
– Proof of accommodation booking in Indonesia
– For Sea VTL, book “travel bubble package” at participating hotels in Lagoi Bintan Resort or Nongsa Sensation
Bali
– Proof of a min. four-day booking at CHSE-certified hotel
– Complete e-CD form
– Download Presisi Quarantine Monitoring app
Israel VTLEntry Statement Form (48 hours before arrival)
Italy VTL–  European Digital Passenger Locator Form
Malaysia VTL– Register travel details on MySafeTravel portal (before arrival)
– Download MySejahtera app
Maldives VTLTraveller Health Declaration Form (within 48 hours of arrival)
Philippines VTL– Register travel details on One Health Pass (before arrival)
– Download Traze app
Qatar VTL– Register travel details on official website
– Download Ehteraz app 
– Sign an Undertaking and Acknowledgement Form (before arrival)
Saudi Arabia VTLRegistration Immunisation Information Form
– Download Tawakkalna app (within 8 hours of arrival)
South Korea VTL✔ (hardcopy)– Physical Health Declaration Form and a Special Quarantine Declaration Form (on flight)
Spain VTLHealth Control Form (48 hours before departure)
Sri Lanka VTL✔ (local insurance)Health Declaration Form
Sweden VTL
Switzerland VTLEntry Form (at least 48h before arrival)
Thailand VTL– Apply for Thailand Pass
– Proof of Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus certified hotel booking on day one
– Proof of pre-arranged transport from airport to accommodation
– Download Mor Chana app
The Netherlands VTLHealth Declaration Form
Vaccine Declaration COVID-19 Form
– Proof of return journey (return flight ticket)
Turkey VTLTurkey Traveller Entry Form (72 hours before departure)
UAE VTL– Download Alhosn app
United Kingdom VTLPublic Health Passenger Locator Form (optional)
United States VTL– Hardcopy of Passenger Disclosure and Attestation to the United States of America Form (during check-in)
Vietnam VTLHealth Declaration Form (before arrival)
– Download PC-COVID app

Pre-flight Checklist from Singapore

Checklist from SG Infographic- Safe Travels

1) Pre-departure Testing (SG)

– Depending on the VTL country, can be either a PCR or ART test taken in Singapore
– Should be taken within a certain period before the flight
– From MOH-approved list
– Factor in time taken for results (usually takes one day)

Negative PCR Test Required Before DepartureCountry
48 hoursIndonesia (Air VTL), Philippines, Qatar, South Korea
72 hoursIndonesia (Sea VTL), Israel, Thailand
PCR/ART Test Required Before Departure Country
24 hoursAustralia (ART), Canada (ART), Fiji (ART), United States^, Vietnam (ART)

^Test can be taken one day before departure, regardless of flight timing
48 hoursFiji (PCR), Malaysia*

*PCR test via air travel or PCR/ART test via land travel
72 hoursAustralia (PCR), Canada (PCR), Vietnam (PCR)

*Pro-tip: Book the swab test via Klook for discounted prices from three different MOH-approved medical groups — Healthway Medical GroupDoctor Anywhere and AcuMed Medical Group.

*Note: All pre-departure ART tests should be administered by a medical professional.

2) On-arrival PCR/ART Test (Destination Country)

CountryRequirements
AustraliaAustralian Capital Territory
ART test within 24 hours of arrival
New South Wales
ART test within 24 hours of arrival
Northern Territory/Tasmania
– No on-arrival test required
Queensland
ART/PCR test within 24 hours of arrival
South Australia
– PCR test within 24 hours of arrival
Victoria

ART test within 24 hours of arrival
Western Australia
– ART test within 12 hours of arrival
*Arrival day is counted as day zero
Canada– May be randomly selected for on-arrival test
Fiji– Stay at a Care Fiji Commitment (CFC) certified property (min. three nights) and take an ART test there after two days
*Arrival day is counted as day zero
France– May be randomly selected for on-arrival test
Greece– May be randomly selected for on-arrival test
India– May be randomly selected for on-arrival test
Indonesia– PCR test on arrival via air and sea travel
– PCR test on day three after arrival (Air VTL)
*Arrival day is counted as day one
Israel– PCR test on arrival (pre-booked and paid before departure)
MalaysiaPCR test on arrival via air travel
ART test on arrival via land travel
Qatar– May be randomly selected for on-arrival test
South Korea– PCR test on arrival (pre-booked before departure)
– Self-swab ART test on day six or seven (if staying longer than eight days)
*Arrival day is counted as day one
Thailand– PCR test on arrival at pre-booked Safety and Health Administration (SHA) Plus certified hotels (travellers must stay in the room until the results are out)
– Self-swab ART test on day five
– Submit swab test results on MorChana app 
*Arrival day is counted as day one
Turkey– May be randomly selected for on-arrival test

Pre-flight Checklist to Singapore

Pre-flight Checklist to Singapore - VTL Singapore

*Note: Under the Singapore VTL scheme, travellers are not allowed to take public transport back home and must self-isolate until they receive a negative test result from their post-arrival test.

3) Pre-departure PCR/ART test

– Professionally administered PCR or ART test within 48 hours before departure
– From an internationally accredited or recognised laboratory, clinic, or medical facility in the VTL country
– Test certificate must be in English
– Test certificate must state the date taken, traveller’s name, date of birth or passport number

*Note: Submit an SG Arrival Card (SGAC) with pre-trip health and travel history declaration three days before arrival in Singapore.

Vaccinated travellers who have recovered from Covid

If you have recovered from Covid recently, you might be eligible to skip the pre-departure PCR/ART test (back to Singapore). All you need is an official positive test dated between 7-90days (inclusive) before departure.

4) On-arrival PCR/ART Test (SG)

Travellers with a valid positive test dated between 7-90days are exempted from the on-arrival test. For all other travellers:

– Mandatory unsupervised ART within 24 hours of arrival and submit the results online

Mask Rules in VTL Countries

Myeungdong Street - VTL Singapore

Various cities and states in certain countries have different rules regarding mask-wearing so do check beforehand.

Mandatory Mask-wearing Indoors and on Public Transport (Incl. Taxis)
Australia, Canada, Fiji, Finland, France^, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Maldives, Qatar, Switzerland, UAE, United States

^Mask-wearing only mandatory on public transport
*Note: Unless there are certain circumstances, mask-wearing is generally not compulsory outdoors for the countries listed above. Do check the destination country before going.

Mandatory Mask-wearing Indoors and Outdoors
Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam

Read also: Guide to Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) with South Korea, Europe, and North America

Resources for Safe Travels

Person Typing on Laptop - Safe Travels

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
– Respective embassy website of destination country
– Call the respective embassy of destination country

VTL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Looking Out Airplane Window - VTL Singapore

1) Can I travel to different countries before coming back to Singapore?

Yes, as long as you’re in a VTL country for the last 7 days before returning to Singapore.

2) Where can I take my on-arrival ART test in Singapore?

You can take an unsupervised ART test within 24 hours of arrival and submit the results online

3) What if I test positive for Covid before returning to Singapore?

This can be stressful but it’s not the end of the world! On the bright side, you can now skip the on-arrival test back in Singapore.

The first thing you should do is to seek a Covid testing centre to obtain an official positive test result.

Next, check your insurance to see what it covers for Covid-related expenses. Some plans allow claims for extra accommodation booked during isolation. For more information, read this: I Tested Positive for Covid-19 While Travelling – Here’s What to Do When it Happens

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you, this was super helpful, so just to double confirm under turkey vtl i dont need to take a test pre departure from singapore and likewise for pre departure from turkey?
    Thank you again.

    • Hi! No pre-departure test from Singapore is required if you are fully vaccinated at least 14 days before travelling to Turkey. However, you’ll need to provide proof of your vaccination status. You may check the latest restrictions and requirements here: https://www.istanbulsairport.com/en/restriction-sep

      As for entry into Singapore, you’ll need to take either a PCR or ART test within 2 days before departure from Turkey.

  2. My sister is a Singaporean & she is going back to Malaysia via the VTL at Causeway from 1/3 to 6/3.
    May I know the requirement when she reached Malaysia until her return? Would appreciate it for your advice.
    Thank you

  3. Hi! Love your article! It is so helpful in many ways!

    I would like to ask if travelling to Tasmania, Australia possible as there isnt any direct flights from Singapore to Hobart? I am planning to go around late March.

    Another question, the last returning flight back to Singapore is a VTL flight as stated in the SQ website but the first flight before transit is not stated as a VTL flight. Would it still be qualified as quarantine free?

    Thank you in advance Trini!

    • Hi, glad that this article has been useful for you! Even if there are no direct flights, it is still possible to travel to Tasmania by transiting through a different area or by interstate travel in Australia. You’ll have to check the specific airline for the flight details though as it would be more updated.

      Also, based on our knowledge, as long as your flight back to Singapore is a direct VTL flight and you’ve stayed in a VTL country (e.g. any part of Australia) for at least 7 days, it should be qualified as quarantine-free. However, do check with the airline or respective embassy to be absolutely sure, as well as for any latest updates.

      Hope this helps 🙂

  4. Hi thanks for the info!
    I do have two questions that i cannot find in any website. Its regarding the on arrival supervised art test in singapore, how early can i book the qtc/ctc via the appointment booking portal?
    Can I book a slot before arrival to singapore?

  5. Looking to travel to Bali in Mid-April for 2 weeks. Fully vaxed with 3 shots.
    Am I correct that I still need 3 days Quarantine on arrival to Bali ? Are there designated Quarantine hotels ?
    Coming back to Singapore, do I need to serve SHN?

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