Safe Travel: International Travel Requirements (Inbound & Outbound)

Since the pandemic, all borders have been shut to contain the worldwide spread of COVID-19. As the world slowly moves towards the endemic phase, Singapore has also committed to reopening its borders to international travel.

With 91% of the eligible population in Singapore fully vaccinated, walk-ins are also available for those who need their boosters and other primary vaccination series.

Singapore has also implemented and introduced Safe Travel Lanes and Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) with quarantine-free measures to facilitate travel while safeguarding public health.

Check out WhatsDoc’s Forums on Travel Health and COVID-19 for a professional second opinion on travelling. 

Outbound Travel from Singapore (Short visits)

Travellers are allowed to depart from Singapore and do not need specific approval. However, you would require checking the necessary arrival & departure requirements of your designated country and region.

This includes:

  • Pre-Departure COVID Test 
    • On the day of the test, travellers should bring the following documents to the clinic:
      • Identity card (for Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Long-Term Pass Holders)
      • Passport
      • Flight booking details showing the departure timing
  • Digital health & Vaccine Certificates 

WhatsDoc is collaborating with MOH-certified organisations like SwabHub.SG and Singapore Swab & Travel to provide quick and efficient pre-travel swab test services. Visit the websites to schedule an appointment.

  • Reciprocal Green Lane (For Brunei and Mainland China)

The RGL is a single-entry short-term essential travel for business or official purposes. More information: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/rgl/overview

Travellers may also utilise Reciprocal Green Lane outbound arrangements to travel to Mainland China and Brunei.

More information for departures from Singapore: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/departing/overview

Returning to Singapore 

Travellers who intend to return to Singapore should note that the prevailing entry requirements will apply for their return to Singapore. Travellers who are required to obtain entry approval before returning to Singapore (e.g. Work Permit Holders) are advised to secure an entry date before leaving Singapore, if they require certainty of a return date.

Traveling to Singapore

For travellers entering Singapore, you will be subjected to the necessary health-related protocols based on your vaccination status and travel history. Singapore Citizens (SC) and Permanent Residents (PRs) can enter Singapore from any overseas country/region without an Entry Approval; subject to the necessary requirements listed in the Safe Travel list. 

Short-Term Visits

  • Traveling to Singapore from Malaysia & Other Related Countries

Travellers departing from Malaysia may enjoy quarantine-free travel if they use the following VTLs, conditions apply including use of designated VTL transport:

  1. Vaccinated Travel Lane (Air) for travel via air: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/requirements-and-process
  2. Vaccinated Travel Lane (Land) for travel via the Causeway: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl-land/overview
  3. Death & Critical Illness Emergency Visit Lane (DCEV): https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/dcev/overview 
  4. Familial Ties Lane (FTL): https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/scpr-familial-ties-lane/overview

Other countries that are also allowed entry to Singapore via VTL (Air):

  • Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Maldives, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Qatar, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam

If you are flying, please ensure that you fulfil the necessary documents within the VTL Air Checklist for Travel to Singapore: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/travel-checklist

Travellers will need to undergo the following COVID-19 tests:

  • Pre-departure COVID-19 PCR, professionally administered ART, or self-administered and remotely supervised by an ART provider in Singapore providing such services taken within 2 days before departure for Singapore.
  • Unsupervised self-administered ART using self-procured authorised ART kits within 24 hours of arrival in Singapore. Travellers are required to report their test result via https://www.sync.gov.sg before proceeding with their activities in Singapore.

Can I still travel if I had COVID before?

If you have a history of having COVID before, you would need to present proof that you have recovered between 7 – 90 days before the date of departure to Singapore. 

Fully vaccinated recovered travellers may also qualify for exemption from COVID-19 tests. 

For more information on this, please refer: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vaccinated-recovered

For their journey to Singapore, travellers must carry along an electronic or physical copy of the documents applicable to them, and be prepared to present them to airline staff and immigration officers. The table below summarises the key documents travellers have to bring along.

  1. Digitally-verifiable vaccination certificate; OR
  2. English, or English translated and notarised vaccination certificate with the following details:
    1. Name (per travel document used for entry)
    2. At least one other personal identifier, e.g. date of birth or passport number (per travel document used for entry)
    3. Country of vaccination
    4. Name of vaccine(s) administered, i.e. different names for different vaccine type
    5. Vaccination date(s)

More arrival information can be obtained here: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview

From Singapore to Malaysia  

The Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) by air between Malaysia and Singapore has been expanded to include the Penang-Singapore route from March 16 onwards. Fully vaccinated travellers between Penang and Singapore and vice-versa with participating airlines under the VTL without being required to quarantine upon arrival.

  • VTL Air from Singapore to Malaysia: 

https://www.imi.gov.my/portal2017/images/fail_pengumuman/2021/12_Dis/VTL_Udara_EN_29122021.pdf

  • VTL Land from Singapore to Malaysia: 

https://www.imi.gov.my/portal2017/index.php/ms/sumber-dan-arkib/pengumuman/2091-laluan-perjalanan-vaksinasi-darat.html

Returning to Malaysia from Singapore (Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA))

Specifically for citizens and permanent residents of Malaysia who hold a long-term visas for business or work purposes in Singapore: https://mtp.imi.gov.my/myTravelPass/main?termConditionPCA

Other related matters for inbound to Malaysia:

Currently, VTL is offered between Malaysia-Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia. Announcements on VTL for other countries will be made in stages based on risk assessment. 

Registration on MySafeTravel portal is recommended to be done at least seven days before your travel date. A pre-departure test within two days of your arrival date is required.

https://www.imi.gov.my/portal2017/images/fail_pengumuman/2022/2_Feb/merge_LITB_guideline_17022022.pdf

 Travellers in Singapore

Singapore does not require COVID-19 tests, travel visas or entry approvals for transit travellers. Further information can be obtained: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/transit/overview

Other countries:

If you are traveling by sea from Indonesia to Singapore, please refer: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl-sea/overview

For more information on Inbound and Outbound travel for Singapore, please refer to the Safe Travel website here: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/ 

Travel Info/ Regulations from Airlines/ Other relatable travel VTL articles:

Singapore Airlines: https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/hk/travel-info/vaccinated-travel-lanes/

Malaysia Airlines: https://www.malaysiaairlines.com/mhapp/hq/en/important-notice/malaysia.html

[Article] Full list of Vaccinated Travel Lane flights to Singapore: https://mainlymiles.com/2022/03/15/full-list-of-vaccinated-travel-lane-flights-to-singapore/

[Article] Singapore to Malaysia Air & Land Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL): https://www.klook.com/en-SG/blog/singapore-malaysia-vtl-vaccinated-travel-lane/

References:

https://faq.mysafetravel.gov.my/

https://www.mysafetravel.gov.my/

https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/health

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/malaysia-border-reopening-can-i-cross-the-border-hassle-free-now

https://mtp.imi.gov.my/myTravelPass/main?termConditionRGL

https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/pca/requirements-and-process#:~:text=In%20summary%2C%20travellers%20using%20the,for%20short%20term%20home%20leave

https://www.mfa.gov.sg/countries-regions/m/malaysia/travel-page

https://www.malaysiaairlines.com/mhapp/hq/en/important-notice/malaysia.html

https://www.klook.com/en-MY/blog/singapore-malaysia-vtl-vaccinated-travel-lane/