The Vaccinated Travel Lane is now open to multiple countries including France and the US.
Here’s some good news amidst the Covid-19 situation. We can finally go on a much-needed holiday! What are the three magic words? Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL). Yes, the government has announced that we’re opening our borders progressively. We give you the full lowdown on where, when and how you can travel without quarantine. Read on for the full deets and get excited!
What’s the Vaccinated Travel Lane?
The VTL policy allows fully vaccinated individuals to travel to Singapore without serving a stay-home notice (SHN). As of writing, Singapore is open to a total of 13 countries under the scheme, including Germany, South Korea, Francy, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The new countries that have been added to the list are Switzerland and Australia, allowing you to depart from both countries and enter Singapore without serving quarantine. Additionally, the VTL scheme will extend to Malaysia, Finland and Sweden from 29 November.
Plus, Covid-19 PCR testing will be reduced to two instead of the current four. Vaccinated travellers have to take a pre-departure test within 48 hours of their scheduled departure for Singapore and another test upon arriving.
What are the current VTL flights?
The airlines that offer VTL flights are Singapore Airlines (SIA), Scoot and national carriers from the aforementioned countries like Air France and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. All passengers on board must be fully vaccinated.
SIA will offer VTL flights from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Paris, and Rome. Followed by VTL flight services from Seoul from 16 November. And from 2 December to 15 February, SIA will offer four times weekly seasonal flights to Vancouver, Canada and Seattle in the US. In addition, you can fly back to Singapore from Berlin with Scoot. For SIA’s full VTL flight schedules, check out the website.
How to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass
Before you embark on your VTL flight, you have to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) between 7 and 30 days before your intended date of entry into Singapore. However, returning Singapore citizens and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated don’t have to apply for the VTP. In other words, you’ll automatically qualify under the VTL. This also extends to unvaccinated children who are 12 and below, starting from October 19. Yay to family vacations!
More easing of border restrictions
The government has classified countries and regions into four different categories. Each category has its own border restrictions. The traveller’s 14-day travel history will be used to determine which category they fall into.
Category I allows travellers to enter Singapore without having to serve SHN. But, they’ll have to take an on-arrival Covid-19 PCR test. Countries and regions in this group include China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao.
Travellers coming from countries in Category II are required to undergo a 7-day SHN and several PCR tests, which can be served at their accommodation of choice. Singapore citizens, PRs and long-term pass holders may be allowed to serve their 7-day SHN at their place of residence if conditions are suitable. This category is extensive with countries like Egypt, Iceland and Japan on the list.
Countries in Category III include Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, and Slovenia. Travellers from this category are required to undergo a 10-day SHN at their accommodation of choice alongside PCR tests. However, Singapore citizens and PRs can opt out of dedicated SHN facilities and serve their quarantine at a suitable accommodation of their choice.
Last but not least, travellers from Category IV are required to undergo a 10-day SHN at dedicated SHN facilities alongside a testing regime. Other countries and regions not mentioned earlier fall under this category.
Do check the SafeTravel portal for the latest updates.
Now, who’s ready for a long vacation via the Vaccinated Travel Lane?