Where can vaccinated Singaporeans travel without quarantine?

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Singapore is reopening its borders. Here's the list of countries offering quarantine-free travel to Singaporeans (and vice versa).

As Singapore reopens its borders and implements more Vaccinated Travel Lane agreements, I thought it’d be useful to have a post tracking the countries/territories offering quarantine-free travel to vaccinated Singaporeans.

Photo: Changi Airport

There’s two parts to this equation:

  1. Countries/territories that accept vaccinated Singaporeans without quarantine
  2. Countries/territories that Singapore accepts without quarantine

Since you’ll presumably want to avoid quarantine on both ends of your trip, you’ll need to find a country that satisfies both (1) and (2). (1) is a much longer list than (2) at the moment, so (2) is the limiting factor. 

As two-way quarantine-free options grow in the weeks and months to come, here’s where you can keep track of it. I’ll update this article on a monthly basis, or whenever there’s a major development. 

Outbound Travel

This section is based on data from Sherpa, which tracks travel restrictions by origin, vaccination status and passport. 

As of November 2021, fully-vaccinated Singapore residents can visit 151 countries and territories without quarantine. 

💉 How is “fully vaccinated” defined?

The definition of fully vaccinated varies by country, but in general refers to 14 days after completing the full regimen of a recognised vaccine.

If you’ve been vaccinated with Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty or Moderna, you don’t need to worry- virtually every country recognises it. Sinovac is more marginal, especially in Europe where France, Germany, and the UK (among others) do not recognise it yet. You can use Visa Guide’s vaccine checker tool to see if your vaccination is accepted in a given country. 

The following countries/territories do not require a COVID-19 test nor quarantine. 

Accept Fully-Vaccinated Singapore Residents 
No Testing or Quarantine Required
  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Cape Verde
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Ireland
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Saint Martin
  • San Marino
  • Senegal
  • Sint Maarten
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • Vatican City

The following countries/territories require a COVID-19 test, either before departure or on arrival (or both), but no quarantine.

Take note that some even accept antigen rapid test (ART) results, so you may not need to shell out for the more expensive PCR variety. The window for taking an ART may be shorter than a PCR, so be sure to check the relevant guidelines on Sherpa.

Accept Fully-Vaccinated Singapore Residents 
Testing Required (No Quarantine)
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Argentina
  • Aruba
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belize 
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Canada
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Cyprus
  • Djibouti
  • Dominica
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Eswatini
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Guam
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Italy
  • Ivory Coast
  • Jamaica
  • Jersey
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Lebanon
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia 
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Paraguay
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Barthélemy
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Säo Tomé and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands 
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States 
  • Uzbekistan
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

For more details on the specific restrictions by country (including recognised vaccines and pre-departure test windows), refer to IATA Travel Centre’s Timatic tool.

Do note that the above assumes you are flying non-stop from Singapore. Transit in a third country may affect your eligibility for quarantine-free travel, even if you don’t legally enter that third country. 

There are some acceptable permutations though. For example:

  • You could fly from Singapore to Frankfurt and then connect to Vienna, while still enjoying quarantine-free travel since Singapore and Germany are on Austria’s approved list
  • You could fly from Singapore to Los Angeles and then connect to Toronto, since Canada has reopened its borders to all fully-vaccinated individuals

It’s beyond the scope of this article to list all the possibilities, but Germany is a good staging point for connections, given it’s on the “green list” for a large number of countries. 

Inbound Travel

Singapore classifies all countries into four different categories, with different SHN and testing requirements. 

🛂Singapore Border Restrictions by Category
  Cat. I Cat. II Cat. III Cat. IV VTL
Short-term visitors
PDT
2D
(ART)

2D
(ART)

2D
(PCR)

2D
(ART)
On-arrival PCR test
SHN
7D
(home)

10D
(home)

10D
(hotel)
Post-SHN PCR test N/A
D7

D10

D10
N/A

Here’s the list of countries by category. For the most up to date list, do refer to the ICA’s SHN and Swab Summary page. 

Category

Countries/Territories

I

Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Taiwan

II

Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Cambodia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark1, Egypt, Fiji, France2, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, the Netherlands3, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, the Republic of Korea, Samoa, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain4, Sweden, Switzerland, Tonga, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates the United Kingdom5, the United States6, Vatican City and Vietnam

III

Argentina, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Estonia, Ethiopia, India, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Ukraine

IV

All other countries/territories

1Including the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
2Including all overseas departments and regions (DROM), overseas collectivities (COM), overseas territories (TOM), and New Caledonia.
3Including Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, and all special municipalities.
4Including Canary Islands
5Including the Crown Dependencies (Guernsey, Isle of Man, and Jersey), and all British Overseas Territories.
6Including the US territories of American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands.

💉 SHN Measures by Category and Vaccination Status
  Fully-Vaccinated Unvaccinated
VTL No SHN Not allowed
Category I No SHN
Category II 7-day SHN
(home/hotel)
Category III 10-day SHN
(home)
Category IV 10-day SHN
(hotel)

The relevant category is based on your 14-day travel history, with the rules of the strictest country applying. For example, if my past 14 days includes Category II and III countries, Category III rules will apply.

Which countries offer two-way quarantine-free travel?

Those looking for two-way quarantine-free travel would want to visit VTL countries. The full list can be found below:

🌎 List of VTL Countries
Current VTL
  • Australia (one-way)
  • Brunei (one-way)
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
From 15 Nov 2021
  • South Korea
From 21 Nov 2021
  • Australia (two-way, NSW & Vic. only)
From 29 Nov 2021
  • Finland
  • Malaysia (air travel only)
  • Sweden

If your 14-day travel history exclusively consists of any combination of the above countries (plus Singapore), you may enter Singapore with no SHN on arrival.

As a reminder, all travellers (regardless of nationality) must fill up an SG Arrival Card with an electronic health declaration before entering Singapore. Inside is a question regarding your 14-day travel history, and providing a false declaration is a serious offence. 

FAQs

What if I transit in a higher category country but don’t actually enter it?

Transit in Dubai does not add the UAE to your 14-day history (unless you’re planning to enter Singapore under the VTL)

Singapore has updated its rules such that travel history does not include time spent in transit. For example, a traveller flying from London to Dubai to Singapore would enter Singapore under Category II rules, notwithstanding the fact that the UAE is a Category III country. 

However, this does not apply to the VTL. To enter Singapore under the VTL your 14-day travel history, including transits, may only feature VTL countries, Category I countries, and/or Singapore.

While overseas, you may travel from VTL country to VTL country and still be eligible for an SHN waiver on return to Singapore, provided you do not pass through a non-VTL country in the process. 

For example, you’re perfectly free to travel between Canada and the USA, or any of the VTL countries in Europe. Heck, you can even fly from the USA to Germany, France to Canada, or any permutation you can think of. 

However, you cannot travel from Spain to France by driving through Andorra, or USA to Italy by transiting in Vienna.

⚠️ Exceptions

Changi Airport’s website provides some further clarifications regarding such a scenario (the example is out of date, since Switzerland joined the VTL scheme on 8 Nov, but the principle still applies). From the FAQs:

Q: If I pass through a non VTL country/region at any point of my trip, am I still eligible to board a VTL flight? For example, if I take a train or drive from Italy to Germany, while passing through Switzerland, which is a non-VTL country.

A: You will be eligible to take a VTL flight to Singapore if you fulfil the following criteria:

  • Your journey does not include a stop in Switzerland (ie. your train is just passing through the country, and you do not disembark). Otherwise, it will be considered that you have transited in a non-VTL country/region. 

  • After your stopover in Switzerland, you travel to a VTL country/region and spend at least 14 days there before your flight to Singapore.

  • Fulfil all other VTL requirements here 

If at any time you set foot in a non-VTL country, you will need to return to a VTL country/countries and wait 14 days before coming back to Singapore. 

As a LTP holder, do I need approval to enter Singapore?

Yes. 

Long Term Pass (LTP) holders will need their HR department or CorpPass admin to apply for re-entry approval, which can be done between 3 and 60 days before entering Singapore. The general processing time is one working day (excluding the day of submission). 

If you’re an LTP holder travelling on the VTL, you will be able to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) by yourself, without needing to involve your employer. This can be done between 3-60 days before entering Singapore, with instant approval/rejection. 

Where can I do my pre-departure test?

Test centre in Munich

The MOH provides a list of recognised competent authorities and accreditation bodies for COVID-19 testing, specifically for Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, India and Philippines.

For all other countries, travellers are advised to seek advice from the relevant Department/ Ministry of Health.

There is no restriction on the type of PCR test you can do (e.g. nose swab, throat swab, gargle). What’s important is that it’s a PCR test, and not the cheaper ART. 

What are the requirements for home-based SHN?

Travellers entering under Category II and III rules will serve their SHN at home by default, with no application needed. 

There is no longer any requirement that the other residents of your home be fully vaccinated, or have the same travel history. For example, a husband could serve his SHN at home with a wife who did not travel with him, or a couple could serve their SHN at home along with a domestic helper who did not travel with them. 

After landing at the airport and clearing immigration, travellers must proceed home immediately via private transport (e.g. Grab, taxi, someone (but only one person) coming in a private car to fetch you). There is no need to book a dedicated transport vehicle anymore. 

Resources

Here’s a list of resources you can refer to when checking travel restrictions. 

I’ve also put together a series of guides to VTL travel

For the full list of VTL articles on this site, refer to this link.

If you’re looking for an end-to-end report of the VTL experience, you can check out my trip report to Munich.

🍺 Bavarians at the Gate

Conclusion

With the addition of eight countries in Europe and North America (plus South Korea), two-way quarantine-free travel options for Singapore residents is set to expand in a big way.

Do bookmark this page for further updates, and let me know if you spot any information that needs correction. 

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion with the intention of helping people travel better for less and impressing chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Happy Camper

Awesome piece, Aaron! Super useful! 🙏🏻

Brian

Considering UAE vaccination rate is high + low cases, it’s kind absurd that it still falls in cat 4.

Wen Hui

Plus promoting the UAE to Cat II or III would bring Emirates and Etihad back into the Singaporean market (i.e. to fly to the multitude of European Cat II/III countries) which is something I suspect to be undesired.

Enil Esav

Well, so is Changi. It makes no sense.

Lila

UAE vaccination rate is high but not all vaccines produce good serology levels….

Techtonic

Iceland also accepts ART – Checked Cuz I’m heading there soon 🙂

James Quek

Any chance to have Thailand and Japan to be under VTL?

J L

Can check with my friend Iswaran

Miles

It seems SC/PR/pass holders, who get vaccinated overseas and get the record in Trace Together, cannot use VTL?

Christian

How does transiting Changi fit into things?

bluepanda

The part about highest Cat applies for transit – is it your conservative interpretation or from an official source?

Lila

It’s from the ICA website, look under “entry guide”, item 3A, para 2.

bluepanda

Thanks, and apologies. Realized I asked the wrong question. I meant to ask about “transit in a third country affecting eligibility”.

Bernard

It does seem that Norway allows fully vaccinated people travelling from Singapore (or from anywhere for that matter, as long as they’re vaccinated) without quarantine or testing, on a close reading of this: https://www.helsenorge.no/en/coronavirus/international-travels/

So it seems possible to get to Norway, perhaps by transiting in Germany.

I guess the Sherpa website might be somewhat outdated…

Last edited 2 months ago by Bernard
Bernard

Hmmmm, may I know which Timatic you’re looking at? I just did a Timatic query, which produced a bunch of entry and transit restrictions, but it also says the following: This does not apply to passengers with: – a digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated; or – a digital COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 6 months before arrival. The certificate must be: – an EU Digital COVID Certificate with a QR code issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg,… Read more »

Bernard

Yeah. Really hoping that more EU countries (especially Germany) will let tourists get the EU green pass soon – despite your experience in Munich, I feel like I’ll be running the risk of whatever museum/train/attraction not recognising the Notarise certificate, especially once out of the big cities.

noflights

there are no direct flights between Singapore and Norway anyway

W L

Still confused how and why Poland got upgraded to a Category II country, when it remains pretty much totally closed to travellers from Singapore itself. What is the benefit for Singapore here? There are no special relations between the two countries that I have heard of, so something is very odd about this…

Lila

Maybe because Poland is a good egg on the food security front? Quite literally…

(First imports of eggs from Poland arrived in June 2020, amid global supply chain disruptions caused by covid.)

Sufi

Hi great article. I can’t find South Korea on any of the lists.

Sufi

🙏

Gab

Any predictions on which countries are next best guesses to move from Cat III to Cat II ?

Tan Cheng Bock

Malaysia 100%

W.

Denmark and Switzerland

Miles Tan

Indonesia probably up next

Gideon

Hopefully Spain and Netherlands

JCW

UK won’t require pre departure test for fully vaccinated individuals from 4th oct.

Gideon

Great overview. One nuance that may be worth highlighting a bit more clearly is that VTL does not exempt children below age 12 from vaccination (and therefore VTL is not suitable for families with children below 12 yrs – or perhaps soon the cutoff will be 5yrs given that Pfizer seems to be getting approved for 5-11yrs). Also, Cat. II and III will allow unvaccinated children below 12yrs and those between 12-18 can also come in unvaccinated I believe as long as they get vaccinated within a month of arriving in SG.

[…] Thu: fully-vaccinated Singapore residents can visit 143 countries and territories without quarantine. https://milelion.com/2021/09/22/where-can-vaccinated-singaporeans-travel-without-quarantine/ […]

James Seow

How about travel from Singapore to Vietnam next year April 2022 ? Do I have to quarantine at Vietnam if I visit my friend for 1 week ? PCR is fine for me to go 4 days before the departure .

Bot

ask Iswaran pls.

JXX

For Cat II home SHN eligibility, the ICA FAQ page that you had linked to mentions “dedicated toilet” instead of “attached toilet” or “ensuite toilet”.

My reading of this implies that you can use the common toilet in a house as long as no other person uses it (it’s not like they can enforce this anyway, but it’s your family’s own safety I guess), as opposed to forcing you to have a master bedroom with ensuite toilet setup for SHN.

Edit: they might have updated the wording since you first wrote this post.

Last edited 1 month ago by JXX
tsy

oh so this means i can also just do a ART test in Singapore if i m heading to Italy ? No PCR is needed ?

Traveller

I just want to add that for Iceland although the accept ART. But according to Icelandair website, it further says that “self test is not allowed”. I would assume this ART have to be taken at a clinic and not those you can buy from pharmacy and selftest. Am I right? Planning to go Iceland via Netherlands/Amsterdam since both are in Cat 2 and I think SHN 7-days at home to be quite bareable whenn I can work from home.

Anon2

With more countries in Cat2, actually it looks like we now have more countries to travel to if we are fine with 7 days shn. This should be okay for most couples who have no kids and can work from home. Any nearby countries (non US, EU) that fall into Cat2 and allow us to enter without quarantine? Maldives seem to be a suitable choice. I already booked South Korea under VTL for Dec holidays but looking for another place for Nov travel. Too many leaves to clear. Hopefully Australia will allow SG to travel there soon!

Anon2

Sorry, maldives is in cat3. Any nearby countries suitable for a short holiday? 🙁

freedom

Turkey removed Singapore from its list requiring pre-departure test after Turkey is upgraded to Cat II. hmmmmm.

Ponnifer

I wonder as months go by how do Singapore citizens get the EU Digital COVID Certificate cause that will make things so much easier.

I hope that when I fly to Italy in Feb, things will be smoother and our certs will be automatically ingested :X

Dave

VTPs can now be requested 60 days in advance.

Sim

Honest question here – without disembarking, would picking up an order at a drive-through in Switzerland en route from Italy to Germany fulfil the VTL criteria?

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