Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) agreement with Thailand began in December 2021, allowing two-way quarantine-free travel for the first time since COVID began.
While VTL flights were only available from Bangkok at first, Chiang Mai, Krabi and Phuket will be added from March 2022, offering holiday goers additional options for flying home from Thailand.
In this post I’ll lay out the requirements for Singapore residents to travel to and from Thailand, quarantine-free.
|✈️ Summary: Singapore-Thailand Quarantine Free Travel|
|To Thailand 🇹🇭|
Test & Go
|To Singapore 🇸🇬|
Travel from Singapore to Thailand
|Test & Go Details|
Fully-vaccinated travellers from any country can enter Thailand under the “Test & Go” scheme, provided they meet all of the following conditions.
(1) Fully vaccinated with a recognised vaccine
Thailand recognises the following vaccines, provided the complete course was administered at least 14 days before travel to Thailand.
- CoronaVac by Sinovac Biotech Ltd – 2 doses needed / 2-4-week interval;
- AstraZeneca or Covishield by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, SK Bioscience (South Korea), Siam Bioscience, and Serum Institute of India (Covishield) – 2 doses needed / 4-12-week interval;
- Pfizer–BioNTech or Comirnaty by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech 2 doses needed / 3-week interval;
- Janssen or Janssen/Ad26.COV2.S by Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc. – 1 dose needed;
- Moderna by Moderna Inc. – 2 doses needed / 4-week interval);
- Sinopharm or COVILO by Sinopharm Co., Ltd. – 2 doses needed / 3-4-week interval);
- Sputnik V by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology – 2 doses needed – 3-week interval);
- Covaxin by Bharat Biotech International Limited – 2 doses needed / 4-week interval.
Travellers 12-17 years of age travelling to Thailand unaccompanied under Test & Go or Sandbox must get vaccinated with at least one dose of an approved vaccine. Those travelling with parents are exempt from this requirement.
Travellers 6-11 years of age are exempt from the vaccination requirement when travelling with parents.
(2) Purchase COVID-19 medical insurance
Travellers must purchase travel insurance with a minimum coverage of US$20,000 for COVID-19 medical treatment.
I’ve written a separate article about travel insurance policies with COVID-19 coverage, which you can read below.
The easiest solution is to purchase AXA’s Sawasdee Thailand policy. It’s very affordable (~THB 420 for an 5-day trip) and the insurance certificate states in black and white the amount of coverage provided.
(3) Make reservation(s) at AQ/SHA++ hotel
Test & Go applicants must make one hotel booking at approved SHA Extra+ (aka SHA++; not to be confused with SHA or SHA+) or AQ hotel.
A list of approved SHA Extra+ and AQ hotels can be found below.
|SHA Extra+ Hotels|
|I recommend you use the link for SHA Extra+ Hotels, it’s much easier to navigate. Toggle the language to English on the top right.|
This hotel must be within five hours from your first port of arrival.
|❓ How do you count the day of arrival?|
The day of arrival counts as Day 1, regardless of what time your flight lands.
Previously, the rule was that if your flight arrives from 12.01 a.m to 6.00 p.m, the day of arrival counts as Day 1, and if your flight arrives from 6.01 p.m to 12.00 a.m, the day of arrival counts as Day 0.
AQ/SHA++ hotels may offer Test & Go packages, which at the very least include 1-night’s accommodation, one-way airport transfer and an RT-PCR test. However, you can also book any rate you wish (or make a points redemption) and contact the hotel to add on airport transfer and an RT-PCR test separately.
An example from Siam Kempinski is shown below:
Different hotels will have different arrangements. Siam Kempinski offers a premium 2-hour turnaround test, but most hotels will have the slower 24-hour version. Siam Kempinski does its testing off-site, but other hotels may have on-site facilities.
Once your AQ/SHA++ hotel is booked, you’ll be issued a confirmation letter that you need to submit for your Thailand Pass. A sample is shown below.
(4) Apply for Thailand Pass
Regardless of which scheme you’re entering Thailand under (Test & Go, Sandbox, AQ), every individual aged 18 and above must submit a Thailand Pass application.
Here’s a few important things to note:
- Applications can be made between 2-60 days before arrival
- It takes up to seven days to process an application, and you should budget extra time for potential rejections due to improper documentation (or simply a fussy bureaucrat!)
- Children aged below 18 can be registered as a dependent in an accompanying adult’s Thailand Pass application
- The Thailand Pass application portal does not accept PDF files. Get used to converting all your PDFs into image files like JPGs or PNGs
- Once you begin an application, you can’t save your progress and come back another time to finish it. The entire application must be completed at one go
Thailand Pass applications are free of charge- be careful of lookalike sites which try to charge you a fee!
Be advised that the approval process can take up to seven days, so don’t leave this till the last minute.
I’ve written a comprehensive guide to applying for a Thailand Pass, which you can read below.
(5) Take pre-departure PCR test
All travellers aged six and above must take a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure for Thailand.
Pre-departure PCR tests in Singapore start from S$98, with at-home swabs starting from S$128. For the full rundown of your options, refer to the article below.
(6) Take on-arrival PCR test and isolate
On arrival, travellers will be picked up by their pre-arranged hotel transport and do a PCR test either at a designated medical facility en route to the hotel, or at the hotel itself (it depends on what arrangement your hotel has).
After the test is done, they’ll wait in their hotel room for the result. In my experience, it took three hours, but other people have reported up to 18 hours of waiting. It really comes down to luck.
You will also need to install the MorChana app (Android | iOS) and register. You’ll be asked to take a selfie, scan the QR code of your Thailand Pass, and grant the app location and Bluetooth permissions.
Once that’s done, you should see the following screen (with hopefully a better display picture).
Here’s the full details of my experience arriving in Bangkok.
(7) Take Day 5 ART test and report
Travellers will need to take a self-administered ART on Day 5 and report the results via Morchana. You can bring your own kit from Singapore, but the hotel you stay at for the first night will also provide you with one (in Thailand, ARTs are called ATKs).
Travel from Thailand to Singapore
Travellers to Singapore must enter under the VTL scheme in order to avoid quarantine on arrival. Here’s a summary of the requirements:
|✔️ VTL Eligibility Criteria|
|Short-term visitors & Work permit holders|
|*Children aged 2 or under in the current calendar year are exempt|
^Exception for children aged 12 and below, if they are accompanied by vaccinated traveller
Singapore has eased its measures for VTL travellers from 22 February 2022. Instead of an on-arrival PCR test at Changi Airport, they will instead book a test at a Quick Test Centre (QTC) or Combined Test Centre (CTC) and take a supervised ART swab (S$15) within 24 hours of arrival.
Travellers are expected to isolate until they get a negative result, so you should either:
- Head directly home first, then to the test centre to get swabbed later
- Head from the airport to the test centre directly, then go anywhere you want
You may only take car, private hire car or taxis until you get a negative test result from the supervised ART swab.
|⚕️ Testing Regime: Singapore-Thailand Travel|
|🇸🇬 Singapore||72h before departure (PCR)||From S$96|
|🇹🇭 Thailand||On arrival (PCR)||~THB 2,200|
|🇹🇭 Thailand||Day 5 (ART)||~S$5|
|🇹🇭 Thailand||2 days before departure (ART/PCR)||~THB 500*|
|🇸🇬 Singapore||Within 24h of arrival (ART)||S$15|
|*Can be combined with the Day 5 or on arrival test, subject to certain conditions|
There is no longer any need for long term passholders to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP), unless they’re holding a work permit.
Thailand VTL flights
When returning from Thailand to Singapore, you must take a VTL flight in order to be exempt from quarantine in Singapore.
VTL flights from Bangkok (BKK) to Singapore are operated by:
SIN 0130 (+1)
Thai AirAsia also operates VTL flights from Bangkok (DMK) to Singapore on FD357, departing 2x weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Singapore Airlines currently operates 2X daily flights between Singapore and Phuket. From 4 March 2022, both return flights from Phuket to Singapore (SQ727 and SQ735) will operate as designated VTL flights.
From 27 March to 31 May 2022, this will increase to a 3X daily service (April will have 4X daily service thanks to a supplementary flight), and from 1 June to 30 September 2022, a 4X daily service. From 1 October 2022, the frequency will ramp up to 5X per day.
All flights from Phuket to Singapore will be designated as VTL services, and operated by the new Boeing 737-8 aircraft. To learn more about the cabin products you can expect on this aircraft, refer to the dedicated articles below:
Scoot currently operates 3X weekly services between Singapore and Phuket. From 4 March 2022, this will increase to a daily service. TR653 will be designated as a VTL flight from Phuket to Singapore.
Scoot currently operates 3X weekly services between Singapore and Krabi. From 4 March 2022, TR689 will be designated as a VTL flight from Krabi to Singapore.
Scoot currently operates 4X weekly services between Singapore and Chiang Mai. From 5 March 2022, TR677 and TR675 will operate as designated VTL flights from Chiang Mai to Singapore.
There is no VTL flight from Samui at the moment, so even though you can fly direct (via Bangkok Air), you must return home via Bangkok on a VTL flight in order to avoid an SHN on arrival.
If you’re thinking of redeeming miles, here’s how much KrisFlyer redemptions to Bangkok on Singapore Airlines or Thai Airways will cost.
|Redemption Cost between Singapore and Bangkok|
(Flight on Singapore Air or Thai Airways)
|*Advantage awards available for Singapore Airlines flights only|
Airport taxes and fees on a round-trip itinerary will cost S$102.20 per person. However, if you redeem miles for Thai Airways, you’ll pay an additional S$52 (Economy) or S$79 (Business) in fuel surcharges.
Tickets to Thailand are not particularly expensive, so redeeming miles probably won’t make sense for most people.