Singapore will be adding Greece and Vietnam to its Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme from 16 March 2022, and expanding existing VTL agreements with Malaysia, Indonesia and India.
This brings the total number of VTL agreements to 32, and at this point, wouldn’t it just be simpler to scrap the VTL concept altogether and open borders to all vaccinated travellers? Crazy idea, I know…
|🌎 Singapore VTL Agreements|
|From 16 March 2022|
|*Brunei, Hong Kong and Indonesia do not currently allow Singapore residents to enter without quarantine|
With the addition of Greece, two-way quarantine-free travel will be available with all countries in Europe that have direct flights to Singapore. Singapore will also broaden the travel history requirement for the VTL to include the entire European Economic Area (EEA), which I”ve covered in a separate post.
Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) applications for travellers from Greece and Vietnam will open at 10 a.m on 13 March 2022. As a reminder, there is no longer any VTP requirement for long-term passholders, with the exception of work permit holders.
Travel to Greece
Singapore residents can visit Greece without quarantine, provided they present one of the following documents:
- Vaccination certificate which shows primary regime was completed at least 14 days and no more than 9 months before arrival (no maximum limit for those who have been boosted), or
- Certificate of recovery from COVID-19 issued at least 14 days and no more than 180 days, or
- Negative ART or PCR test, taken within 24 hours or 72 hours respectively before arrival.
Children aged below five are exempt from the above requirement. Greece recognises a wide range of vaccines, including Pfizer, Moderna, Sinovac and Sinopharm.
Travellers must fill out a Passenger Locator Form before entering Greece, and may be subject to random COVID-19 tests on arrival. Those who test positive in Greece will be subject to a five day quarantine.
The following Scoot flights will be designated as VTL services from Greece to Singapore:
- TR723 (from 15 Mar)
Travel to Vietnam
Vietnam intends to reopen to tourists from 15 March 2022, with visitors required to:
- Be fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19
- Present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before arrival
- Have medical insurance with at least US$50,000 of COVID-19 coverage
Based on current regulations, it’s likely that children under 12 will be exempt from the vaccination requirement, while those under two will be exempt from pre-departure test.
For a rundown of the cheapest places to get your pre-departure test in Singapore, refer to the article below.
The following Singapore Airlines and Scoot flights will be designated as VTL services from Vietnam:
- Da Nang
- SQ171 (from 27 March)
- SQ173 (from 27 March)
- SQ191 (from 16 March)
- SQ193 (from 16 March)
- TR301 (from 19 March)
- Ho Chi Minh City
- SQ177 (from 16 March)
- SQ183 (from 16 March)
- TR303 (from 16 March)
Expansion of existing VTL agreements
Under the scope of the current Singapore-Malaysia VTL (Air) agreement, Kuala Lumpur is the only designated point of entry. Travellers who wish to travel elsewhere in Malaysia must enter through KLIA, complete the on-arrival PCR test and other formalities, and then proceed to their next destination.
From 16 March 2022, the agreement will expand to include Penang, with four daily flights each way between Singapore and Penang.
The following Singapore Airlines/Scoot flights will be designated as VTL services to/from Penang:
- SQ137/138 (from 16 March)
- TR428/429 (17 March to 27 March)
- TR498/499 (28 March onwards)
As a reminder, Malaysia has scrapped its daily post-arrival ART requirement, with travellers no longer required to perform ARTs on Days 2-6 following arrival.
From 16 March 2022, the VTL for Indonesia will be extended beyond Jakarta to include Bali-Denpasar, starting with two daily flights from Bali-Denpasar to Singapore.
The following Singapore Airlines flights will be designated as VTL services from Bali to Singapore:
- SQ939 (from 16 March)
- SQ945 (from 16 March)
Can tourists travel to Bali without quarantine? Yes and no. Bali currently offers what’s euphemistically referred to as a “warm up vacation”, which requires guests to isolate within their hotel premises for at least the first three days (they can use the full hotel facilities). Make of that what you will, but I’m certainly not biting until this is lifted.
The VTL for India will expand beyond Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai to include all Indian cities.
The following Singapore Airlines/Scoot flights will be designated as VTL services from India (in addition to existing services from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai):
- SQ505 (from 15 Mar)
- TR509 (from 16 Mar)
- SQ511 (from 15 Mar)
- TR541 (from 16 Mar)
- SQ523 (from 15 Mar)
- SQ535 (from 15 Mar)
- SQ517 (from 15 Mar)
- TR565 (from 15 Mar)
- TR531 (from 15 Mar)
- TR581 (from 16 Mar)
VTL travel to Singapore
Singapore recently relaxed its border measures for VTL travellers, shortening the relevant travel history period to 7 days and replacing the on-arrival PCR test requirement at Changi Airport with a supervised ART at a QTC/CTC within 24 hours of arrival. Alternatively, VTL travellers can opt to do a DA Tele-ART from the comfort of their own home.
Also noteworthy is the scrapping of the Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) requirement for the majority of long-term passholders. Only work permit holders and short-term visitors are now required to apply for a VTP.
Not allowed entry via VTL
Apply for and present entry approval
Apply for and present VTP
With these changes, here’s a summary of the requirements for VTL travel to Singapore.
|✔️ 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
Fully vaccinated individuals can be exempted from all pre-departure tests, on-arrival tests and SHN requirements when travelling to Singapore with acceptable proof of a COVID-19 infection/recovery within the last 90 days.
Singapore is adding VTL agreements with Greece and Vietnam from 16 March 2022, bringing the total number of partners to 32.
Existing VTL agreements with Malaysia, Indonesia and India will also be expanded, which is good news for holiday goers to Penang and Bali (assuming they’re in the mood to be warmed up!).
I believe we’re fast coming to the point where the entire VTL scheme should just be scrapped, in favour of a vaccinated/not vaccinated dichotomy. I’ll share some thoughts on this in the next few days, but until then, start making those Greece and Vietnam plans.