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TRAVEL TO SINGAPORE: GUIDE TO SAFE TRAVEL LANES

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 26 Oct 2021  

 

In this guide, we’ve prepared a list of Vaccinated Travel Lanes with our top recommendations of where to go in Singapore for the best attractions and experiences to see and do.

 

 

Vaccinated Travel Lanes

The Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) between Singapore and a whole host of countries (Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, United States, United Kingdom and more) is a great opportunity to rediscover the sunny island and travel once again.

Whether you’re travelling to Singapore from USA, UK, or any of the above countries for business or leisure, this guide to travel restrictions is sure to have everything you need for this trip. For more information on specific travel restrictions and flying to Singapore via the VTL, you can refer to our guide to Singapore Travel Restrictions

 

Travelling from UK and Europe | Travelling from USA and Canada | Travelling from Asia

 

COVID Travel

 

Travel to Singapore from UK and Europe

If you are travelling to Singapore from UK or any of the other EU countries mentioned above via the VTL, there is no need for you to quarantine for long periods. The only quarantine rule that needs to be followed is self-isolation for 24 hours at a pre-declared accommodation, while waiting for results of your on-arrival PCR test.

Here are Singapore travel restrictions to note before planning your trip:

  1. Ensure your eligibility for travel before applying for the Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) by downloading digitally verifiable vaccination certificates.
    • UK citizens: Ensure that you have the National Health Service (NHS) app with your NHS COVID Pass (Find out more
    • EU citizens: Ensure that your EU Digital COVID Certificate issued by any of the VTL countries/regions (Find out more
  2. Between 7 and 30 days before arriving in Singapore: Apply for the VTP
  3. Book a designated VTL flight 
    • UK citizens: Singapore Airlines, British Airways
    • EU citizens: Air France (France), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (The Netherlands), Lufthansa (Germany), Scoot (Germany), Singapore Airlines (Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands) and SWISS (Switzerland)
  4. Purchase COVID-19 related insurance for a minimum coverage of SGD$30,000
  5. 48 hours before your flight: Take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and obtain a test result in English
  6. Download Singapore's TraceTogether app for contact tracing purposes

 

Arrival in Singapore

 

Arriving in Singapore

Upon arriving in Singapore, do note the following:

  • You will directed to take an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test at Changi Airport. 
  • After clearing immigration, proceed to your declared accommodation via private transport.
  • As per Singapore quarantine rules, you will need to self-isolate/self-quarantine until you receive the results of your on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test, which should arrive within 24 hours.
  • After receiving a negative result, you can activate your TraceTogether app and start exploring the city. 

 

You can find more information about the VTL at this link, or plan your trip with Part 1 of our guide.

 

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Places to Visit in Singapore

With the paperwork and processes out of the way, it’s time to officially begin your trip to Singapore. 

It’s said that one of the best ways to get to know a city is by visiting its museums and galleries, and tourists would surely agree. Here are some of the museums to visit if you'd like a deeper insight into the story of the Lion City.

For more museums to visit, check out our guide to the best museums in Singapore.

 

ArtScience Museum
ArtScience Museum

Housed in a futuristic building modelled after a Lotus flower, ArtScience Museum is packed with immersive installations that blend science, tech, and a whole lot of fun. 

National Gallery
National Gallery Singapore

Located in the former Supreme Court and City Hall, National Gallery Singapore offers an extensive collection of Singaporean and Southeast Asian works.

National Museum of Singapore
National Museum of Singapore

Time travel at the city’s oldest museum, National Museum of Singapore, which brings Singapore’s story to life through a collection of colourful exhibitions.

 

 

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Travel to Singapore from USA and Canada

Planning to travel to Singapore from USA or Canada? Fully vaccinated tourists can do so without quarantine with the VTLs. The only travel requirement will be self-isolation for 24 hours at a pre-declared accommodation, while waiting for results of your on-arrival PCR test.

Browse through this list of Singapore travel restrictions that need to be followed before your trip:

  1. Get your second shot 2 weeks before your arrival and download your digital vaccination certificate from a credited issuer
    1. US citizens: SMART Health cards (find out more) or Vaccination Credential Initiative issuers (find out more)
    2. Canadian citizens: SMART Health cards (find out more)
  2. Apply for the VTP between 7 and 30 days before arriving 
  3. Book a designated VTL flight (Singapore Airlines is the only carrier)
  4. Purchase COVID-19 related insurance for a minimum coverage of SGD$30,000
  5. Take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test 48 hours before your flight and obtain a result in English
  6. Download Singapore's TraceTogether app for contact tracing purposes

 

Changi Airport

 

Arriving in Singapore

Once you have landed in Singapore, here are the next steps:

  1. Take the mandatory, on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test at Changi Airport
  2. After clearing immigration, use private transport to go to your quarantine accommodation
  3. As per Singapore quarantine rules, you will need to self-isolate/self-quarantine there until you receive the results of your on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test (ideally within 24 hours)

You can find more information about the VTL at this link, or plan your trip with Part 1 of our guide.

Once you have received a negative result, it's time to activate your TraceTogether app and start exploring the city. No trip to the island city would be complete without a visit to one of the most iconic hotels in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, and its neighbour, Gardens by the Bay.

 

Black Tap
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer

Originating from New York City, you'll find tantalizing burgers, towering milkshakes, and craft beers at Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer.

Spago Bar & Lounge
Spago Bar & Lounge

Located on the rooftop of Marina Bay Sands, Spago Bar & Lounge is led by Wolfgang Puck and offers a stunning fusion of Asian and Western flavours. 

Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay houses over 100 hectares of richly diverse flora and fauna at the Flower Dome, Cloud Forest, and Supertree Grove.

 

 

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Travel to Singapore from Asia

With more Vaccinated Travel Lanes establishing across Asia, you can look forward to travelling to Singapore from Brunei, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia and other countries. 

Here are travel restrictions to note before planning your trip:

  1. Before applying for the VTP, obtain a digitally verifiable vaccination certificate and ensure your eligibility for the VTP according to the latest travel requirements for your country.
  2. 7 to 30 days before arriving in Singapore: Apply for the VTP
  3. Book a designated VTL flight 
    • Brunei Singapore Airlines, Royal Brunei Airlines
    • South Korea: Asiana Airlines, Korean Air, Singapore Airlines, Scoot 
  4. Purchase COVID-19 related insurance for a minimum coverage of SGD$30,000
  5. 48 hours before your flight: Take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test and obtain a test result in English    
  6. Download Singapore's TraceTogether app for contact tracing purposes

 

Changi Airport

 

Arriving in Singapore

Once you have landed in Singapore, here are the next steps:

  1. Take an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test at Changi Airport
  2. After clearing immigration, use private transport to go to your quarantine accommodation
  3. As per Singapore quarantine rules, you will need to self-isolate/self-quarantine there until you receive the results of your on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test (ideally within 24 hours)
    • Certain countries require a longer quarantine period in Singapore. Check the latest requirements here.

Once you've cleared the travel requirements, you should proceed to activate your TraceTogether app before seeing what Singapore has to offer. While Singapore is well known for its deliciously diverse food, bustling nightlife, and iconic landmarks, it is also a great place to explore Asian culture and traditions. We recommend a quick trip to Chinatown, Little India, or Kampong Glam to explore the diversity of cultures.

 

Chinatown
Chinatown

Learn more about the lives of early settlers at Chinatown Heritage Centre, take your tastebuds on a journey at Food Street, and pick up souvenirs from bustling market stalls.

Kampong Glam
Kampong Glam

Dive into history at the Malay Heritage Centre, feast on Middle Eastern cuisine, and admire the Sultan Mosque while you navigate the busy streets of Kampong Glam. 

Little India
Little India

Celebrate Indian culture at the Indian Heritage Centre and pay a visit to Sri Veeramakaliamman, one of the local Hindu community's oldest and most sacred temples.

 

For more insights into Singapore's culture and heritage, check out our guide to shophouse styles, the many names of Singapore, and a quick lesson in Singlish.

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