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Singapore opens borders to more countries around the globe

Singapore now has 21 countries on the Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs) list as part of its long-term plan to re-establish its position as a leading international aviation hub – with six more to be added in December. The recent additions marked a significant step in Singapore’s plans to get people traveling to the city-state again. More so, the influx of travelers will help hard-hit industries such as service and tourism to recover.

Because of this, expats and travelers (from these countries) can now enter the island provided they are fully vaccinated and have tested negative for COVID-19. In addition, they won’t have to quarantine, which makes a planned visit very appealing. Learn more as Pacific Prime Singapore explores the latest updates for individuals making plans to fly to Singapore in 2021 and beyond.

(Note: As of November 28 2021, according to the Ministry of Health, the launch date has been postponed until further notice amid concerns about the new Omicron variant.)

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What’s the situation in Singapore?

Firstly, with a population of roughly 5.45 million people, Singapore reported 1,090 daily COVID-19 infections on November 26, 2021. Additionally, the COVID-19 weekly infection rate has stayed below 1 for over two weeks.

Despite the threat of the new Omicron variant, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is confident that Singapore will safely return to living with the virus. As of November 25, 2021, 94% of the eligible population is fully vaccinated, one of the highest rates globally.

Government measures for a “new normal”

Secondly, the government has also announced measures to help locals adjust to their strategy of living alongside the virus. This national strategy is comforting news for travelers to Singapore as everyone transitions to the “new normal”. The process is expected to take between 3 – 6 months before the situation settles. During this period, almost all residents living in Singapore would have been fully vaccinated.

However, for those who remain unvaccinated, the government has tightened its rules. These include barring them from entering shopping malls and eating in public, such as in the city-state’s ubiquitous hawker centers.

With most people vaccinated, widespread testing may be unnecessary. This will likely save the government valuable time and resources. It will also allow the government to focus on other areas like prevention and boosting the economy post-COVID-19.

A boost for domestic and international businesses

Even more, the updated VTL list has also brought plenty of optimism for businesses and industries across Singapore. The latest travel updates will also help companies plan and formulate new business strategies for the coming months.

According to the Singaporean-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SGC), its member companies expect a more positive outlook in the next 12 months. Additionally, their survey shows that 70% of members expect their sales and revenue to either increase or increase significantly compared to the year before.

Six more countries will be added in December

Thailand, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Turkey, Fiji, and the Maldives will be added to the VTL list from December 2021. Travelers from Thailand will be able to enter from December 14, 2021, while the remaining five places can enter from December 16, 2021.

What’s more, Singapore will increase its vaccinated travel lane quota by 5,000 travelers a day, rising from 10,000 to 15,000.

Essential requirements for travelers into Singapore

Here is a brief outline of the requirements for travelers, including expats, families, and business individuals:

  1. Received 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine (at least two weeks) before their arrival in Singapore.
  2. All travelers must have valid proof of vaccination issued in any VTL country/region or Singapore. (See the list of accepted proof of vaccination here.)
  3. Countries on the list include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the US. (Note: This list will likely change in the coming weeks and months. Visit the SafeTravel portal for more updates.)
  4. Fully vaccinated VTL parents or carers should accompany unvaccinated children (aged 12 and below).
  5. Travelers must arrive in Singapore on a designated VTL flight from any of the following airlines: Air France, Asiana Airlines, British Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Royal Brunei Airlines, Scoot, and Singapore Airlines. (Note: This list will likely change in the coming weeks and months.)
  6. Take two COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Tests. Firstly, within 48 hours before departure for Singapore. After that, upon arrival in Singapore.
  7. Short-term travelers will be required to download and register their profile on the TraceTogether app to help with contact tracing.
  8. Secure insurance for COVID-19-related medical costs. The minimum coverage required is SGD $30,000. Depending on the traveler’s needs and budget, this can be a travel insurance plan or a health insurance plan.

(Note: For more information regarding requirements for travelers, flights, and a complete travel checklist for Singapore citizens and permanent residents, visit the VTL page here.)

Read Pacific Prime Singapore’s blogs for more exciting news and trends

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