Singapore relaxes entry & testing requirements for Vaccinated Travel Lane travellers from Feb 22
Singapore has relaxed its entry and testing requirements for Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) travellers. From February 22, 2022 (Singapore time), fully vaccinated passengers travelling to Singapore on VTL flights from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai can adhere to the new relaxations listed below:
1. Travel history requirement will be reduced from 14 to 7 days:
a. To be eligible for VTL flights, travellers must not have any travel history (including transit) outside of VTL countries/regions, or outside of countries/regions listed as Category I (Macao, Mainland China, and Taiwan) by Singapore’s Ministry of Health in the past 7 days.
b. If the traveller has been in Singapore within those last 7 days, his/her stay in Singapore can be counted towards fulfilling this 7-day travel history requirement.
2. Long-Term Pass Holders will no longer have to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) to travel to Singapore on a VTL flight. However, a VTP is still required for short-term visitors and work permit holders.
3. Changes to on-arrival testing in Singapore.
a. From February 22, VTL travellers need not take an on-arrival Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at Changi Airport. Instead, they will be required to take a supervised self-swab Antigen Rapid Test (ART) at any test centre located across Singapore within 24 hours of arrival.
b. A testing notice with a weblink to book tests will be issued to travellers upon their entry into Singapore.
c. If the above ART is negative, no further ART/PCR tests are required throughout one’s stay in Singapore.
Passengers departing from India and entering Singapore on the Airline’s VTL services are still required to furnish a negative PCR or professionally administered ART test within two days of flight departure.
The new changes to Singapore’s VTL entry and testing requirements follow the Singapore government’s announcement last month exempting VTL travellers from all testing requirements if they had recently recovered from Covid-19 (i.e. within 7 to 90 days of their last infection before departure to Singapore) and can provide appropriate documentary proof of their recovery. More information can be found here.
Singapore Airlines currently operates 52 flights to Singapore from 8 cities in India, which includes daily, quarantine-free VTL services from Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai. A detailed list of eligibility, vaccination and testing requirements for customers travelling on VTL services can be found here.
The airline operates non-VTL services from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Kochi, and customers travelling to Singapore on these flights will need to adhere to the travel and health control measures laid down by the Singapore Government.
Scoot, SIA’s low-cost subsidiary, operates non-VTL services from Amritsar, Hyderabad, and Tiruchirappalli.