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Singapore opens to vaccinated travelers from 8 more countries including many from Europe, the USA, and Canada

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Singapore has had one of the strictest lockdowns of anywhere in the world. It also happens to be one of my favorite places to visit. The food, the nightlife, the entire energy of the island nation is second to none. It really brightened my day when I read that they were opening their borders to fully vaccinated travelers from 9 countries. Starting in September they opened up to Brunei and Germany, but more countries are joining the list. Here are the details

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No quarantine if you’re arriving after 10/19/21 and from:

  • Brunei*
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany*
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • United States
  • South Korea starting 11/15/21

*already open

What you need to know:

Not every flight will be designated an eligible flight. You must be on a Vaccinated Travel Lane flight if you’re arriving into Singapore. You can depart on any flight.

Traveling to Singapore

  • must be on designated Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights
  • You can travel to multiple VTL countries in the same trip
  • Must show proof of Covid Vaccine
  • Take 2 PCR tests when flying into Singapore
    • pre-departure 48 hours
    • on arrival at Changi
  • Fill out a VTP – Vaccinated Travel Pass which can be done here

Which vaccines are accepted?

  • Fully vaccinated is both doses of an approved vaccine
    • 1 shot of Johnson and JohnsonT
  • Mixing of approved vaccines is accepted.
  • The final dose must be completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Singapore.
  • Must be digitally certified and in English by the VTL country or Singapore

What is accepted for digital certification?

**Acceptable vaccination certificates include:

  • Singapore: Vaccination status on the HealthHub or TraceTogether app.
  • EU countries: European Union Digital Covid Certificates (EUDCC) issued by VTL countries (Starting 19 Oct 2021. Before 19 Oct 2021, only EUDCC from Germany will be accepted).
  • Canada and The USA: Only the Smart Health Card (SHC) format, issued by Canada or the USA on the Common Trust Network are accepted (starting 19 Oct 2021).
  • The UK: National Health Service (NHS) COVID Passes downloaded from the NHS mobile app (starting 19 Oct 2021).
  • South Korea: Vaccination certificates issued by the Korean Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), as well as authorised clinics and hospitals (starting 15 Nov 2021).

Please note that CovPass and the WHO Yellow Card will not be accepted.

Where can I find the VTL flights?

You can go here

a man in a red shirt and a red shirt sitting in a planeThese flights are clearly demarcated as VTL

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You can read all the details here

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1 Comment

  • Christian October 13, 2021

    What do you do if you have the misfortune to live in a state that doesn’t permit “vaccine passports” or anything like that which would qualify? Wait it out until the restrictions loosen?

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