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Last updated: 11 October 2021, 14:07 (GMT +4)

Travel to Singapore

All passengers except Singapore citizens and permanent residents travelling to Singapore must apply for entry approval from the relevant government agencies (e.g. MOE, MOM), or via the application for a Safe Travel pass (details here). Travellers without entry approval will be denied entry and may have their existing work passes revoked.

Travel eligibility

Effective 6 October 2021, 23:59 hours, the following changes to the Stay Home Notice (SHN) duration will be implemented:

All travellers (including returning Singapore Citizen (SC) and Singapore Permanent Residence (SPR):

  • Are subject to border measures based on the last 14 days travel history.
  • Must serve a 10-day SHN instead of 14 days

All travellers (including returning Singapore Citizen (SC) and Singapore Permanent Residence (SPR) with a 14-day travel history to travel health control measure countries, regions (Category I, II, III, IV)

**Note: From 06th October 2021, 2359 hours, until further notice, all long-term pass holders (including those who had obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore) and short-term visitors with recent travel history (including transit) to Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka within the last 14 consecutive days will not be allowed to enter Singapore , or transit through Singapore.** Only Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and travellers under the Death and Critical Illness Emergency Visits Lane are allowed entry.

Country / Region (Category I) - Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China and Taiwan

  • No Pre-departure PCR Test required
  • COVID-19 PCR test on arrival

Country / Region (Category II) – Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Brunei*, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Fiji, France, Finland, Germany*, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vatican City.

  • COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours before departure
  • COVID-19 PCR test on arrival
  • Serve a 7-day Stay Home Notice (SHN) at place of accommodation (if criteria fulfilled)
  • Day 7 SHN exit COVID-19 PCR Test

Country / Region (Category III) – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives and Slovenia.

  • COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours before departure
  • COVID-19 PCR test on arrival
SHN (Stay Home Notice)
 
Fully Vaccinated:
  • Serve a 10-day Stay Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated SHN facility or place of accommodation (if criteria fulfilled)
Unvaccinated:
  • Serve 10-days SHN at dedicated SHN facilities.
  • Day 3 and 7 ART (Antigen Rapid Test) self-swab test
  • Day 10 SHN exit COVID-19 PCR Test

Country / Region (Category IV) – All other Counties / Regions**

  • COVID-19 PCR within 48 hours before departure
  • COVID-19 PCR test on arrival
  • Serve a 10-day Stay Home Notice (SHN) at dedicated SHN facility
  • Day 3 and 7 ART (Antigen Rapid Test) self-swab test
  • Day 10 SHN exit COVID-19 PCR test

For travellers who have travel history from Brunei and Germany please refer to the official website https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/requirements-and-process

Short term visitors will be allowed entry to Singapore if they have an Approval Letter of Entry issued by the Ministry of Trade & Industry (MTI) for Singapore Tourism Board (STB) sponsored travellers entering Singapore for approved MICE events.

Immigration and Checkpoints Authority or a Student’s Pass issued by STO.

For approved travellers who are fully vaccinated serve 14-days SHN at a place of accommodation or serviced apartment and take a COVID-19 PCR test on Day 14 of SHN.

COVID-19 testing requirements

All passengers (including Singapore citizens and permanent residents) travelling to or transiting/transferring through Singapore must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours of their flight to Singapore.

Requirements for the COVID-19 test certificate:

  • Must be issued by an internationally accredited or recognised laboratory, clinic or medical facility specified on the Singapore Ministry of Health website;
  • Must be in English
  • Must contain the following information:
    • Test result
    • Date that the test was taken
    • Name of the passenger as stated in their passport and at least one other personal identifier, such as the date of birth or passport number

The COVID-19 PCR test requirement does not apply to:

  • Passengers aged 3 and below in the calendar year (e.g. those born in 2019 to 2021 are exempted);
  • Passengers who have, at any time within the last 14 days prior to the flight to Singapore, been in or transferred or transited through, a country or region other than County / Region Category I. The list of countries may be amended time to time.

Arrival at Changi Airport

All travellers, including Singapore Citizens (SCs) or Permanent Residents (PRs), will need to take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test upon arrival at Changi Airport. Passengers who are exempted from COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival are:

  • Passengers aged 3 and below in the calendar year (e.g. those born in 2019 to 2021 are exempted);
  • Ship crew; and
  • Work Permit and S-Pass holders from the Construction, Marine and Process (CMP) sectors

To expedite the COVID-19 PCR test at the airport, travellers are strongly encouraged to register and pre-pay for their on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test (S$160 including GST) prior to departing for Singapore at https://safetravel.changiairport.com

The COVID-19 ART costs SGD 67, while the PCR test costs SGD 160. Passengers are encouraged to register and pay for their test before their flight.

** Passengers who are 3 years and below (e.g. those born from 2019 to 2021) are exempted from the ART and PCR testing requirement.

Connecting in Singapore

Passengers can now transit within 48 hours via Singapore between Emirates (EK) and Jetstar Asia (3K) flights. Passengers must book their full journey in one booking.

All passengers (including Singapore citizens and permanent residents) travelling to or transiting/transferring through Singapore must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours of their flight to Singapore.

Required forms

All passengers entering Singapore, including Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and passengers with a Long?Term Pass (LTP), have to submit an electronic Singapore Arrival Card with Health Declaration (eHDC) via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e-Service for entry into Singapore. 

This can be done via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e?Service or via the mobile application (to be downloaded from Apple AppStore or Google Play).

Please ensure that: 

  • the date of eHDC submission is within the three days prior to the scheduled date of arrival in Singapore. 
  • the identification details of the passenger correspond to the details in the eHDC

All seamen are required to hold these 3 documents : In-Principal Approval (IPA) issued by ICA, Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) Approval Letter and a Letter of Guarantee (LG) issued by the shipping company.

Families travelling under the SC/PR ties lane will have to get the approval ICA ALE letter.

Quarantine

Upon entry into Singapore, passengers may have to self-isolate, depending on the traveller’s recent travel history in the past consecutive 14 days to countries/regions listed in the Summary Table here.

Other information

Any passenger that has indicated “YES” to any of the following questions will not be allowed to board the aircraft:

  • Do you have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, anosmia1 or shortness of breath?
  • Are you diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19 infection in the last 14 days?
  • Did you have close contact with any case of COVID-19 in the last 10 days?

In view of the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in several countries and emergence of new virus variants, the Singapore Government will be reducing entry approvals for work pass holders entering Singapore in the coming weeks. Please refer to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)’s press release.

**From 1 November 2021, all pass holders from these countries/regions must be fully vaccinatedbefore arrival. For more details, please refer to the vaccination requirements.

  • have travel history (including transit) to higher risk countries/regions within the past 14 days before departing for Singapore; and
  • have been issued with a MOM Approval Letter of Entry (ALE) before 10 May 2021, 0000 hours.

Vaccination requirement for work pass holders and their dependents

Effective 12 August 2021, 0000 hours (Singapore time), passengers travelling from non-low risk countries/regions who have a MOM (Ministry of Manpower) Approval Letter of Entry (ALE) must have the following reference codes for entry to Singapore: R001, OPT-OUT OF SDF_Cmod, OPT-OUT OF SHN@SDF. 

Passengers under this category must have a printed copy of a COVID-19 vaccination certificate with the following information, unless exempt from vaccination:

  • Pass holder’s name as stated in the passport and at least one other personal identifier such as the date of birth or passport number 
  • Name of vaccine
  • Date(s) of vaccination completed at least 14 days before arriving in Singapore

For passengers vaccinated in Singapore must present their vaccination status on the Health Buddy app or Trace Together app. 

Passengers below 18 years old** who have a MOM ALE are not required to present documentary proof of vaccination. 

Pass holders who cannot be vaccinated due to special considerations will be issued with an exemption letter by a Singapore Government Agency and must present this at check-in. 

**Age is calculated based on calendar year. If a passenger is entering Singapore in 2021, those born in or after 2004 are not required to present documentary proof of vaccination.

Visit the MOM website www.mom.gov.sg and the Safe Travel website for more information.

All passengers entering Singapore must comply with Singapore’s public health and immigration requirements as specified by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

More information about Singapore measures for inbound travellers in relation to COVID?19 are summarised in this table. This table summarises the SHN and Swab requirements for approved travellers under the following Safe Travel Lanes, according to the traveller’s travel history in the past consecutive 14 days to a certain list of countries/regions:

  • Returning Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident (SC/PR) Lane
  • Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident (SC/PR) Familial Ties Lane
  • Student’s Pass Holder Lane
  • Work Pass Holder General Lane

For information on other prevailing Singapore government requirements upon entry into Singapore, please refer to https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg.

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