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    BUSINESS TRAVEL: Singapore announces Vaccinated Travel Lane with the UK

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    The Government of Singapore has introduced a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) for travellers from the UK, effective from 19 October 2021, meaning that British travellers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to enter Singapore with a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP).

    The travel pass will allow visitors entry into Singapore without the requirement to undergo the usual 10-day quarantine. Requests to obtain the Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) must be made between 7 and 30 calendar days prior to travellers’ intended date of entry into Singapore and applications can be made via the SafeTravel website.

    Unvaccinated children aged 12 and below will also be allowed to travel into Singapore from countries under the Vaccinated Travel Lane scheme from 19 October 2021, when accompanied by an adult on the scheme. Children will need to undergo pre-departure and on-arrival polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, with children aged two and below exempt from the testing requirements.

    As the global situation constantly evolves, Singapore will continue to update its entry conditions, ensuring that any steps taken are in line with the measures put in place by the city-state to be Covid-resilient while allowing for a gradual recovery of tourism.

    Carrie Kwik, Executive Director Europe at Singapore Tourism Board said: “We are delighted to welcome back visitors from the UK, a key European source market for inbound tourism to Singapore. Following months of resilience, preparation, and innovation, we are ready for visitors to experience a reimagined Singapore with new hotels, sightseeing tours and attractions which we hope will inspire travel desire in repeat and first-time visitors to Singapore. With over 32,000 establishments in Singapore certified SG Clean, providing assurance of the highest standards of cleanliness and hygiene, visitors can also experience Singapore safely and with peace of mind.

    “The combination of our efforts along with the launch of the Vaccinated Travel Lane means that visitors from the UK can look forward to experiencing a reimagined journey to discovery in Singapore.”

    All travellers entering Singapore under the VTL will have to comply with the following requirements:

    Travel History

    Effective 19 October 2021, VTL travellers must have remained in one or more of the VTL countries[1] in the last 14 consecutive days prior to departure to Singapore. If the traveller has been in Singapore within those last 14 days, his/her stay in Singapore can be counted towards fulfilling this 14-day travel history requirement.

    Testing

    All VTL travellers must take two COVID-19 PCR tests:

    • A pre-departure test within 48 hours before departing to Singapore and obtain a negative test result; and
    • An on-arrival test at Changi Airport and remain self-isolated until their test result is confirmed to be negative. The test results will be out within 24 hours.

    [1] With the experience and confidence gained from the VTL for Brunei Darussalam and Germany, Singapore will extend the VTL to the following countries: Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA) for entry into Singapore on or after 19 October 2021; and the Republic of Korea (ROK) for entry into Singapore on or after 15 November 2021. 

    Vaccination

    All VTL travellers must have been fully vaccinated and present their proof of vaccination. VTL travellers entering Singapore on or after 19 October 2021 can present vaccination certificates issued in any VTL country or Singapore, regardless of which VTL country the traveller departs from. An individual is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after he or she has received the full regimen of Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna, AstraZeneca or other World Health Organisation Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More details can be found at https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/health/vtsg

    Designated VTL Flights

    Travellers who are travelling to Singapore under the VTL must travel into Singapore on designated VTL flights. They may transit via another VTL country to take a designated VTL flight into Singapore.

    Singapore Airlines (SQ317) will operate daily as the designated VTL flight from London to Singapore. Between 19 – 30 October 2021, the flight will depart from London Heathrow at 11:25am, arriving at Changi Airport at 07:30am (+1). From 31 October 2021, the departure time will change to 10:55am from Heathrow, arriving at Changi Airport at 07:50am (+1). For more information visit: https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/travel-info/vaccinated-travel-lanes/

    Full details about the Vaccinated Travel Pass can be found here:

    https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/requirements-and-process

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