Singapore Launches New Vaccinated Travel Lane to Germany and Brunei
This story was first published on July 26, 2021, and updated on August 20, 2021.
This week, Singapore launched a new Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) that will allow fully vaccinated passengers to travel to and from Singapore without the need to serve a quarantine provided that they go through a few Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. The first countries to fall under this scheme will be Germany and Brunei.
The VTL was announced by the multi-ministry task force tackling the pandemic on August 19 as Singapore works to reopen its borders and to allow more vaccinated individuals to resume travelling.
Currently, the VTL will begin on September 8 with applications opening on September 1. Travellers can use this scheme to travel for leisure, business or to visit family, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).
All travellers hoping to make use of the VTL will need to be fully vaccinated which means they would have had received either the Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty, Moderna vaccines or other vaccines on the World Health Organisation’s Emergency Use Listing. They also have to wait for two weeks before they can be considered fully vaccinated.
This means that children who are under the age of 12 and cannot be vaccinated yet will not be able to travel under this scheme.
Fully vaccinated travellers from the two countries can also make use of the VTL. However, when travelling into Singapore, passengers are required to book a VTL flight. These flights will only admit fully vaccinated passengers and the airlines that will offer these special flights are Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Royal Brunei Airlines.
That said, Singaporeans and permanent residents travelling to Germany and Brunei can book any available flight when flying out of Singapore.
Germany is currently allowing Singapore residents into their country without the need for them to serve a quarantine. Brunei on the other hand will still subject travellers to all their Covid-19 measures if they do not fall under the reciprocal green lane.
VTL travellers will also have to follow all local government Covid-19 measures and will need to have remained in the country that they are visiting or Singapore for 21 consecutive days before they can depart. They will however not need to follow a controlled itinerary or have a sponsor.
Before returning to Singapore, travellers will need to take a Covid-19 PCR test at least 48 hours before they depart.
Travellers also need to register and pre-pay for a PCR test that they will need to take upon arriving in Singapore.
This news comes shortly after the Government announced on July 26 that they were working on opening the borders and reducing or doing away with stay-home notices for vaccinated travellers as they continued to push the population to get themselves vaccinated.
In fact, the Government is expecting that around 80 per cent of the population will be fully vaccinated by early September, which will allow them to open up the country even more.
As of August 10, the Government began introducing much stricter rules to differentiate the vaccinated from the unvaccinated with the most significant one being that the unvaccinated are only allowed to dine out in groups of two people and even then, only at hawker centres and coffee shops while the vaccinated can dine-out anywhere and in groups of five unless they are at hawker centres and coffee shops.
More of these rules will likely come into play as more people in the country get vaccinated and we learn to live with Covid-19.