You will be able to fly to Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain and the United States from October 19

This story was first published on July 26, 2021, and updated on October 12, 2021. 

Good news is in store for those with the travel bug because on October 9, Singapore announced that they will be expanding the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme to include nine more countries in the coming weeks as well as allowing unvaccinated children up to the age of 12 to travel under the scheme as long as they are accompanied by a vaccinated and eligible traveller.

These countries are Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain and the United States which you will be able to travel to from October 19. 

The scheme will also be extended to South Korea from November 15, according to the Ministry of Transport on October 8.

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The Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) 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 were Germany and Brunei which saw a successful launch on September 8. In fact, in a statement, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said that they had 1,926 visitors from Germany and Brunei as of October 8 and that only two imported cases were detected and dealt with on arrival.

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Travellers can use this scheme to travel for leisure, business or to visit family, according to the CAAS. They will also not need to serve a Stay-Home Notice upon returning to Singapore.

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.

However, unvaccinated children up to the age of 12 will be allowed to travel under the VTL scheme as long as they are accompanied by a vaccinated traveller who meets all the requirements, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) in a statement on October 11.

Travellers, including children, will need to take a pre-departure test 48 hours before their flight and an on-arrival test. They will need to isolate themselves until they get a confirmed negative test.

They will also no longer need to take a Covid-19 PCR test on day three and day seven of their arrival in Singapore.

“The Ministry of Health’s (MOH) public health assessment is that the pre-departure test and on-arrival test provide sufficient safeguards for detecting and isolating imported Covid-19 cases,” said CAAS.

“The removal of the day three and day seven PCR tests will help reduce cost and improve convenience for VTL travellers,” it continued. 

Short-term visitors and long-term pass holders will also need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass to enter Singapore under the VTL scheme. However, Singapore citizens and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated can automatically use the VTL scheme without needing to apply for a pass. 

Fully vaccinated travellers from the 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. More details will be announced by airlines soon.

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 14 consecutive days before they can depart. They will however not need to follow a controlled itinerary or have a sponsor.

“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,” said CAAS. 

Lastly, travellers are required to purchase travel insurance, that has a minimum coverage of $30,000 for Covid-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs before they can fly into Singapore. 

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This news comes shortly after CAAS announced this weekend that it hoped to reclaim and rebuild Singapore’s status as an international aviation hub with global connectivity in a “cautious and step-by-step manner.” 

Applications for travellers wanting to visit South Korea under the VTL will start at 10 am on November 8 for entry into Singapore on or after November 15.

Applications for the other eight countries will start at 10 am on October 12. Travellers will be able to enter Singapore on or after October 19.

You can find out more about the VTL here.

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