Here’s what the situation looks like in all the countries you can visit under Singapore’s new Vaccinated Travel Lanes and categories

This story was first published on August 23, 2021, and updated on October 11, 2021. 


Singapore is slowly kickstarting travel once again with its recent announcement that it would be expanding the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme to countries such as Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain, the United States and South Korea

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This comes shortly after the Singapore Government announced that they would be reopening our borders through a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) and by classing countries and regions into four different categories so that different border measures can be applied and travel can be made easier on August 19. 

Through the VTL, fully vaccinated travellers can travel to and from Singapore without needing to serve a quarantine. All they need to do is go through a few Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and they can enter the county.

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.

If you are planning to take advantage of the expanded VTL scheme, here’s what the Covid-19 situation is like in these countries.

France

France is doing pretty well with infections decreasing. They are reporting about 4,207 new infections a day. They have also vaccinated about 71.5 per cent of their population. 

Denmark

75.6 per cent of the population in Denmark have been fully vaccinated with Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The country is however still seeing about 552 new infections on average per day. 

Italy 

Italy has fully vaccinated 71.5 per cent of the population with AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. That said, it is still seeing an average of 2,611 new infections each day. 

Netherlands 

The Netherlands continues to report about 2,231 average new infections daily. However, they have already vaccinated about 68.4 per cent of their population.

Canada

Canada has to date vaccinated 75.8 per cent of their population with Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca vaccines and the one from Serum Institute of India. They are still seeing an average of 3,115 new cases per day. 

Spain

Covid-19 infections in Spain have been on the decline recently with about 1,784 new infections being reported daily. About 75.1 per cent of the population has also been vaccinated.

Britain

Unfortunately, Covid-19 cases in Britain are increasing with about 36,232 new infections being reported daily. 70.5 per cent of the population has been vaccinated, however.

United States

Cases in the United States have been decreasing with about 94,950 new infections being reported daily. about 61.2 per cent of the population has also been fully vaccinated. 

South Korea

66.5 per cent of the population in South Korea has already been vaccinated with AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Unfortunately, they are still seeing about 1,916 new infections per day. 

Germany

In Germany, vaccination rates are still pretty low with only 65.6 per cent of the population fully vaccinated with the Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines. The country is also continuing to see an average of 8,244 new Covid-19 infections daily.

They have, over the course of the pandemic, had 4,311,272 infections and 94,193 deaths.

Brunei 

To date, Brunei has managed to fully vaccinate 60.7 per cent of its population with Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Sinopharm and AstraZeneca vaccines. They are seeing an average of 180 new infections daily. So far, they have seen a total of 8,980 infections and 62 deaths.

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Beyond the VTL, Singapore is also now classifying different countries and regions into four separate categories and with different border measures for each category. These are the way countries will be classified from September 9.

Category I will be for places with the lowest risk of Covid-19 transmissions such as Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China and Taiwan.

Under category I, travellers need only test negative for Covid-19 on arrival before they will be allowed to go on with their activities.

Read more about the situations in these destinations below:

Hong Kong

Hong Kong has been doing really well recently with an average of five new infections reported per day. They have also fully vaccinated 58.6 per cent of people with the Pfizer/BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines.

Macau

Macau has fully vaccinated 53.4 per cent of their population and they have seen a total of 77 cases and no reports of deaths as a result of the virus. 

Mainland China

China has, to date, managed to fully vaccinate 79.4 per cent of its residents with six of their own homegrown vaccines. Mainland China is currently seeing an average of 23 daily infections. 

Taiwan

Only about 37 per cent of the population in Taiwan have been vaccinated with vaccines developed by Medigen, Moderna and AstraZeneca. They are currently seeing an average of 6 new infections a day. 

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Category II is for places with similar Covid-19 risk profiles to Singapore such as New Zealand and Australia.

Germany, Brunei, Canada, the United States and the Republic of Korea also fall into this category and all restrictions apply unless you are travelling using the VTL. 

If you are coming from a region that falls into this category, you will be required to undergo a seven-day stay-home notice (SHN), which can be served at your accommodation of choice.

You will also need to do a pre-departure and on arrival PCR test, test negative 48 hours before you fly and do a PCR test on day seven of your SHN. 

This is what the conditions are like in these countries. 

Australia

Australia has currently fully vaccinated 60.2 per cent of their population with Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson or AstraZeneca vaccines. Unfortunately, they are still reporting an average of 294 new infections daily. 

Austria

So far, Austria has fully vaccinated 61.7 per cent of their population with Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca vaccines. There are about 1,770 new infections reported on average per day.

Bahrain

Bahrain's Covid-19 infections have been decreasing with an average of 59 new infections being reported daily. They have vaccinated 80.8 per cent of their country's population. 

Belgium

Belgium has managed to fully vaccinate 72.6 per cent of its population with AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. They are currently seeing an average of 1,986 new infections per day. 

Bhutan

Bhutan has reported a total of 2,613 infections and 3 Covid-19 deaths since the pandemic began. They have managed to vaccinate 71 per cent of their country's population. 

Croatia

Croatia is reporting an average of 1,308 new infections each day and they have vaccinated about 42.9 per cent of their population. 

Cyprus

Cyprus is reporting an average of 123 new infections each day. They have vaccinated 49.1 per cent of their population so far.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has reported a total of 547,591 infections and 8,745 deaths. However, their daily cases are decreasing with 47 new infections reported on average per day. About 63.2 per cent of their population has been fully vaccinated so far. 

Japan

Japan has fully vaccinated 68.2 per cent of their population with Takeda, Pfizer/BioNTech or AstraZeneca vaccines. Unfortunately, they are seeing over 830 new Covid-19 cases each day.

Luxembourg

Luxembourg has fully vaccinated 64 per cent of their population with AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. They are currently seeing an average of 98 new infections every day. 

Malta

Malta is currently reporting an average of 21 new infections each day. They are also doing really well in that they have vaccinated about 83.5 per cent of their country's population. 

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Norway

73.6 per cent of Norway’s population have been fully vaccinated with Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The country is also reporting an average of 405 new infections each day. 

Sweden

Sweden, unfortunately, has been seeing rising cases in their county with a total of 1,157,822 confirmed cases throughout the pandemic and 14,905 deaths. There are about 599 new cases daily at this point. 67.9 per cent of the country's population has been vaccinated. 

Egypt

Egypt is currently seeing an average of 792 cases being reported daily. They have also only fully vaccinated about 8.4 per cent of their population

Poland

Poland is reporting an average of 1,647 new infections each day. They have vaccinated about 49.6 per cent of their population.

Finland

Finland has been seeing its daily infections fall with an average of 509 new infections reported daily. They have also vaccinated about 70.5 per cent of their population

Switzerland

In Switzerland, 61.7 per cent of people have been fully vaccinated with Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Unfortunately, there are still an average of 978 new infections being reported daily.

New Zealand

New Zealand has fully vaccinated 57.2 per cent of their population with Pfizer/BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson or AstraZeneca vaccines. They are currently seeing about 38 new cases a day.

Vatican City

There have currently been a total of 27 infections and no Covid-19 related deaths in the Vatican City.

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Category III is for places that are at a higher risk of Covid-19 infections. If you are coming from these countries and you are unvaccinated, you will have to serve a 10-day SHN at a dedicated facility.

If you are fully vaccinated, you can opt-out of this and serve a 10-day SHN at a suitable accommodation of your choice.

You will also need to have to test negative on a pre-departure PCR test that has been done within 48 hours, test negative on an on-arrival PCR test, do an Antigen-Rapid Test (ART) on day three, seven and 10 of your SHN and do a PCR test on day 10 of your SHN.

Estonia, Latvia, Maldives, Lithuania and Slovenia are on this list.

Estonia

Covid-19 cases in Estonia are increasing with an average of 894 new infections reported daily. 52.3 per cent of the population has been vaccinated.

Latvia

Latvia is reporting about 1,376 new infections every day. The country has vaccinated 44.1 per cent of their population 

Lithuania

Covid-19 cases in Lithuania are increasing with 2,074 new infections being reported daily.  58.7 per cent of the population has been vaccinated.

Maldives

Infections are decreasing in the Maldives with about 72 new cases being reported daily. So far, 69.4 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated. 

Slovenia

Slovenia is reporting about 799 new infections each day. They have managed to vaccinated 52.1 per cent of their population. 

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Category IV is for other countries that are deemed to have the highest risk of Covid-19 infections.

Travellers from these countries will have to serve out a 14-day SHN at a dedicated facility.

You will also need to have to test negative on a pre-departure PCR test that has been done within 48 hours, test negative on an on-arrival PCR test, do an Antigen-Rapid Test (ART) on day three, seven and 11 of your SHN and do a PCR test on day 14 of your SHN.

If you are not a Singaporean or permanent resident and you are coming from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, you will not be allowed to enter Singapore. 

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