Singapore Vaccinated Travel Lane: What to Know About Travelling With Unvaccinated Children
If you are planning to take advantage of the new Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) that Singapore will be launching with Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain, the United States and South Korea in the coming months, take note as unvaccinated children aged 12 and below can now travel with you under the scheme.
This announcement was made by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) in a statement on October 11, adding that these children need only be accompanied by a vaccinated traveller who meets all requirements to be eligible.
They will also be required to take two Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. One will be done within 48 hours before they depart from Singapore and the other will be done on arrival.
However, there are still many regulations to consider; if you are a parent hoping to bring your child on a trip, you may have questions about your child’s safety and eligibility.
Below, we answer your most pressing questions.
Is there an age requirement?
Children using the VTL are required to be aged 12 and below. This is due to the fact that vaccines have yet to be approved for this age group.
The age of your child will be based on the calendar year so only a child born in or after 2009 will be allowed to enter Singapore under the VTL this year.
Is there anything else my child needs to be eligible for the VTL?
All children using the VTL must be accompanied by a VTL traveller who meets all VTL requirements that will allow them entry into Singapore. They must, for example, be fully vaccinated and able to produce a vaccination certificate that can be digitally verified.
They will also need to have travel insurance for the entire duration of their stay in Singapore. The minimum coverage should be $30,000 for Covid-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs.
Your child will not need anything else and will also not need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass under the VTL.
What are the testing and quarantine requirements for my child?
Children will be allowed the same concessions as adult travellers using the VTL. They will not be subject to quarantine.
However, all children will need to do a PCR test at least 48 hours before departing for Singapore and then another test on arrival. Negative test result certificates must be presented in English for it to qualify.
Children aged two and below will not need to take any Covid-19 test.
You will need to register and pay for the test before you depart for Singapore here.
Children will also have had to remain in the VTL country for 14 consecutive days prior to departing for Singapore. If your child has been in Singapore within those last 14 days, their stay in Singapore will be counted towards fulfilling their 14-day travel history requirement.
Are there designated flights?
As long as you are travelling to Singapore under the VTL scheme, you will need to travel on a designated VTL flight with your child.
You may opt to transit through another VTL country in order to take a designated VTL flight into Singapore.
Will they need to have TraceTogether?
All short-term visitors are required to use TraceTogether. If your child is aged seven to 12, they will be given a TraceTogether token.
However, children aged six and below will not need to have TraceTogether.
Can my child travel to all the VTL countries?
Currently, South Korea does not allow children to fly in if they have not been vaccinated. Brunei is also not open for leisure trips and so will likely not allow unvaccinated children in.
“It’s important that we understand the circumstances in the countries you might be considering to visit. It’s important that we also appreciate that their requirements and regimes are different and not one size fits all,” said Transport Minister S. Iswaran in response to questions about why the Government decided to relax the rules.