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Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Singapore has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Singapore, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 28 December 2021

Last Updated at: 28 December 2021

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Global Mobility Updates – Singapore

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Overview

In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, Singapore has put in place precautionary measures to reduce the risk of importation of COVID-19. Before making a decision to move to Singapore, it is important to keep up with the latest news on the travel restrictions to help you better plan your relocation.

Information still current at: 28 December 2021

Last Updated at: 28 December 2021

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Global Mobility Updates – Singapore

Latest Update

Starting 26 Dec, Singapore lifts its travel restriction on 10 African countries.

They must take a PCR test within two days before departure to Singapore, as well as an on-arrival PCR test. They will also have to serve a 10-day stay-home notice at a dedicated facility. Another PCR test will be administered at the end of their quarantine period.

From 23 Dec, Singapore suspends ticket sales of inbound VTL flights and buses until 20 Jan.

The decision was made so as to tighten its borders amid the rising number of imported Covid-19 cases.

From 16 Dec, Italy bans non-essential travel from Singapore. The ban will last till 31st Jan 2022.

The Italian Embassy in Singapore said on Wednesday that its Health Ministry has moved Singapore and Brunei to a list of countries deemed to be of higher risk of Covid-19 infections

From Monday 6 Dec, all VTL travellers entering Singapore by air are currently required to take an on-arrival PCR test, followed by supervised ART tests daily

Singapore has also placed Bulgaria, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, and Poland, t in Category 3 from 6 December onwards. Travellers will have to do an ART test for over 7 days from arrival

Arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe are greatly restricted as of November 28.

Anyone who is not a Singaporean passport or residency holder who has visited at least one of those countries will not be permitted to enter Singapore or transit through the airport there. Singaporean citizens and residents who have visited one of the countries can still return home but are subject to a 10-day quarantine

Singapore bans travellers from 7 African countries; no cases of new Covid-19 variant here

New restrictions have been placed on travellers from several African countries by the Ministry of Health (MOH) amid reports of a potentially more contagious variant of the Covid-19 virus circulating in that region.

Singapore and Malaysia conduct VTL dry run at Causeway

Singapore and Malaysia conducted a trial at the Johor-Singapore Causeway on Tuesday morning (Nov 23) to test new protocols under the reopening of land borders.

KL-Singapore VTL scheme to start with 6 daily flights; travellers can apply from Nov 22

There will be six daily flights between Changi Airport in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia under the vaccinated travel lane (VTL) scheme that kicks off on Nov 29.

Travellers may face tighter curbs in Europe with S’pore taken off EU list

Singapore, Malaysia to start VTL for quarantine-free air travel from Nov 29

The reopening between the neighbouring countries will pave way for families and friends separated by Covid-19 to reunite, as well as for workers to come in and for business links to resume.

Vaccinated travellers from Australia, Switzerland can enter S’pore without quarantine from Nov 8

The addition of Australia to Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) schememeans Australian residents can enjoy two-way quarantine-free travel between the two countries from Nov 8, while reciprocal arrangements for student and business pass holders from Singapore are expected to be in place by Nov 23.

From Oct 19, VTLs will be extended to Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. From Nov 15, vaccinated travel will start with South Korea.

 

Singapore will open ‘vaccinated travel lanes’ with 8 more countries from 19 Oct

On 9 Oct, Singapore announced that it will be opening new travel lanes for vaccinated visitors from 8 more countries, namely Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the U.K. and the U.S.

 

Singapore opens quarantine-free travel lanes for vaccinated passengers going to and coming from Germany and Brunei, with effect from Sept 8.

 

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Entering Singapore Borders

All travellers (including Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents) will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure for Singapore and present a valid negative test result upon arrival. Exceptions to the rule apply to lower-risk countries and regions such as Australia, Brunei, mainland China, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Macau.

You will have to serve Stay Home Notice (SHN) when you arrive in Singapore.

 

Stay-Home-Notice (SHN)

SHNs refer to quarantining in an assigned place. This means that you will be allowed to leave your room regardless. However, food and other necessities will be delivered right to your doorstep.

If you breach your SHN, you may be prosecuted under the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 – Stay Orders) Regulations 2020. First-time offenders can be fined up to S$10,000, jailed for up to six months or both.

For more information on travelling to Singapore, click here.

 

Leaving Singapore Borders

Notice to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents:

  • If you are a Singapore citizen, permanent resident, or long-term pass holder, you may be able to travel from Singapore to the following countries.
  • The Singapore government has advised against all non-essential travel outside of established SafeTravel arrangements. If you still need to travel,  you will have to bear the cost of a Covid-19 test and serve SHN upon your return to Singapore.

For more information on leaving Singapore, click here.

 

Notice to foreigners:

  • You can view the travel regulations for your destination here.
  • you are advised to check the latest travel advisory issued by the relevant local authorities before your trip.
  • Some travellers may be required to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test as a condition of entry to the respective countries. For travellers departing from Singapore, you can apply for the pre-departure test here.

You can also visit the MOH website on leaving Singapore during the COVID-19 period for more.

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Public Schools

Primary Schools

  • With effect from 6 July, all primary school students will return to school for face-to-face learning.

 

Special Needs School

  • With effect from 6 July, all special needs school students will return to school for face-to-face learning.

 

Junior Colleges (JCs) and Millennia Institute (MI)

  • With effect from 28 June 2021, JCs and MI students will return to school for face-to-face learning.

 

Institutes of higher Learning (IHLs)

  • Classes will now resume on campus with no more than 50 persons per class. All large scale classes and lectures will be held online.
  • Students will continue to return to campus for essential in-person sessions such as labs and practicals.
  • Student activities involving 50 persons or less will be allowed to held in the campus. Activities involving more than 50 persons will be suspended until further notice.

 

International Schools

  • From 19 May, all international will moved to home-based learning.
  • All private education institutions are “strongly encouraged” to refer to the measures for schools and institutes of higher learning and decide if they wish to adopt measures that are tighter than those in place at the national level.

 

Student Pass Holders

Student’s Pass (STP) holders and eligible accompanying family members may apply for entry to Singapore via the Safe Travel Office (STO) website.

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Changes To Visa And Work Pass Services During COVID-19

Long Term Pass Holders

  • New entry approvals for all long term pass holders with travel history to higher-risk countries (excluding Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China and New Zealand) have been ceased until further notice.
  • All foreigners holding ICA-issued long-term passes (i.e. Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) or Student’s Pass (STP), or In-Principle Approval (IPA) letters for LTVP/STP, who plan to enter Singapore from any country must obtain permission for entry.

For more information on entry requirements for long term pass holders, please visit the Immigration & Authority Checkpoint Singapore.

 

Work Pass Holders

  • Work pass holders from higher-risk countries are prohibited from entering Singapore before July 5 except for Construction, Marine, Shipyard and Process (CMP) and migrant domestic workers work pass holders who had obtained entry approval to Singapore.
  • The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) Singapore has stopped accepting entry applications from higher-risk countries with the exception of key strategic projects workers.

For more information on work pass holders entry requirements, you can visit the Ministry of Manpower Singapore.

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Home Search

With effect from June 14, up to five in a group is allowed for property viewing. Safe distancing of at least 2m between individuals and 3m between groups must be maintained and mask-wearing is required.

For more information on short term accommodations in Singapore, you can check out our article on Best Short-Term Accommodations In Singapore: Start Your Expat Journey In Singapore On The Right Note.

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Pet relocation services are available in Singapore however pet relocation services may be facing reduced flight options for both Domestic and International travel. In light of the ease of COVID-19 measures, pets returning from overseas are allowed to service quarantine at home instead of a designated isolated facility in Singapore.

For more information on the requirements needed to bring a pet into Singapore, visit here. 

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More Information on COVID-19

Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Ministry Of Health Singapore Emergency Line: 1800 333 9999
Ministry Of Health Singapore General Line: 6325 9220
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Singapore 24Hr Call Centre: 6391 6100
Other Service Centres (ICA): Contact Us
COVID-19 Latest Updates from ICA
COVID-19 Local Situation Updates from MOH

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Latest Update

Starting 26 Dec, Singapore lifts its travel restriction on 10 African countries.

They must take a PCR test within two days before departure to Singapore, as well as an on-arrival PCR test. They will also have to serve a 10-day stay-home notice at a dedicated facility. Another PCR test will be administered at the end of their quarantine period.

From 23 Dec, Singapore suspends ticket sales of inbound VTL flights and buses until 20 Jan.

The decision was made so as to tighten its borders amid the rising number of imported Covid-19 cases.

From 16 Dec, Italy bans non-essential travel from Singapore. The ban will last till 31st Jan 2022.

The Italian Embassy in Singapore said on Wednesday that its Health Ministry has moved Singapore and Brunei to a list of countries deemed to be of higher risk of Covid-19 infections

From Monday 6 Dec, all VTL travellers entering Singapore by air are currently required to take an on-arrival PCR test, followed by supervised ART tests daily.

Singapore has also placed Bulgaria, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Norway, and Poland, t in Category 3 from 6 December onwards. Travellers will have to do an ART test for over 7 days from arrival

Arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe are greatly restricted as of November 28.

Anyone who is not a Singaporean passport or residency holder who has visited at least one of those countries will not be permitted to enter Singapore or transit through the airport there. Singaporean citizens and residents who have visited one of the countries can still return home but are subject to a 10-day quarantine

Singapore bans travellers from 7 African countries; no cases of new Covid-19 variant here

New restrictions have been placed on travellers from several African countries by the Ministry of Health (MOH) amid reports of a potentially more contagious variant of the Covid-19 virus circulating in that region.

Singapore and Malaysia conduct VTL dry run at Causeway

Singapore and Malaysia conducted a trial at the Johor-Singapore Causeway on Tuesday morning (Nov 23) to test new protocols under the reopening of land borders

KL-Singapore VTL scheme to start with 6 daily flights; travellers can apply from Nov 22

There will be six daily flights between Changi Airport in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia under the vaccinated travel lane (VTL) scheme that kicks off on Nov 29.

Travellers may face tighter curbs in Europe with S’pore taken off EU list

Singapore, Malaysia to start VTL for quarantine-free air travel from Nov 29

The reopening between the neighbouring countries will pave way for families and friends separated by Covid-19 to reunite, as well as for workers to come in and for business links to resume

Vaccinated travellers from Australia, Switzerland can enter S’pore without quarantine from Nov 8

The addition of Australia to Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) schememeans Australian residents can enjoy two-way quarantine-free travel between the two countries from Nov 8, while reciprocal arrangements for student and business pass holders from Singapore are expected to be in place by Nov 23.

From Oct 19, VTLs will be extended to Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. From Nov 15, vaccinated travel will start with South Korea.

 

Singapore opens quarantine-free travel lanes for vaccinated passengers going to and coming from Germany and Brunei, with effect from Sept 8.

Entering Singapore Borders

All travellers (including Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents) will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure for Singapore and present a valid negative test result upon arrival. Exceptions to the rule apply to lower-risk countries and regions such as Australia, Brunei, mainland China, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Macau.

You will have to serve Stay Home Notice (SHN) when you arrive in Singapore.

 

Stay-Home-Notice (SHN)

SHNs refer to quarantining in an assigned place. This means that you will be allowed to leave your room regardless. However, food and other necessities will be delivered right to your doorstep.

If you breach your SHN, you may be prosecuted under the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 – Stay Orders) Regulations 2020. First-time offenders can be fined up to S$10,000, jailed for up to six months or both.

For more information on travelling to Singapore, click here.

 

Leaving Singapore Borders

Notice to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents:

  • If you are a Singapore citizen, permanent resident, or long-term pass holder, you may be able to travel from Singapore to the following countries.
  • The Singapore government has advised against all non-essential travel outside of established SafeTravel arrangements. If you still need to travel,  you will have to bear the cost of a Covid-19 test and serve SHN upon your return to Singapore.

For more information on leaving Singapore, click here.

 

Notice to foreigners:

  • You can view the travel regulations for your destination here.
  • you are advised to check the latest travel advisory issued by the relevant local authorities before your trip.
  • Some travellers may be required to produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test as a condition of entry to the respective countries. For travellers departing from Singapore, you can apply for the pre-departure test here.

You can also visit the MOH website on leaving Singapore during the COVID-19 period for more.

Public Schools

Primary Schools

  • With effect from 6 July, all primary school students will return to school for face-to-face learning.

 

Special Needs School

  • With effect from 6 July, all special needs school students will return to school for face-to-face learning.

 

Junior Colleges (JCs) and Millennia Institute (MI)

  • With effect from 28 June 2021, JCs and MI students will return to school for face-to-face learning.

 

Institutes of higher Learning (IHLs)

  • Classes will now resume on campus with no more than 50 persons per class. All large scale classes and lectures will be held online.
  • Students will continue to return to campus for essential in-person sessions such as labs and practicals.
  • Student activities involving 50 persons or less will be allowed to held in the campus. Activities involving more than 50 persons will be suspended until further notice.

 

International Schools

  • From 19 May, all international will moved to home-based learning.
  • All private education institutions are “strongly encouraged” to refer to the measures for schools and institutes of higher learning and decide if they wish to adopt measures that are tighter than those in place at the national level.

 

Student Pass Holders

Student’s Pass (STP) holders and eligible accompanying family members may apply for entry to Singapore via the Safe Travel Office (STO) website.

Changes To Visa And Work Pass Services During COVID-19

Long Term Pass Holders

  • New entry approvals for all long term pass holders with travel history to higher-risk countries (excluding Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China and New Zealand) have been ceased until further notice.
  • All foreigners holding ICA-issued long-term passes (i.e. Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) or Student’s Pass (STP), or In-Principle Approval (IPA) letters for LTVP/STP, who plan to enter Singapore from any country must obtain permission for entry.

For more information on entry requirements for long term pass holders, please visit the Immigration & Authority Checkpoint Singapore.

 

Work Pass Holders

  • Work pass holders from higher-risk countries are prohibited from entering Singapore before July 5 except for Construction, Marine, Shipyard and Process (CMP) and migrant domestic workers work pass holders who had obtained entry approval to Singapore.
  • The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) Singapore has stopped accepting entry applications from higher-risk countries with the exception of key strategic projects workers.

For more information on work pass holders entry requirements, you can visit the Ministry of Manpower Singapore.

Home Search

With effect from June 14, up to five in a group is allowed for property viewing. Safe distancing of at least 2m between individuals and 3m between groups must be maintained and mask-wearing is required.

For more information on short term accommodations in Singapore, you can check out our article on Best Short-Term Accommodations In Singapore: Start Your Expat Journey In Singapore On The Right Note.

Pet relocation services are available in Singapore however pet relocation services may be facing reduced flight options for both Domestic and International travel. In light of the ease of COVID-19 measures, pets returning from overseas are allowed to service quarantine at home instead of a designated isolated facility in Singapore.

For more information on the requirements needed to bring a pet into Singapore, visit here. 

More Information on COVID-19

Check out the following pages and contact informations to get the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation.
Ministry Of Health Singapore Emergency Line: 1800 333 9999
Ministry Of Health Singapore General Line: 6325 9220
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Singapore 24Hr Call Centre: 6391 6100
Other Service Centres (ICA): Contact Us
COVID-19 Latest Updates from ICA
COVID-19 Local Situation Updates from MOH

Summary

Here is an overview of the travel restrictions in Singapore.

Travel history in the past 21 daysSC/PR Familial Ties Lane
(with valid approval letter for entry)
Student’s Pass Holder Lane
(with valid approval letter for entry)
- Australia (excluding Victoria state)
- Brunei Darussalam
- Mainland China (excluding Guangdong province)
- New Zealand
Short-term visitors coming from these countries/regions should consider applying for the Air Travel Pass instead.
If approved to enter under the SC/PR Familial Ties Lane, the following health measures apply:
• No pre-departure test required
• COVID-19 PCR test on arrival*, with self-isolation at self-sourced accommodation or own place of residence, until test results are released to traveller
• No pre-departure test required
• COVID-19 PCR test on arrival*, with self-isolation at self-sourced accommodation or own place of residence, until test results are released to traveller
- Australia (Victoria state)
- Hong Kong
Note: ATB launch deferred – new launch dates of ATB flights to be reviewed in Jun 2021.
- Macao
- Mainland China (Guangdong province)
• No pre-departure test required
• COVID-19 PCR test on arrival*
• 7-day SHN at self-sourced accommodation, including place of residence, and COVID-19 PCR test at the end of SHN period
- Fiji
- Taiwan
• COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure for Singapore and obtain a valid negative test result
• COVID-19 PCR test on arrival*
• 14-day SHN at SHN Dedicated Facility (SDF), and an additional 7-day at place of residence, with COVID-19 PCR
tests on Day 14 of SHN, and another test at the end of their 21-day SHN period
Note: For the additional 7-day SHN stay at a place of residence, the following criteria must be met:
• The traveller has not travelled to other country/region other than the above specified list in the last consecutive 21 days prior to departure for Singapore.
• The traveller must remain in the place of residence at all times during the SHN period.
• If sharing a place of residence with others, the traveller should stay in the room at all times, and use a dedicated toilet. The traveller should also avoid contact with other persons residing in the same place of residence who are not serving SHN.
If the place of residence does not meet the criteria above to safely serve SHN, travellers can choose to serve their 7- day SHN at a self-sourced accommodation (e.g. non-SDF hotels).
- Bangladesh
- India
- Nepal
- Pakistan
- Sri Lanka
Entry not allowed.
All long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history (including transit) to Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka within the last 21 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore, or transit through Singapore. This will also apply to all those who had obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore.
All other countries/regions• COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure for Singapore and obtain a valid negative test result
• COVID-19 PCR test on arrival*
21-day SHN at SHN Dedicated Facility (SDF), with COVID-19 PCR tests on Day 14 of SHN, and another test at the end of their 21-day SHN period

Source: ICA

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