Singapore Introduces Travel Lane with Germany and Brunei
As of September 8th, 2021, all international travelers who are fully vaccinated and depart from Brunei or Germany are allowed to enter Singapore without the need to stay isolated for a certain period of time under the Stay Home Notice.
Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, most international travels had to be suspended. Now, many countries are starting to reopen their borders introducing new solutions to allow passenger movement all around the world. One of such solutions is the introduction of the travel lane in Singapore with Brunei and Germany. It can be a great starting point to reinforce tourism in the country. Currently, Singapore is also open for international travelers from COVID-19 low-risk countries, i.a. China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Their citizens can plan a trip to Singapore without the necessity to undergone quarantine, whether vaccinated or not.
What exactly Vaccinated Travel Lane is?
VTL functions as a travel corridor extension. However, it is narrowed only to fully vaccinated travelers. For now, Singapore has decided to establish a travel line with Germany and Brunei. In practice, it means no quarantine requirement upon arrival in Singapore for travelers departing from these two countries.
Singapore decided to provide some flights to Germany and Brunei that will be designated only for those travelers who are holders of a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP). These special flights will be operated by Lufthansa, Royal Brunei Airlines, and Singapore Airlines. The VTP is to be issued by the government of Singapore. VTP application was already introduced, while the travels under VTL will start on Sept. 8th.
The requirements to be met to travel under VTL
All travelers who want to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass and enter Singapore must:
- do it between 7 to 30 calendar days in advance of the planned date of arrival in Singapore
- take a full dose of COVID-19 vaccination (at least 2 weeks before making an online application for VTP)
- take a RT-PCR test 48 hours before the departure flight
- prepay for post-arrival PCR tests (they must be taken on the 3rd and 7th day of stay in Singapore)
An electronic visa to Singapore is an obligatory entry permit that citizens of eligible countries can obtain entirely online. Singapore e-Visa functions as a single-entry authorization that remains valid for 1 month from the date of its issuance. Its holder can make a tourism-related trip or handle business affairs in Singapore. The processing time may take up to 72 business hours. That is why it is recommended to apply at least 3 business days in advance of a Singaporean trip.