[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

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Nov 30, 2021

Editor's Note: This article was updated 2021-11-30 to reflect several changes to Singapore's travel restrictions announced in response to the emergence of the new Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern. Authorities in Singapore have announced a further expansion of the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) to cover Cambodia, Fiji, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Turkey. Travelers from those locations will be able to book special VTL flights to Singapore for arrival dates on or after December 16, 2021. Singaporean authorities have also announced they are postponing indefinitely expansion of the VTL covering travelers from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, authorities will implement additional testing requirements for all travelers seeking to enter Singapore. See the details below for more information.

Contents

Introduction
Disclaimer
Who can travel to Singapore for tourism?
Who else can travel to Singapore?
New Omicron-related restrictions
What about business-related travel?
What requirements are in place for tourism-related travel?
Air Travel Pass (ATP)
Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP)
On-Arrival Testing and Quarantine
What about contact tracing?
How can you travel to Singapore for tourism?
Air Travel Pass Application
Vaccinated Travel Pass Application
Things to Do in Singapore
Downtown Core
Marina Bay
Kampong Glam
Singapore Botanic Gardens and Tiong Bahru
Sentosa Island
Changi Airport

Introduction

Singapore continues to earn praise for its handling of COVID-19. Following an expansive vaccination campaign, local authorities have announced plans for a gradual return of travel tourism. In this guide, we provide a detailed look at Singapore's current travel restrictions with a focus on leisure travel. We'll let you know who is allowed to visit and what you have to do both pre-departure and on arrival. In the second half of the guide, we profile some fantastic sightseeing spots you won't want to miss if and when you do have a chance to visit. Singapore is a city known for its great food, futuristic architecture, and all-around family-friendly atmosphere. Come discover the Garden City at the crossroads of the world.

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

When SARS-CoV-2 first emerged in Wuhan, China late in 2019, few people anticipated the massive disruptions to everyday life the virus would cause around the world. Travel and tourism have been particularly hard hit. The number of people taking vacations abroad plunged after governments rushed to close their international borders. By April 1, 2020, a majority of countries had either barred travelers from high-risk locations or closed themselves off entirely. Fortunately, the international travel picture today is much improved. Despite new burdens such as pre-departure testing and quarantine, it is possible to travel to a fair number of international destinations. Depending on where you are based, Singapore may be on that list.

Disclaimer

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

A quick disclaimer. Singapore authorities have made clear they intend to reassess the country’s travel policies on an ongoing basis. The information we provide is for reference only. All travelers are advised to check the latest announcements published in official government channels prior to finalizing travel decisions. While we make every effort to ensure we provide accurate and timely information, conditions may have changed since this guide was written. Always double-check the latest official information. Better to be safe than sorry.

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

Who can travel to Singapore for tourism?

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

At the time of writing, travelers from Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Mainland China, and Taiwan are able to enter Singapore for short-term visits that include tourism and recreational travel. Singapore also allows fully vaccinated travelers from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States are able to book special so-called Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) fights to Singapore. Vaccinated travelers from Thailand will be able to book VTL flights for arrival dates on or after December 14, 2021, and vaccinated travelers from Cambodia, Fiji, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Turkey will be able to book VTL flights for arrival dates on or after December 16, 2021. Short-term visitors and tourists from other locations continue to have to wait for a further relaxation of travel restrictions.

Who else can travel to Singapore?

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

In principle, Singapore nationals are allowed to return from anywhere in the world. The Singapore government also allows foreign nationals who hold a valid Long-Term Pass issued by Singapore's Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) to return from abroad. However, pass-holders must obtain explicit permission from a relevant government agency prior to departure.

Singapore uses a 4-category classification system to assess COVID-19 risks in particular locations. Individual entry requirements are based on recent travel history. Depending on where they're returning from, travelers may be required to undergo either self-isolation at home or quarantine in a designated facility for between 7 and 14 days. All travelers (including Singaporean nationals) are obliged to carry proof of a negative COVID-19 test issued no more than 2 days prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or a rapid antigen test performed by a recognized medical services provider and to undergo testing for COVID-19 upon arrival in Singapore.

New Omicron-related restrictions

Following emergence of the new Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern, long-term pass holders who, within 14 days of their intended arrival, have visited Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, or Zimbabwe are prohibited from entering Singapore. Singapore nationals and lawful permanent residents allowed to return from those locations now face enhanced testing and quarantine requirements. All travelers should check the latest information on the official SafeTravel website prior to finalizing travel arrangements.

What about business-related travel?

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

Business travelers from Brunei Darussalam and some parts of Mainland* China are permitted to enter Singapore provided they fulfill certain criteria. Current criteria for business travelers include being sponsored by a domestic company or government agency in Singapore that must apply for approval on the traveler’s behalf. Business travelers are not allowed to leave the jurisdiction from where they applied to travel to Singapore within 14 days of their scheduled departure. They must also undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test or rapid antigen test for COVID-19 no more than 2 days prior to departure. Upon arrival in Singapore, business travelers must undergo additional testing, can only engage in approved, business-related activities, and are required to abide by all regulations regarding pandemic prevention. * = Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Zhejiang

What requirements are in place for tourism-related travel?

Air Travel Pass (ATP)

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

As noted above, travelers from Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Mainland China, and Taiwan are permitted to travel to Singapore for short-term recreational travel. Anyone from these locations (including persons who hold a passport issued by a third country) must submit an application for an Air Travel Pass (ATP) at least 7 days and no more than 30 days prior to their intended date of arrival. Travelers applying for an ATP must have proof of medical insurance valid for use in Singapore for the entire duration of their stay. The minimum coverage amount must be at least S$30,000. Singaporean nationals, lawful permanent residents, and Long-Term Pass holders are not required to apply for an Air Travel Pass. Travelers must remain within one of these approved locations during the 21 consecutive days prior to their scheduled departure for Singapore and must present their ATP when boarding Singapore-bound flights. Travelers who hold a passport that requires a valid travel visa must separately apply for an entry visa. An ATP is not a substitute for a visa.

Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP)

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

Fully vaccinated travelers from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States can apply to travel to Singapore for short-term recreational travel using the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL). Fully vaccinated travelers from Thailand are scheduled to have access to the VTL beginning December 14, 2021. Authorities also have announced plans to open the VTL to fully vaccinated travelers from Cambodia, Fiji, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Turkey beginning December 16, 2021. To be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must have proof they have completed a full vaccination regimen at least 14 days prior to their intended departure using a COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Fully vaccinated travelers from these locations (including persons who hold a passport issued by a third country) must submit an application for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) at least 7 days and no more than 30 days prior to their intended date of arrival. Travelers applying for a VTP must have proof medical insurance valid for use in Singapore for the entire duration of their stay. The minimum coverage amount must be at least S$30,000. Singaporean nationals and lawful permanent residents are not required to apply for a VTP. Travelers must remain within one of these approved locations during the 14 consecutive days prior to their scheduled departure for Singapore and must present their VTP when boarding special VTL flights bound for Singapore along with proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 2 days prior to departure using either a PCR test or a rapid antigen test. Travelers who hold a passport that requires a valid travel visa must separately apply for an entry visa. A VTP is not a substitute for a visa.

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

On-Arrival Testing and Quarantine

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

Upon arrival, all travelers (regardless of origin) must, at their own expense, undergo testing for COVID-19 and must self-isolate in a suitable, non-residential accommodation while awaiting their results. Confirmation of a negative result is required before a person can be released from self-isolation and permitted to move freely about Singapore. Depending on their travel history during the 14 days prior to their arrival, travelers may be required to quarantine for up to 14 days either at a suitable accommodation or at a designated quarantine facility. During that time, travelers may also be required to undergo additional testing for COVID-19. Travelers who hold a valid ATP or VTP are exempt from quarantine requirements beyond the mandatory self-isolation required while they await the results of their on-arrival COVID-19 test.

What about contact tracing?

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

Singapore uses a mobile application for contact tracing called "TraceTogether." All travelers must install this app and use it to register their personal information prior to boarding flights bound for Singapore. Airline staff are instructed to verify a correctly set up app during airport check-in. Travelers must use TraceTogether throughout their stay in Singapore and are required to retain the app and all associated data for 14 consecutive days after leaving Singapore. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must upload their TraceTogether app data if requested by the Singapore Ministry of Health.

How can you travel to Singapore for tourism?

Air Travel Pass Application

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

If you are in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Mainland China, and Taiwan, you should apply for an Air Travel Pass online. The process is free and takes approximately 3 business days. You can do this before or after booking travel tickets; however, you will want to verify your airline’s cancellation policies in the event your Air Travel Pass application is rejected. Once you receive approval, follow the instructions given to you and comply with all pre-departure requirements. If possible, you should prepay and book your post-arrival COVID-19 test and self-isolation accommodation ahead of time.

Vaccinated Travel Pass Application

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and currently in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, or the United States you should inquire about applying for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) at the link above. Fully vaccinated travelers from Thailand are scheduled to have access to the VTL beginning December 14, 2021, and fully vaccinated travelers from Cambodia, Fiji, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Turkey will have access beginning December 16, 2021. To be considered fully vaccinated, travelers must have proof they have completed a full vaccination regimen at least 14 days prior to their intended departure using a COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Things to Do in Singapore

Downtown Core

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

The Downtown Core is where you’ll find many of Singapore’s most iconic locations. Start with a wander through Maxwell Road Food Centre. Here you can taste (pun intended) Singapore’s fantastic food culture. Maxwell Road is one of the city’s popular street food areas and somewhere you will likely return more than once. After having a bite to eat, spend time wandering around Chinatown and see the Tang dynasty-era Buddhist temple. Also nearby is Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the oldest Hokkien temples in Singapore. From here you can enjoy some shopping in one of the area’s many malls. It’s an effective way to cool down when the tropical heat gets to be too much.

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

Across the Singapore River is a collection of great museums. Swing past the Asian Civilisations (sic) Museum or the National Gallery. The Padang is a grassy area with significant monuments and other national symbols. St. Andrew’s Cathedral sits just off the Padang and is Singapore’s largest cathedral. East of St. Andrew’s is Fort Canning Park, an old British colonial-era military barracks. From the Fort you can go and explore the National Museum of Singapore, which provides a vibrant and illuminating look at the city’s history. Food options in the area are not hard to come by so grab a snack if you need one and press on towards Marina Bay.

Marina Bay

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

Marina Bay is a fabulous area with lush green parks, incredible bridges, and some of the city’s most impressive architectural achievements. Take a spin on the enormous Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel, quite lovely at sunset. Watch as the Gardens by the Bay come to life with their spellbinding light displays. The magical landscapes seem sprung from some distant dream world. Cross Helix Bridge towards the ArtScience Museum and be sure to snap plenty of photos along the way. You’ll quickly understand why the Marina Bay Sands hotel is the world’s most photographed locations. Visit the observation deck and infinity pool, which are simply breathtaking! Back down in the Gardens, find the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. These massive seashell-like structures contain mesmerizing displays flora that will dazzle you. Supertree Grove is also a hit after dark.

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

Take in the atmosphere and beauty at the Gardens before continuing back towards the Downtown Core. This will give you a chance to stop at The Promontory, a first-rate photo location where you will have great backdrops with the Marina Bay Sands. Enjoy a cocktail, coffee, or tea at one of the restaurants along the water. Don’t forget to visit the Merlion, one of the city’s most beloved symbols. With the city lights in the background, one could easily sit on the steps near the fountain for hours and just admire the surroundings.

Kampong Glam

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

Kampong Glam is a great place to start your next day. This trendy district is filled with colorful buildings and was once where Malay Royalty resided. Grab something to eat and then visit Masjid Sultan, one of Singapore’s landmark mosques. Just opposite is the Malay Heritage Centre. Here you can explore more Singaporean culture and taste some local specialties. Slightly northeast from Kampong Glam you will find lots of Indian-owned businesses and restaurants. The Indian Heritage Centre is worthwhile if you want to learn about the Indian diaspora communities in Singapore. After taking in your fill, hop on the Downtown Line MTR and head for the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Singapore Botanic Gardens and Tiong Bahru

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

The Singapore Botanic Gardens are one attraction you won’t want to miss. Regularly ranked one of the top gardens in Asia, they have the extremely rare privilege of being the only tropical gardens designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is plenty to see around the 160 acre park, including the stunning National Orchid Garden with over 60,000 species on display. From the park, head south to Tiong Bahru. This charming neighborhood has some excellent small markets and delicious local food on offer. It’s another prime attraction for foodies.

Sentosa Island

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

Sentosa is Singapore’s playground. It’s there you will find Universal Studios Singapore, Madame Tussauds wax museum, and Adventure Cove Waterpark. Families will no doubt want to visit. Siloso Beach and Palawan Beach are great places to relax, catch some rays, or go for a swim. Many exclusive resort hotels are located on Sentosa, so it’s easy to spend a day here. You might consider checking out Resorts World Sentosa. The hotel has 11 lavish suite rooms located underwater and offering spectacular views into the hotel’s massive aquarium. Containing upwards of 40,000 sea creatures, guests in the underwater rooms will have no shortage of exciting and colorful creatures to admire. Each suite is built in a two-story configuration with the upper-level above the waterline. Guests can relax on a private outdoor patio or soak in the Jacuzzi. The underwater rooms are for the most part separate from the rest of the hotel, thus providing a degree of luxury and seclusion. Guests can request private transportation to the nearby S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark, where they can enjoy exploring even more amazing marine life.

Changi Airport

[Updated] Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns

Arriving in Singapore is an experience unto itself. Continually ranked as the world’s best, Changi Airport is a marvel. Visit the butterfly garden, the cactus garden, the kinetic rain sculpture, the HSBC Rain Vortex in the airport’s new Jewel addition...and so much more! Build some time in your itinerary maybe on the backend to explore here. With cutting-edge visual displays, gorgeous layouts, premiere shopping, and some architectural masterpieces, Changi is basically one big lounge onto itself. Make sure you snap some pictures of the light show at the Rain Vortex. It’s spectacular and attracts quite the crowd. Changi is designed with long concourses so make sure to note your gate location and plan accordingly. Spending time in Changi is a fitting way to end your visit to Singapore.

As one of the world’s most family-friendly destinations, Singapore offers something for everyone. Take your time and explore the city’s many facets. Great food, amazing architecture, wonderful nightlife, resorts, theme parks, and more...it’s all on offer in this great Southeast Asian city-state. Now that it’s possible to again travel for tourism and recreation, Singapore is a great destination to consider for an upcoming holiday vacation.

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