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Singapore: COVID-19 Travel Policies by Country/Region

Updated on 10:07, Apr 16, 2021 UTC+8
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Entry into SingaporeEntry prohibited
Detailed Regulations
"Air Travel Pass" Available to Travelers from Select Locations
Travelers departing from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Mainland China, New Zealand, or Taiwan are permitted to enter Singapore for short-term visits including for tourism. Travelers must apply for an "Air Travel Pass" (ATP) at least 7 days and no more than 30 days prior to their intended arrival in Singapore and must remain entirely within one of the permitted departure locations for the 14 days prior to their scheduled departure.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 no less than S$30,000. Upon arrival, all persons must, at their own expense, undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 and self-isolate for 1-2 days at a pre-booked, non-residential accommodation while awaiting their test results. All persons are required to install the "TraceTogether" mobile app for contact tracing purposes and submit their personal information electronically via "SG Arrival Card" system. Persons who hold a passport that requires a visa for travel to Singapore must separately obtain a valid visa prior to departure. An ATP is NOT a substitute for a required visa. Additional information including links to ATP applications are available at the following URL: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview

"Connect@Singapore Initiative" for Business and Official Travelers
Business, official, and high economic value travelers from all countries and regions are eligible to enter Singapore for short-term stays of up to 14 days. Travelers seeking to enter Singapore under the "Connect@Singapore initiative" must submit applications though an “Appointed Facility,” which will file an application on their behalf for a "Safe Travel Pass." Persons traveling under the Connect@Singapore initiative must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test prior boarding transportation bound for Singapore. For the entire duration of their stay, travelers will be required to stay within a "bubble" at Appointed Facilities, undergo regular PCR testing, and strictly observe all prevailing pandemic prevention and control measures. Additional information is available at the following URL: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/connectsg/overview

"Reciprocal Green Lane" for Residents from Select Locations
Residents from Brunei Darussalam and Mainland China (with exceptions) may be eligible to travel to Singapore for business or official travel using a so-called "Reciprocal Green Lane" (RGL) scheme. Persons seeking to use the RGL must be sponsored by either a Singapore-based company or a Singapore Government agency, which will file an application on their behalf for a "SafeTravel Pass." Once approved, "SafeTravel Pass" holders may then apply for a standard travel visa (persons holding existing valid visas need not apply for a new visa). Only residents from the following locations in Mainland China are eligible to use the RGL: Chongqing Municipality, Guangdong Province, Jiangsu Province, Shanghai Municipality, Tianjin Municipality, and Zhejiang Province.

Persons seeking to use the RGL cannot have traveled outside one of permitted departure locations during the 14 days prior to their scheduled departure for Singapore and must, at their own expense, obtain a certificate showing a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test performed by an accredited laboratory in the departure location. Travelers are required to produce this certificate along with their "SafeTravel Pass," valid travel visa, and proof of a return ticket or other onward transportation in order to enter Singapore. From February 1, 2021, travelers applying to enter Singapore using the RGL must have proof of medical insurance valid for use in Singapore for the entire duration of their stay. The minimum coverage amount must be no less than S$30,000.

Upon arrival, RGL travelers will undergo an additional PCR test at their own expense and will be transported by the host company or government agency to a non-residential accommodation where they must self-isolate while awaiting their test results. Upon confirmation of a negative test result, the host company or government agency will ensure the traveler is transported to and from their workplace for the duration of the traveler's stay in Singapore. The host company or government agency will further ensure the traveler installs and uses the "TraceTogether" mobile app for the duration of the traveler's stay in Singapore. RGL travelers are not permitted to use public transportation while in Singapore.

"Periodic Commuting Arrangement" for Malaysian Residents
Malaysian nationals and permanent residents holding valid Singapore work passes may be eligible for a new "Periodic Commuting Arrangement" (PCA) scheme allowing cross-border travel at the Johor-Singapore Causeway and Malaysia-Singapore Second Link. Singapore-based employers must submit an application to use the PCA on behalf of their employees. Applications must be submitted at least 7 days prior to the employee's intended entry into Singapore and employees must be willing to remain in Singapore for at least 90 days. Specific information requirements for submitting a PCA application are available at the following URL: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/pca/overview

Prior to arrival, persons using the PCA must complete an electronic Health Declaration Card (eHDC) found at the following URL: https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard . They must also install the "TraceTogether," "Homer," and "WhatsApp" mobile applications. Upon arrival, persons using the PCA must refrain from using public transportation and proceed directly to their registered accommodation where they must self-isolate for 7 days under the terms of their "Stay Home Notice" (SHN). During the self-isolation period, persons are only allowed to leave their SHN location to go to a designated testing facility to undergo a PCR swab test for COVID-19. During their stay, persons in Singapore under the PCA must abide by all prevailing local public health requirements and safe distancing measures. Persons using the PCA, or their employers, must agree to cover all costs associated with self-isolation and testing.

All Others
From February 9, 2021, the following policies are in place:
1) All persons (including Singapore nationals and permanent residents) must, regardless of origin, undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 upon arrival in Singapore. Additionally, all persons will be directed to either self-isolate for between 7 and 14 days at their place of residence or undergo a 14-day quarantine at a designated facility. All persons are subject to additional PCR testing requirements at the discretion of authorities in Singapore;
2) All persons arriving in Singapore (regardless of origin) must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. This policy does not apply to Singaporean nationals or lawful permanent residents. All persons (including Singapore nationals and permanent residents) must submit a health declaration to immigration authorities upon arrival;
3) Persons who, within 14 days of their scheduled departure for Singapore, have visited South Africa or the United Kingdom are prohibited from entering Singapore. This policy does not apply to Singapore nationals or permanent residents; however, such persons must undergo a PCR test for COVID-19 and self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in Singapore;
4) Persons who, for the 14 consecutive days prior to their departure for Singapore, have remained in either Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Mainland China, New Zealand, or Taiwan may apply for an Air Travel Pass (ATP) at least 7 days and no more than 30 days prior to their intended arrival in Singapore. Upon arrival, such persons must undergo testing for COVID-19; however, they are not required to self-isolate or undergo quarantine. Persons who test positive must undergo treatment at their own expense;
5) All other short-term visitors, regardless of origin, are prohibited from entering or transiting through Singapore;
6) All foreign nationals holding a Long-Term Pass issued by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) must obtain prior permission from the relevant government agency prior to departing for Singapore. This includes Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) or Student's Pass (STP), or In-Principle Approval (IPA) letters for LTVP or STP. 

All travelers are strongly encouraged to contact a local Singaporean embassy or consulate to verify their eligibility for entry prior to making travel plans. Additional information is available from the following URL: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview
Returning to United StatesPartially restricted
COVID-19 Testing
All persons must have proof of a negative nucleic acid or antigen test for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure, or must provide "documentation of recovery."
Quarantine
Travelers are encouraged to undergo testing for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of arrival and to self-isolate for 7 days. All persons must wear a mask when using public conveyances.
Visa Services
The US government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel plans.
Detailed Regulations
Foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mainland China, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City, and the United Kingdom. 

From January 26, 2021, all persons traveling to the United States (including US nationals) must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 3 days to departure using a nucleic acid or antigen test. Alternatively, persons who, at any point within 90 days of their scheduled departure for the United States, tested positive for COVID-19 may present "documentation of recovery" for travel to the United States. This must include proof of the positive test result along with a certificate from a recognized healthcare provider attesting that the traveler is not currently exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is and cleared for travel. All travelers must additionally sign a form attesting that the information provided to airline staff is truthful and accurate to the best of the traveler's knowledge. Persons lacking such proof are prohibited from boarding flights bound for the United States. More information including post-travel recommendations is available via the following URL: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

The United States government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas and all US land border checkpoints with Canada and Mexico are closed to non-essential traffic. Additional restrictions are in place for persons holding special category visas including H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel arrangements. When arriving into or traveling within the United States, all persons must wear masks covering their mouth and nose while aboard any conveyance or at any transportation hub. Be advised, various state and local authorities in the United States have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.
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