The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on Sunday signed an agreement with the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) of India on the resumption of scheduled commercial passenger flights between Singapore and India.
These flights will facilitate quarantine-free travel from India to Singapore on the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL), which will start from 29 November 2021 with six designated VTL flights daily from Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai.
Airlines can also operate non-VTL flights between India and Singapore; however, those who are traveling on non-VTL flights into Singapore will have to follow the border measures.
It must be noted that the airlines will announce the schedules for the VTL and non-VTL flights when ready.
“SIA is working closely with the authorities to secure approval to resume scheduled passenger flights between Singapore and India. We will share more information on our flight schedules when ready. We thank our customers for their patience and understanding,” Said Singapore Airlines in a Tweet.
[Travel Advisory] SIA is working closely with the authorities to secure approval to resume scheduled passenger flights between Singapore and India. We will share more information on our flight schedules when ready. We thank our customers for their patience and understanding.— Singapore Airlines (@SingaporeAir) November 21, 2021
Short-term visitors and long-term pass holders will need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) to enter Singapore under the VTL.
Applications for the VTP for short-term visitors and long-term pass holders for travel from Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Finland, and Sweden to Singapore will open on 22 November 2021.
CAAS understands that travelers are looking forward to the launch of the VTL and would like to assure travelers that there is no need to rush to apply for the VTP:
- Fully vaccinated Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, and children aged 12 and below do not need to apply for a VTP to enter Singapore under the VTL.
- VTP applications for short-term visitors and long-term pass holders from Malaysia and Indonesia will open on 22 November 2021 at 1000 hours (Singapore time).
- VTP applications for short-term visitors and long-term pass holders from India, Finland, and Sweden will open on the same day but later at 1800 hours (Singapore time). Travelers from these countries will not be able to apply for a VTP earlier than 1800 hours.
- All short-term visitors and long-term pass holders who meet the requirements of the VTL, will receive a VTP.
- VTP applications will open for intended dates of entry from 29 November 2021 to 21 January 2022 (7 to 60 calendar days ahead). Those who intend to enter Singapore after 1 December 2021 are strongly encouraged to apply after 24 November 2021.
- To facilitate the application process, VTP applicants should have the following information on hand
- Digital proof of vaccination and
- Address in Singapore for self-isolation pending the results of their on-arrival COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.
- Short-term visitors who require a visa for travel to Singapore must separately obtain a visa. They are advised to do so after receiving their VTP approval and before departing for Singapore. They must also purchase travel insurance, with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 for COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalization costs, prior to travel to Singapore. In Singapore, these visitors must also use the TraceTogether app to facilitate contact tracing.
Requirements For Travel Under Vaccinated Travel Lane
Under the VTL, fully vaccinated travelers from VTL countries may enter Singapore without quarantine and just need to undergo COVID-19 testing. Children aged 12 years and below who are not vaccinated will be allowed to travel under the VTL into Singapore if they are accompanied by a VTL traveler who meets all VTL requirements. The VTL is for entry into Singapore. Travelers are advised to check the entry requirements imposed by the respective VTL countries
The conditions for entry into Singapore under the VTL are the same for all VTL countries. All travelers entering Singapore under the VTL must comply with the prevailing VTL requirements listed below.
All VTL travelers must take two COVID-19 tests:
- A pre-departure test, which must be a PCR test or a professionally-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART), within two days before departing for Singapore and obtain a negative test result.
- An on-arrival PCR test at Changi Airport and remain self-isolated until their test result is confirmed to be negative.
- Children aged 2 years and below in the calendar year are not required to undergo these tests.
Vaccination is a key safeguard of the VTL for safe travel without compromising public health.
All VTL travelers must have been fully vaccinated and present a digital proof of vaccination that is recognized by the Singapore authorities, issued in any VTL country or Singapore. This is necessary to guard against forgery and verify that the certificate is issued by a trusted issuer and belongs to the VTL traveler.
Children aged 12 years and below in the calendar year are not required to present proof of vaccination to enter Singapore under the VTL if they are accompanied by a VTL traveler who meets all VTL requirements for entry into Singapore.
To facilitate a smooth arrival process in Singapore, all VTL travelers are strongly encouraged to submit their health declaration via the SG Arrival Card e-service prior to departure for Singapore.
Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who are not vaccinated in Singapore are strongly encouraged to also submit their overseas vaccination certificate in their health declaration as part of the SG Arrival Card submission.
Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents who are vaccinated in Singapore are not required to submit their vaccination certificates as their vaccination records are already captured in the Singapore MOH database.
Short-term visitors and long-term pass holders, who are required to apply for a VTP, are also not required to upload their vaccination certificates as part of the SG Arrival Card submission, as their vaccination certificates will be verified as part of the VTP application.
Designated VTL Flights
Those who are traveling to Singapore under the VTL must travel into Singapore on designated VTL flights. They may transit via another VTL country to take a designated VTL flight into Singapore, subject to the prevailing transfer/transit requirements of that VTL country.
There will be no restrictions on the purpose of travel under the VTL arrangement and no requirement for a controlled itinerary or sponsor.