Updated on 7 December 2021

 

COVID-19 – General Information for Travellers to Singapore and the UK

 

 

Travelling to Singapore from the UK

Singapore Citizens (SC) or Permanent Residents (PR) do not require entry approval to enter Singapore.

 

All other short-term visitors with travel history to the United Kingdom are currently not allowed to enter Singapore.

 

You may refer to the SafeTravel Lanes listed by traveller profile here to determine if you are eligible to apply for entry into Singapore.

 

Fully vaccinated travellers (including short-term visitors) may enter Singapore under the Vaccinated Travel Land (VTL) scheme. Please check here to determine if you are eligible.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE

Due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, we strongly encourage travellers to Singapore to check the SafeTravel website closer to their travel date to ensure that they meet all travel requirements before departure.

 

Requirements

Singapore Citizens (SC) and Permanent Residents (PR)

Non-SC, Non-PR and Long-Term Pass Holders (LTPH)

Entry Approval into Singapore

Not required.

Yes. All travellers, excluding SCs and PRs, require explicit approval from ICA for entry into Singapore. Please check if you are eligible to apply here.

 

SG Arrival Card (SGAC) with Electronic Health Declaration

Yes. Please submit your SGAC with Electronic Health Declaration here within three (3) days prior to date of arrival in Singapore.

 

Pre-departure COVID-19 Test (PDT)

Yes. All travellers (including SCs and PRs) must produce a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 2 days before departure to Singapore. PCR test or professionally administered ART results will be recognised for PDT. Please refer to MOH’s press release here.

 

On-arrival COVID-19 test(s)

Yes. All travellers must take their on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test. You should register and pre-pay for it prior to departing for Singapore here.

 

SHN and testing regime upon arrival in Singapore

Yes. Serve a 7-day SHN at a declared place of accommodation. Take a Day 7 exit PCR test. For more information, please refer to SafeTravel website here.

 

 

For more information and updates on the COVID-19 situation in Singapore, please visit the Ministry of Health’s website here.

 

For more information and updates on travelling to Singapore, please visit the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority’s (ICA) website here.

 

Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) to Singapore

The United Kingdom is included in the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) list to Singapore.

 

Fully vaccinated travellers (SCs, PRs, LTPHs as well as short-term visitors) can use the VTL to enter Singapore from 19 October 2021. Short term visitors include business and official travellers. Travellers must travel to Singapore on a designated VTL flight.

 

LTPHs and short-term visitors must apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) if they intend to enter Singapore on the VTL. Applications are open from 12 October 2021, 1000hrs. SCs and PRs do not need to apply for a VTP.

 

 

Singapore Citizens (SC) and Permanent Residents (PR)

 

For detailed information, please visit https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/requirements-and-process.

 

Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP)

Not required.

Entry Approval into Singapore

Not required.

Fully Vaccinated

Yes. All travellers must be fully vaccinated with WHO EUL vaccines at least two weeks before arrival in Singapore.

 

Unvaccinated travellers aged 12 and below in this calendar year can travel to Singapore if accompanied by a fully vaccinated VTL (Air) traveller.

 

You must possess and present an accepted proof of vaccination in the following formats for check-in at departure airport:

  • A Singapore HealthCert(e.g. TraceTogether, HealthHub etc);
  • NHS Covid Pass or COVIDCert NI Pass;
  • Other accepted formats click here.

 

 

Designated VTL Flight

Yes. Travellers must travel on Designated VTL flights on Singapore Airlines (SQ) or British Airways (BA).

 

For designated VTL flights on Singapore Airlines, please visit https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/travel-info/vaccinated-travel-lanes/.

 

For designated VTL flights on British Airways, please visit https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/incident/coronavirus/entry-requirements.

 

SG Arrival Card (SGAC) with Electronic Health Declaration

Yes. Please submit your SGAC with Electronic Health Declaration at https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard within three days prior to date of arrival in Singapore.

 

Pre-departure COVID-19 Test (PDT)

Yes. All travellers (including SCs and PRs) must produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test or professionally administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) result taken within 2 days before departure to Singapore.

Please refer to MOH’s press release here.

 

On-arrival COVID-19 PCR test (OAT)

Yes. You should register and pre-pay for it prior to departing for Singapore at https://safetravel.changiairport.com/.

 

Self-isolation after Arrival in Singapore

Yes. Upon arrival in Singapore, travellers must be in self-isolation until they receive a negative OAT result.

 

To prepare for this, travellers should pre-arrange for their self-isolation at either:

  • A residential accommodation (i.e. HDB flat, condominium or landed property), or
  • Non-residential accommodation (i.e. hotel or serviced apartment)

 

Travellers may serve self-isolation at their residence with other household members, regardless of vaccination status or travel history. However, travellers residing with unvaccinated vulnerable household members are strongly encouraged to serve self-isolation in insolation in a room and minimise contact. If this is not feasible, travellers are advised to consider alternative accommodation.

 

Stay-Home Notice (SHN)

 

Not required.

 

Post-Arrival COVID-19 Tests

With effect from 7 December 2021, travellers must take self-administered COVID-19 ART using self-procured ART kits on Days 2, 4, 5 and 6 of their arrival in Singapore, in addition to the OAT and Days 3 and 7 supervised tests at Quick Test Centres (QTCs) .

 

Day

Test

1 (arrival)

On-Arrival PCR test (for VTL-Air) or ART (for VTL-Land)

2

Unsupervised self-administered ART*

3

Supervised self-administered ART

4

Unsupervised self-administered ART*

5

Unsupervised self-administered ART*

6

Unsupervised self-administered ART*

7

Supervised self-administered ART

 

For more detailed information on post-arrival COVID-19 ARTs, please visit https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/travel-checklist#stage5.

 

 

Non-SC, Non-PR, Long-Term Pass Holders (LTPH) and short-term visitors

 

For detailed information, please visit https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/requirements-and-process.

 

Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP)

Yes. Apply for a VTP within 7 to 30 days prior to intended date of entry into Singapore at https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/apply-now.

 

If you require a visa to enter Singapore, please apply for one. For more information, please visit https://www.ica.gov.sg/enter-depart/entry_requirements/visa_requirements/.

 

For more information, please visit https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/requirements-and-process.

 

Entry Approval into Singapore

Not required.

Fully Vaccinated

Yes. All travellers must be fully vaccinated with WHO EUL vaccines at least two weeks before arrival in Singapore.

 

Unvaccinated travellers aged 12 and below in this calendar year can travel to Singapore if accompanied by a fully vaccinated VTL (Air) traveller.

 

You must possess and present an accepted proof of vaccination in the following formats for check-in at departure airport:

  • A Singapore HealthCert(e.g. TraceTogether, HealthHub etc);
  • NHS Covid Pass or COVIDCert NI Pass;
  • Other accepted formats click here.

 

 

Travel History

Travellers to Singapore must have only been to any of the VTL countries/regions, Category I countries/regions (Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China, Taiwan), and/or Singapore in the last 14 consecutive days before departing for Singapore.

 

For the full list of VTL countries/regions, please visit here.

 

Designated VTL Flight

Yes. Travellers must travel on Designated VTL flights on Singapore Airlines (SQ) or British Airways (BA).

 

For designated VTL flights on Singapore Airlines, please visit https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/travel-info/vaccinated-travel-lanes/.

 

For designated VTL flights on British Airways, please visit https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/incident/coronavirus/entry-requirements.

 

Mandatory COVID-19 Travel Insurance

For short-term visitors only. Short-term visitors must have a COVID-19 travel insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 for COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalization costs. You must carry an electronic or physical copy of this insurance policy to facilitate entry into Singapore. For more information, please visit https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/health/travelinsurance.

 

SG Arrival Card (SGAC) with Electronic Health Declaration

Yes. Please submit your SGAC with Electronic Health Declaration at https://eservices.ica.gov.sg/sgarrivalcard within three (3) days prior to date of arrival in Singapore.

 

Pre-departure COVID-19 Test (PDT)

Yes. All travellers (including SCs and PRs) must produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test or professionally administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) result taken within 2 days before departure to Singapore.

Please refer to MOH’s press release here.

 

On-arrival COVID-19 PCR test (OAT)

Yes. You should register and pre-pay for it prior to departing for Singapore at https://safetravel.changiairport.com/.

 

Self-isolation after Arrival in Singapore

Yes. Upon arrival in Singapore, travellers must be in self-isolation until they receive a negative OAT result.

 

To prepare for this, travellers should pre-arrange for their self-isolation at either:

  • A residential accommodation (i.e. HDB flat, condominium or landed property), or
  • Non-residential accommodation (i.e. hotel or serviced apartment)

 

Travellers may serve self-isolation at their residence with other household members, regardless of vaccination status or travel history. However, travellers residing with unvaccinated vulnerable household members are strongly encouraged to serve self-isolation in insolation in a room and minimise contact. If this is not feasible, travellers are advised to consider alternative accommodation.

 

Stay-Home Notice (SHN)

 

Not required.

 

Contact Tracing

For short-term visitors only. Short-term visitors are required to download and register for the TraceTogether app. For more information, please visit https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/health/tt-for-travellers.

 

Post-Arrival COVID-19 Tests

With effect from 7 December 2021, travellers must take self-administered COVID-19 ART using self-procured ART kits on Days 2, 4, 5 and 6 of their arrival in Singapore, in addition to the OAT and Days 3 and 7 supervised tests at Quick Test Centres (QTCs) .

 

Day

Test

1 (arrival)

On-Arrival PCR test (for VTL-Air) or ART (for VTL-Land)

2

Unsupervised self-administered ART*

3

Supervised self-administered ART

4

Unsupervised self-administered ART*

5

Unsupervised self-administered ART*

6

Unsupervised self-administered ART*

7

Supervised self-administered ART

 

For more detailed information on post-arrival COVID-19 ARTs, please visit https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/vtl/travel-checklist#stage5.

 

 

 

Transiting through Singapore from the UK

Travellers can transit through Changi Airport (Singapore), if they are travelling with an airline whose transfer route via Singapore has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). Details on transit arrangement should be obtained directly from the airline before purchasing flight tickets.

 

Travellers with travel history to the following countries/regions within the past 14 days, are disallowed from transiting in Singapore until further notice:

Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwa.

 

From 3 December 2021, all transit travellers must take a COVID-19 test within 2 days before departure for Singapore. Travellers without a valid negative COVID-19 test will not be allowed to board their connecting flight or ferry out of Singapore.

 

For latest updates on transiting through Singapore, please refer here.

 

 

Travelling to the UK from Singapore

There are separate guidance for travelling to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

 

England has a new system for international travel whereby the previous traffic light system comprising red, amber and green list countries/territories has been replaced by a single red list of countries/territories. Singapore is not on the red list.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE

Due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation, we strongly encourage travellers to the UK to check the Gov.uk website closer to their travel date to ensure that they meet all travel requirements before departure.

 

Requirements

Pre-departure COVID-19 test (PDT)

All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, would need to take a COVID-19 test in the three days before travel to England.

 

For detailed information on type of tests accepted for travel to England, please visit here.

 

Book and Pay for a Day-2 COVID-19 PCR test

Yes. You can do so here.

 

Complete Passenger Locator Form (PLF)

Yes. You can do so here.

Quarantine upon arrival

Yes, you must quarantine until you receive your Day 2 COVID-19 PCR test result.

 

If your Day 2 test result is negative, you can end your quarantine.

 

If your Day 2 test result is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 full days. The day of test is Day 0.

 

 

For more detailed information, please visit here.

 

You do not need to take a COVID-19 test or quarantine on arrival in England if you’re travelling within the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man (the Common Travel Area) and have not been outside of the Common Travel Area in the last 10 days.

 

 

Recognition of Singapore Vaccination Programme for International Travel

There are separate guidance for travelling to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

 

Currently, travellers who received their full dose of COVID-19 vaccinations in Singapore are not recognized as fully vaccinated in the UK.

 

From 4 October 2021, Singapore will be added to the list of recognized overseas vaccination programmes for international travel to England. To prove that you have been fully vaccinated (plus 14 days), you are required to provide a document (digital or paper-based) from a national or state-level public health body that includes, as a minimum, the following information:

  • First and last name(s)
  • Date of Birth
  • Vaccine brand and manufacturer
  • Date of vaccination for every dose
  • Country of territory of vaccination and/or certificate issuer

 

For more information on the new system for international travel, please visit here.

 

Singaporeans can use Notarise to obtain their Vaccination Health Certificates. You will need your SingPass to log-in.

 

Update of Vaccination Records for SCs, PRs and LTPHs Vaccinated Overseas in Singapore

From 14 July 2021, individuals who have received COVID-19 vaccination overseas with COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the Health Sciences Authority under the Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR) or listed on the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) can have their vaccination records updated in the National Immunization Registry when they return to Singapore.

 

To do so, they should have documentation proof of their overseas vaccination and a positive serology test result in Singapore. The serology test can be done at selected private healthcare providers.

 

For detailed information, please see MOH press release at https://moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/deatils/updates-on-vaccination-records.

 

 

COVID-19 in the UK

 

National COVID Alert Levels in the UK

 

The UK government has introduced a 5-level Alert system to measure the threat from COVID-19. The alert levels reflect the extent of the epidemic and corresponding social distancing measures across the whole country. On 10 May 21, the alert level was reduced from Level 4 to Level 3 (third highest level). This means that COVID-19 is in general circulation but there is a gradual relaxation of restrictions.

 

For more information and latest updates on the COVID-19 situation in the UK, please visit here.

 

 

Visas and Immigration

 

Ensuring the validity of entry/work visas (where required) and adherence to immigration requirements of the UK is the individual responsibility of all travellers. The Singapore High Commission does not handle or process visas for entry into the United Kingdom. This is handled by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI).

 

The UK Government has published guidance for those affected by changes to the UK Immigration and borders regulations due to COVID-19. You can access the details via: www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-immigration-and-borders or UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) via www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration.

 

Now that travel restrictions are lifting globally, you will no longer be able to extend your visa automatically and you are expected to take all reasonable steps to leave the UK where it is possible to do so or apply to regularise your stay in the UK. For detailed guidance and instructions, please refer to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-uk-visa-applicants-and-temporary-uk-residents.

 

Visas and Immigration Service and Support Centre

Coronavirus Immigration Help Centre

Email: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 800 678 1767

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

 

Calls to this number are free of charge within the UK. Check call charges with your phone provider if you are calling from abroad.

 

 

Students in the UK

 

Students who are intending to return to the UK to resume their studies should consult their respective educational institutions and other relevant parties on their academic and logistical arrangements before undertaking travel.


From 1 Sep 20, travel for students pursuing academic qualification overseas, and where distance-learning is not offered as an option by the education institution is allowed. Overseas studies should be of at least one academic year, for courses which require physical presence in the foreign educational institution, and which will lead to attainment of academic qualifications. Existing students who are completing such academic programs (i.e. balance duration of less than an academic year) are included. Students below the age of 18 may be accompanied by an adult. Mature students may travel overseas with their dependents who will be residing with them for the duration of their studies. Please see paragraphs 1 and 8 of the
press release.

 

Singapore’s border measures will evolve as the global situation changes. MOH will continue to monitor the global health situation closely and update our border measures in accordance with the public health risk assessment. If the situation in a country/region deteriorates, more stringent measures will be put in place to limit the risk of importation and prevent community transmission from imported cases. We encourage everyone to check the MOH website regularly for the latest updates. At the individual level, do take the necessary precautions (wash your hands frequently, wear a face covering when not able to social distance) and follow local government advice.

 

You may also wish to obtain more information from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) at www.ukcisa.org.uk. Further guidance and support for students in the UK can be found here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus/education-and-childcare.

 

 

You are advised to consult your school pertaining to any visa matters arising from the current COVID-19 situation and travel restrictions.

You can also obtain more information from UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) via www.ukcisa.org.uk and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) via www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration.

 


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