Singapore prepares to scrap its VTL system and reopen for tourism to all countries

Singapore is getting ready for To abandon its Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) system and reopens its doors to all vaccinated travelers worldwide.

The initiative, which began in September 2021, allows selected passengers from countries with which Singapore has a VTL agreement to enter the country without quarantine.

Australia, Canada, France, India, Israel, Qatar, the United Kingdom and the United States are among the 30 countries that have joined the travel scheme.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung stated that Singapore is working to accept fully vaccinated visitors from all nations without quarantine as the ongoing Omicron wave has peaked and started to subside.

“Instead of vaccinating the roads with selected countries that we consider to be low risk, we should allow [quarantine-free] travel for vaccinated travelers or fully vaccinated travelers from all countries,” Ong said at a meeting of the Covid-19 Multi-Ministerial Task Force last month.

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While the city-state is reporting less cases than last month, the current daily average of 17,416 occurrences may not be low enough to terminate the tram scheme in the next few days.

On the positive side, 86.8% of the country’s 5.6 million people are fully vaccinated.

For now, Singapore is committed to offering European travelers “greater flexibility to travel”.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) expand travel history requirementst so that VTLs include the entirety of the European Economic Area (EEA) and the EEA.

With this, “travelers who have been in any EEA country (including any transit stopovers) in the last seven consecutive days prior to departure to Singapore, can count their stay in the EEA country to meet the seven-day VTL travel history requirement. .”

This benefit will apply to EU and EEA travelers entering Singapore on or after March 16, 2022.

Testing at the airport could also be facilitated according to the minister: “Actually, we should emphasize less (quarantine) and testing on travelers, but more on ensuring that they are fully vaccinated and boosted.”

In fact, visitors to Singapore no longer need to pass a $125 PCR test and be quarantined at Changi Airport from February 22.

Instead, travelers can take a quick test at a certified testing center within 24 hours of arrival.

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The newly implemented daily rapid test protocol for the first week has also been cancelled.

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