Singapore–Australia Travel Lane to Launch on November 8

Quarantine-free access is also being granted to double-jabbed arrivals from Switzerland.

Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge and Opera House at sunset. (Photo: Photoholgic/Unsplash)

Travel-starved Singapore residents now have a growing number of options for their much-awaited overseas vacation, thanks to the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme. Australia and Switzerland have been confirmed as the newest additions, bringing the tally to 13 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, and North America. These two quarantine-free travel corridors will come into effect ahead of a similar arrangement with South Korea, which is slated to begin on November 15.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said the latest expansion of the VTL scheme formed part of its “cautious and step-by-step effort to revive air travel and reclaim and rebuild Singapore’s status as an international aviation hub with global connectivity.”

From November 8, fully vaccinated travelers from Australia and Switzerland can enter Singapore “for all purposes of travel” without needing to quarantine. But Canberra has said the initial phase of the border reopening will only let in Australian citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate family members, as well as certain groups of foreign nationals with valid visas (including international students).

To be eligible for quarantine-free entry into Singapore, travelers must have remained in one or more of the VTL countries in the last 14 consecutive days prior to the trip. They’ll also need to take a PCR test within 48 hours of departure, followed by an on-arrival test at Changi Airport. Unvaccinated children aged 12 years and below will be allowed to travel under the VTL into Singapore if they are accompanied by a fully inoculated traveler who meets the aforementioned requirements.

With the addition of Australia and Switzerland to the scheme, the CAAS says it will increase the daily quota of incoming travelers from 3,000 to 4,000. Fully inoculated residents of both countries who plan to enter Singapore as a short-term visitor or long-term pass holder must apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass between seven and 30 days before the intended date of travel. Applications will open on November 1 at 10 a.m. Singapore time.

More information here.

Share this Article