Singapore is Reopening to Vaccinated Travelers on April 1

From Friday, visitors to the Lion City will not need to apply for entry approval or take an on-arrival test.

Singapore’s Marina Bay at dusk. (Photo: leungchopan/iStock)

Vaccinated Travel Lanes to Singapore are being phased out entirely before the coming weekend, as the city-state transitions to a stage of “living with Covid.” Quarantine-free entry will now be guaranteed for all fully vaccinated travelers, as well as children aged 12 and below, regardless of which route they take by air, land, and sea. Foreign nationals no longer need to apply for a vaccinated travel pass, and the Singaporean government is ending its quotas on the number of daily arrivals, with airlines given the green light to operate as many flights as they did before the pandemic.

On-arrival tests at Changi Airport will be scrapped, although pre-departure screening is set to remain in place: a PCR or professionally administered rapid antigen test must be taken within two days of travel. After visitors enter Singapore, no further tests will be required during their stay. The immigration department is also simplifying its travel framework: countries are now grouped into either a general or restricted category, the latter reserved for places where any new variants of concern emerge. It’s understood that travel from the relevant countries will be halted temporarily if that happens.

Singapore’s health ministry said in a separate statement that it would consider removing the pre-departure test requirement “in the coming weeks” depending on the local and global pandemic situation. The city-state joins its Southeast Asian neighbors such as Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam in easing border restrictions — all six have already reopened in a bid to revive their hard-hit tourism industries. Malaysia is also planning to do the same on April 1.

Singaporeans will once again have the chance to embark on weekend trips to Johor and Melaka from that date, but should note the latest changes in requirements for those entering Malaysia. Travelers over the age of 60 must have had three doses of the Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca jabs to be considered fully vaccinated, while the same rule extends to anyone who has opted for the Sinovac or Sinopharm vaccines.

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