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Singapore to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated international travellers next month

The government of Singapore has announced that it will reopen Singapore’s borders to fully vaccinated international travellers next month.

Starting 23:59 hours 31st March 2022, all fully vaccinated international travellers, and non-fully vaccinated children aged 12 years or under will be permitted to enter Singapore without having to use Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) transport, take arrivals tests or undergo quarantine. However, travellers will still be required to take a pre-departure RT-PCR or antigen test within 2 days of departure for Singapore.

As a result of the changes in the entry requirements, Singapore Airlines and its subsidiary Scoot will no longer designate any of its services as Vaccinated Travel Lane flights from 1st April 2022. Existing passengers who are already booked on VTL flights after this date may travel as planned and do not need to change their booking.

SIA Group stated:

Travellers, regardless of vaccination status, will be allowed to transit through Singapore on almost all SIA and Scoot flights from April 1, 2022 as long as they meet the entry requirements of their final destination.

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A spokesperson from Singapore Airlines, commenting on the news, said:

The SIA Group welcomes the latest measures to simplify travel protocols for entry into Singapore. This supports the goal of restoring Singapore’s position as a leading tourist destination and premier air hub. It will allow our customers to plan for their holidays, and reconnect families and loved ones, while also supporting the growing demand for business travel. We look forward to welcoming our customers on board our flights, where they will enjoy our warm hospitality and world class products and services. The SIA Group will continue to closely monitor travel demand, and increase our capacity and services accordingly.

Singapore introduced the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme in August 2021, permitting fully-vaccinated travellers to travel quarantine-free to the destination, provided they meet several criteria and are tested both before departure and after arrival in Singapore.

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