Hear ye, hear ye! Singapore will extend its Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme to two more countries from November 8: Australia and Switzerland.
But if you're already dreaming of frolicking down the sandy beaches of Gold Coast, hold your horses. Singaporeans are not able to travel to Australia yet, due to its current border measures. Two-way travel applies only to fully-vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families. Fully-vaccinated Australian travellers, however, can enter Singapore without quarantine, for all purposes of travel.
Australia will progressively review its border measures and (hopefully) allow leisure travel into the country. In the meantime, Singaporeans are free to travel to Switzerland – subject to certain measures.
We're sure you know the drill already, but if not, here's a refresher:
- Travellers must have remained in one or more of the VTL countries in the last 14 days before departure to Singapore
- They must take two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests: before departure and on arrival at Changi Airport
- They must enter Singapore via designated flights
- Unvaccinated children aged 12 and below are allowed to travel under the scheme (except to South Korea) – as long as they are accompanied by a traveller who meets the requirements
This new announcement brings Singapore's vaccinated travel lanes to 13 countries in total. And if you've lost track, here's a running timeline of the VTL scheme:
- September 8: Singapore first launched vaccinated travel lanes for Brunei and Germany
- October 19: VTL extended to eight more countries, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States
- November 8: VTL to Australia and Switzerland starts
- November 15: Vaccinated travel lane with South Korea finally launches