Here's amazing news for those who've missed travelling! Singapore will pilot quarantine-free travel lanes for vaccinated passengers next month from Germany and Brunei, announced the Covid-19 multi-ministry task force today (August 19). Restrictions will also be eased for visitors from Hong Kong and Macau from August 21.
In the first steps of Singapore's reopening, travellers from Germany and Brunei can enter Singapore from September 8. Under the vaccinated travel lanes, fully vaccinated travellers departing from Germany or Brunei can enter Singapore without serving a stay-home notice. Instead, the travellers must undergo multiple PCR tests – a pre-departure test within 48 hours of the scheduled flight, an on-arrival test at Changi Airport, and post-arrival tests on days three and seven at a designated clinic in Singapore.
Travellers won't be required to provide a purpose for visiting and have controlled itinerary or sponsor requirements. However, they must have remained in Singapore or their country of departure – Germany or Brunei – in the last 21 consecutive days before they depart.
Only vaccinated passengers are allowed to travel under this scheme. Therefore, children under the age of 12, who cannot be vaccinated yet, will not be able to travel under this scheme.
There are, however, a certain set of requirements that must be met. Travellers must travel to Singapore on non-stop designated flights run by Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa. These flights will only serve travellers on the vaccinated travel lanes, said CAAS in a press release. The current plan is to have seven flights a week or one flight a day to Frankfurt or Munich. Short-term visitors and long-term pass holders will also need to apply for a vaccinated travel pass to travel from Germany or Brunei to Singapore. To apply for the pass, travellers will have to pre-pay for their day three and day seven PCR tests, and their vaccination status will be checked for entry into Singapore.