COVID-19 Precautionary Measures in Singapore (07 April Update)

Can a resident enter the country?

  • Yes

  • Citizens and permanent residents of Singapore are allowed to enter. Permanent residents must present a valid re-entry permit during check-in to enter Singapore.

Can a foreigner enter the country?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Short-term visitors are not allowed to enter except under established Green/Fast Lane arrangements or with special prior approval. From 1 February, the Government of Singapore has suspended the Reciprocal Green Lane arrangements with Germany, Malaysia, and the Republic of Korea, for a period of three months.

  • Short-term tourist visits from Australia, Brunei, Mainland China, New Zealand, Taiwan and Vietnam are now allowed, subject to securing an Air Travel Pass. Travellers from Australia, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Germany, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan can find entry requirements here.

  • All business travellers on short-term stays for up to 14 days will be allowed to enter Singapore through the special travel lane [email protected] initiative.

  • All travellers, except for returning Singapore citizens and permanent residents, who have a travel history to the UK and South Africa in the previous 14 days will not be allowed to enter Singapore.

Is transit allowed through the country?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Only passengers travelling with an airline whose transfer route has been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) will be allowed to transit at Changi Airport. Passengers should consult their airline before purchasing their air tickets.

  • Travellers transiting through Singapore who are not Singapore citizens or permanent residents, and who have recent travel history to Indonesia, the Philippines, and India within the past 14 days, are required to provide a negative PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours before departure.

  • All travellers except for returning Singapore citizens and permanent residents who have a travel history to the UK and South Africa in the previous 14 days will not be allowed to transit through Singapore.

  • Foreign travellers transiting in Singapore will not require entry visas if they can complete their transit by staying within the transit area of Changi Airport (Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4) without clearing immigration.

Is a test required on arrival?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • All travellers over the age of six, including Singapore citizens and permanent residents, will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in Singapore

  • Travellers are strongly encouraged to register and pre-pay for their on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test prior to departing for Singapore.

  • Travellers entering the country through the land border will have to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test (ART).

  • All travellers entering Singapore with a travel history to Vietnam within the last 14 days before departure will have to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and a second PCR test before the end of the Stay Home Notice (SHN) period. Short-term travellers holding an Air Travel Pass (ATP) with travel history to Vietnam within the last 14 days before departure for Singapore, will not be allowed to enter Singapore.

  • Travellers with a BTP (Business Travel Pass) will undergo a COVID-19 PCR test instead of SHN and are required to isolate in a single location until the result is negative. BTP travellers are also required to undergo the COVID-19 PCR test on Day 3, Day 7, and Day 14 of their entry to Singapore. In addition, travellers are required to use TraceTogether App and avoid public transport for 14 days after arrival.

Is a test certificate allowed?

  • Yes

  • A test certificate in English issued by a government-recognized or internationally accredited lab outside Singapore is accepted.

Test certificate required?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours prior to departure. Travellers from, or who have stayed in the past 14 days in these countries, are exempt: Australia, Brunei, China, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Macao.

  • Singapore citizens and permanent residents are exempted from the requirement to take an inbound PCR test within 72 hours before arrival in Singapore.

  • Travellers who are not Singapore citizens or permanent residents with a recent travel history to Vietnam have to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure.

Insurance required?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Visitors applying to enter Singapore under the Air Travel Pass and Reciprocal Green Lanes are required to have travel insurance for their COVID-19-related medical treatment and hospitalization costs in Singapore, with a minimum coverage of $30,000.

Is quarantine required on arrival?

  • Yes with exceptions

  • Maximum days of quarantine: 21

  • Minimum days of quarantine: 7

  • Travellers who have been in Australia, Brunei, mainland China, New Zealand, and Taiwan in the last 14 days must self-isolate until a COVID-19 negative test result is received.

  • Travellers who have travelled to Macau in the last 14 days must quarantine for seven days. This will include a COVID-19 test during the quarantine period. The quarantine can be completed at home or an approved accommodation.

  • Approved travellers from Fiji, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, and Thailand must complete a 14 day quarantine period. This will include a COVID-19 test during the quarantine period. The quarantine can be completed at home if they have not travelled to a country outside of Fiji, Sri Lanka, or Thailand in the past 14 days and if there is no one else in the home who does not need to quarantine.

  • Foreign travellers from countries not listed must undertake mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

  • Those under home quarantine must wear an Electronic Monitoring Device for the entire duration of the quarantine.

  • Travellers who want to serve their quarantine at home can apply here. The application must be submitted at least 3 days before arrival.

  • Citizens and permanent residents from the UK and South Africa will be subject to a quarantine of 21 days and will be tested at the end of the quarantine. Travellers may be allowed to spend the final week of quarantine at home after completion of the 14 days quarantine at a government-approved facility.

  • For Singapore citizens and residents, the travellers’ travel history and safe travel lane used to enter Singapore will determine the quarantine period. Travellers may be required to serve a 7 or 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) with a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test conducted towards the end of the SHN. Quarantine requirements for travellers arriving from specific countries and regions can be found at this link.

Is a vaccination required?

  • No

  • A vaccination for COVID-19 is not required for entry into the country.

Entry Form required?

  • Yes

  • All travellers must submit a pre-trip health and travel history declaration three days before arrival in Singapore.

  • Eligible foreign travellers, who are short-term visitors, may apply for an Air Travel Pass for entry into Singapore. Applications must be made between 7 and 30 days prior to the visitor’s intended date of entry into Singapore. Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Long-Term Pass holders are not required to apply for an ATP.

  • Eligible travellers not covered by the Air Travel Pass arrangement, should submit applications for entry approval through an Appointed Facility operator at least two weeks before travelling to Singapore. Once the application is approved, the applicant will be issued with SafeTravel Pass via email.

  • Singapore citizens and permanent residents can return to Singapore without applying for entry under any SafeTravel Lane.

Recommended Border App

  • Yes

  • Visits to any shops, services etc. should be recorded through the “Safe Entry” phone app or by signing in at the entrance. The app can be found here.

  • Authorities have recommended the use of the TraceTogether contact tracing app.

  • The SafeEntry Gateway (SEGW) is a new SafeEntry Check-in method that facilitates faster check-in at entry points for TraceTogether Token and App users. Details can be found here.

Airline restrictions

  • Minimal

  • International flights are operating.

  • The start of a proposed air bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore has been delayed until next year.

  • Short-term travellers holding an Air Travel Pass (ATP) with travel history to Vietnam within the last 14 days before departure for Singapore, will not be allowed to enter Singapore.

  • Travellers who have been in the UK 14 days prior to travel, including for transit, will not be permitted to enter or transit Singapore. This includes all long-term and short-term Singapore pass holders and those with previous permission to travel to Singapore.

Border restrictions

  • Moderate

  • Singapore has temporarily suspended its Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) agreements for business and official travel with Germany, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, Japan, and Indonesia

  • Cross-border travel between Singapore and Malaysia has resumed.

  • The government has closed the ports for cruise vessels.

Curfew restrictions

  • Minimal

  • Singapore established a three-phase plan for reopening.

  • Phase 3 continues and will remain in effect until further notice.

Social distancing restrictions

  • Moderate

  • Social gatherings are allowed to a maximum of 8 people.

  • Educational institutions have opened. Students are allowed to gather in small groups while maintaining social distancing norms.

Internal travel restrictions

  • Minimal

  • Masks are required.

  • Public transport is operating.

  • Speaking is prohibited on public transport.

  • There are no intercity or interstate travel restrictions.

  • Travellers must record visits to any shops, services etc. through a ‘Safe Entry’ phone app or by signing in at the entrance. Travellers will be required to either download Singapore's 'TraceTogether’ app or collect a ‘TraceTogether’ token from the Singapore government in order to enter an increasing number of locations.

Non-essential shops open?

  • Yes

  • All essential and non-essential shops are open.

  • Bubble tea shops and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) acupuncture centres are open.

Accommodations open?

  • Yes

  • Hotels may apply to reopen.

Restaurants open?

  • Yes

  • Restaurants, food, and beverage outlets are open with social distancing norms.

Bars and cafes open?

  • Yes

  • Bars and cafes are open.

Beaches and tourism sites open?

  • Yes

  • Beaches and tourism sites are open.

Museums and heritage sites open?

  • Yes

  • Museums and heritage sites are open.

*Personal care services open? *

  • Yes

  • Businesses including hairdressers, gyms, laundry services, cinemas, and libraries are open.

Places of worship open?

  • Yes

  • Places of worship will reopen for private worship.

Events allowed?

  • Yes

  • Work-related events (such as conferences, seminars, corporate retreats, annual general meetings, and extraordinary general meetings) are allowed a maximum of 50 persons.

  • Sporting facilities and playgrounds are allowed to operate.

Masks required in public?

  • Yes

  • The wearing of facemasks is compulsory for everyone when outside of their place of residence, except children under 6 years old, when eating or when engaged in strenuous exercise.

Other

  • Businesses, such as pet supply stores, and food manufacturing firms are open.

  • Libraries are open.

Advice For Travellers

The COVID-19 epidemic is constantly changing worldwide. Travel and border restrictions may change with little or no notice. Airlines may have their own requirements for testing, masking, and distancing. It is recommended that travellers carry a supply of face masks since the requirement can vary by location. It is recommended that travellers practice social distancing and maintain a 6-foot distance from other individuals and avoid crowded areas. Check with your airline, booking agent, or country's embassy for information on your specific travel plans.