Singapore: COVID-19 Travel Bans & Travel RestrictionsUpdated on 12 may 2021, 09:54 UTC+8
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Entry into SingaporeEntry prohibited
"Air Travel Pass" Available to Travelers from Select Locations
Foreign nationals departing from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Mainland China, New Zealand, or Taiwan are permitted to enter Singapore for short-term visits including for tourism. Travelers must apply for an "Air Travel Pass" (ATP) at least 7 days and no more than 30 days prior to their intended arrival in Singapore and must remain entirely within one of the permitted departure locations for the 14 days prior to their scheduled departure. Travelers applying for an ATP must have proof of medical insurance valid for use in Singapore for the entire duration of their stay. The minimum coverage amount must be no less than S$30,000. Upon arrival, travelers must, at their own expense, undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 and self-isolate for 1-2 days at a pre-booked, non-residential accommodation while awaiting their test results. Travelers are required to install the "TraceTogether" mobile app for contact tracing purposes and submit their personal information electronically via "SG Arrival Card" system. Travelers who hold a passport that requires a visa for travel to Singapore must separately obtain a valid visa prior to departure. An ATP is NOT a substitute for a required visa. More information including links to ATP applications are available at the following URL: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview
"Air Travel Bubble" for Travelers from Hong Kong SAR
From May 26, 2021, foreign nationals traveling from Hong Kong SAR, regardless of their nationality, may be eligible to travel to Singapore aboard special "Air Travel Bubble" flights. Travelers seeking to use the Air Travel Bubble must apply for an ATP between 7 and 30 days prior to their intended departure and must book designated Air Travel Bubble flights. Travelers cannot have traveled outside Hong Kong SAR during the 14 days prior to their scheduled departure (not including any time spent in quarantine). Additionally, travelers must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) performed by a testing institution recognized by the HKSAR government and must purchase travel insurance valid for use in Singapore with a minimum coverage amount of S$30,000. Upon arrival, travelers must, at their own expense, undergo an additional PCR test and book special accommodation where they must self-isolate for 1-2 days while awaiting their test results. Travelers are required to install the "TraceTogether" mobile app for contact tracing purposes and submit their personal information electronically via "SG Arrival Card" system. More information is available at the following URL: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/hongkong/atb/visitingsg
"Connect@Singapore Initiative" for Business and Official Travelers
Business, official, and high economic value travelers from all countries and regions (with the exception India) are eligible to enter Singapore for short-term stays of up to 14 days. Travelers seeking to enter Singapore under the "Connect@Singapore initiative" must submit applications through an “Appointed Facility,” which will file an application on their behalf for a "Safe Travel Pass." Persons traveling under the Connect@Singapore initiative must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test prior boarding transportation bound for Singapore. For the entire duration of their stay, travelers will be required to stay within a "bubble" at Appointed Facilities, undergo regular PCR testing, and strictly observe all prevailing pandemic prevention and control measures. More information is available at the following URL: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/connectsg/overview
"Reciprocal Green Lane" for Residents from Select Locations
Residents from Brunei Darussalam and certain parts of Mainland China may be eligible to travel to Singapore for business or official travel using a so-called "Reciprocal Green Lane" (RGL) scheme. Persons seeking to use the RGL must be sponsored by either a Singapore-based company or a Singapore Government agency, which will file an application on their behalf for a "SafeTravel Pass." Once approved, "SafeTravel Pass" holders may then apply for a standard travel visa (persons holding existing valid visas need not apply for a new visa). Only residents from the following locations in Mainland China are eligible to use the RGL: Chongqing Municipality, Guangdong Province, Jiangsu Province, Shanghai Municipality, Tianjin Municipality, and Zhejiang Province. More information is available at the following URL: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/rgl/overview
"Periodic Commuting Arrangement" for Malaysian Residents
Malaysian nationals and permanent residents holding valid Singapore work passes may be eligible for a new "Periodic Commuting Arrangement" (PCA) scheme allowing cross-border travel at the Johor-Singapore Causeway and Malaysia-Singapore Second Link. Singapore-based employers must submit an application to use the PCA on behalf of their employees. Applications must be submitted at least 7 days prior to the employee's intended entry into Singapore and employees must be willing to remain in Singapore for at least 90 days. Specific information requirements for submitting a PCA application are available at the following URL: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/pca/overview
From May 7, 2021, the following policies are in place:
1) All short-term visitors, regardless of origin, are prohibited from entering or transiting through Singapore;
2) Foreign nationals (including long-term pass holders) who, within 21 days or their scheduled departure, have visited or transited through Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka are prohibited from entering Singapore;
3) All persons (including Singapore nationals) must, regardless of origin, undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 upon arrival. Travelers must register and pre-pay for their on-arrival testing prior to departing for Singapore;
4) Foreign nationals authorized to travel to Singapore must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. This policy does not apply to permeant residents;
5) All persons (including Singapore nationals) will, depending on their travel history during the 21 days prior to their arrival, be directed to undergo some combination of self-isolation or quarantine at a designated facility for between 7 and 21 days. All persons are subject to additional PCR testing requirements at the end of their self-isolation or quarantine periods;
6) Foreign nationals holding a long-term pass issued by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) must obtain prior permission from the relevant government agency prior to departing for Singapore. This includes Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) or Student's Pass (STP), or In-Principle Approval (IPA) letters for LTVP or STP.
All travelers are strongly encouraged to contact a local Singaporean embassy or consulate to verify their eligibility for entry prior to making travel plans. More information is available from the following URL: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview
Returning to United StatesPartially restricted
All persons must have proof of a negative nucleic acid or antigen test for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure, or must provide "documentation of recovery."
Travelers are encouraged to undergo testing for COVID-19 within 3-5 days of arrival and to self-isolate for 7 days. All persons must wear a mask when using public conveyances.
The US government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel plans.
From May 4, 2021, foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries or regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mainland China, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City, and the United Kingdom. This policy provides limited exemptions for persons providing vital support for critical infrastructure, journalists, students, and certain academics covered by exchange visitor programs.
All persons traveling to the United States (including US nationals) must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 3 days to departure using a nucleic acid or antigen test. Alternatively, persons who, at any point within 90 days of their scheduled departure for the United States, tested positive for COVID-19 may present "documentation of recovery" for travel to the United States. This must include proof of the positive test result along with a certificate from a recognized healthcare provider attesting that the traveler is not currently exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 is and cleared for travel. All travelers must additionally sign a form attesting that the information provided to airline staff is truthful and accurate to the best of the traveler's knowledge. Persons lacking such proof are prohibited from boarding flights bound for the United States. More information including post-travel recommendations is available via the following URL: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
The United States government has mostly suspended the issuing of new visas and all US land border checkpoints with Canada and Mexico are closed to non-essential traffic. Additional restrictions are in place for persons holding special category visas including H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visas. All travelers are encouraged to contact their local US embassy or consulate prior to finalizing travel arrangements. When arriving into or traveling within the United States, all persons must wear masks covering their mouth and nose while aboard any conveyance or at any transportation hub. Be advised, various state and local authorities in the United States have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.