Singapore is planning to add to its Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) by adding South Korea and the United States to the scheme.
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The VTL’s with Brunei and Germany were launched on 8th September and although numbers have been relatively small have been seen as a success. Earlier this week we reported on news that Singapore was in negotiations with a number of countries to extend the scheme.
The Singapore Transport Ministry announced today (8th October) that a new VTL, for fully vaccinated travellers, with South Korea will launch on 15th November.
“This is another milestone as we reopen Singapore’s borders, and resume air travel in a careful and calibrated manner.”S. Iswaran, Singapore Transport Minister. The Straits Times
In agreeing the VTL the two countries have also agreed to recognise each others vaccine certificates to ensure that vaccination status can be easily verified.
The VTL will mean that fully vaccinated travellers will be able to travel between Changi Airport and Incheon International Airport. They will be required to complete PCR tests but will not need to undergo a quarantine period.
Singapore Airlines will convert all of its flights between Seoul and Singapore to VTL status from 16th November.
“Customers are advised to carefully check the eligibility criteria for these VTL services once they have been published, and ensure they meet the travel requirements before their flights.”Singapore Airlines. The Straits Times
Full details of the VTL will be announced in due course.
The VTL with the United States is not yet finalised but the Singapore Trade Minister has confirmed that talks are ongoing and that they hope to reach agreement to allow travel before the end of 2021.
“We have had successful pilots of Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) with Germany and Brunei.”
“We are now working on a VTL with the U.S. as soon as possible, and certainly before the end of the year.”Gan Kim Yong, Singapore Trade Minister. REUTERS
An agreement with the U.S. will be seen as a significant step forward in revitalise international business and leisure travel in Singapore and wider region.
Singapores Vaccine Travel Lanes Explained
Travellers arriving under the scheme will be required to a pre-departure PCR test (within 48 hours) and additional tests on arrival and on days 3 and 7, at a designated Singapore clinic.
All visitors must have received their final dose of an approved Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to arrival. Anyone who is not vaccinated, including children, will not be allowed to travel under the scheme.
Travellers must have been in their country of departure for at least the previous 21 days and will only be allowed to travel on specific, non-stop, designated flights.
Visitors must have a valid visa (if required) and a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) prior to travel. Applications for the VTP include pre-paid PCR tests for their time in Singapore.
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