Singapore is a city known for its great food, futuristic architecture, and all-around family-friendly atmosphere. That is the reason why Singapore attract a large number of visitors every year. Although the country has reopened, travellers are not clear on some issues. Therefore, If you are planning a visit to Singapore, we would like to answer some of the typical questions that you may be interested in below.
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1. Who can travel to Singapore?
Vaccinated travellers from listed countries can fly to Singapore for travel purposes. The Vaccinated Travel Lane currently includes 28 destinations. Moreover, the UAE, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are the latest destinations added, alongside Hong Kong.
Travellers need to apply for entry before they go to Singapore. Singapore citizens and those with residency or other long-term visas don’t need to apply to travel to the country under the VTL.
Applicants must have only travelled to or transited via countries or regions approved in the VTL programme, or to Hong Kong, Macau, China, Taiwan or Singapore in the seven days before arriving in the country. Singapore won’t approve for tourists who have travelled anywhere else in the same time frame to fly.
You can see all the countries that are part of VTL. On Friday, March 4, the country can add Israel and the Philippines to the list.
2. What do I need to do before I fly to Singapore?
Besides applying to VTL, fully vaccinated travellers have a negative PCR test result. Moreover, travellers need to download Singapore’s TraceTogether Covid-19 tracking app.
Travel insurance is another requirement. The country requires that all tourists purchase a minimum coverage of S$30,000 ($22,000) against Covid-19 related medical charges.
If you need a visa to fly to Singapore, you’ll have to apply for insurance to be approved for travel.
3. Do children need to be vaccinated to travel to Singapore?
Unvaccinated children aged 12 and under can fly to Singapore with their vaccinated parents using VTL. Children do not need to apply for a separate travel pass when entering the country.
All travellers aged 2 and over will need a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test to fly to Singapore under VTL rules. The test must be taken within 48 hours of flying and should be carried out by an approved laboratory.
4. Will I need to quarantine in Singapore?
Travellers flying to Singapore under the VTL programme do not need to quarantine after landing in Lion City.
5. Will I need to take more tests in Singapore?
After landing at Changi airport, travellers have 24 hours to take a rapid antigen test at a dedicated testing centre in Singapore. It costs $15, which is at the travellers’ own expense. Besides, you can only pay by card at the time of the test.
No more follow-up tests are required as long as the result is negative.
6. What can I see and do in Singapore?
Singapore is a modern island destination that has many interesting things for everyone. For example, it is home to awe-inspiring architecture and attractions such as the Marina Bay Sands hotel, Gardens by the Bay and Jewel at Changi airport.
Embrace the arts with a visit to the National Gallery Singapore and Gillman Barracks. Otherwise, you can indulge in retail therapy on Orchard Road, which offers department stores, boutiques and mega malls.
For big fans of nature, it is great to visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens or head for the beaches at Sentosa Island. Wherever you go, embrace the island’s melting pot of cultures via ancient temples and teahouses, hawker centres and Chinatown.
7. What is the best time to visit Singapore?
With year-round hot and humid weather, you can realistically visit Singapore any time of year. However, February to April is the driest season. At that time, the country has the least amount of rain, the lowest humidity, and the most sunshine.