Various countries have started to adapt their rules for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. The improving state of the pandemic has become the basis for adjusting the rules. In Southeast Asia, for example, Singapore has made adjustments by relaxing rules for travelers from abroad.
In Singapore, foreign tourists no longer have to undergo quarantine. So anyone can go there as long as they are fully vaccinated! So are you interested in traveling there? First, consider the following things you should know when vacationing in Singapore.
Singapore is now quarantine-free
The abolition of quarantine rules for foreign travelers also means the cancellation of all Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) routes, or special routes between two countries. Thus, all tourists with full vaccinations can definitely enter Singapore from anywhere without quarantine.
The Singapore government has created a new travel program called the Vaccinated Travel Framework (VTF). With this system, tourists do not have to use a special flight to enter Singapore, as with the VTL system, nor do a rapid antigen test one day after arrival.
However, in addition to a full vaccine, Singapore’s Health Ministry continues to require COVID-19 testing for foreign arrivals. This test was conducted two days before departure for Singapore.
The easing of the regulation was officially announced directly by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday, March 25, 2022. At this time, Singapore was preparing to coexist with COVID-19. For this reason, Singapore is taking a step forward in implementing the directive.
If you are planning to go to Singapore, now is the right time. You only have to undergo a full vaccination and a PCR test two days before departure. Also for the domestic regulations, people’s lives in Singapore have become more flexible. Wearing masks outdoors is not required but still recommended, and residents are allowed to socialize with a maximum of 10 people, up from 5 previously.
Holiday conditions to Singapore for those who have been fully vaccinated
If you are planning to vacation in Singapore, as long as you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Singapore with no problems provided you meet the following requirements.
1. Fully vaccinated
You must have a full Covid-19 vaccination, either a two-dose vaccine or a primary vaccine, before visiting Singapore.
2. Shows negative test results for antigen or PCR
The test results must be given in English and taken two days or 2×24 hours before departure in the country of origin. You are also not required to take a PCR test upon arrival at the airport.
3. Complete the SG Arrival Card
Complete the Singapore Arrival Card or SG Arrival Card and Health Declaration form on the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website within 72 hours or 3 days prior to departure. There you will be asked to upload a vaccination certificate that contains your name, date of birth, passport number, vaccine name, vaccination date and country of origin of the vaccine.
4. Download the Trace Together app
This application is often used while you are in Singapore.
5. Travel insurance is not required
Effective April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated tourists entering Singapore are not required to purchase travel insurance for medical treatment and COVID-19 hospital expenses in Singapore.
Tourists who are not fully vaccinated must take out this travel insurance. This travel insurance has a minimum coverage value of 30,000 Singapore dollars or around 317 million IDR. This insurance is an anticipation if you contract Covid-19 in Singapore as the Singapore government will not cover the cost of treatment. In addition, the number is based on the amount of the Covid-19 treatment bill in a private hospital in Singapore.
Tourists can purchase travel insurance before traveling to Singapore from any insurance company that provides such services in Singapore. However, tourists can also choose insurance companies based in Singapore that offer these services.
To make traveling to Singapore easier, let’s do a full vaccination and follow health protocols during the holidays.