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Travel to Singapore

Effective 23 December 2020 until further notice, all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history to the UK and New South Wales (Australia) within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry into Singapore except Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents. This will also apply to all those who had obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore.

All passengers except Singapore citizens and permanent residents travelling to Singapore must apply for entry approval from the relevant government agencies (e.g. MOE, MOM), or via the application for a Safe Travel pass (details here). Travellers without entry approval will be denied entry and may have their existing work passes revoked.

Travel eligibility

Passengers travelling as Short‑Term Visitors are not allowed to transit or enter Singapore. Exceptions include: returning residents of Singapore, Singapore Resident with Long‑Term Pass, including passengers with a work pass, Student S Pass, Dependent S Pass, and Long‑Term Visit Pass.

Passengers with a new or existing Work Pass will be allowed entry into Singapore if they have an approval letter from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) or the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

Passengers with a Long‑Term Visit Pass (LTVP) or a Long‑Term Visit Pass In‑Principle Approval (LTVP IPA) issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), will be allowed entry if they have an Approval Letter for Entry (ALE) issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

Passengers with a Student's Pass (STP) or a Student's Pass In‑Principle Approval (STP IPA), will be allowed entry if they have an Approval Letter for Entry (ALE) issued by the Ministry of Education (MOE) or the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

Short‑term visitors will be allowed entry into Singapore if they have an Approval Letter for Entry (ALE) from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) or the Ministry of Health (MOH). They could still be subjected to the prevailing health screening requirements upon entry. Possession of an Approval Letter for Entry (ALE) does not guarantee the issuance of a Visit Pass to enter Singapore.

COVID-19 testing requirements

Effective 17 November all inbound travellers, except those listed below, will be required to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure for Singapore and present a valid negative COVID-19 test for entry to Singapore. The test result memo must be from recognised laboratories that are internationally accredited or recognised by the respective governments. Please also note that travellers who are aged 6 years or below do not require PCR COVID-19 test.

Effective 23 December 2020, Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Residents with travel history to UK will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival in Singapore, at the start of their 14-day SHN.

The COVID-19 PCR test must be in English, and should state the following:

  • the test result;
  • the date that the test was taken; and
  • minimum of 2 personal identifiers as stated in the passport (i.e. name and either date of birth or passport number).

The COVID-19 PCR test requirement does not apply to:

  • Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents;
  • travellers with travel history to low risk countries/regions (Australia [except NSW], Brunei Darussalam, Macao, Mainland China, New Zealand, Taiwan and Vietnam);
  • travellers transiting/transferring through Singapore, except those with travel history to India, Indonesia and the Philippines; and
  • Pre-approved Business Pass holders.

Travellers from Australia

Effective 23 December 2020 until further notice, Singapore will be tightening border control measures for travellers with travel history to New South Wales (NSW), Australia. All travellers departing from Australia will be required to declare their travel history at airline check-in prior to their flight to Singapore. Short-term travellers holding an Air Travel Pass with travel history to NSW, Australia, within the last 14 days before departure for Singapore, will not be allowed to enter Singapore. All other travellers departing from Australia who have been in Australia (excluding NSW) in the last 14 days prior to travel will continue to be subject to a COVID-19 test upon arrival at the airport, in lieu of their SHN. Singapore Citizens (SCs), Permanent Residents (PRs) and Long-Term Pass holders entering Singapore with travel history to NSW, Australia within the last 14 days before departure for Singapore, will be subject to a 7-day SHN at their place of residence with a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test before the end of the SHN period.

Travellers from India

Effective 17 September 2020, all passengers who have been to India within the last 14 days before arrival in Singapore are required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test within 72 hours of their departure. This requirement will apply on top of the existing requirements of a 14-day SHN at SDF and a negative COVID 19 PCR test before the end of their SHN. This requirement will, effective 19 October 2020, 23:59, also apply to passengers transiting/transferring through Singapore.

The COVID‑19 PCR test certificate must be issued by recognised laboratories in India that are internationally accredited or recognised by the Indian government. It must be in English, and state the following:

  • the test result,
  • the date that the test was taken; and
  • the name, date of birth, nationality and passport number of the passenger as indicated in his/her passport

This requirement does not apply to passengers who are 6 years old and below and Singapore citizens or permanent residents.

Travellers from Indonesia and Philippines

Effective 19 October 2020, 23:59, travellers who are not Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents and with recent travel history to Indonesia or the Philippines within the last 14 days prior to entry, will be required to take a COVID‑19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure. These travellers will need to present a valid negative COVID‑19 test result as a condition of approval to enter Singapore. This requirement will apply on top of the existing requirements of a 14-day SHN at a SDF and a negative COVID‑19 test before the end of their SHN.

Effective 19 October 2020, 23:59, this requirement also applies to passengers transiting/transferring through Singapore.

This requirement does not apply to passengers, who are:

  • aged 6 and below, or
  • Singapore Citizens, or
  • Singapore Permanent Residents

Required forms

All passengers entering Singapore, including Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and passengers with a Long‑Term Pass (LTP), must submit a health declaration. This can be done via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) e‑Service or via the mobile application (to be downloaded from Apple AppStore or Google Play).

All seamen are required to hold these 3 documents : In-Principal Approval (IPA) issued by ICA, Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) Approval Letter and a Letter of Guarantee (LG) issued by the shipping company.

Quarantine

Upon entry into Singapore, passengers must serve a 14 day self-isolation at a dedicated Stay Home Notice (SHN) facility unless they fall under specific exemptions (details here).

Travellers from Hong Kong

Effective 14 October 2020, 23:59, all travellers from Hong Kong will serve a 7‑day SHN at their own accommodation in lieu of a 14‑day SHN at SDF. A COVID‑19 swab test will still be administered during the SHN period.

Travellers with travel route through Hong Kong – Dubai – Singapore will be required to serve a 14‑day SHN since they will be considered travellers arriving from Dubai and not Hong Kong.

Travellers from Sabah

Effective 14 October 2020, 23:59, all travellers entering Singapore who have a travel history in the past 14 days to Sabah (Malaysia) will be required to serve 14‑day SHN at SDF. This also applies to returning Singapore based travellers under the reciprocal Green Lane (RGL), as well as Malaysian Citizens and PRs entering Singapore under the Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA).

Other information

Any passenger that has indicated “YES” to any of the following questions will not be allowed to board the aircraft:

  • Do you have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, anosmia1 or shortness of breath?
  • Are you diagnosed or suspected to have COVID-19 infection in the last 21 days?
  • Did you have close contact with any case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

The passenger is allowed boarding only if the date of that first ever positive COVID-19 PCR test result is between 22 and 180 days prior to the date of arrival in Singapore.

All passengers entering Singapore must comply with Singapore’s public health and immigration requirements as specified by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

More information about Singapore measures for inbound travellers in relation to COVID‑19 are summarised in this table.

Travelling to, from and through Dubai

If you're travelling to, from or transiting through Dubai, please check our Travel requirements for Dubai.