Travelling by Vaccinated Travel Lane: All you need to know

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Under the Vaccinated travel lane (VTL) scheme, fully vaccinated travellers who fulfil all VTL conditions can enjoy quarantine-free travel when visiting a VTL destination.

Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)


Germany, Brunei

From 19 Oct 2021

Italy, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States

From 15 Nov 2021

South Korea

Note: South Korea does not grant entry to children or individuals who are medically unsuitable for vaccination

#1 Who is eligible

Fully vaccinated adults and vaccinated/unvaccinated children aged 12 and below are eligible to travel under the VTL scheme. Unvaccinated children must comply with all VTL conditions and be accompanied by a fully vaccinated traveller at all times.

To be considered eligible:

  1. You should have received the appropriate regimen of World Health Organisation Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) vaccines (see image below)

  2. Your final dose of vaccine must be completed at least 14 days prior to departure

  3. Remained in Singapore for 14 consecutive days before departure

  4. Taken a Pre-departure test (if applicable) with a negative result

WHO approved covid vaccines

#2 Departing from Singapore

Take a pre-departure Test (PDT)

Depending on the destination, some countries require travellers to take a pre-departure test showing a negative result before departure (see image below). For a PDT result to be recognized, travellers must digitally endorse their HealthCerts on This ensures that the certificate is issued and authenticated by the Ministry of Health (MOH). The QR Code of your endorsed test certificate will be sent to you within 15 minutes, which can be presented to immigration authorities for verification purposes. 

For clinics & medical providers approved to administer the Pre-departure PCR Test, click here.

Pre-departure covid tests

Booking a return VTL flight (if applicable)

While VTL countries do not require travellers to arrive by VTL flights, travellers must return to Singapore by VTL flights. Airlines may operate both VTL flights and non-VTL flights on the same routes so be sure to select carefully when booking a flight. You may wish to book a return VTL flight early so as to avoid unnecessary delays.

For more information on the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) and a list of designated VTL flights, click here.

#3 Arriving at VTL destination

Take an On-arrival test (OAT)

In most cases, you will be required to take an On-arrival test and self-isolate until the results are out. Depending on the type of test administered, the waiting time for the result may differ. If tested positive, adhere to the local advisory and regulations for your safety. It’s recommended that you stay updated on the latest governmental measures.

#4 Departing for Singapore

Take a Pre-departure PCR test (PDT)

You are required to take a pre-departure PCR test at a MOH approved provider within 48 hours before departing for Singapore.

For a list of MOH approved PDT providers, click here.

*Note: Children aged 2 and below are exempted from PDT tests.

Book an On-arrival PCR test (OAT)

All travellers are required to book an On-arrival PCR test (OAT) before departing for Singapore, which costs around $160. You will have to self-isolate until the results are out. If tested positive, you may be sent to a government hospital for treatment or asked to self-isolate at home.

To book an On-arrival PCR test, click here.

Apply for Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP)

If you’re a Short-term Visitor or a Long-term Passholder, you will be required to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) to enter Singapore. Applications must be made between 7 and 30 calendar days prior to the intended date of entry. Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are not required to apply. 

To apply for Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP), click here.

P.S. All information in this article is accurate as of the time of writing. For the latest information, please visit

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Josiah Tan

Bumbling through university on spindly legs, it’s in the world of Travel that Josiah Tan finds a home. When away from his workstation, Josiah can often be found bartering leftover bacon for morsels of affection from his disinterested Maltese.