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Singapore Reopening to Canadian Travellers: What You Need to Know

This article was last updated on December 3, 2021, to reflect Singapore’s new multi-day testing scheme on arrival.

Information may change on a day-by-day basis. While we make every effort to keep the information here updated, the responsibility to keep abreast of ever-changing travel restrictions is ultimately your own.

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As of December 22, 2021, Singapore announced a temporary border closure, where no foreign arrivals are permitted until January 20, 2021. Afterwards, Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flights will be capped at 50% capacity.


In September 2021, Singapore opened its first Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) with Germany, in which fully vaccinated travellers who take the appropriate COVID-19 tests and travel to Singapore via dedicated VTL flights are able to land quarantine-free.

Since October 19, 2021, Singapore has opened their VTL to Canada, the United States, and a host of other nations. This aligns with the city-state’s announced strategy of “living with COVID” rather than “zero COVID”.

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Singapore Travel Restrictions

Singapore has already reopened to fully vaccinated residents from the following countries, unless otherwise specified:

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Cambodia (December 16, 2021)
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Fiji (December 16, 2021)
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Italy
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Netherlands
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka (December 16, 2021)
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand (December 14, 2021)
  • Turkey (December 16, 2021)
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

All of these countries are part of Singapore’s VTL initiative. Arrivals must have been vaccinated in one of these countries, have spent the past 14 days in one of these countries, and be travelling on a VTL-approved flight in order to qualify for quarantine-free arrival.

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

How Can Canadians Enter Singapore?

Travellers are allowed to enter Singapore by air via Singapore Changi Airport. As of October 2021, when departing Canada by air, travellers are required to present proof of vaccination.

Travellers coming from Canada must fulfill all of the following in order to enter Singapore:

  • Present proof of vaccination via the Smart Health Card.
    • British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Quebec currently use this as their provincial proof.
    • Ontario has announced their intention to move towards the Smart Health Card on October 22.
    • All provinces will soon be adopting the Smart Health Card as the federal standard for proof of vaccination.
  • Present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure of the first leg of the journey.
    • This must be taken at an “approved provider”. The full list is available on the Singapore Ministry of Health website.
    • No recognized labs are listed for Canada at the moment; however, the website states “travellers should seek advice from the country’s/region’s Department of Health”, so Canada’s own recognized testing providers should qualify.

  • Apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) prior to departure.
    • This involves uploading the QR code of the traveller’s vaccination certificate and pre-paying for the on-arrival COVID-19 test

If a Canadian traveller has been in Europe and received any iteration of the EU Digital COVID Certificates, that would also suffice as proof of vaccination. 

Travellers must also be flying on a VTL-approved flight to Singapore. Canada’s VTL-approved flight will be the newly-announced Vancouver to Singapore service on Singapore Airlines.

Full entry and flight details are available on the Singapore Travel website.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Testing & Quarantine Upon Arrival

All international arrivals are subject to a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, and must remain in isolation until they receive a result, most likely within 24 hours. This can be at any residential accommodation or hotel.

All travellers must also continue to do COVID-19 antigens tests every day for the first seven days, as a measure introduced to combat the importation of the omicron variant. Tests on Days 2, 4, 5, and 6 are self-administered tests where results can be uploaded using a link, while the tests on Days 3, and 7 must be done a testing centre.

If any test returns a positive result, a PCR test will be done and should that be positive, Raffles Medical Group will be moving the traveller to a medical facility for isolation and treatment at their own expense.

Testing & Quarantine Upon Return

Travellers must complete a negative PCR test within 72 hours of boarding their flight back to Canada.

The list of laboratories and hospitals in Singapore performing PCR tests for travellers is extensive, and the full list is available on the Singapore Ministry of Health website. Most seem to charge around the same price as the on-arrival test, around S$160–180 ($147–166).

As of October 2021, Switch Health’s RT-LAMP Test Kit can also be ordered prior to your trip and self-administered within 72 hours of your return flight to Canada. We’d recommend purchasing a Switch Health RT-LAMP Test Kit for the smoothest travel experience on your return journey.

JW Marriott Singapore South Beach

Current Health Requirements in Singapore

Health requirements in Singapore are stringent, with proof of vaccination being a requirement for dining, attending live performances, seeing a movie, visiting the gym, and many other activities.

Unvaccinated individuals must have a pre-event test (PET) taken within the past 24 hours in order to participate in the above activities.

All social gatherings including dining have a limit of two persons per group and a maximum of one gathering a day per person. Cinemas are limited to 1,000 attendees if vaccinated and 50 without.

Museums and other attractions are limited at 50% capacity and shopping malls can have one person per 10 square metres.

Hotels can only ever have two persons per room, unless the occupants are all from the same household.

General masking requirements are in effect, and exceptions are made for two per group in outdoor activities and at gyms. Further exceptions apply at personal care services such as hair salons and massage parlours, if the customer is vaccinated.

Full details on COVID-19 restrictions are available via the Singapore Ministry of Health website.

Short-term travellers to Singapore must take a serology COVID-19 test from an approved provider in order to have their vaccination records recorded in Singapore’s National Immunization Registry (NIR). Afterwards, travellers can then use the TraceTogether app to provide proof of vaccination in Singapore.

Further information on obtaining a proof of vaccination for travellers is available on the Singapore Ministry of Health website.

How to Get to Singapore

All travellers must be entering Singapore via VTL-approved flights. Canada’s VTL-approved flight will be on a direct flight to Singapore from Vancouver on Singapore Airlines.

The flight will be SQ29, a reinstated flight from Seattle to Singapore with a stopover in Vancouver. This flight will operate four times weekly; however, only two flights are VTL-approved. The Singapore Airlines website clearly outlines which ones these are with a blue banner.

Travellers from Seattle will receive a complimentary stopover in Vancouver. That being said, the flight from Seattle to Vancouver will not be bookable as a fifth freedom flight.

Travellers are allowed to enter Singapore from any VTL-approved flight, as long as their vaccinations are from a VTL-approved country and they have spent the past 14 days only in VTL-approved countries.

This means Canadians are able to, say, travel around the VTL-approved European countries before flying to Singapore. Since the new direct flight launches in December, this will be the only way for Canadians to enter Singapore when the VTL launches on October 19.

I would expect this route to cost 125,000 KrisFlyer miles in business class, with no saver options available due to high demand – this is the pattern seen with the current VTL-approved flights through Germany. The flight from Canada is not yet available to book, in either miles or cash.

Note that on the way to Singapore, transit countries do matter, so be sure to check that your stopovers or layovers are all within VTL-approved countries.

On the return leg, any regularly bookable flight will suffice, as Canada has no VTL requirement.

Conclusion

Singapore is open to all vaccinated Canadian travellers, representing the first South East Asian country to open in full without any quarantine requirements (Thailand has only opened a few islands).

The travel restrictions are extensive and stringent, so all travellers should double-check they are on VTL-approved flights and that their pre-departure test is accepted. 

The negative PCR test requirement for returning to Canada is easily attainable in Singapore at a cost similar to obtaining one in Canada.

Keep in mind that COVID-19 restrictions in Singapore are strict. Notably, only two persons may dine together at any establishment, regardless of whether they are from the same household.

As always, you can refer to our Travel During COVID-19 Resource for Canadians for the most up-to-date information on travelling in the pandemic era.

 

5 Comments
  1. Gwen

    I live in Toronto. Can I travel to San Francisco and take the direct VTL? Having full vaccination and taking the PCR test 72 hours before leaving Canada?

  2. Bryan

    Which other Asian countries are open for Canadians?

  3. Bernard

    Will they recognize a mixed vaccine schedule?

  4. CR

    As of right now, the likely flight route from the west coast would probably be through korea on one of the 3 VTL approved airlines and perhaps through the US via singapore airlines, am I right?

  5. Lisa

    Thank you for all the information, Ricky! I was looking forward to go back to Singapore this winter.

Ricky Zhang

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