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Singapore Plans To Drop Its VTL And Reopen For Tourism To All Countries

Singapore is open to 30 countries but plans to reopen for international visitors soon.

As of today, the city-state has travel agreements with 30 countries including Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United States.

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March 15 – Singapore plans to drop its VTL and reopen to all countries

Singapore plans to lift its Vaccinated Travel Lane system and allowed entry to all fully vaccinated visitors worldwide.

“Instead of having vaccinated travel lanes with selected countries that we think are low risk, we should actually allow [quarantine-free] travel for vaccinated travelers or fully-vaccinated travelers, from all countries,” said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung.

For the time being, the minister has refused to provide a specific full reopening date. However, he mentioned that it could be done after the current Omicron wave starts to decline. 

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February 23 – Singapore to expand its Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) program to other 6 countries from Feb. 25

Singapore will expand its Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) program to include six more countries from Feb. 25, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). 

Beginning Feb. 25, vaccinated tourists from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates will be able to enter Singapore without quarantine requirements.

The city-state also established quarantine-free travel agreements with Hong Kong, Israel and the Philippines from March 4.

According to the CAAS, the existing VTL network, which presently includes 24 nations, would be expanded to include more cities in Thailand.

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Singapore has halted all its Vaccinated Travel Lanes until further notice.


The impact of the Coronavirus on Singapore

COVID-19 cases in Singapore

Singapore’s death toll has been very low. So far, it has reported 964,329 cases and 1,159 deaths.

International Reopening will be gradual

Singapore has gradually opened to business travelers and a few selected groups of tourists. The head of the country’s tourism agency concedes it will be a while before mass travel is allowed due to fears of the pandemic.

Entry requirements

Citizens and permanent residents of Singapore can return home. Anyone else has to apply for approval. The process is easier for Chinese nationals who have “Fast Lane” access.

Essential business travelers must contact the Ministry of Manpower and those who need to travel to Singapore for other urgent reasons must go through the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

Travelers who are approved will receive an official letter that they must show an immigration officer upon arrival in Singapore.

How safe is it to visit Singapore now?

According to the CDC, Singapore is a relatively safe country to visit during COVID. Level-3 risk. (Source:

How has Singapore managed the pandemic?


Singapore was one of the first countries to be affected by the virus.

The government’s response was initially measured. Restaurants, bars, theaters, and malls remained open. The government asked people to wash their hands and to stay home if sick.

Singapore’s tight social and government controls were used to trace, monitor, and isolate people. Anyone who did not cooperate with health officials was severely punished. Breaking quarantine resulted in jail time as well as passport suspensions and other rather strict measures.

By mid-June, the number of cases had dropped dramatically and Singapore gradually opened. First retail outlets, restaurants, and movie theaters were opened, though with strict social distancing.

Then religious services with crowds of up to 50 people were allowed. As the rate of infection continued to drop, gatherings of up to 100 people were allowed. The government is now working to open up the economy even further and assist migrant laborers to return to their jobs.

Why Visit Singapore?

A street in Singapore

The island nation has 44 Michelin-starred restaurants and flavors from all over the world. Visitors will commonly find dishes from China, Malaysia, and India among the local hawkers.

Then there are the many festivals, which also give visitors an opportunity to try different cuisines. In particular, there is the Singapore Food Festival and the Singapore Cocktail Festival for gourmets from around the world.

There are also music and sports festivals – The city never sleeps.

Travelers can also enjoy the art scene by visiting the many galleries as well as museums and enjoy many cultural events.

Singapore is a fashionista’s paradise as well. 

On top of that, there are green spaces, great beaches, and a fantastic Universal Studios theme park. All of it is easily accessible via public transport, and everything’s safe and very clean. 

Basically, Singapore is the ultimate adult playground. It’s also a wonderful hub if visitors would like to visit other countries in Asia.