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Singapore Reopening Borders For Tourism From Select Countries

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Singapore has announced it will reopen its borders for international tourists from select countries starting on September 1st, 2020.

In an official statement, the Singapore Ministry of Health stated that there are now several countries where the virus is under control.

“We have monitored the situation and assessed that there are several countries/regions where the virus situation is well under control and the risk of importation is low. We will therefore update our border measures accordingly.”

Traveler in Singapore admiring the skyline

Air Travel Pass Countries Allowed

Starting September 1st, travelers from select countries will be able to apply for an Air Travel Pass (ATP) which will allow visitors to enter Singapore without having to quarantine.

Travelers will be tested upon arrival for COVID-19 and only be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore after receiving a negative test result.

This list is expected to grow but travelers who have spent the last consecutive 14 days in the following locations will qualify for the Air Travel Pass.

  • New Zealand
  • Brunei
  • Australia (October 1st)
  • Vietnam (October 1st)
Singapore skyline

Air Travel Pass Entry Requirements

Starting September 1st, travelers from New Zealand and Brunei must:

  • Have been in Brunei or New Zealand for the last 14 days.
  • Present their Air travel pass to their airline.
  • Undergo a PCR test at a cost of US $220.
  • Stay in their accommodation for at least 48 hours until the test is proven negative.
  • Download the TraceTogether app.
  • Visitors must be responsible for their medical bills should they require medical treatment for Covid-19 while in Singapore. Travel Insurance that covers COVID-19 is highly recommended. 
The Rain Vortex waterfall located inside the Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore
The Rain Vortex waterfall located inside the Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore

Countries allowed to enter Singapore For Essential Travel:

China Fast Lane:

Visitors from China are allowed entry into Singapore for essential visits, via the “fast lane” that has been established between selected Chinese provinces and Singapore.

Residents from China that have been officially sponsored by a Singapore business are allowed to enter the country for essential business travel. See the FAQ for Fast Lane Travel between China and Singapore.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple In Singapore
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple In Singapore

Malaysia Reciprocal Green Lane & Periodic Commuting Arrangement

Singapore and Malaysia have initiated a ‘Reciprocal Green Lane' (RGL)  and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) between the two countries.

The RGL allows cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes between both countries.

The PCA allows Singapore and Malaysia residents, who hold long-term immigration passes for business and work purposes in the other countries, to enter that country for work.

Learn more about the RGL and PCA.

Tourists taking photos at Merlion Park in Singapore during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Tourists taking photos at Merlion Park in Singapore during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Alll travelers arriving in Singapore are responsible for their own health care costs including COVID-19. 

Visitors are highly recommended to carry valid travel insurance that covers COVID-19

Infinity pool singapore
Infinity Pool that tops the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino from rooftop on the 57th floor.

According to the Singapore governments, they are also in discussions with various countries and regions on developing bilateral arrangements for safe travel.

“We will continue to update our border measures, taking into account our understanding of the virus and developments in other countries and regions.”

Side Street Food Vendors in Singapore
Side Street Food Vendors in Singapore

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Disclaimer: Current Singapore travel rules are changing without notice and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse travelling against government advisories

Shaminder Singh

Friday 5th of March 2021

Are tourists from India allowed in Singapore?


Thursday 12th of November 2020

Which part of the China can come to Singapore


Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Can Indonesian visit singapore even with quarantine?

cerita hantu

Wednesday 28th of October 2020

I'm so glad they re-open border between batam and singapore


Monday 26th of October 2020

Can I as a new Zealand citizen transit from NZ through Singapore to Batam, Indonesia without quarantine at either place. If not then when would you see this being possible.

Kashlee Kucheran

Tuesday 27th of October 2020

No sorry, at this time it's not possible and we are not sure when this will change