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Travel to Singapore is Now Swab-Free, Here are the Requirements

Starting April 26.
by Clara Rosales
Apr 25, 2022
Photo/s: Unwicked / Wikimedia Commons

Singapore will drop RT-PCR testing requirements for fully vaccinated inbound tourists starting April 26, marking a first since COVID-19 tightened its borders in early 2020.

More travel restrictions, such as a limit on group sizes, have also been eased as the Southeast Asian country sees a decline in daily infections. Restrictions for non-vaccinated individuals remain.

Wearing of face masks in indoor public settings and on public transport are still mandatory to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Who can travel to Singapore?

  • Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Long Term Pass Holders
  • Short-Term Visitors and Work Permit Holders

Filipino tourists are classifed as short-term visitors.

What are the travel requirements?

Medical documents

  • Recognized Proof of Vaccination for Short-Term Visitors (VaxCertPH)
  • Overseas Vaccination Certificate three (3) days before departure as part of the SG Arrival Card

A traveler's digital VaxCert must be submitted online via Singapore's Vaccination Check Portal for verification. Once cleared, the individual will receive an acceptance letter that may be used during immigration.

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A passenger's SG Arrival Card will contain their overseas vaccination certificate and health declaration forms, which must be filled out 3 days before arrival in Singapore to prevent delays at checkpoints.

The arrival card can be filled out and submitted digitally via the website or free-for-download apps for iOS and Android.

For more information on proof of vaccination status accepted in Singapore, visit the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.

Travel documents

  • Chosen airline's health declaration form
  • Philippine Bureau of Immigration Declaration Form

According to ICA, unvaccinated short term visitors are required to purchase travel insurance with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 (approximately P1,157,126) against COVID-19 related medical charges.

Travelers may be insured with a Singapore or overseas-based insurer. For the list of available travel insurance products offered in Singapore, click here.

Though Singapore no longer requires the presentation of COVID travel insurance, it may be classified as a pre-departure requirement for some airlines or flights.

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What happens on arrival?

Upon arrival, passports will no longer be stamped. Tourists will receive an e-Pass stating official length of stay. This will be sent to the e-mail used in SG Arrival Card registration.

Travelers must download the TraceTogether app on their mobile phones and register their profile for contact tracing in Singapore.

COVID testing and quarantine upon arrival are no longer mandatory.

"If you are symptomatic on arrival, you may be directed to take a COVID-19 test or be subjected to other requirements as instructed by officers," the ICA said.

Each Antigen Rapid Test costs  S$30 (approx. P1,136), while each RT-PCR Test will cost S$138 (approx. P5,224).

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