[Updated 17 February 2022]
The world of travel is kicking back to life! From travel bubbles to vaccinated travel lanes (VTLs), countries are now more welcoming to tourists ? Travel right now might just be a little bit of a headache, though. The documents and tests you have to sit through can get a little intimidating. And the uncertainty might stop you from travelling altogether! But fret not, HHWT is here to help. Travel can be just as exciting as it used to be once you're acquainted with all you need to do ? Here are the important thins you'll need to know about Singapore's Covid-19 test requirements before traveling!
Arrival & Pre-departure Covid-19 Tests In Singapore
As of 16 February 2022, Singapore announced that there will be changes to its Polymerase Chain Reaction test (PCR) and Antigen Rapid Test (ART) measures. Here's what you'll need to know.
1. Pre-Departure Tests
The amount and type of tests you have to take before heading overseas depends on the country you're travelling to. Check out this list for a more detailed list of what you need to get to each country! To book a pre-departure covid-19 test in Singapore, you must first book an appointment with an approved clinic. Each PCR test costs about $120-$180, while ARTs are about $35, depending on the clinic you go to, so make sure to bring enough with you. You can also call the clinic ahead of time to check with them!
P.S. Here's a #HHWTTip: Calling the clinic in advance will be extremely helpful! Often, clinics will help you calculate exactly when you'll need to come down for your PCR or ART depending on your flight's date and time. This way you'll be assured that you'll get your pre-departure covid-19 test on time.
Calling in advance also gives you the opportunity to confirm your PCR or ART booking slot. As a general guide, make sure to take the test more than 38 hours before your flight! There's a high chance that if you don't take your pre-departure test before that, you won't get the results in time for your flight.
On the day of the test, remember to bring your:
- Identity Card (for Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Long-Term Pass Holders),
- Passport, and
- Flight booking details showing the departure timing
The clinic needs these documents to confirm your flight details. Without them, you may not be able to get your pre-departure PCR test done!
2. On Arrival PCR Test
Now this is where it may get a little more complicated. Previously, each country was slotted into a category (I, II, III, IV and VTL) depending on the country's rate of infection and specific arrangements or conditions. As of 21 February 2022, categories II, III and IV have now combined into a single category. Find out which category the country you are travelling to is here! That way, you'll know which exact tests you need.
VTL Travelers from 21 February 2022
VTL Travellers entering Singapore will need to take a COVID-19 PCR or ART taken within 2 days before departure for Singapore. You will also need to take a supervised self-administered ART at a combined test centre (CTC) or a quick test centre (QTC) within 24 hours of arrival in Singapore.
Fully vaccinated VTL travellers can continue to travel quarantine free! ? (Just make sure that your country is not on the new ''restricted'' category, as these may require extra measures.) In addition, travellers from this category's travel history requirements will be reduced from 14 to 7 days.
Make sure to carry along a copy of your negative COVID-19 test and be prepared to present them to the relevant officers. This is applicable to all VTL lanes (air, land and sea).
Category 1 Travelers From 21 February 2022
For those arriving in Singapore from Category 1 countries, you'll need to (1) take a COVID-19 pre-departure test within 2 days before departure. This test can either be a PCR or an ART administered by a trained professional at a recognised medical facility. You will also need (2) proof of this in English. This proof must have the COVID-19 test results and date of test, your name, date of birth and passport number.
Once you've arrived in Singapore, you will no longer need to take an on-arrival PCR test at the airport. Instead, you can take a professionally-supervised ART at a combined test centre (CTC) or a quick test centre (QTC) within 24 hours of arival. Once you're done, just make sure to remain in self-isolation until a negative test result is obtained! ?
Category II, III, IV Travelers From 21 February 2022
Just like category I travelers, be sure to take a pre-departure test within 2 days before departure and obtain proof of negative results. The proof must be in English and contain your name, covid test result and date of test as well as your date of birth or passport number.
However, you are also required to serve a 7-Day Stay Home Notice (SHN) at home, a hotel or serviced apartment. Before leaving SHN, you'll also need to take PCR test.
Do note that these are not all the documents you may require for travel. COVID-19 tests are only one part of travel! Use the helpful checklists by ICA to figure out which tests and documents you'll need depending on the country you departed from.
Each PCR test makes sure that everyone is kept safe, and with this handy guide, you'll be able to travel back and forth with ease!