13 Destinations You Probably Didn't Know Are Quarantine-Free For Vaccinated Travellers From Singapore


Faruq Senin •  Aug 27, 2021

When the news of the Singapore-Germany vaccinated travel lane (VTL) was announced, many Singaporeans were pleasantly surprised when they found out that they could travel to Germany quarantine-free. While travellers from Brunei will be eligible for the VTL from 8 September onwards, only Singaporeans eligible under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) can enter the country. Wondering which countries are quarantine-free for travellers from Singapore? We've rounded up this list of 13 destinations that vaccinated Singapore travellers can actually visit quarantine-free!

What is quarantine-free travel?

Quarantine-free travel means that vaccinated travellers won't need to serve quarantine or stay-home notice (SHN). However, they will need to take multiple Covid-19 PCR tests in place of quarantine. The number of PCR tests depends on the destination that you're visiting. Some countries don't even require to take a test if you've been vaccinated or if you're from a low-risk country.

Which destinations are quarantine-free for travellers from Singapore?

If you've been wondering when can Singaporeans travel again and which destinations we might potentially have a travel bubble with, perhaps it will make sense to look at destinations that are already open to vaccinated travellers from Singapore. Currently, the only destination that Singaporeans can travel to without serving quarantine upon arrival at either destination is Germany. As for the other destinations on this list, you'll still have to serve SHN when coming back to Singapore. But we hope as Singapore opens up its borders, it will allow more destinations to be eligible under the VTL.

1. Germany

Together with Brunei, starting 8 September 2021, travellers from Germany will be able to skip quarantine when they arrive in Singapore under the VTL. As Germany does not have any quarantine requirements for Singaporeans, this means that you can travel to Germany and back without having to serve SHN! Planning your trip to Germany already? Check out our guide here! From the Berlin Wall to the fairytale-like Neuschwanstein Castle, the stunning German Alps and more, there's so much to explore in the European nation.

Quarantine-free requirement: None. You'll have to stay at least 21 consecutive days in either destination before travelling. (from 8 Sep onwards)

2. France

Ah, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the French Riviera... there are so many dreamy sights in France. Singapore is on France's "green" list which means that vaccinated travellers are not subject to any health measures. Those unvaccinated will have to produce a negative result on the PCR test.

Quarantine requirement upon returning to SG: 14 days

3. Switzerland

Switzerland is on the bucket list of many travellers and it's not hard to see why! From breathtaking mountains to majestic lakes, the stunning Glacier Express and more, Switzerland is a sight to behold. Switzerland lifted restrictions for vaccinated travellers from Singapore since end-June and unvaccinated travellers will need to produce a negative Covid-19 test result.

Quarantine requirement upon returning to SG: 14 days

4. Thailand (only Phuket & Koh Samui)

In case you haven't heard, Phuket is open to vaccinated travellers under the Phuket Sandbox programme! As the first pilot ‘island tourism approach’ in Thailand, fully vaccinated travellers are allowed to enter Phuket without quarantine. Based on the latest regulations, after 7 days in Phuket, you can travel to neighbouring provinces like Phang Nga and Surat Thani.

The island of Koh Samui is also open to travellers under the Samui Plus programme. After 7 days, you're free to visit Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. Around 70 countries, including Singapore, are eligible under both schemes. Check out these 8 stunning resorts in Phuket and Koh Samui for your next trip!

Quarantine requirement upon returning to SG: 14 days

5. The Maldives

The Maldives reopened its borders to travellers of all nationalities since July 2020! However, travellers will need a negative result for RT-PCR test. With crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and luxurious resorts, The Maldives is perfect for your future honeymoon! Check out our article for more useful tips.

Quarantine requirement upon returning to SG: 14 days

6. Turkey

Mesmerising mosques, hot-air balloons, limestones and more, we can't wait to visit Turkey for a post-pandemic vacay ? If you're already dreaming of strolling near the majestic Hagia Sophia or enjoying the sights at Cappadocia, the good news is that vaccinated Singaporeans won't need to serve quarantine in Turkey.

Quarantine requirement upon returning to SG: 14 days

7. Canada

Canada plans to open to vaccinated travellers from all nationalities starting 7 September! With sights like the breathtaking Niagara Falls, Banff National Park and Mt Whistler, Canada is filled with abundant nature. Plus, its national parks are great for a little social distancing while travelling too.

Quarantine requirement upon returning to SG: 7 days

8. Greece

From the white-washed houses of Santorini to the majestic ruins of Athens, Greece is a destination that's filled with culture, history and beauty. Good news, the country has already opened its borders in a safe manner since May and Singapore is on the list of countries that don't require self-isolation. This applies to those who are vaccinated and those who have a negative PCR test.

Quarantine requirement upon returning to SG: 14 days

9. Iceland

Iceland was one of the first few countries which reopened its borders to travellers last year. If it has always been your dream to catch the Northern Lights or discover Iceland's gorgeous waterfalls, you'll be pleased to know that Singapore travellers can currently visit Iceland without any quarantine.

Quarantine requirement upon returning to SG: 14 days

10. Dubai

Towering skyscrapers, futuristic buildings, expansive deserts - it could only be Dubai! Dubai is currently open for tourism and all travellers will need to give a negative RT-PCR test within 96 hours of your departure. If your test result is negative, you won't need to serve quarantine.

Quarantine requirement upon returning to SG: 14 days

11. Spain

With so much history, culture and delicate architecture, Spain is no doubt, one of the most popular destinations in Europe! Singapore is on the list of low-incidence countries for Covid-19 so travellers won't need to do any tests or show any vaccination or immunity certificates.

Quarantine requirement upon returning to SG: 14 days

12. United Kingdom

The UK classifies countries into red, amber and green lists and Singapore is on the green list! Travellers must have only been to places on the green list before entering the UK. Before travelling, they must take a Covid-19 test and when they arrive in the UK, they must take another test within 2 days. Once negative, they won't need to serve quarantine.

Quarantine requirement upon returning to SG: 14 days

13. The Netherlands

Singapore is on the list of safe countries for The Netherlands and you might need to show either a negative Covid-19 test result or proof of vaccination. No self-quarantine is required.

Quarantine requirement upon returning to SG: 14 days

While only Germany seems like a viable option for a vacation soon, we hope that Singapore will open the VTL to other destinations on the list too. That way, there'll be more destinations for travellers from Singapore to have their vacation! If you do need to travel to any of these places during this period, do remember to read about entry requirements thoroughly, don't forget important items like vaccination certificates/passports and most importantly, keep safe.

Where would you want to go when borders reopen? Let us know in the comments section.