*** Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.
On December 02, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) amended its October 25, 2021, Order regarding pre-departure COVID-19 testing. All air passengers two (2) years old or older with a flight departing to the United States from a foreign country on or after December 6, 2021, are required show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than one (1) day before travel, or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days, before they board their flight. Air passengers will also be required to confirm in the form of an attestation that the information they present is true. For the full list of requirements and exemptions, please review the language in the Order.
Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis. Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption. Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.
Singapore has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The Government of Singapore entered a “Transition Phase” of its reopening plan as of November 22, 2021. Safe-distancing measures and border controls were further relaxed on April 26, 2022, but remain in place and are strictly enforced. For details on the status of the gradual reopening plan, please refer to Ministry of Health updates and notices here: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19 .
The Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) ended the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) program on March 31, 2022. Starting April 1, 2022, all eligible vaccinated travelers are permitted to enter Singapore without prior VTL entry approval and without taking VTL-designated flights, and no post-arrival testing or quarantine is required: https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/easing-of-community-smms-and-border-measures. Starting April 26, 2022, all fully vaccinated travelers and non-fully vaccinated children aged 12 and below will no longer be required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test before departing for Singapore.
The Government of Singapore reduced the duration of the travel history requirement from 14 days to 7 days, and standardized the Stay-Home Notice (quarantine or “SHN”) requirement to 7 days for travelers required to quarantine starting February 21, 2022 , unless the country of travel origin falls under the “restricted” category as determined by the Government of Singapore. For the latest information on border controls and traveling to or from Singapore, please see https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/.
For the latest Ministry of Health updates on Singapore’s COVID-19 situation, please see: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19 .
Further official updates may be found at https://www.gov.sg/ .
Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Singapore? Yes
If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes
Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) provides lists of MOH-approved test providers that may perform pre-departure COVID-19 ART and PCR tests. Travelers departing Singapore for destinations that require pre-departure COVID-19 testing should consult this departure overview.
For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/before-you-go/covid-19_testing_required_US_Entry.html.
Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email SingaporeACS@state.gov.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
Are vaccines available in Singapore for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
The Government of Singapore continues to make vaccines available to all Singaporeans and long-term residents, which includes Singapore Permanent Residents and Employment Pass holders. FAQ here . Additionally, starting August 18, 2021, eligible short-term pass holders may also receive vaccinations by the Government of Singapore. Details here.
Which vaccines are available in Singapore? Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines have been reviewed and endorsed for use in Singapore. The Government of Singapore maintains information here on vaccine availability and eligibility.
For more information on Singapore’s COVID-19 vaccination program, please refer to the website of the Ministry of Health.
Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes (subject to restrictions as noted below)
The Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) ended the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) program on March 31, 2022. Starting April 1, 2022, all eligible vaccinated travelers are permitted to enter Singapore without prior VTL entry approval and without taking VTL-designated flights, and no post-arrival testing or quarantine is required. Starting April 26, 2022, all fully vaccinated travelers and non-fully vaccinated children aged 12 and below will no longer be required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test before departing for Singapore
Please refer to the Travel Checklists on the following page for information on admission into Singapore, according to your situation: https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/arriving/overview.
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No, if fully vaccinated
As of April 26, 2022, all fully vaccinated travelers and non-fully vaccinated children aged 12 and below are not required to take a pre-departure test before departing for Singapore. However, all non-fully vaccinated travelers aged 13 and above who have obtained entry approvals to enter Singapore must continue to take a pre-departure test within two days before departure for Singapore.
Please note, all non-fully vaccinated travelers age 13 and above must obtain advance approval to enter Singapore, take a pre-departure test within 2 days before departure for Singapore, and serve a Stay Home Notice (“SHN” or quarantine).
Testing and quarantine requirements are based on traveler type and subject to change on short notice. Please check official Government of Singapore resources in advance of travel, such as Traveller Entry Checklists under Vaccinated Travel Framework and refer closely to entry permission documentation.
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? No
Residents on long-term passes issued by the Ministry of Manpower or Immigration & Checkpoints Authority must apply for extensions of their passes with the appropriate Singapore government agency.
Short-term visitors who are already in Singapore are not affected by this policy and may apply online if they need to extend their stay in Singapore.
Is a curfew in place? No
Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
While there are no movement restrictions in place, there are still certain rules that must be followed. All persons in Singapore must wear a mask whenever outside of their residence in public places including public transport, supermarkets, wet markets, convenience stores, pharmacies, and shopping malls. Current phase 3 social distancing rules limit gatherings to eight persons, such as groups in restaurants and homes.
Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
The Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) ended the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) program on March 31, 2022. Starting April 1, 2022, all eligible vaccinated travelers are permitted to enter Singapore without prior VTL entry approval and without taking VTL-designated flights, and no post-arrival testing or quarantine is required: https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/easing-of-community-smms-and-border-measures.
Violation of a Stay-Home Notice may be punishable under Singaporean law. On July 15, 2020, the Singapore government issued a new Health Advisory for Persons Issued a Stay-Home Notice (SHN). Please visit this link for that advisory notice and other updates.
COVID-19 Vaccinations and Consular Issues:
The U.S. Department of State has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas. The Department continues to proactively communicate travel advice and warnings to U.S. citizens amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of our efforts to give U.S. citizens timely information so that they can make informed choices about travel abroad, the Department advises that the United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. U.S. citizens traveling or residing overseas should follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
U.S. citizens abroad should also register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP.state.gov) so they can receive important messages from their nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate, including timely Alerts and updates to Travel Advisories
Are commercial flights operating? Yes
While commercial flights are operating, flight capacity is significantly less than was available in pre-COVID-19 times.
Many travelers worldwide have reported unexpected flight cancellations and limited flight availability. If your travel has been disrupted, please contact your airline.
Transit through Singapore may be possible depending on the origin and destination countries and chosen airlines. Transit passengers are required to undergo a pre-departure COVID-19 test within 48 hours of their departure. Prospective travelers are advised to consult with their airlines about transit permissions through Singapore.
Is public transportation operating? Yes
All forms of public transportation require that travelers wear masks, including taxis and ride-hailing services.
Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)
Individuals who breach their Stay-Home Notice may be prosecuted under the Infectious Diseases (COVID-19 – Stay Orders) Regulations 2020. First-time offenders can be fined up to $10,000, jailed for up to six months, or both.
American Citizen Services appointments and Visa Services appointments remain limited to comply with social distancing requirements. Please visit https://sg.usembassy.gov/services/ for more information on available American Citizen Services. Please visit https://sg.usembassy.gov/visas for more information on available immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services.
Beware of Scams: The Singapore Police Force has advised the public to be on guard against scams. While scams are always a risk, the prevalence of such activities has increased during this heightened COVID-19 environment.
Exercise good judgment and do not give out any bank details, credit card numbers, One-Time Passwords (OTP), or personal details, to include passport, NRIC, or FIN numbers. Singapore authorities will not request anyone to provide such details over the phone. You can find more information at www.scamalert.sg which explains the different types of scam calls and includes individual stories on the latest techniques being employed by scammers.
Safe-distancing and other How-To’s: Tips from the Government of Singapore on keeping safe found here. Dengue fever in Singapore: Please read this previous 11 June 2020 Health Alert regarding the current and historically large dengue fever outbreak in Singapore. Updates on this situation can be found here.
Safe-distancing and other How-To’s: Tips from the Government of Singapore on keeping safe found here.
Dengue fever in Singapore: Please read this previous 11 June 2020 Health Alert regarding the current and historically large dengue fever outbreak in Singapore. Updates on this situation can be found here.