Singapore will remove most pandemic restrictions April 1. Vaccinated travelers will be able to visit, arriving on any flight and any airline, and no testing on arrival will be required. Scrapping of pre-departure testing is under consideration, and no booster shots will be required.
Paper Vaccine Cards Accepted, And Prior Infection Counts As A Vaccine Dose
Perhaps the most underreported element of Singapore’s re-opening is that they’ll begin accepting paper vaccination records. Under their old ‘Vaccinated Travel Lane’ scheme the country required electronic vaccination records using the SMART health standard. Only some U.S. states and providers meet that.
If you got vaccinated at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid or Albertsons you can obtain digital proof even if you don’t live in a state like Maryland, Massachusetts, Colorado or Hawaii. I was vaccinated by a local provider in Texas that does not participate and Texas itself doesn’t either.
Singapore accepts any WHO-approved vaccine and count documented prior infection as a vaccine dose (they follow the science). Children 12 and under are exempt from the vaccination requirement.
Additional Rules Scrapped
While Singapore will no longer require testing on arrival, a test within 2 days prior to travel is still required – a rule that may be scrapped in two to four weeks as well. Visitors will no longer need a Vaccinated Travel Pass, either, but will need travel insurance with S$30,000 coverage.
Mask-wearing outdoors will no longer be compulsory, either, though masks will still be required indoors and group sizes limited to 10 (up from 5).
Necessary To Bring Back Normal Life
Travel to Singapore is currently at only 18% of pre-pandemic levels. Singapore is coming down off of its Omicron wave, and restrictions neither kept out the variant nor suppressed it – and people traveling on connecting flights to the flights allowed to carry passengers into the country could interact with passegners headed to Singapore without any of the country’s restrictions. Already people might pick up Covid-19 enroute to Singapore and still test negative on arrival. Yet Singapore is at the point it can manage life with the virus without overwhelming its health care system.