Orient Magazine Issue 84 - October 2021 - Page 16

NEWS
The UK joins countries added to Singapore ' s Vaccinated Travel Lanes
With the experience gained from pilot Vaccinated Travel Lanes ( VTLs ) with Brunei and Germany , Singapore has announced additional VTLs over the past few weeks with multiple countries including the UK .
The announcement has been widely welcomed by the British community in Singapore who are keen to resume business and personal travel , and particularly those who have been separated from their family for up to two years due to Covid measures .
In summary , travellers bookng inbound flights to Singapore from a VTL country can book VTL flights on specific airlines . Capacity is limited by the Civil Aviation Authority and so a reduced flight schedule is likely to be in place , with immediate demand potentially outweighing supply , particularly for the UK . Short term visitors and pass holders will also need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass ( VTP ) to use the VTL ( not required for Singaporean citizens or Permanent Residents ). As with the earlier VTLs , travellers will be subject to fewer Covid tests upon entry . There is no restriction on the purpose of travel . Unvaccinated children aged 12 and below in this calendar year will be eligible to enter Singapore on the VTL ( e . g . a child who turns 12 in this calendar year will be exempted ). They are not required to apply for a VTP . However , they must comply with all other VTL conditions , including being accompanied by a fully vaccinated VTL traveller . Travellers may transit via any VTL country / region before arrival in Singapore . If transits are made via a non-VTL country / region , Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents will not be eligible for quarantine-free health protocols . Short-term visitors and long-term pass holders may be denied entry into Singapore .
For travellers not using the VTL , they will follow the rules dependent on the Category of the originating country ( see table to the right ), which may include the requirement for an employer to apply for entry approval for those holding work passes and a 7-day SHN at approved accommodation .
Long-term partner of the Chamber , British Airways , is working alongside Singapore Airlines to provide VTL flights into Singapore from the UK . BA worked with the Chamber to provide this guidance upon the announcement of their VTL flight schedule . Visit our Covid-19 Information Hub for links to key information such as applying for approvals , validating your vaccination certificates , the latest local health measuresand more .