Singapore expands VTLs across Asia

Singapore will roll out two new vaccinated travel lanes (VTLs) for Vietnam and Greece, and extend quarantine-free arrangements to more cities in Malaysia, Indonesia and India, from March 16.

Travellers from Vietnam and Greece may enter Singapore under the VTL on or after March 16. VTL applications will open on March 13 at 10.00. This is required for eligible short-term visitors and work permit holders.

Access to Singapore has improved with a new Vaccinated Travel Lane with Greece and more Asian destinations

With the addition of the VTL with Greece, Singapore now has two-way quarantine-free travel with all countries in Europe that have direct flights to the city-state.

The European Economic Area, which comprises 27 EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, allows the free movement of people between these countries.

Travellers who have been in any country in the European Economic Area, including transit stops, within the last seven consecutive days before departure to Singapore, may count their stay in those countries towards fulfilling the seven-day VTL travel history requirement.

Meanwhile, the air VTL for Malaysia will extend beyond Kuala Lumpur to include Penang, starting with four daily flights each way between Singapore and Penang.

The air VTL for Indonesia will also extend beyond Jakarta to include Bali, starting with two daily flights from Bali-Denpasar to Singapore. Indonesia has also voiced plans to launch a trial to allow vaccinated travellers to enter Bali from mid-March.

Lastly, the VTL for India will include all cities; previously it only covered Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.

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