Singapore to expand VTL program to Bali, Penang, Vietnam, Greece and all cities in India
SINGAPORE — Vaccinated air travelers will be able to enter Singapore from more cities in Malaysia, Indonesia and India without having to self-quarantine.
Announcing the expansion of the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) program on Friday March 4, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) announced that it would also launch new VTLs for Greece and Vietnam, restoring travel round trip without quarantine with these two countries.
Travel history requirements will also be relaxed for travelers entering Singapore from Europe under the VTL scheme. This means that travelers with recent travel history in the European Economic Area – which includes 27 European Union member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – will be able to enter Singapore.
Transport Minister S. Iswaran said in a Facebook post on Friday afternoon that the moves were part of Singapore’s plans to safely reopen its borders and reclaim its position as a global hub of business and commerce. aviation.
The VTL program allows travelers fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter Singapore without having to self-quarantine. These travelers will need to test negative for a Covid-19 test before departing for Singapore, and take another test within 24 hours of arrival.
CAAS said the decision to expand the VTL to more cities in Malaysia, Indonesia and India will facilitate travel and improve the Singapore air hub’s connectivity with these key markets.
From March 16, the VTL for Malaysia will be extended beyond Kuala Lumpur to include Penang, starting with four daily flights each way between Singapore and Penang.
On the same day, the VTL for Indonesia will be extended beyond Jakarta to include Denpasar in Bali, starting with two daily flights from Denpasar to Singapore.
As Indonesia plans to launch a trial to allow vaccinated travelers to enter Bali from mid-March, it will facilitate quarantine-free round-trip travel between Singapore and Bali.