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Checklist for not fully vaccinated travelers to Singapore

This checklist is for all modes of arrival in Singapore by air, land or sea and applies to all travelers, including citizens or permanent residents of Singapore over 13 years of age, who:

  • Not considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19; OR
  • Are deemed medically ineligible for vaccination against COVID-19

If you do not meet the above criteria or are unsure of the definition of "fully vaccinated," return to the Travel to Singapore page to determine the most appropriate entry requirements for you. Travellers transiting through Singapore to another destination without going through immigration control should refer to the Transiting through Singapore page for information.

Step 1: Preparing to leave for Singapore

A) Obtain entry clearance

Entry clearance is not required for long-term visa holders (including holders of provisional permits) between the ages of 13 and 17, and all Singapore citizens and permanent residents.
All other non-vaccinated long-term visa holders aged 18 years or older, and non-vaccinated short-term visitors aged 13 years or older are generally prohibited from entering Singapore. Only the following unvaccinated travellers may apply for entry clearance through the channels listed below:
B) Obtain additional travel documents

Prepare the travel documents below, if required, and make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months. Entry may be denied if the required documents are not presented at pre-boarding or immigration inspection
C) SG Arrival Card with Electronic Health Declaration

All travelers, including Singapore citizens and PRs, are required to complete the SG Arrival Card (SGAC) with the electronic declaration of health within 3 days prior to arrival in Singapore. After completing the declaration, you will receive a confirmation email that you can use to go through pre-boarding and immigration control more smoothly.

Postpone your trip if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 7 days before departure. This may include fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell.

D) Pre-departure test (PDT) for COVID-19

A pre-departure test (PDT) is not required only if your test for COVID-19 was positive between 14 and 90 days before your departure date to Singapore - use this tool to see if the pre-departure test can be waived and the documentation required to confirm your first infection or recovery.

Otherwise, if you were born before 2020 (i.e., over 2 years old), get any of the following tests for COVID-19 within 2 days before your flight:

  • COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction test (PCR test) at an accredited or internationally recognized laboratory/clinic/medical facility; OR
  • An antigen rapid test (ART) that is:
  • Performed by a trained professional; OR
  • Self-administered under the remote supervision of an approved ART provider in Singapore. The option is only available to Singapore citizens, Permanent Resident and long-term visa holders, including IPA holders.

Ask for a non-handwritten ART report in English (or accompanied by a notarized English translation) containing the following details:

  • Traveler's name, date of birth, or passport number (on the passport used to travel to Singapore); and
  • reflects the date and result of the COVID-19 test.

When do I have to do the PDT test:
E) Providing a home stay of at least 7 days (SHN)

Upon arrival, you will be issued a 7-day notice of home occupancy (SHN). During this period, you will stay in your declared SHN accommodation for all 7 days (see step 4 for details).

Secure any of the following accommodations for at least 7 days for your SHN:

  • Residence;
  • A serviced apartment; or
  • A hotel of your choice from this non-exhaustive list.

Accommodation Tips.

Before booking your hotel, check and make sure the hotel can accommodate quarantined guests (SHN).

If you are quarantined in your residence, stay in isolation for the entire 7-day period and keep contact with family members to a minimum. This includes using private bathrooms. Take the following precautions if bathroom sharing is unavoidable:

  • Lower the toilet lid before flushing;
  • Clean and disinfect contact surfaces after each bathroom visit; and
  • Avoid visiting the bathroom immediately after a family member serving SHN.

F) Install and activate the TraceTogether app

If you are a traveler and do not already have the TraceTogether mobile contact tracking app, install and activate the TraceTogether mobile app using this guide. Only travelers age 6 or younger this year are exempt from installing TraceTogether.

If you have trouble activating TraceTogether:

Send a request for help to; OR
Get a TraceTogether token upon arrival for a one-time fee of S$13.

Step 2: Fly to Singapore

Checking documents before boarding an airplane

Transport operators may ask for the documents listed at step 1 when checking before boarding. Failure to do so may result in denial of boarding.

Step 3: Immigration processing in Singapore

A) Immigration Control.

Follow the officers' instructions and signs upon arrival to go through the appropriate clearance lanes and provide all documents, including proof of tests, and information required by the immigration officer.

After passing through security, foreign visitors will be issued an electronic pass (i.e., Visit Pass) with the length of stay emailed to the SGAC. Passports will no longer be stamped.

If you are symptomatic upon arrival, you may be asked to take a COVID-19 test or other requirements as directed by the officers. Each rapid antigen test (ART) will cost S$30 and each COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR Test) will cost S$138.

B) Go to the place of quarantine (Stay-Home Notice - SHN)

After going through immigration control, you:

  • Receive a 7-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at the email address listed on your SGAC declaration; and
  • Travel directly to your declared SHN residence by private vehicle, cab (including street cabs), or private car (GrabSHN, Go-Jek, Ryde, MVL Tada). The use of public transportation (e.g., trains, buses) is prohibited.

Click here for the latest transportation recommendations.

Step 4: Home quarantine and COVID-19 tests

A) Quarantine Requirements

A 7-day quarantine notice (SHN) is effective as soon as it is issued. Stay in your declared place of residence for the entire period specified in the notification,  unless

  • You have been ordered to leave your residence by an authority; OR
  • You are scheduled for a mandatory COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction test (PCR test) to come out of quarantine (SHN).

To avoid waiting in line, pay for the PCR test for SHN exit at the time you apply for an entry permit. Otherwise, pay for the test using the payment link provided on your SHN (sent to your email address) prior to admission. Including the GST, the cost of each test is S$125.

If you do not receive your test appointment information the day before your SHN expires, contact the SafeTravel office at 6812 5555 for assistance. If you do not feel well on the day of the test, stay in your SHN accommodation and alert the appropriate authorities.

Your quarantine will end on the day of the notification or after you receive a negative PCR test result, whichever is later. Failure to comply with any requirement related to SHN is a crime under the Communicable Diseases Act. Travelers who violate the requirement will first be issued an electronic monitoring device (EMD) by the ICA. For subsequent violations, the traveler may be fined, imprisoned and/or have their residence/work permit revoked. Watch these videos to learn about the SHN requirements, and the penalties for violating the SHN.

B) Infection and recovery from COVID-19

If you are found to test positive for COVID-19 while in Singapore, follow recovery protocols.

If it is determined that you cannot be treated at home or locally, you may be taken to a suitable facility for COVID-19 treatment. Information about COVID-19 treatment and costs for travelers can be found on this page.

Step 5: Notification of End of Stay and Stay in Singapore

A) Observe local security measures

After completing your quarantine, you may continue your activities. However, you should comply with current public health measures.

Unless you are medically exempt from COVID-19 vaccination, you will not be eligible to enter any vaccination-related conditions (e.g., attendance at large-scale events, dietary restrictions).

B) Meet visa requirements (long-term visa holders only)

Complete a full course of vaccinations within two months of arrival if you are:

  • Are 13 years of age or older; AND
  • Have a long-term pass, e.g., student pass, work pass.

After you complete the required vaccination course, you will be eligible to renew or renew your long-term pass. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from being vaccinated against COVID-19, obtain a medical certificate within 30 days of your arrival in Singapore to prove your ineligibility for all COVID-19 vaccines under the National Vaccination Program.

  • Given the rapidly changing coronavirus environment worldwide and the frequent changes in entry regulations to the Republic of Singapore by the Singapore Immigration Authority (ICA), we recommend checking in advance of travel for new requirements or updates on ICA's official SafeTravel website for arrivals and departures from the Republic of Singapore.
  • This material is for reference only, please refer to the official Singapore Immigration Authority (ICA) SafeTravel Singapore arrival and departure site for official information.