Singapore announces new VTLs with Vietnam, Greece, expands agreement with Malaysia, Indonesia and India

The expansion of the Vaccinated Travel Lanes scheme includes Penang, Bali, and all India cities.

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Published: 4 March 2022, 2:32 PM

Fully vaccinated Singaporeans will soon be able to travel to more countries, with an expansion of the Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) scheme. 

The expansion was announced on Mar 4 and includes new VTLs for Vietnam and Greece, and an extension of the quarantine-free arrangement to more cities in Malaysia, Indonesia and India.

Four daily flights will be made available each way between Singapore and Penang. There will also be two daily flights from Bali-Denpasar to Singapore. Both will commence on Mar 16.

Indonesia also plans to launch a trial to allow vaccinated travellers to enter Bali from mid-March, said Transport Minister S Iswaran in a Facebook post.

As for India, the VTL will extend beyond Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai to include all cities in India, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

A VTL with Vietnam will also start from Mar 16 as the country reopens its borders for international tourism on Mar 15. 

“With the launch of the VTL from Vietnam, we will restore two-way quarantine-free travel with Vietnam, which was a popular destination for many Singaporeans pre-COVID,” said CAAS.

From the same date, travellers will also be able to enter Greece.

With the addition of the VTL with Greece, Singapore has established two-way quarantine-free travel with all countries in Europe that have direct flights to Singapore. This will allow greater flexibility for travellers visiting or coming from Europe.

The travel history requirement for the VTL will be broadened to include the entire European Economic Area, which consists of the 27 EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It will apply to travellers entering Singapore on or after Mar 16.

“As the global COVID-19 situation evolves, the CAAS will continue to monitor the public health situation closely and stand ready to adjust our border measures with the appropriate safeguards quickly to ensure public health and safety,” said the authority.

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