Singapore expanding Vaccinated Travel Lane to more cities, including Manchester

Nov 19, 2021

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If you’re looking to travel to Singapore, you’ll soon have more flight options as the country expands its Vaccinated Travel Lane programme.

Currently, fully-vaccinated British travellers wanting to visit Singapore directly from the United Kingdom can do so only by arriving on a designated Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flight from London Heathrow, which is currently just one of the three daily Singapore Airlines operated flights (the SQ317 service) and each British Airways operated flight, currently operating four times weekly (the BA11 service). There are also currently VTL flights to Singapore (SIN) from Amsterdam (AMS), Barcelona (BCN), Copenhagen (CPH), Los Angeles (LAX), Milan (MXP), New York (JFK), Paris (CDG), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA), Seoul (ICN) and Rome (FCO).

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Of interest to British travellers especially will be that from 19 January 2022, the airlines flights from Manchester (MAN) to Singapore (SIN) will also be designated as VTL flights. This service is unique as it begins in Houston (IAH), operating a fifth freedom flight to Manchester before continuing onto Singapore. Passengers boarding in Houston or Manchester are eligible for the Vaccinated Travel Lane programme.

Additionally, from 28 November, fully-vaccinated passengers travelling from the following countries will also be able to use the VTL option:

  • Finland;
  • India;
  • Indonesia;
  • Malaysia; and
  • Sweden.

Then from 5 December, flights from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will be added. Interestingly, while previously the countries participating in the VTL programme were mostly those serviced by home carrier Singapore Airlines, the new countries added in this latest announcement include destinations Singapore Airlines does not operate to.

Related: Singapore is now open to fully vaccinated British travellers without quarantine – here’s everything you need to know

British travellers wanting to visit Singapore can take a VTL flight from countries other than the United Kingdom, provided they have only been in VTL countries in the past 14 days. This includes any VTL countries, so, for example, from 28 November you could fly from the United Kingdom to Finland or Sweden and connect onto a VTL flight to Singapore if you wished.

Those travelling on VTL flights will first need to apply online for a vaccinated travel pass. Visitors will still be required to take two PCR tests (down from four previously). A first test is required within 48 hours of departure to Singapore and a second upon arriving at Changi Airport. Only once a negative test result is received will travellers be able to leave self-isolation.

All tourists must also use the TraceTogether app for contact tracing and have mandatory travel health insurance.

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