Singapore is now open to fully vaccinated British travellers without quarantine – here’s everything you need to know
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British travellers can now arrive or transit through iconic and popular Changi Airport (SIN).
From 19 October 2021, fully vaccinated travellers from eight additional countries will be permitted to enter Singapore without the need to quarantine upon arrival. After a limited reopening to residents of Germany and Brunei last month, Singapore has expanded its “vaccinated travel lane” program to the following nations:
- United Kingdom
- United States
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The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) made the announcement on 9 October, noting that only two COVID-19 cases were detected among the 1,926 people from Germany or Brunei that participated in the program thus far.
About 83% of the population in Singapore is fully vaccinated, one of the world’s highest rates.
Just one day earlier, on 8 October, the CAAS said fully vaccinated South Korean residents would also be allowed into Singapore through the travel lane program beginning 15 November 2021.
In total, 11 countries are participating in the vaccinated travel program. Singapore authorities will initially admit up to 3,000 travellers to enter Singapore daily.
Those travelling from the eight newly announced countries will first need to apply online for a vaccinated travel pass, beginning on 12 October. To travel to Singapore, you must have remained within the countries under the vaccinated travel lanes for 14 consecutive days prior to departure.
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.
Getting to Singapore (or transiting)
Travellers bound for Singapore must still fly on designated vaccinated travel lane flights. These include services on Singapore Airlines between Singapore and the following cities: Amsterdam (AMS), Barcelona (BCN), Copenhagen (CPH), London (LHR), Los Angeles (LAX), Milan (MXP), New York (JFK), Paris (CDG), Seoul (ICN) and Rome (FCO).
Home carrier Singapore Airlines for now only has one its triple-daily flights from London (LHR) as a vaccinated travel lane flight, the SQ317 flight departing at 11:25 a.m. This flight is currently operated with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, though from 18 November 2021, the flight is upgraded to the airline’s flagship refurbished Airbus A380.
All British Airways flights will be designated vaccinated travel lane flights. While this sounds great in theory as BA used to fly to Singapore double or triple daily, their schedule has been hugely reduced due to the pandemic restrictions with only BA11 operating, and only twice weekly departing Heathrow for Singapore at 7:55 p.m on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This will increase to three times weekly in November.
Additionally, travellers will now be allowed to transit through Singapore as long as COVID-19 requirements are met and they are on a designated vaccinated travel lane flight.
Using points and miles
If you want to use your miles to get to Singapore, you have a choice of Star Alliance partners to book Singapore Airlines flights with including Singapore’s own KrisFlyer program, United MileagePlus and Aeroplan.
Here are the oneway rates for saver awards from London to Singapore using KrisFlyer miles:
- Economy: 38,000 miles
- Premium Economy: 64,500 miles
- Business: 92,000 miles
- First: 125,000 miles
If you would rather use Avios to travel with British Airways, the costs are as follows per person, each way:
- Economy: 22,750 miles off-peak, 35,000 peak
- Premium Economy: 45,500 miles off-peak, 70,000 peak
- Business: 87,500 miles off-peak, 105,000 peak
- First: 119,000 miles, 140,000 peak
As the city-state seeks to rebuild its standing as an international aviation hub, that’s good news for U.K. travellers looking to visit or even transit Singapore.
British travellers can use their NHS app for proof of vaccination.
Additional reporting by Clint Henderson and Ben Smithson.
Featured photo by Ethan Steinberg/The Points Guy.
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