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Additional Covid-19 Tests Required For VTL Travellers — How To Book The Tests & Other Things To Know About The New VTL Measures

What to know if you’re going ahead with VTL travel plans.

Additional Covid-19 Tests Required For VTL Travellers — How To Book The Tests & Other Things To Know About The New VTL Measures

Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) travellers, here are more things to add to your travel checklist if you’re pushing through with those VTL travel plans.

From Dec 3, people entering Singapore on the VTL scheme will have to do an additional two Covid-19 antigen rapid tests (ART) on Days 3 and 7 of your arrival. The tests must be done by 9.30pm on the respective days. Each test costs $15, so this will add about $30 to your total Covid-19 test expenses.

You will be required to go to a Quick Test Centre (see all the locations here) to do a supervised self-swab. Book an appointment from this website.

The two additional ART swabs required are on top of the current testing requirements for VTL travellers, that is, a pre-departure test and an on-arrival PCR test (for a full list of testing requirements for VTL travellers, click here).

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said that this is a pre-emptive move to reduce the risk of transmission of the Omicron Covid-19 variant in Singapore.

This is the second time in the past week that Singapore has tightened border measures following the news of the Omicron variant — VTLs to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that were scheduled to take off on Dec 6 have been deferred.

There are 18 ongoing VTLs established with countries such as Malaysia, South Korea, Germany and US; five more are slated to launch on Dec 16.

Scroll on for a recap on what to do when you enter Singapore on a VTL (there are different requirements for people who are travelling on non-VTL flights – full details here).

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