As Singapore progressively reopens amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore has implemented special travel arrangements with some countries/regions to facilitate travel while safeguarding public health.
See below for details about a respective country.
COVID-19 Update for Angola
Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Angola. This policy does not apply to long-term residents, diplomats, or persons engaged in the transportation of cargo, freight, or humanitarian aid. All persons arriving in Angola must carry proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival, all persons must submit a travel registration form and undergo a 14-day quarantine. More information is available at the following URL: https://viagem.covid19.gov.ao/en/ .
COVID-19 Update for Australia
Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Australia. This policy does not apply to lawful residents and their immediate family members, or persons traveling from New Zealand. Additional exemptions are possible on a case-by-case basis. Persons should apply online for an exemption at least 2 weeks prior to their intended departure. All persons arriving in Australia (including Australian nationals) must undergo a 14-day quarantine in a designated facility at their port of arrival. This policy does not apply to persons traveling from New Zealand to New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory, Queensland, or Victoria aboard special “quarantine-free flights” provided such persons have not traveled outside of New Zealand during the 14 days prior to their arrival in Australia.
COVID-19 Update for Belarus
All persons arriving in Belarus must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. This policy does not apply to persons arriving from the following countries / regions: Austria, Albania, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, and Spain.
Belarusian land border checkpoints with Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine are closed. This policy does not apply to persons holding diplomatic passports or crew members engaged in the cross-border transportation of goods or passengers. To better facilitate arrival, foreign nationals are encouraged to carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 48 hours prior to departure using a PCR test. Apply for a visa to Belarus.
COVID-19 Update for Brunei
The following categories of foreign national may apply for an “Entry Pass” to travel to Brunei Darussalam: essential business or official travelers, students, persons traveling for medical treatment, and persons traveling for compassionate or other special circumstances such as family reunions with Bruneian nationals or lawful residents. Once your Entry Pass has been approved, we will be able to assist you with visa applicationAll persons traveling with an “Entry Pass” must hold proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a PCR test and self-isolate for up to 14 days upon arrival. Apply for a business visa.
COVID-19 Update for China
China-Singapore Fast Lane is applicable to essential business or official travel between six Chinese provinces and municipalities (Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces) and Singapore.
The host company or government agency in China will lodge an application on behalf of the applicant with the Foreign Affairs Office or Commerce Authority at the six provinces and municipalities. If the application is approved, an Invitation Letter (PU Letter) will be issued to the applicant. Currently, you can only get a single-entry visa with a 30 days’ validity with an allowed stay of up to 90 days. There is no quarantine for the 6 Green Lane provinces. Apply for a business visa.
COVID-19 Update for India
Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering India for tourism. This policy does not apply to Bhutanese and Nepalese nationals. Foreign nationals holding any category of visa other than a tourist visa may travel to India. This includes dependents who hold an appropriate dependent visa. All previously suspended visas are now restored. This policy does not apply to electronic visas (e-Visa), tourist visas, and medical visas, which remain suspended. Foreign nationals whose visa in restored categories have expired may apply for a new visa at an Indian embassy or consulate abroad. Persons seeking to travel to India for family emergencies should apply for authorization at an Indian embassy or consulate abroad, which will evaluate applications on a case-by-case basis. All persons granted entry to India must strictly adhere to all guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare concerning COVID-19 and other health-related matters.
Be advised, some state-level authorities in India have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.
COVID-19 Update for Indonesia
UPDATE – 1 January 2021
From January 1, international visitors will be barred from entering Indonesia for a 2-week period in a bid to stem the spread of a new potentially more contagious strain of the coronavirus.
From October 29, 2020, Singaporean nationals and lawful residents may be eligible to travel to Indonesia for business or official travel of up to 30 days using a “Travel Corridor Arrangement” (TCA) scheme. Persons seeking to use the TCA must be sponsored by either an Indonesia-based company or an Indonesian government agency, which will file an application on their behalf for a specific e-visa. Once approved, e-visa holders must then submit their travel history and a detailed itinerary online via the “Electronic Health Card” (e-HAC) system and must hold a valid return ticket.
Persons seeking to use the TCA must, at their own expense, obtain a certificate showing a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test performed by an approved medical services provider in Singapore. TCA travellers are limited to arrival via Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) or the Batam Center Ferry Terminal.
Upon arrival, TCA travellers will undergo an additional PCR test at their own expense and will be transported by the host company or government agency to a non-residential accommodation where they must self-isolate while awaiting their test results. Upon confirmation of a negative test result, the host company or government agency will ensure the traveller is transported to and from their workplace for the duration of the traveller’s stay in Indonesia and refrains from using public transportation. The host company or government agency will further ensure the traveller properly registers with the e-HAC system and observes all local pandemic control measures.
Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Indonesia. This policy does not apply to persons who fall into one of the following categories:
Children of dual citizenship registered in the Indonesian immigration system as Indonesian citizens;
Holders of a “Temporary Stay Permit” or a “Permanent Stay Permit” (Permanent Residents/KITAS and KITAP) with a valid “Multiple Re-Entry Permit” (MERP);
Holders of an Indonesian diplomatic visa or an official/service visa, or those who hold Indonesian diplomatic stay or official / service stay permits;
Those engaged in medical services or the delivery of supplies or humanitarian assistance;
Crew members working on air, land, or sea transportation;
Those travelling for essential work on national strategic projects.
From December 24, 2020, all foreign nationals, regardless of purpose, who have visited the United Kingdom (including in transit) are prohibited from entering Indonesia. All persons arriving from other locations abroad are required to carry a health certificate showing a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test performed by a recognized health authority. Failure to produce a valid certificate may result in denial of entry. Upon arrival, all persons are subject to additional testing for COVID-19 and will be directed to either self-isolate or undergo quarantine at a designated facility. Foreign nationals must cover all testing and quarantine-related expenses for themselves. Indonesian nationals arriving from the United Kingdom must undergo additional quarantine and testing procedures.
COVID-19 Update for Japan
The Government of Japan has started procedures for the use of the Business Track with Singapore. The Business Track enables limited business activities during the 14-day stay at home period, immediately after arrival at Japan, on condition that travellers accept additional quarantine measures. This is the only type of visa available at the moment. Please, visit the Covid-19 Covid-19 Business Track visa page.
COVID-19 Update for Malaysia
Reciprocal Green Lane for Singapore residents
Legal residents in Singapore may be eligible to travel to Malaysia for business or official travel for up to 14 days using a so-called Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) scheme. Persons seeking to use the RGL must be sponsored by either a Malaysia-based company or a Malaysian government agency, which will file an application on their behalf for a “MyTravelPass” at least 10 business days prior to intended departure.
Persons seeking to use the RGL cannot have travelled outside of Singapore during the 14 days prior to their scheduled departure for Singapore and must, at their own expense, obtain a certificate showing a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Travellers are required to produce this certificate along with their “MyTravelPass” and in order to enter Malaysia.
RGL travellers must undergo an additional PCR test at their point of entry or within 24 hours of arrival in Malaysia and must be transported directly by the host company or government agency to a non-residential accommodation where they must self-isolate while awaiting their test results. Upon confirmation of a negative test result, the host company or government agency will ensure the traveller is transported to and from their workplace for the duration of the traveller’s stay and will further ensure the traveller installs and uses the “MySejahtera” mobile application. Persons who test positive for COVID-19 must immediately seek necessary medical treatment from the Malaysian government.
Periodic Commuting Arrangement for Singapore residents
Singaporean nationals and permanent residents holding valid long-term Malaysian visas for business or work purposes may be eligible for a new “Periodic Commuting Arrangement” (PCA) scheme allowing travel via the Johor-Singapore Causeway and Malaysia-Singapore Second Link land border checkpoints. Malaysia-based employers must submit an application for a “MyTravelPass” to use the PCA on behalf of their employees. Applications must be submitted at least 10 business days prior to the employee’s intended entry into Malaysia and employees must be willing to remain in Malaysia for at least 90 days before returning to Singapore. Persons using the PCA must install and use the “MySejahtera” mobile application. Upon arrival in Malaysia, they must self-isolate for 7 days under the terms of a modified “Home Surveillance Order” (HSO) and afterwards undergo a serological test for COVID-19 using a rapid test kit (RTK). Persons who test negative will be released from their HSO.
Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Malaysia. This policy does not apply to persons who hold a “MyPR” card, a “Malaysia My Second Home” (MM2H) pass, a valid student pass, a valid temporary employment pass, are the spouse or child of Malaysian nationals, or are a diplomat. Foreign nationals travelling from countries or regions with over 150,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 are prohibited from entering Malaysia. Currently, this includes the following locations: Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Philippines, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.
All persons (including Malaysian nationals) returning from abroad are required to undergo testing for COVID-19 and a 10-day quarantine upon arrival. Non-nationals must register online and prepay in full for all required testing and quarantine services. Malaysian nationals will be charged a reduced rate. Additionally, all persons must download and sign a “Letter of Undertaking and Indemnity for Persons under Surveillance” (LoU). Travellers should consult their local Malaysian embassy or consulate for LoU templates and instructions. At least three days prior to departure, all persons must submit relevant documents (including a LoU) to a local Malaysian embassy or consulate for approval. Failure to submit documents may result in a denial of permission to board flights bound for Malaysia. Upon arrival, all persons are required to install and use the “MySejahtera” mobile application to track and monitor their health status. Be advised, some state-level authorities in Malaysia have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.
COVID-19 Update for Mongolia
Foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Mongolia. All cross-border commercial flights, passenger rail services, and passenger vehicular traffic are suspended.
COVID-19 Update for Myanmar
All international commercial flights are suspended and all land border checkpoints are closed. Persons seeking to enter Myanmar for official or urgent purposes should consult their location Myanmar embassy or consulate for information regarding testing and quarantine requirements. All persons (including Myanmar nationals) allowed to enter must undergo a 21-day quarantine at a designated facility followed by 7 days of self-isolation at home. The Myanmar government has suspended the issuing of visas to foreign nationals. This policy does not apply to accredited diplomats, United Nations officials, and crews of ships or aircraft travelling to and from Myanmar. All existing visa-free and visa-on-arrival arrangements are suspended.
COVID-19 Update for Russia
From December 22, 2020, foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Russia and land border checkpoints are closed to passenger transport. This policy does not apply to persons arriving by air from Belarus, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Serbia, Seychelles, South Korea, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, or the United Arab Emirates. Further exemptions exist for lawful residents, diplomats, airplane crew members, or those travelling for urgent business or medical reasons. Persons seeking to enter Russia must present documentation issued in either English or Russian showing a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Persons travelling to Russia for purposes of employment must undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. At the moment, it is possible to apply for a business visa with a business invitation from the MFA of Russia for crew members, technical maintenance personnel and highly skilled specialists. Apply for a business visa to Russia.
COVID-19 update for Singapore
The Singapore Air Travel Pass (ATP) enables foreigners who are short-term visitors travelling from the below countries to seek entry into Singapore.
Travellers will have no restrictions on their travel purpose and do not have to follow a controlled itinerary. They will also not be subject to 14 day quarantine or stay-home notice. Find out how to visit Singapore
COVID-19 Update for South Korea
The Republic of Korea and the Republic of Singapore agreed to implement the Fast Lane which is to ensure exemption from isolation at the arriving country to facilitate essential business and official travel between Korea (via Incheon International Airport only) and Singapore. Unfortunately, we will not be able to assist with the application, as the applicant is required to submit the application in person at the Embassy of South Korea.
COVID-19 Update for Taiwan
Taiwan allows applying for a business visa for persons holding special approval to enter for reasons other than tourism or regular social visits, persons with permission to enter for approved medical care, or persons holding approval to enter for study (and their companions). All persons granted entry into Taiwan must self-isolate for 14 days. Persons travelling to Taiwan for short-term business purposes may be eligible for shortened self-isolation requirements. In order to apply, travellers must submit documents prepared by the host company in Taiwan comprising a detailed travel itinerary and COVID-19 prevention plans. Exemptions to quarantine requirements will be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of relevant authorities in Taiwan.
From December 1, 2020, all persons must present a certificate showing a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using an RT-PCR test. In all cases of exemption, travellers must sign an affidavit attesting to their purpose and produce supporting documentation. Such persons may be asked to undergo COVID-19 testing at their own expense upon arrival in Taiwan. All persons arriving in Taiwan are required to submit a health declaration via the mobile website of the “Quarantine System of Entry” prior to boarding flights bound for Taiwan.
Thai government has authorised for Singapore residents (citizens and Permanent Residents), their spouses and legitimate child/children (under 21 years of age) to apply for a for a “Special Tourist Visa” (STV), which allow for stays in Thailand of up to 90 days and may be extended twice. Prior to departing for Thailand, persons holding an STV must also obtain a “Certificate of Entry” (COE).
All persons travelling from a country or region classified by the Ukrainian Ministry of Health as “green” may enter Ukraine provided they carry proof of health insurance valid for use in Ukraine and sufficient to cover any expenses related to observation and treatment for COVID-19. Persons travelling from “red” locations must install the “Dii Vdoma” mobile application and do one of the following: 1) undergo quarantine at a designated location, 2) self-isolate for 14 days in a suitable accommodation registered in the Dii Vdoma app, or 3) undergo a PCR test for COVID-19 upon arrival in Ukraine. Additional information including a list of persons not subject to quarantine requirements is available at the following URL: https://visitukraine.today/.
COVID-19 Update for United States
Foreign nationals who have visited any of the following countries / regions within 14 days of their arrival in the United States are prohibited from entering: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mainland China, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City, and the United Kingdom.
All persons returning to the United States from abroad should self-isolate and monitor their health status for 14 days. From December 28, 2020, all persons (including US nationals) returning via the United Kingdom must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a PCR test. The United States government has suspended the issuing of new visas. All US land border checkpoints with Canada and Mexico are closed to non-essential traffic. Additional restrictions are in place for persons holding special category visas including H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 visas. Travellers should verify their status with the US Department of Homeland Security prior to making travel arrangements.
Be advised, various state and local authorities in the United States have implemented additional policies and restrictions for persons arriving into their jurisdictions.
COVID-19 Update for Uzbekistan
From December 21, 2020, foreign nationals who, within 14 days of their intended arrival, have visited any of the following locations are prohibited from entering Uzbekistan: Australia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Persons arriving by air from China, Finland, Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, South Korea, or Thailand may enter Uzbekistan without restriction. This policy does not apply to persons currently exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Persons arriving by air from Azerbaijan, Belarus, the European Union (with the exception of Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands), or the United Arab Emirates must present a certificate in English or Russian showing a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Persons without such a certificate must undergo testing at their own expense upon arrival. All persons arriving from these locations must undergo temperature screening and a 14-day self-isolation upon arrival. Persons arriving by air from any other location must present a certificate showing a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 and self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Persons entering Uzbekistan via land border checkpoints must present a certificate showing a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 and submit a self-isolation questionnaire. Persons without such a certificate must undergo testing at their own expense followed by quarantine.
COVID-19 Update for Vietnam
From December 1, 2020, foreign nationals are prohibited from entering Vietnam and international commercial flights are suspended. This policy does not apply to special repatriation flights for Vietnamese nationals. This policy also provides exemptions for investors, specialists, skilled workers, business managers, persons travelling as part of diplomatic or official missions, persons travelling under special bilateral agreements, and the family members of such persons provided the duration of their stay in Vietnam does not exceed 14 days. Visitors may apply for an extension beyond 14 days if they undergo testing for COVID-19. All persons travelling to Vietnam must fully comply with local regulations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure public safety. Travellers should carry international health insurance with coverage valid in Vietnam; otherwise, the local organisation sponsoring the traveller is required to cover all costs associated with the treatment for COVID-19 should it become necessary. The sponsoring organization is likewise responsible for all expenses relating to quarantine (if any), transportation, and COVID-19 testing for visitors entering Vietnam at their invitation.