March 28, 2022 | By Bronwen Largier

After months of vaccinated travel lanes for travellers from specific countries, Singapore will move to a “Vaccinated Travel Framework” from one minute to midnight on Thursday, March 31, which will allow those who have had their primary course of COVID-19 vaccination to enter the city-state without self-isolation measures or requiring a special pass.

Accepted vaccines are those on the World Health Organisation’s approved list, all but one of which require two doses.

Travellers are still required to take a pre-departure test before arriving in Singapore, although the government is considering removing this requirement in the coming weeks.

Unvaccinated travellers from any country will not be permitted to travel to Singapore, apart from exceptional circumstances.

The Singapore government has set up two categories in its new border framework – general travel and a restricted category – introducing a contingency plan for the emergence of future COVID-19 variants. Currently all countries are listed in the general category, allowing free travel for vaccinated arrivals, however a country may be moved to the restricted category should a new variant originate, and additional requirements may be placed on travellers from there.

From tomorrow, gathering limits for business events are also easing in Singapore with events of more than 1,000 people now able to take place in a venue operating at 75 per cent capacity – up from 50 per cent capacity currently. Full vaccination remains a requirement for event attendance and masks are still required for all indoor settings, including events, but are optional outdoors.