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What to know about travelling from South Africa to Singapore during COVID-19

The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for South Africans travelling to Singapore.

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Nestled in the south of Asia, South Africans travelling to Singapore can expect to find world-renowned architecture at the Marina Bay Sands and the Gardens by the Bay. However, at this point in time, Singapore is closed to South African visitors who aren’t local citizens or residents.

In this guide, you’ll learn what the travel rules are for South African travellers planning a trip to Singapore, when the border is opening, permit requirements and testing conditions.

Can I travel from South Africa to Singapore?

Singapore’s border remains closed to travellers from South Africa. Currently, the border is only open to South African travellers who are citizens or residents of Singapore. Flights from South Africa to Singapore are sparse and subject to change. Singapore aims to open its borders to quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated South African travellers by September 2021.

As of 26 August 2021, South African travellers can enter Singapore quarantine-free if they have been in Hong Kong or Macau for 21 consecutive days — they must get tested on arrival and isolate until a negative test is returned.

From 8 September 2021, fully-vaccinated South African travellers entering Singapore from Germany and Brunei, and have been there for at least 21 days, can apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass to avoid quarantine — these travellers must still take multiple COVID-19 tests, before flying, on arrival and afterwards.

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When can I travel to Singapore? When will the Singapore borders open?

There is still no official date when Singapore’s border will open to South Africa. This page will be updated as soon as more information is made available.

Singapore's government has indicated that it would like to open up to South Africans for travel if the pandemic is under control and a travel corridor can be established between both countries.

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Are there any exemptions for travelling to Singapore?

Yes, only South Africans who are citizens or residents of Singapore are permitted entry. The government is also allowing Singapore work pass holders and their dependents to enter Singapore.

Can I travel to Singapore if I'm a permanent resident or citizen?

Yes, if you're South African and a permanent resident or citizen of Singapore, you are allowed to return to your home.

Like any traveller entering the country, those coming from South Africa will be subject to the latest quarantine and COVID test rules.

What are the entry requirements for Singapore coming from South Africa?

Do I need a permit to enter Singapore?

Yes, short-term travellers from South Africa must obtain an Air Travel Pass available from the ICA website.

All permitted people from South Africa from Singapore need to attach their Air Travel Pass to their permit from the ICA website.

There are two types of SG Arrival Cards:

  • For Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders
  • For foreigner visitors (including In-Principle (IPA) Holders)
The permit requires all South African visitors travelling to Singapore to submit their health declaration through the SG Arrival Card.

Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?

At this point in time, South African travellers don’t need proof of having been vaccinated.

Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing for Singapore?

All people from South Africa who hold an Air Travel Pass must undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Singapore.

Every traveller arriving into Singapore from South Africa must submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel – the only exceptions are Singaporean citizens and permanent residents from the UK and a handful of other countries.

Frequently asked questions about travelling from South Africa to Singapore:

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