Instructions for the use of the Category (I) Travel History Checklist
This checklist covers the pre-departure to post-arrival process for travellers who:
- Are travelling to Singapore via the Returning Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents Lane, Familial Ties Lane, or Student’s Pass Holder Lane; AND
- Have only visited any Category (I) country/region in the past 14 days before arrival in Singapore, and not transited in any Category (II), (III) or (IV) countries/regions for more than 24 hours.
Travellers who do not meet the above conditions should refer to the checklist specific to their travel arrangement/travel history or their approval letters for travel instructions. Return to the “Travelling to Singapore” page if unsure which SafeTravel Lane to use to enter Singapore.
Travellers should check the box (☐) for completed activities.
Stage 1: Pre-Departure for Singapore
☐ A) Application for Entry Approval
All travellers, except Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, must apply for entry approval to enter Singapore. To check for the status of your application, click here.
☐ B) Application for Entry Visa (if applicable)
☐ C) Pre-Departure COVID-19 Test (PDT)
Travellers must take a PDT within 2 days before departure for Singapore, unless they are below the age of three in this calendar year. See examples below for when a PDT must be taken:
|Traveller A is scheduled to depart for Singapore on 3 Nov 2021, 2359h. The earliest he can take his PDT is on 1 Nov 2021, 0001h.
|Flights with a less than 24-hour Transit Period to Singapore
|Traveller B is scheduled for departure on 3 Nov 2021 from Airport A. He will transit at Airport B for a period lasting less than 24 hours. The earliest he should take his PDT is on 1 Nov 2021, before his departure from Airport A.
|Flights with a Transit Period exceeding 24 hours
|Traveller C is scheduled for departure from Airport A on 3 Nov 2021. He will transit in Airport B for a period lasting more than 24 hours. In this scenario, he will take his PDT at Airport B, within 2 days before his connecting flight to Singapore.
An acceptable PDT includes either of the following:
- COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at an internationally accredited or recognised lab/clinic/medical facility; OR
- Antigen Rapid Test (ART) administered by a trained professional, including a medical professional or government-recognised trained professional in the country/region of departure. Self-swabs are not allowed.
Travellers must obtain a copy of the negative test result that meets all the following conditions:
- Is in English (or accompanied with an English translation);
- Contains the traveller's name, and Date of Birth or Passport number (per the passport used to travel to Singapore); and
- Reflects the date and result of the test.
Handwritten reports will be rejected. Travellers with difficulties getting their PDT can contact the Safe Travel Office for assistance.
☐ D) Submission of Health Declaration and Digital Vaccination Certificate
Up to 72 hours before arrival in Singapore, travellers should submit their pre-trip health and travel history declaration via the SG Arrival Card (SGAC).
All SGAC submissions are free-of-charge, and fully vaccinated travellers should also upload their digitally-verifiable vaccination certificate if they have one, i.e. certificate with a QR code. Upon verification, the travellers’ vaccination status will be reflected in HealthHub or the TraceTogether application for 30 days, which can be used in vaccination-differentiated settings.
Travellers should defer their travels
- Are showing COVID-19 symptoms;
- Are diagnosed or suspected to have contracted COVID-19 in the last 14 days before departing for Singapore; or
- Have been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive patient (“patient”) in the last 7 days before departing for Singapore. Being in close contacts includes, caring for a patient in a healthcare or family/social setting, staying in the same location as the patient, or having been in close (i.e. less than two meters) contact with a patient for more than 15 minutes.
☐ E) Registration and Pre-payment for On-Arrival COVID-19 Test
Travellers who are fit for travel should register and pay for the on-arrival COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction test (S$125) required of those aged 3 and above this calendar year. Without advance booking, travellers can expect delays in the administration of the test and departure from the checkpoint.
☐ F) Installation of TraceTogether app
Travellers must install and activate TraceTogether mobile application on their mobile phones for contact tracing. Travellers aged 6 or below in this calendar year, and individuals who are unable to use a mobile device due to a certified disability/special need can obtain a TraceTogether token after arrival in Singapore.
☐ G) Secure Self-isolation Accommodation
Travellers are required to remain in self-isolation at a declared accommodation until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result, which includes:
- Place of residence; or
- Hotel of choice from this non-exhaustive list.
For hotel bookings, travellers should check and ensure that the hotel can accommodate self-isolating guests waiting for their on-arrival COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction Test ("PCR Test") result before a booking is made. During booking, they should indicate that they are serving self-isolation for the on-arrival test.
Travellers may serve self-isolation at their residence with other household members, regardless of vaccination status or travel history. Travellers residing with unvaccinated vulnerable household members, are strongly encouraged to isolate themselves in a room and minimise contact. They should also designate a specific bathroom to be used by themselves, if possible.
Stage 2: Departure for Singapore
☐ Pre-boarding Document Checks
To ensure that the traveller is approved for entry into Singapore, travellers may be asked by the airline to produce the following during pre-boarding checks:
- Valid Entry Approval Letter (Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents are exempted); and
- Valid Pre-Departure Test showing a negative COVID-19 result (see Stage 1C)
Travellers who fail to produce these documents may be denied boarding.
Stage 3: Arrival in Singapore
☐ A) Immigration Clearance and Registering Proof of Vaccination
During immigration clearance, provide all documents, including proof of tests, and information required by the immigration officer. Upon clearance, air travellers will receive an email, as provided in the SG Arrival Card (see Stage 1D), of their e-Pass (i.e. Visit Pass) which will state the period of stay granted. Travellers who are cleared for entry via Land or Sea, will continue to have their passports physically endorsed.
Fully vaccinated travellers who meet the following conditions must clear immigration at the manual counters and request the immigration officer to register their vaccination details in their TraceTogether App (see Stage 1E):
- Aged 12 and above;
- Do not possess a digitally-verifiable vaccination certificate, i.e. certificate with a QR code for verification; and
- Possess the original vaccination document, stating the type and date(s) for which the vaccine was administered. All vaccination documents must be in English, or translated to English by a translation service provider, notary public or embassy of the country of document issuance.
Once registered, the traveller will be able to show proof of their vaccination status using the TraceTogether Application in vaccination-differentiated settings (e.g. malls, dining out). All registrations performed during immigration clearance are valid only for 30 days. Travellers staying in Singapore beyond 30 days, or those who had not registered their vaccination status during immigration clearance, should visit MOH’s website (under “Recognising Overseas Vaccination”) for more details.
☐ B) On-arrival COVID-19 Tests
Follow the instructions of officers on the ground, and take an on-arrival COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction test.
Travellers who did not pay for the test before arrival (see Stage 1E), will do so on the spot and expect additional delays in the administration of the test and departure from the checkpoint.
☐ C) Transport to Declared Self-Isolation Accommodation
Travellers can commute using private transport, taxis (including street-hailed taxis) or private-hire car (GrabSHN, Go-Jek, Ryde, MVL Tada). The use of public transport (e.g. trains, buses) is strictly prohibited. Click here for the latest transport advisory.
The use of public transport (e.g. trains, buses) is prohibited.
Stage 4: Self-isolation
☐ A) Serve self-isolation period
Travellers are prohibited from leaving their self-isolation accommodation while waiting for the on-arrival test result (per Stage 3B).
Travellers who are self-isolating at their residence may do so with other household members, regardless of their vaccination status or travel history. However, they should be isolated in a room, minimise contact with any household members and avoid sharing bathrooms. If bathroom sharing cannot be avoided, all members in the household are advised to:
- Lower the lid before flushing the toilet;
- Clean and disinfect contact surfaces after each use; and
- Avoid using the toilet after the self-isolating individual for at least 20 minutes.
Stage 5: End of Self-isolation period
☐ A) Release from Self-isolation
Travellers may leave their accommodation only after receiving a negative result via email for their on-arrival COVID-19 test (see Stage 3B). Travellers should contact email@example.com if they do not receive their results within 24 hours of the test. Those who test positive for COVID-19 must receive medical treatment, and the prevailing treatment charges will apply.
☐ B) Abide by Local COVID-19 Safe Management Measures
Travellers may go about their activities while complying with the latest public health measures. This includes the use of TraceTogether, to facilitate the identification of close contacts of a COVID-positive case.
For vaccination-differentiated settings, e.g. attendance at large scale events, dining restrictions, travellers will be required to produce proof of vaccination. Travellers who have registered their vaccination status on their TraceTogether application may do so using the app (see Stage 3A). Travellers who require vaccinated status beyond 30 days after arrival, should visit
MOH’s website (under “Recognising Overseas Vaccination”) for more details.