IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR RGL TRAVELLERS FROM JAPAN
On 26 December 2020, Japan announced a temporary ban on the entry of all non-resident foreign nationals into Japan from 28 December 2020 to 31 January 2021. The Japanese government has since announced that all of Japan’s Business Track arrangements with other countries, including the Singapore-Japan Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL), will be suspended from 14 January 2021 until the State of Emergency in Japan is lifted. Given the reciprocal nature of the Singapore-Japan RGL and Residence Track, travellers will not be able to apply to travel from Japan to Singapore under the RGL during this period. Travellers who have already received approval to enter Singapore under the RGL can continue to do so but should check with the Japanese Embassy in Singapore with regard to the latest immigration regulations for their return to Japan. Please refer to the MFA statement here for more details.
The requirements and processes outlined on this page apply to inbound travellers from the following Reciprocal Green Lane-eligible countries/regions:
- Brunei Darussalam;
- Mainland China (Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin and Zhejiang);
- Republic of Korea.
Either a Company or Government Agency in Singapore can sponsor/apply for a SafeTravel Pass under the Reciprocal Green Lane (i.e. SafeTravel Pass-RGL) on behalf of a prospective traveller, who:
- Holds a valid passport of any nationality/citizenship;
- Is a resident of the RGL partner country/region;
- Is seeking to make a single-entry, short-term essential travel; and
- Is travelling for business or official purposes to Singapore from the RGL partner country/region.
2. Submit Approvals for Entry into Singapore
|At least 14 calendar days before planned date of entry into Singapore
|Submit RGL application
||Singapore-based companies or Singapore Government agencies (i.e. application sponsors) to submit a SafeTravel Pass-RGL application here. Applications for travel are open between 2 and 5 weeks before the intended week of entry, and processing of the application can take up to 7 calendar days excluding the day of application. Applications submitted less than 7 days from the intended date of entry will not be processed.
Application sponsors should:
- Have on hand the following details as part of the submission:
- Traveller’s passport details, FIN number (if applicable) and Long-Term Pass expiry date (if applicable);
- Traveller’s intended date of entry into Singapore;
- Address(es) of Traveller’s accommodation for his/her:
- On-arrival isolation (approximately 48 hours while waiting for release of COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction test results), and
- 14-day stay in Singapore (must be a non-residential address and an individual room with en-suite toilet).
Note: Visitors may refer to the Singapore Hotel Association (SHA) website for a list of hotels currently accepting visitors travelling to Singapore under the Reciprocal Green Lane. The list is non-exhaustive and visitors may book other available accommodations as long as these are non-residential and individual rooms with an attached toilet.
- Details of contact person in company or agency (e.g. name, mobile number, email address); and
- Details of 14-day itinerary in Singapore
- Inform the traveller of the relevant RGL terms and conditions as part of the application, found here.
When the SafeTravel Pass-RGL application is approved, an approval letter will be issued to the applicant, as well as the sponsoring company or government agency.
|At least 7 days before planned entry date into in Singapore
|Travellers to Submit Visa Application (if Required)
||Prospective SafeTravel Pass-RGL travellers who are visa-required passport holders should apply through the usual channels for a visa to travel to Singapore.
- Travellers can check if they require a visa to enter Singapore here; and
- Travellers who are existing visa holders can check their status here (travellers need not apply for a visa if his/her existing visa remains valid).
3. Pre-departure to Singapore
|3 calendar days before planned date of entry into Singapore
|Pre-departure COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test
||Approved RGL travellers must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before departure for Singapore at an authorised health centre designated by the Government of a counterpart country/region, and obtain a certificate for a negative COVID-19 test.
|Up to 3 calendar days before planned date of entry into Singapore
|Submission of Health Declarations and Payment for Arrival Swab
||Approved RGL travellers should monitor their health and avoid travelling if feeling unwell. Otherwise, they should:
- Electronically submit their pre-trip health and travel history declarations via the SG Arrival Card e-service here; and
- Register and pre-pay for their post-arrival COVID-19 PCR test here.
|Day of Departure to Singapore
||Application sponsors should submit the following before the traveller’s departure to Singapore, here:
- Travellers’ 14-day itinerary in Singapore; and
- Negative COVID-19 PCR test that was taken within 72 hours before departure.
||Approved RGL travellers must produce the following documents when leaving for Singapore:
- Valid SafeTravel Pass approval letter (date of entry into Singapore must fall within the intended week of travel stated in the letter). Each SafeTravel Pass is valid for a single entry into Singapore;
- Valid visa to enter Singapore (for visa-required passport holders);
- Valid certificate of negative result for a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure for Singapore; and
- Proof of transportation arrangement to depart from Singapore (i.e. return air, bus etc. ticket).
Travellers who do not produce the above documents at pre-boarding checks may be refused boarding by the airline or transport company.
4. Arrival in Singapore
|Day of entry into Singapore
||An approved RGL traveller must declare on arrival that he/she is an approved SafeTravel Pass-RGL holder and be able to produce the following:
- Valid SafeTravel Pass for the intended week of travel;
- Valid visa (for visa-required passport holders);
- Negative COVID-19 PCR test result; and
- A return air ticket.
Upon confirmation of his/her traveller scheme, the traveller will take a COVID-19 PCR test at the immigration checkpoint. Travellers who have yet to pay for their post-arrival COVID-19 PCR test will be made to pay on the spot.
|Transport from Checkpoint to Accommodation
||The local host* must arrange for transport for the traveller to commute directly from the immigration checkpoint to the declared self-sourced(non-residential) accommodation, adhering to prevailing health measures. Use of public transport is not allowed.
||The local host* is required to:
- Ensure that the approved RGL traveller downloads and uses the TraceTogether app or device throughout their stay in Singapore; and
*Host refers to the company or government agency receiving the traveller in the destination country/region. Company-sponsors can serve concurrently as the host and sponsor.
|Up to 2 days after arriving in Singapore
|| All approved RGL travellers must remain in their accommodation until a negative COVID-19 PCR test result is conveyed (within 48 hours).
Travellers tested positive for COVID-19 will be accorded medical treatment at his/her own expense.
|After completion of isolation
|Safe Travel within Singapore
||All approved RGL travellers must:
- Adhere to the 14-day itinerary submitted for the duration of stay; and
- Commute using private hire cars/taxis, or cohorted company transport (commuting via public transport is prohibited).
6. Departure from Singapore
|Up to 14 days after departure from Singapore
|Retention of TraceTogether data
||RGL travellers must retain the TraceTogether app for 14 consecutive days after leaving Singapore.
|Reporting of Positive COVID-19 Test
||Travellers who test positive for COVID-19 in the first 14 days after leaving Singapore must:
- Upload all data in the TraceTogether app upon request by the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH); or
- Inform the Singapore host, who would then upload the TraceTogether data to MOH.