Singapore residents who have travelled to an RGL counterpart country (click here for the list) can return to Singapore under the same scheme (henceforth “Returning RGL travellers”). This means that Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents or Long-Term Pass Holders who had left Singapore to visit an RGL counterpart country/region under the RGL, can return to Singapore without needing to apply for any approval letter of entry issued by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Ministry of Manpower (MOM), or Ministry of Education (MOE).
Returning RGL travellers will be subjected to the health measures described in the process below.
General return process
1. Pre-departure to Singapore
|Up to 3 calendar days before planned date of return to Singapore
|Pre-departure COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Test
||Prior to leaving RGL counterpart country, returning RGL Travellers from Brunei Darussalam and Mainland China do not need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction Test ("PCR Test"). Singapore Citizens returning from Malaysia via the land checkpoints do not need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test.
All returning RGL travellers from Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia (taking flight or ferry) and Republic of Korea 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 with negative COVID-19 test. Singapore Permanent Residents returning from Malaysia via the land checkpoints also need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test.
|Submission of Health Declarations and Payment for Arrival Swab
||All returning RGL travellers should:
- Electronically submit their pre-trip health and travel history declarations using the SG Arrival Card e-service.
Returning RGL travellers from Brunei Darussalam and Mainland China should:
- Disregard the electronic SHN issued via email.
- Register and pre-pay for their post-arrival COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction test (“PCR test”) here.
2. Arrival in Singapore
|Day of arrival in Singapore
||Returning RGL travellers must produce the following documents to the immigration officer for clearance into Singapore:
- Passport/Travel document that is valid for at least six months;
- SG Arrival Card acknowledgement email;
- Proof of RGL status (e.g. Entry approval issued by the receiving RGL-counterpart country);
- Long-term pass or in-principle approval letter (if applicable); and
- Valid Singapore visa (if applicable).
|On-arrival Health Control Measures
||Returning RGL travellers from Brunei Darussalam and Mainland China (excluding Guangdong province) will not be served a Stay-Home Notice (SHN). However, they will take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival. Once a swab is taken, travellers must remain in self-isolation until the result of their PCR test is released.
Returning travellers from Mainland China (Guangdong province) will:
- Take an on-arrival COVID-19 test; and
- Serve a 7-day SHN at a place of residence or self-sourced accommodation and take a COVID-19 PCR test at the end of the 7-day SHN period.
Returning RGL travellers from Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia and Republic of Korea will:
- Take an on-arrival COVID-19 PCR test; and
- Serve a 21-day SHN in an SHN-Dedicated Facility (SDF), and take a COVID-19 PCR test on Day 14 and 21 at the end of their SHN.