land checkpoints, fully-vaccinated

Effective 15 April (Friday), this move aims to facilitate more convenient travel for travellers — in particular, those who commute across the border daily for employment and studies — given the volume of traffic at the land checkpoints.

The Singapore Government will lift the health declaration requirement for fully-vaccinated Singapore residents and long-term pass (LTP) holders entering Singapore via the land checkpoints from 15 April 2022 (Friday).

This is to facilitate more convenient travel for travellers — in particular, those who commute across the border daily for employment and studies — given the volume of traffic at the land checkpoints, the Immigration & Checkpoint Authority (ICA) said on Wednesday (13 April). They must meet the following conditions:

 Vaccination

 Conditions

 Vaccinated in Singapore
  1. Must not have travel history to any country/region in the Restricted Category in the past seven days.
  2. Their vaccination status must be reflected in the TraceTogether and/or HealthHub apps.
  Vaccinated outside of    Singapore
  1. Must not have travel history to any country/region in the Restricted Category in the past seven days.
  2. Their vaccination record must be transmitted to MOH’s system upon their first entry:
    • If they have a digital overseas vaccination certificate, they must submit their digital certificate successfully via ICA’s Vaccination Check Portal (VCP) before arriving in Singapore;
    • If they have a non-digital overseas vaccination certificate or their digital certificate was not successfully submitted via VCP, they must present their vaccination certificate to ICA officers at the manual immigration counters upon arrival.

 

All other travellers arriving via the land checkpoints are still required to submit their health declaration via the SG Arrival Card e-Service within three days prior to their arrival in Singapore.

This includes non-fully vaccinated Singapore residents and LTP holders, all short-term visitors, as well as all travellers who have travel history to any country/region in the Restricted Category in the past seven days.

The health declaration requirement continues to apply for all travellers (including Singapore residents and LTP holders) arriving via air and sea, the ICA reminded.

Apart from the above, the ICA has also advised all travellers using the land checkpoints over the Good Friday weekend to do factor in additional time for immigration clearance, and to check the traffic condition before embarking on their journey.

Travellers departing from Singapore are advised to avoid the following peak hours:

  • 4pm on 14 April to 2am on 15 April
  • 5am to 1pm on 15 April

Similarly, travellers arriving in Singapore are advised to avoid the following peak hours:

  • 12pm to 11.59pm on 17 April

Travellers are also reminded to note the following, in order to avoid any delays or issues during immigration clearance:

  1. Prepare all necessary documents
    • Check and ensure that they have all the necessary documents, such as:
      • their passport, which must have a remaining validity of six months or more;
      • A valid Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP), LTA approval email and Autopass card (if they are drivers of foreign-registered vehicles intending to enter Singapore).
  2. Update new passport particulars
    • Singapore permanent residents who have renewed their passports will have to transfer their Re-Entry Permit (REP) to the new passport. LTP holders will need to notify ICA or the Ministry of Manpower of any change in their passport particulars, before their entry into Singapore.
  3. Comply with other requirements
    • Travellers are also reminded not to bring in prohibited items. If they are bringing in dutiable or controlled items, they must proactively make declarations to our officers prior to being checked.
    • Travellers departing Singapore in Singapore-registered cars are reminded to observe the “three-quarter tank” rule. Offenders may be issued with a composition sum of up to S$500 or prosecuted in court. They will be turned back at the land checkpoints, and not allowed to proceed with their journey into Malaysia.
    • Refer to the latest entry requirements for travelling to Singapore, here.

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