Singapore Launches Green Lane For Essential Travel

In a bid to restore connectivity and support economic recovery, Singapore has progressively opened its borders. The latest being Japan, which has agreed to launch a green lane for essential business and official travel for residents from both countries on Sept 18.  

A Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) to facilitate cross-border travel for essential business and official purposes between Singapore and Malaysia was one of the earliest arrangements set up. Travellers would have to undergo pre-departure and post-arrival Covid-19 tests as well as adhere to a set of Covid-19 prevention and public health measures. 

Under the Singapore-China "fast lane" agreement, which started in June, travellers on both sides will be exempt from rules that require everyone else to serve quarantine periods of up to 14 days. Travellers  have to be tested and bear the costs. If they are found to be infected with Covid-19 upon landing in Singapore or China, they will be hospitalised and will have to pay for their own treatment. This covers six provinces in China, namely Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. 

Visitors from Brunei, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand can also apply for an Air Travel Pass (ATP) to enter Singapore. Discussions on more bilateral green lanes are currently ongoing.