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Step-by-step Instructions from SG to USA

Before Departure to USA

Proof of vaccination requirement

International visitors to the United States must provide proof of full vaccination prior to boarding their flight to the United States. Accepted vaccines include those that are FDA approved or authorized, as well as vaccines with an emergency use listing (EUL) from the World Health Organization (WHO). Individuals can be considered fully vaccinated at least two weeks after the last dose of an accepted single-dose series or any combination of two doses of an accepted two-dose series. Children under the age of 18 are exempt from the vaccine requirement, and other limited exceptions apply.

Undertake a pre-departure COVID-19 Test

International travelers aged two and older are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than one day before travel. Both nucleic acid amplification tests, such as a PCR test, and antigen tests qualify. In a very limited number of cases, there are additional testing requirements for those who are exempt from the proof of vaccination requirement and documentation needs for travelers who can demonstrate recent recovery from COVID-19 in place of a negative viral test.

Contact Tracing Requirements

All air passengers to the United States are required to provide contact information to airlines before boarding flights to the United States for the purposes of contact tracing. This process is critical to detect and respond to variants of COVID-19, helping protect the public and international visitors.

Document

As a reminder, be sure to have your required documents, such as your passport and any visa or other entry/residency documentation. All Visa Waiver Program travelers must have a valid, approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) for travel to the United States. The United States Government recommends travelers log in and review their ESTA status in advance of travel.

Visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov for more information.

After Arrival

Once international visitors arrive at their destination, individual state and local governments, as well as some businesses, may have their own health and safety guidelines regarding masks, social distancing, vaccination status, and more. As you plan your trip, you may find these resources useful.

Federal Mask Mandates

All travelers are required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while in airplanes, airports, and other indoor areas of public transportation while traveling to, within, or out of the United States.

For All Travelers

Get tested with a COVID-19 viral test 3-5 days after travel.

Before Departure to Singapore

Take Pre-Departure PCR Test within 48 hours prior to departure to Singapore

A negative test result from a COVID-19 PCR or ART test taken within two days before departure to Singapore is required for entry for most air travelers from most countries, including the United States.

Receive a negative test result in English

Pre-book an on-arrival PCR test to be taken at Changi Airport

  • Name, Contact Number, Email Address etc.

Submit pre-trip health and travel history declaration on SG Arrival Card within 72 hours prior to departure.

Arrival in Changi

Proceed with on-arrival PCR Test after immigration

Passengers must also take a PCR test at the airport after arrival in Singapore. Testing and quarantine requirements are subject to change on short notice. Please check official Government of Singapore resources in advance of travel.

Take available transportation and proceed to serve self-isolation

You must self-isolate until test results are available, usually available within 24 hours. Do check for more information on Post-arrival COVID tests require for all returning Singaporean.

Frequently Asked Questions for USA

Information accurate as at Dec 01, 2021, and is subject to change with / without prior notice. For more info: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel/index.html

Effective November 8, 2021, requirements for air travellers departing for the United States are changing. Non-immigrant air travellers, with very limited exceptions, will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States. All travellers must still produce a negative COVID-19 viral test result prior to travel to the United States.

Testing Requirement before Air Travel to US

Required for all air passengers 2 years of age or older boarding a flight from a foreign country to the United States

  • If you plan to travel internationally, you will need to get a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status) before you travel by air into the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.
    • Fully vaccinated: The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than 3 days before the flight's departure from a foreign country if you show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    • Not fully vaccinated: The viral test must be conducted on a sample taken no more than 1 day before the flight's departure from a foreign country if you do not show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight's departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).

Vaccine Requirement for Air Travel

You are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your dose of an accepted single-dose vaccine
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after your second dose of an accepted 2-dose series
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of an accepted COVID-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a clinical trial
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received the full series of a Novavax (or Covovax) COVID-19 vaccine (not placebo) in a phase 3 clinical trial
  • 2 weeks (14 days) after you received 2 doses of any "mix-and-match" combination of accepted COVID-19 vaccines administered at least 17 days apart*

If you don't meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated.

* CDC has not recommended the use of mix-and-match COVID-19 vaccine primary series.

However, such strategies are increasingly common in many countries outside of the United States. Therefore, for the of purpose of interpreting vaccination records for travel to the United States, CDC will accept combinations of accepted COVID-19 vaccines.

Dose Vaccines Approved or Authorised by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Vaccines Listed for Emergency Use (EUL) by the World Health Organisation
Single
  • Janssen / J & J
  • Janssen / J & J
2-dose series
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer-BioNTech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Covaxin
  • Covidshield
  • BIBP / Sinopharm
  • Sinovac
Documentation Type Examples
Verifiable records (digital or paper) Vaccination certificate with QR code, digital pass via Smartphone application with QR code (eg, UK National Health Service Covid Pass, European Union Digital Covid Certificate)
Non-verifiable paper records Printout of Covid-19 vaccination record or a Covid-19 vaccination certificate issued at national or subnational level or by an authorized vaccine provider (eg the CDC vaccination card)
Non-verifiable digital records Digital photos of vaccination card or record, downloaded vaccine record or vaccination certificate from official source (eg public health agency, government agency, or other authorized vaccine provider), or a mobile phone application without QR code
  • Personal identifiers (full name plus at least 1 other identifier such as date of birth or passport no) that match the personal identifiers on the passenger's passport or other travel documents.
  • Name of official source issuing the record (eg public health agency, government agency, or other authorised vaccine provider)
  • Vaccine manufacturer and date(s) of vaccination
  • Your last dose must have been given a full 14 days before the day you board your flight to the US
  • You are considered fully vaccinated on the 14th day after the vaccination series was completed. For example, if your last dose was any time on October 1st, then October 15th would be the first day that you meet the 14-day requirement.

Yes, all non-citizen non-immigrants air passengers travelling to the United States, regardless of antibody status, are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

Yes, different formulations of Covid-19 vaccines authorised for emergency use or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration or listed for emergency use by WHO are accepted including:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines (eg. Comirnaty, Tozinameran)
  • AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 vaccines (eg Covishield, Vaxzevria)
  • Moderna Covid-19 vaccine (eg Takeda, Spikevax)
  • Bharat Biotech International Covid-19 Vaccines (eg BBV152, Covaxin)

Categories of non-citizen, non-immigrants that meet the criteria for an exception under the proclamation and CDC's order include:

  • Children under 18 years of age
  • Persons with documented medical contraindications to receiving a Covid-19 vaccine
  • Participants in certain Covid-19 vaccine trials
  • Persons with valid visas (excluding B-1 [business] or B-2 [tourism] visas) who are citizens of a foreign country with limited Covid-19 vaccine availability

If you are a non-citizen, non-immigrant who does not fall under any of the exceptions, you must show proof of being fully vaccinated before boarding a flight to the US.

Air passengers are required to provide the following contact information, to the extent that it exists, within 72 hours before their flight's departure: full name (as it appears on their passport), address while in the United States, primary contact phone number, secondary or emergency contact phone number, and email address.

Passengers must also:

  • Acknowledge that the obligation to provide complete and accurate information is a U.S. government requirement and that failure to provide complete and accurate information may result in criminal penalties.
  • Confirm the information they provided is complete and accurate.

As a reminder, be sure to have your required documents, such as your passport and any visa or other entry/residency documentation. All Visa Waiver Program travellers must have a valid, approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) for travel to the United States. The United States Government recommends traveller's log in and review their ESTA status in advance of travel. Visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ for more information.

Mask Requirement

  • People, including children older than 2, should wear a mask in indoor public places if they are:

    • Not fully vaccinated
    • Fully vaccinated and in an area with substantial or high transmission
    • Fully vaccinated and in an area with substantial or high transmission
  • In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.

    • In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, c5nsider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.
  • People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.

  • If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection and prevent possibly spreading COVID-19 to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and train stations. Travelers are not required to wear a mask in outdoor areas of a conveyance (like on open deck areas of a ferry or the uncovered top deck of a bus).

People must wear masks that completely cover the mouth and nose. Masks should fit snugly against the sides of the face.

Face shields do not fulfil the requirements of the Order. Face shields may be worn in addition to a mask that fulfils the requirements of the Order, but face shields may not be worn instead of a mask. A face shield is effective at protecting the person wearing it from splashes to the face, particularly the eyes, but face shields do not protect others from respiratory droplets exhaled by the wearer. A face shield worn without a mask also does not protect the person wearing it from inhaling respiratory droplets.

Yes, the Order requires all people to wear a mask, including those who have recovered from COVID-19, if they are located indoors on a conveyance or at a transportation hub.

Yes, the Order requires all people to wear a mask, including those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, if they are located indoors on a conveyance or indoors at a transportation hub.

DO NOT travel if...

  • You have been exposed to COVID-19 unless you are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
  • You are sick.
  • You tested positive for COVID-19 and haven't ended isolation (even if you are fully vaccinated).
  • You are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test. If your test comes back positive while you are at your destination, you will need to isolate and postpone your return until it's safe for you to end isolation. Your travel companions may need to self-quarantine.

For more info: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/international-travel/index.html

Frequently Asked Questions for Canada

Information accurate as at Nov 30, 2021, and is subject to change with / without prior notice

All travellers, regardless of citizenship, must meet specific requirements when coming to Canada. For information on COVID-19 and travel, visit COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders

Return or travel to Canada

Use ArriveCAN to submit your travel plans to provide mandatory travel information before and after your entry into Canada. It only takes minutes to help keep each other safe.

Steps for Fully Vaccinated Travellers entering Canada

Canadians' citizens, those registered under the Indian Act, and permanent residents, who have been in the Southern Africa region within the previous 14 days, including South Africa, Eswatini, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia:

  • must follow new pre-entry testing before continuing their journey to Canada, and post-arrival requirements
  • Foreign nationals who have been in these countries within the period of 14 days will not be permitted entry into Canada.

Starting November 30, 2021, Canadians or individuals who have right of entry, qualify as fully vaccinated travellers and who re-enter Canada within 72 hours of leaving, won't have to provide a pre-entry molecular test result. This will also apply to their accompanying children under 12, regardless of whether the children are vaccinated.

  • Individuals with right of entry include Canadian citizens, permanent residents, those registered under the Indian Act, and their accompanying children under 12. Check if you qualify as fully vaccinated
  • For example, a Canadian citizen who left Canada on November 29, 2021, and returned on November 30, 2021, and who met the requirements of the fully vaccinated traveller exemption, would not have to provide a pre-entry test result

If you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you are:

  • Required to show a pre-entry molecular test
  • Required to use ArriveCAN
  • Required to take an arrival test if selected
  • Exempt from quarantine
  • Exempt from Day 08 testing

All travellers are eligible to enter Canada if they qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller regardless of citizenship.

  • Canadians are always eligible to enter Canada but must complete testing requirements and mandatory quarantine if they do not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller
  • A pre-entry molecular test is required for all travellers. A rapid antigen test will not be accepted.
  • If you provide essential services or already qualify for other exemptions from quarantine and Day-8 testing, you don't need to be considered a fully vaccinated traveller to enter Canada. If you think you qualify for other exemptions, find out if your travel is exempt.

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to Canada, you must:

  • have received at least 2 doses of a Government of Canada-accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines
  • or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • have received your second dose at least 14 full days prior to the day you enter Canada
    • Example: if your second dose was anytime on Thursday July 01, then Friday July 16 would be the first day that you meet the 14day condition
  • upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
    • meet pre-entry testing and all other requirements
    • upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
  • have ArriveCAN receipt with letter V or I beside your name
  • meet all other entry requirements (for example, pre-entry test result)

Accepted vaccines

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, COVISHIELD, ChAdOx1-S, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

Starting November 30, 2021, 03:01 AM EST, the following COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted by the Government of Canada for travel:

  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must have received at least 2 doses of an accepted vaccine or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines, or at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least 14 full days prior to the day you travel.

If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French

If your proof of vaccination is not in English or French, you need a certified translation in English or French.

Your certified translation must include the stamp or membership number of a professional translation association.

Translation of documents

Keep both the original proof of vaccination and the certified translation with you while you travel.

If your proof of vaccination doesn't meet all of the requirements, it will be considered invalid. You will not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

  • Vaccines not currently accepted
  • Partial vaccination
  • Recovered from COVID-19 with only one dose

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, you must also follow these requirements:

  • Get a pre-entry test (accepted types and timing)
  • Quarantine plan in case you don't qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller
  • Upload proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
  • Checklist of what you need to have ready at the border
  • Arrival tests - randomized testing and exemptions

Unvaccinated children under 12 years of age

If you qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller, your unvaccinated children must follow specific requirements when you return to or enter Canada. This applies to unvaccinated children under 12 years of age who are accompanying a parent, stepparent, guardian or tutor who qualified as a fully vaccinated traveller when they entered Canada.

Unvaccinated children under 12 must complete pre-entry, arrival and Day-8 tests, unless you have evidence that the child had a positive COVID-19 test taken 14 to 180 days prior to arrival in Canada or the child is under 5 years of age.

Youth aged 12 to 17 years of age

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated youth 12 to 17 years of age are subject to the 14-day quarantine, and all testing requirements for pre-entry, arrival, and Day-8 tests, whether or not they are accompanied by travellers who qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

Unvaccinated adult dependents

Dependents 18 years of age or over who are unvaccinated because of mental or physical limitation may enter but must follow all testing and quarantine requirements, even when they are accompanied by parents or guardians who qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller.

ArriveCAN: If your submission includes travellers who are not exempt from the requirement to quarantine (e.g., unvaccinated 12- to 17-year-olds or unvaccinated dependent adults), you will receive ArriveCAN notifications and will be asked to complete daily reporting for the unvaccinated travellers.

Monitor for symptoms for at least 14 days after your arrival. If you start having COVID-19 symptoms you must immediately:

  • contact the local public health authority and follow their directions, including isolation
  • report symptoms to PHAC by calling 1-833-641-0343

You must provide proof of your test results, if asked, to any federal, provincial, territorial or municipal government official or peace officer.

  • You didn't see the vaccination questions in ArriveCAN or couldn't upload proof
  • No receipt from ArriveCANContact ArriveCAN if you receive emails or notifications
  • Your ArriveCAN receipt doesn't include the letters I or V

For more information, please visit: https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/

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