Thinking of flying this holiday?

Robin Low
3 min readNov 9, 2021

I’ve booked my tickets and did quite a bit of research on travel in the recent days. And yes, there is a lot of information everywhere, and rules are still changing, but here are some tips.

On PCR tests

I’ve been to several websites to search for the cheapest PCR tests, and as of 9 November, here are some top choices.

For $125,

For $128,

There are a lot of other choices, but they are from $138 and up. (

Depending on the country you go to, you may need additional tests. For China, you need a serology test as well, which will cost more.

I’m flying to the US in a week and a pre-departure PCR or ART test taken within a 3-day window of your flight’s departure is required. You can enter the US if you are vaccinated without going through quarantine.

Here is a MOH list of PCR test providers. ←

According to ICA, travellers do not need specific approval to leave Singapore. However, all travellers including Vaccinated Travel Lane users should check with the authorities of the destination country/region on the requirements imposed on travellers departing from Singapore, including whether a pre-departure test and digital health and vaccine certificates are required.

Travellers who intend to return to Singapore should note that the prevailing entry requirements will apply for their return to Singapore. More info here. ←

So what is a Vaccinated Travel Lane(VTL)?

Vaccinated travellers can now enjoy quarantine-free travel between Singapore and the following countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, United States, South Korea(soon) and Malaysia (soon).

However, this MUST BE DONE on designated VTL flights.

For now, most VTL flights are either Singapore Airlines or Scoot. So forget about flying other airlines, or…

Robin Low

Author, Traveler, Innovator. Focuses on Social Impact and Innovation.