Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Health whether the Government is considering COVID-19 booster shot requirements for international travellers entering Singapore to be considered as fully vaccinated, in line with domestic vaccination-differentiated safe management measures.
Mr Ong Ye Kung: For purposes of facilitating travel, it will be better to adopt internationally recognized standards, such as that set by the World Health Organization, to define full vaccinations. Hence, our requirement is that the travellers must have completed a primary series of WHO EUL (Emergency Use Listing) vaccines, with the last dose of the primary series taken at least 14 days before arrival. This is also the definition used when we implemented the Vaccinated Travel Lanes.
Travelers that meet the WHO definition for full vaccination will not need to undergo tests and Stay-Home Notices, and can access various venues for 30 days. However, if the traveler is to stay in Singapore beyond 30 days and continue to enjoy vaccinated privileges, they must meet our domestic requirements to be considered fully vaccinated, which includes the three-dose requirement for Sinovac and Sinopharm, and the booster requirement.
To allow travellers to meet our domestic vaccination requirements beyond the grace period, MOH will extend vaccinations and boosters through private healthcare providers, with full cost pricing.
Ministry of Health
4 April 2022