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Published 11 Sep 2021

As part of MOH’s ongoing efforts to encourage Singaporeans who are medically eligible to be vaccinated under our national COVID-19 vaccination programme, Singapore has launched two dedicated vaccination channels to make it more convenient for Singapore Citizens based overseas to receive vaccination in Singapore.

Overseas Singaporeans (OS) arriving via Changi Airport and Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal will be offered two options:
a) Receive the first dose upon arrival in Singapore without serving full SHN, then return to their resident country on the next available flight/ferry. Individuals can complete their vaccination regimen by repeating this process for their second dose; or
 
b) Receive the first dose upon arrival in Singapore, complete full SHN at a dedicated facility, and receive the second dose after the required dosing interval before returning to their resident country.
 
OS under Option (b) will be subject to the prevailing border measures on the pre-departure test, on-arrival testing regime as well as length of SHN based on their 21-day travel history. OS under Option (a) will also be subject to the same prevailing border measures until they depart on the next available flight/ferry. Regardless of their country/region of embarkation, the OS will be required to stay at an appointed dedicated facility where the vaccination will be offered on-site, while they are under SHN. For more information on the entry requirements to Singapore for returning Singaporeans, please visit https://safetravel.ica.gov.sg/sc-pr/overview.
 
OS should register their interest in using either vaccination channel via https://go.gov.sg/vaccinationchannels. Prior to travelling to Singapore, OS should obtain the relevant re-entry approvals and return flight/ferry tickets to ensure they can return to their resident countries after their vaccination.

The original press statement can be found on the MFA and MOH websites.

Eligibility

 

I am a Singapore Citizen based overseas. How can I sign up?

 A: You may pre-register your interest at https://go.gov.sg/vaccinationchannels and indicate which channel you are likely to opt for. We will get in touch with you directly for the next steps.
 

I am a Singapore Citizen. Can I get vaccinated under these channels without prior registration?

A:

No. You will have to pre-register your interest at https://go.gov.sg/vaccinationchannels and complete the registration process to be able to return under these vaccination channels.

 I am a Singapore PR/Long-Term Visit Pass holder based overseas. Can I sign up?
A:Only Singapore Citizens (SCs) will be eligible for these vaccination channels. Singapore PRs and Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) holders who wish to be vaccinated under Singapore’s national vaccination programme would have to return to Singapore and continue to be vaccinated only after completing the prevailing entry requirements based on their country of embarkation and travel history.
 

Can I travel with my family?

 A:If the family members are Singapore Citizens who are aged 12 and above and who are medically eligible, we encourage you to return together to get vaccinated through these channels.
 Can I travel with my non-SC family members?
A:The vaccination channels are opened to Singapore Citizens (SC) only.
 I am based in Johor/Malaysia. Can I sign up for this programme if I enter via the land checkpoints?
A:
The vaccination channels are currently only available to Singapore Citizens arriving at Changi Airport or Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.  We are exploring options on how vaccination can also be made more convenient to Singapore Citizens in Johor arriving via the land checkpoints. More updates will be shared when ready.
 Which vaccine(s) will be offered under this channel?
A:
Pfizer-BioNTech/Comirnaty vaccine will be offered to cater to eligible individuals aged 12 and above.
 I am allergic to mRNA vaccines/prefer non-mRNA vaccines. Will other vaccines (e.g. Sinovac) be offered under these channels?
A:Singapore Citizens who wish to be vaccinated under these channels will need to be assessed medically eligible for the vaccination before their registration can be confirmed.
 I have already been fully vaccinated with a WHO EUL COVID-19 vaccine overseas. Can I still sign up?
A:
Yes, individuals with no prior record of PSAR-approved vaccination will be eligible for the full course of the PSAR-approved vaccine in Singapore.
 I have received one dose of a WHO EUL COVID-19 vaccine overseas. Can I still sign up?
A:
If you have received one dose of WHO EUL COVID-19 vaccine overseas, you may return to complete your vaccination regimen, consulting your resident country’s health authorities as necessary.

Return Procedure

 

I have pre-registered my interest. What happens next?

A: You will be directed to do the online medical pre-screening. If you are assessed to be medically eligible for the vaccination, the appointed facility will inform you of the dates with available vaccination slots. You may then proceed to book your flight/ferry and inform the appointed facility of your arrival and departure dates.
 
You will be subjected to prevailing border measures (e.g. pre-departure test). For more information on the entry requirements to Singapore, please visit the SafeTravel website.

 

How much time should I factor in between my arrival and departure flight/ferry?

A:

The appointed facility will advise you on the suitable arrival and departure dates/timings based on the available vaccination slots. Do note that you will have to factor in time for On-Arrival Test (OAT) results, post-vaccination observation (6 hours for air travellers, 30 mins for sea travellers) and pre-flight/ferry check-in.

 Will the government pay for my vaccination?
 A:The COVID-19 vaccine is free for all Singaporeans, You will have to bear the associated costs of return, which include accommodation at the designated hotel, swab tests and flight/ferry ticket.
 

If I am unable to fly back on the date I registered for (e.g. flight suspension/invalid PDT results), can I reschedule?

A:

As far as possible, please arrive on your scheduled date. If you are going to/have missed your arrival date, please contact the appointed facility as soon as possible.

 

I registered to return to my resident country after vaccination without completing SHN/to complete SHN after vaccination. Can I change my mind afterwards?

A:

As far as possible, please keep to your pre-arranged itinerary to avoid denying someone else an appointment slot. Nevertheless, we understand that there could be extenuating circumstances which could result in the change of plans.
 
If you would like to make a switch before arrival, please contact the appointed facility at least 3 days before arrival.
 
If you would like to make a switch after arrival, please contact the appointed facility as soon as possible.


Post-checkin

 

I am tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival. Can I still take vaccine?

A 

You will be transferred to a hospital for treatment. The vaccine should be taken no earlier than 3 months after the date of your diagnosis.

 

What should I do if I am not feeling well on the day I return to Singapore?

 A

Please inform the appointed facility, who will advise you on the next steps.

 What should I do if I am deemed medically unfit to receive the vaccination after arriving in Singapore?
 AYou will be required to undergo an online medical pre-screening before you can formally register. This will ensure that you are medically eligible for the vaccination before making arrangements to travel to Singapore.
 
However, if deemed medically unfit for unforeseen reasons, you will be required to complete SHN as per regular returning Singaporeans.                   
 [Updated 20 Sept] Where will the vaccination be conducted?
A The appointed facility where the vaccinations will be conducted is Ascott Citadines Mount Sophia - an SHN hotel which has been converted to provide vaccination services on site. 
 Am I allowed to leave my hotel room during my stay?
No, you will be served a SHN and are required to remain in your hotel room. You can only exit the room to receive vaccination and swab tests as necessary escorted by the on-site security officers.

 

Will I be eligible for VIFAP if I develop adverse effects to the vaccine?

 A

Should serious side effects occur, you will be eligible for the Vaccine Injury Financial Assistance Programme for COVID-19 Vaccination (VIFAP) if assessed and treated in Singapore. As such, if you are travelling by air, you will be required to remain in the assigned hotel room for at least 6 hours before departing for the airport to reduce the risk of an adverse event arising on the flight out of Singapore.

 

I will be travelling via ferry. Do I have to stay for at least 6 hours post-vaccination too?

 A

You will be required to stay for 30 mins of post-vaccination observation as per local vaccinations, and to remain in the dedicated facility until your departure ferry.

 

I need a pre-departure test (PDT) before returning to my resident country. How can I obtain this?

A 

You may inform the appointed facility which will make the necessary arrangements.

 

How do I pay for the associated costs?

 A

The appointed facility will liaise with you directly on the payment before check-out.

Post-checkout

 What happens if I am unable to return to my resident country after the vaccination?
 You should obtain the relevant re-entry approvals and return ticket(s) before travelling to Singapore. If you are unable to return due to unforeseen reasons, you will be required to serve full SHN as per regular returning Singaporeans.
 What should I do if I experience serious side effects during my return flight/ferry? Am I still eligible for VIFAP?
A You may wish to seek medical attention onboard. Singapore citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders who have been recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under the national vaccination programme, and who experienced a serious side effect assessed by a doctor to be related to the COVID-19 vaccination received in Singapore1, may apply for VIFAP.
 
1 Using COVID-19 vaccines which are authorised for use under the Health Sciences Authority’s Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR) and/or registered under the Health Products Act.
 What should I do if I experience serious side effects after I have arrived in my resident country? Am I still eligible for VIFAP?
AYou may wish to seek medical attention locally. Singapore citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders who have been recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine under the national vaccination programme, and who experienced a serious side effect assessed by a doctor to be related to the COVID-19 vaccination received in Singapore1, may apply for VIFAP.
 
1Using COVID-19 vaccines which are authorised for use under the Health Sciences Authority’s Pandemic Special Access Route (PSAR) and/or registered under the Health Products Act.

 What should I do if I am unable to return to Singapore for the second dose?
A You may wish to complete your vaccination regimen in your resident country, in consultation with the local health authorities as necessary.
 How can I prove that I have received 1 or 2 dose of COVID-19 vaccine?
AYou will be issued a physical vaccination card after receiving your vaccination. You will be considered fully vaccinated only 14 days after your second dose and can then request for a digital vaccination certificate from Notαrise (https://www.notarise.gov.sg). This vaccination certificate will be sent to your email and Singpass app.

General

For vaccine/medical queries, please contact the MOH COVID-19 Hotline: 1800 333 9999 / +65 6325 9220
Queries/Feedback: www.moh.gov.sg/feedback
 
For travel queries, please contact MFA at
General Hotline: +65 6379 8000
24/7 Hotline (after office hours): +65 6379 8800
Queries/Feedback: mfa@mfa.gov.sg  

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