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Information for travel restrictions -- green lane arrangements

Summary of Singapore's green lane arrangements:

  • On May 29, Singapore and China announced that they would set up a Green Lane to facilitate essential travel for business and official purposes.

  • This arrangement would initially apply to travel between Singapore and the provinces of Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, before gradually expanding to the rest of China.

  • The Singapore government has alsorevealedthat talks are underway with Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and South Korea to establish similar arrangements. As per Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing, Singapore is in“in simultaneous discussions with as many countries as possible on forming green lanes.

  • Only for essential travel (at first)

Essential travel refers to:

  • Citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States.

  • Individuals traveling for medical purposes (e.g., to receive medical treatment in the United States).

  • Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions.

  • Individuals traveling to work in the United States (e.g., individuals working in the agriculture industry who must travel between the United States and Canada or Mexico in furtherance of such work).

  • Individuals traveling for emergency response and public health purposes (e.g., government officials or emergency responders entering the United States to support federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government efforts to respond to COVID-19 or other emergencies).

  • Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade (e.g., truck drivers supporting the movement of cargo between the United States and Canada and Mexico).

  • Individuals engaged in official government travel or diplomatic travel.

  • Individuals engaged in military-related travel or operations.


Singapore’s proposed green lane arrangements may not apply to most of us directly, but they’re an important milestone in reopening borders and returning to normalcy.

So give it some time and be patient. At the very least, we (God willing) will be able to resume normal activities in the weeks to come, and then a fascinating expedition to Sentosa is on the cards.

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