Everything about Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) Singapore

Posted By Singapore Translators | Publised At 19/08/2021
Last Modified: 13th Oct 2023

The Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) is a safe travel lane that allows individuals to travel in Singapore for business and official purposes for a shorter period of time. This travel lane is one of the most common lanes introduced by the Singapore government. However, still, several individuals are unaware of the process and requirements of the reciprocal Green Lane. If you are also unaware of the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and several Singapore departure details associated with it. Don’t worry; we have covered all the details and requirements related to Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) in this guide.

Everything about Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) Singapore

What is Reciprocal Green Lane?

Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) is one of the safe travels Lane that allows eligible travelers to visit Singapore. This safe travel lane allows individuals to visit Singapore for essential short-term business and official purposes. However, no visitor can apply for the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) by themselves as this application is to be sponsored by the Singapore Company or agency.

Requirements and processes for RGL

The requirement and process given below apply to the incoming travelers from the eligible Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) countries and regions.

1. Eligibility criteria for RGL

A government agency and company based in Singapore gets eligible to apply and sponsor for the safe travel pass under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) for the respective traveler who:

  • Holds a valid passport of any nationality or citizenship
  • Are the resident of the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) partner countries or regions,
  • Looking for a single entry, short term essential travel to Singapore
  • Travelling in between Singapore and country/region of departure mainly for business or official purpose

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2. Submit Approvals for Entry into Singapore for RGL

You are required to submit the approvals minimum of 14 days prior to the proposed date of entry into Singapore.
Submit RGL applicationSingapore government agency or Singapore-based Company acting as an application sponsor is required to submit the Safe Travel Pass-RGL application. The travel application is open for filing between 2 to 5 weeks prior to Singapore’s proposed week of entry. The estimated time taken to process the travel application can take up to 7 days following the date of application. However, the application submitted less than eight days prior to the date of entry in Singapore will not be accepted.

Those agencies or companies sponsoring the application must:

  • Update the incoming traveler regarding the terms and conditions for entry into Singapore as per the RGL.

Applicant must have the following details in hand, which is the important part of submission:

  • The passport details of the traveler, long-term pass expiry date, and FIN number.
  • The travelers intended date of entry into Singapore;

The location of the traveler’s accommodation for their:

  • 14 days of stay in Singapore (a non-residential stay consisting of an individual room with an En-suite toilet).
  • On arrival, isolation for at least 48 hours to wait for the COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction test (“PCR test”) report)

You can also go through the list of hotels released by the Singapore government that accepts Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) travelers. The list of hotels is non-exhaustive, and travelers are also granted to book their own accommodations that are non-residential, consisting of individual rooms along with an En-suite toilet.

  • All the updated details of the person to get in touch in Singapore based company or agency (details including name, mobile number, email address);
  • Besides this, the details of the 14 days controlled travel arrangements in Singapore.

However, after the application is approved, the approval letter will be provided to the intended travelers as well as the sponsoring company or government agency.


At least seven days before the planned entry date into Singapore
Travelers required to submit the Visa application (if required)Proposed Safe Travel Pass- The intended Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) approved travelers who are visa-required passport holders must apply via the usual channel for the visa to travel to Singapore.
  • The inbound travelers can also check regarding the requirement of visa to enter Singapore by visiting the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website.
  • Those travelers who have earlier applied for the Visa can check for the visa status ( if the existing visa of the traveler is still valid, then they do not need to apply for the Visa)



3. Pre-departure to Singapore for RGL

Three working days prior to the intended date of entry into Singapore
Pre-departure COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) TestEligible Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) travelers are required to undergo the COVID-19 PCR test within the period of 72 hours prior to departing for Singapore at a certified health care center approved by the government of the counterpart country/region and get a negative COVID-19 test certificate. You can go through the authorized health care center list that provides the accurate COVID-19 PCR test report.
Up to 3 working days prior to the intended date of entry into Singapore
Submission of Health Declarations and Payment for Arrival Swab


The inbound Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) travelers need to oversee their health and prevent travelling if not feel well.

Else, they must:

  • Submit their pre-trip health and travel history declarations electronically through the SG arrival card e-service.
  • Applicants may also register and pre-pay for their post-arrivals PCR test in case of arriving in Singapore through flight. In comparison, when arriving in Singapore through land or sea, the eligible travelers must register and prepare for their post-arrival COVID-19 test at the ICA official website.


Day of Departure to Singapore
Pre-departureThose companies or government agencies sponsoring the application for travelers are required to submit the following details prior to the traveler’s departure to Singapore.
  • Negative Covid-19 PCR test report that was taken within 72 hours prior to departure.
  • Travelers 14-day travel arrangements in Singapore
  • Must purchase travel insurance having the minimum coverage of $30,000 for all the Covid-19 related treatment and hospital expenses

Always remember, travelers, are required to confirm during the time of application that they are going to purchase or will surely purchase the travel insurance that complies with the minimum coverage of $30,000 for COVID-19 related treatment and hospital expenses throughout their stay in Singapore, which is an essential part of the terms and condition under the Safe Travel Pass.

Pre-boarding clearance


Eligible Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) travelers are required to present the below-mentioned documents at the time of departing from Singapore:
  • Applicants are required to provide the valid Safe Travel pass approval letter whose date of entry into Singapore must come under the designated week of travel mentioned in the letter. Every Safe Travel Pass allows you to travel only once into Singapore.
  • Applicants are required to present the negative COVID-19 PCR test report, which was taken at a certified health care Centre within 72 hours prior to travelling to Singapore.
  • Must provide the valid visa to enter Singapore only for the Visa required passport holders
  • Applicants also need to produce evidence of transportation arrangement to leave Singapore (i.e., return bus, air ticket)
  • You are also required to show that you have downloaded the Trace Together application on your device or evidence of rental of Trace Together application-supported device in Singapore.

All the travelers who could not produce the documents mentioned above might be refused to board by the airline or transport company.

Trace Together appAll eligible travelers who are intended to visit Singapore must install and register their profile on the Trace Together application to aid contract tracing.


4. Arrival in Singapore for RGL

Day of entry into Singapore
Immigration clearanceAn eligible Reciprocal Green Lane(RGL) traveler are required to confirm upon arrival that they are qualified Safe Travel Pass- Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) holder and should be able to present the following documents in order to prove themselves as an approved RGL traveler:
  • A valid Safe Travel pass for the intended day of travel;
  • Applicants are also required to present a valid visa (especially for visa required passport holders)
  • Applicant must present the negative Covid-19 PCR test report from the authorized healthcare Centre.
  • Confirmed return air or bus ticket
  • Mobile device with the Trace Together application installed and the profile registered in the application

If the traveler has installed the Trace Together application on or after 1 Feb 2021, they will require to tap on the ACTIVATE APP button appearing on the Trace Together app. They have to keep the screen on immediately once they have cleared arrival immigration in Singapore and follow all the steps mentioned in the app.


Transport from Checkpoint to AccommodationTravelers holding the student pass will be required to go for the COVID-19 PCR test once they have arrived in Singapore. After undergoing the test, the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) approved travelers will require to move directly from the immigration checkpoint to the confirmed non-residential accommodation through the transport arrangements in the form of private transport, including hiring a private car registered in advance by the local host or private taxi. The use of public transportation to commute to non-residential accommodation is restricted.

5. Post-Arrival for RGL

Trace Together appIn order to make the contact tracing easier, the traveler will require to constantly keep the Trace Together application activated on their mobile devices or carry the Trace Together token with them throughout their stay in Singapore.

6. Departure from Singapore for RGL

Up to 2 working days once travelers have arrived in Singapore.
Self-isolationRGL approved travelers are required to get quarantined in the non-residential accommodation until they receive the negative COVID-19 PCR test, which will take up to 48 hours.

Those travelers who have been tested positive for COVID-19 will be advised to undergo the medical treatment at their own expense.


Activation and retention of Trace TogetherIn order to ease contact tracing, travelers are required to keep the Trace Together application activated on their mobile phones throughout their stay in Singapore. However, travelers are also advised to keep the Trace Together application in the mobile device along with the data for consecutive 21 days even after departing from Singapore. The travelers must upload all the data in the Trace Together application as requested by the Singapore Ministry of health.
Once the isolation period is completed
Safe Travel within SingaporeReciprocal Green Lane (RGL) approved travelers are required to:
  • Comply with the 14-day itinerary submitted throughout the duration of stay
  • Install and use the Trace Together application and also check the Safe Entry rules within Singapore
  • Travel only using private transportation using private cars/taxis or with the company transport. However, commuting through public transport is prohibited
Up to 14 working days after departing from Singapore
You are required to keep the Trace Together application.

Even after leaving Singapore, RGL approved travelers are required to keep the Trace Together application continuously for 21 days.

Reporting of Positive COVID-19 TestReciprocal Green Lane (RGL) approved travelers who have been tested positive for COVID-19 in their first 21 days after departing from Singapore are required to do the following things:
  • Must upload all the Trace Together application data as requested by the Singapore Ministry of health
  • Update the Singapore host regarding this, who will then upload all the Trace Together data to the Ministry of Health


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What is a safe travel Pass under the RGL arrangement for travel to Singapore?

The Safe Travel pass provided under the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) arrangement is defined as the non-transferable single entry travel document to Singapore. It grants the approved traveler to go for the important short-term business or official purpose travel into Singapore within the given time (0000 hours Monday to 2359 hours Sundays). However, the eligible RGL travelers are required to remain in Singapore until the duration as mentioned in the visit pass provided at the immigration counters of Singapore.

Is there a limit to the number of times I can apply for a safe travel Pass under the RGL arrangement?

There is no limitation on the number of times a Singapore Company or government agency can sponsor a particular traveler for the Safe Travel pass under the RGL arrangement. However, every safe travel pass only has a first single entry into Singapore, for every fresh entry in Singapore you will require a new application by the Sponsor. As mentioned, there is no limitation on the number of times travel can be sponsored for entry in Singapore under the RGL, but there are some penalties in the continuous cases of non-utilization, i.e., without any reason.

I noticed a mistake in the application that I had submitted. What should I do to address the error?

Modification and amendments are not permitted once the application is submitted. That is why it is advised to the application sponsor to make sure that all the details entered in the application are relevant during the final submission.

Why was my application rejected?

Safe travel pass application can be rejected under any of the following situations:

  • Not having sufficient proof of residency
  • Not having any relevant justification regarding the reason for travel to Singapore.
  • The insufficient quota of the intended week of entry in Singapore

 I intend to visit Singapore, but I do not qualify for RGL. Is there another Safe Travel Pass that I apply for entry into Singapore?

You can check the Safe Travel lanes by visiting the Singapore immigration Authority official website. But travelers are not granted to apply for the Safe Travel pass RGL themselves, as all RGL application needs to be sponsored by the Singapore-based company or government agency.

I was recently diagnosed with COVID-19 but am scheduled to travel to Singapore. Can I still visit Singapore?

Generally, travelers who are not feeling well should immediately undergo medical attention and postpone their travel to Singapore. However, those travelers who recently recovered from COVID-19 less than 21 days prior to the scheduled arrival date in Singapore will not be granted to visit Singapore, as all the airlines will refuse such travelers from boarding.

Can travelers switch off their mobile devices while in Singapore?

No travelers are not granted to switch off their mobile phones while in Singapore. However, all the visitors are required to keep their mobile device and Bluetooth function on throughout their stay in Singapore.

Can travelers uninstall the Trace Together app upon departing from Singapore?

Even after leaving Singapore, the visitors are advised to retain the Trace Together application with the respective data on their mobile devices consecutively for 21 days. The reason behind this is to ease the contract tracing if the visitors are tested positive for COVID-19.

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After reading the above article, we hope you might be aware of all the requirements and processes related to the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and some of the essential documents that the application sponsor and applicant are required to submit. Before proceeding with anything, ensure to read all the points covered above.

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