14 Countries To Escape To This Christmas On The VTL Scheme From Singapore

Megan Zara Walsh Megan Zara Walsh - Editor

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If you’re vaccinated and you a dedicated globe trotter desperately searching for your next adventure, we’ve got a treat for you. Excitingly, Singapore has set up VTL quarantine-free travel with a couple of destinations worldwide.

The VTL travel scheme, known as the Vaccinated Travellers Lane, allows vaccinated Singaporeans to travel freely between Singapore and other countries on the VTL programme. Whatever your budget, we’ve found some of the potential countries for your big escape this December. Whether that be relaxing in the sun in Australia, skiing the snowy sloops of Europe, or exploring delightful Christmas markets, to name a few.

Please be aware that travel rules change all the time, so always check the latest on travel insurance, PCR tests and rules via government websites. 

1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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KLM and Singapore Airlines are offering direct flights to Amsterdam which take between 12 and 14 hours. From beautiful eateries and charming canals, to chocolate factory’s like Tony’s Chocolate, famous museums and historic places such as the Anne Frank House…Amsterdam has it all. Specifically, at Christmas, there is a wonderful array of attractions like ice skating at the Museumplein and one of Europe’s best Christmas Markets. Flights start at $700 return. Read all about what you can do on our sister site Secret Amsterdam.

2. Paris, France

Escape to the European city of love for a magical Christmas with Singapore Airlines or Airfrance. Visit stunning shopping malls like the Galeries Lafayette decorated in Christmas cheer, indulge on cookies and hot chocolate at the Christmas Markets under the glimmer of the Eiffel Tower, take an enchanting horse carriage through the city or even go as far as Disneyland, to name a few. Flight time is 12 hours direct and flights start at $750 return.

3. New York, United States

At least once in your life, you must experience Christmas in New York City. If you can afford it, you can look forward to holiday shopping at world-class retail stores, Rolf’s German Restaurant Christmas pop-up, ice skating at the iconic Central Park or the more familiar Rockefeller Center under a gigantic Christmas tree, the list is endless. Likewise, you may even experience some snow. Singapore Airlines offer an 18 hour direct flight or you could get a much cheaper stopover flight from around $950. Read all about the magical things you can do on our sister website Secret NYC.

4. Spain

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If you fancy a quick getaway to Spain, multiple airlines are offering connecting flights to Barcelona or Madrid from Singapore for around $600 return. Normally between mid-November and early January, Spain celebrates Navidad. Specifically, the most important day is the Three Kings Day on January 6. Depending on where you go, you can expect an array of lighting displays, unique Christmas events, plenty of historic buildings, and much more. Madrid is usually quite cold in December compares to places on the coast such as Barcelona.

5. Finland

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From November 29, vaccinated Singaporeans can jet off to snowy Finland. Sleep under the stars in cosy once-in-a-lifetime igloos at the famous Kakslauttanen Artic Resort in Saariselka, visit Santa Claus and his reindeer in Lapland or take on the sloops with skiing and snowboarding. The Northern Lights just so happens to be one of the most romantic places to visit worldwide. Indeed, the most iconic place on our list to experience the magic of Christmas.

6. Italy

Escape the rain and head on an Italian adventure this Christmas season. A round trip to Rome or Milan will set you back around $959 return. Expect the most delicious Italian feasts, plenty of festive celebrations and less tourists so you don’t have to worry about crowds when visiting attractions.


7. Australia

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Swap the Singapore rain for the extremely hot summer sunshine down under this Christmas. Multiple airlines are offering direct flights to both Melbourne and Sydney this December. Fly to Melbourne in 7 hours from $500, or Sydney in 8 hours from $899. Have your Christmas dinner on the beach, explore quirky cultural scenes and lots more. Check out 17 Iconic Places To Visit In Australia When The Travel Bubble Starts.

8. London, United Kingdom

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The ultimate city break awaits you in London. British people take Christmas very seriously, so you’ll be treated to hundreds of festive events and celebrations. Indeed, it will be impossible to get bored. Connecting flights start at $770. Find out about all the delightful things you can do on our sister website Secret London.

9. Vancouver, Canada

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Experience the magic of Christmas in Vancouver that boasts an iconic German Christmas Market, spellbinding lighting displays like the famous VanDusen Botanic Gardens Light Show, snowy Grouse Mountain skiing and snowboarding just 30 minutes from the city, and plenty more. Singapore Airlines are offering 14 hour direct flights to Vancouver from $999.

10. Germany

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Germany have a wonderful array of traditions that make Christmas truly fascinating. Opt to visit Berlin, Frankfurt or Munich directly from $500. Between the extra extraordinary Christmas Markets and ice rinks under the glimmer of Christmas lights, you’ll feel as if you’re in the North Pole. Be sure to try out some epic German beers while your there.

11. Malaysia

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From November 29, a VTL travel lane will finally open between Malaysia and Singapore. Christmas is only celebrated on Christmas Eve here in western-owned businesses. Nevertheless, if you don’t celebrate Christmas yourself or you’re looking for a cheap break from Singapore, you’ll get a flight return from $200. Likewise, Malaysia has an array of cool attractions to see. Check out 15 Of The Most Instagrammable Places To Visit In Malaysia.

12. Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich is turned into a fairytale-like winter wonderland during the December period. From stunning Christmas markets, to festive museums and city tours, and of course, opportunities to hit the snow-engulfed sloops of the Swiss Alps…you’ve got everything at your disposal. Singapore Airlines and Swiss Air are offering direct flights from $900 return.

13. Copenhagen, Denmark

Jet off to Copenhagen in just 13 hours with Singapore Airlines for around $900 return. Hide away in cosy winter cafes, go sightseeing, and immerse yourself in Christmas cheer at events and the Christmas markets in the city. Perhaps, the least crowded on our VTL travel list from Singapore if you’re still frightened of COVID-19. Be sure to purchase a warm coat because it is COLD. See all the things you can do in Copenhagen here.

14. Seoul, South Korea

December is one of the coldest months in Korea, so it boasts total winter vibes. From epic skyscrapers and futurist buildings, Buddhist temples and palaces, to cute Christmas street markets, lights and more…Seoul is a wonderful spot to visit this Christmas season on the VTL travel scheme.

Enjoying Secret Singapore? Check out 12 Ways To Celebrate Christmas In Singapore.