Singapore's Vaccinated Travel Lane system requires a negative COVID-19 PCR or ART (aka antigen, rapid, RAT) test taken within 48 hours of departure.

There are now a number of self-administered COVID-19 tests including BinaxNOW, Ellume and Qured, where you are mailed a kit and somebody guides you through testing yourself on a video chat, analyzes the results and sends you a certificate by mail. (Patrick "Ask the Pilot" Smith's blog on the topic here.) These kits are often much cheaper and more convenient than trying to find a lab locally.

Are these tests accepted for VTL pre-entry purposes in Singapore?

Update: I originally asked this question when Singapore accepted only PCR tests, but they've changed the rules and now allow ART as well. So open to new answers addressing that as well.

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    Ask yourself how easy it would be to abuse or cheat if it were allowed...
    – J...
    Nov 1, 2021 at 17:34
  • @J... Not all that easy? I've done antigen tests, and there's a control line: if you don't do the test properly, the line doesn't show up and the test result is invalid. Nov 2, 2021 at 0:36
  • The control line doesn't say when the test was done nor who did it. Nov 2, 2021 at 8:58
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    @MattiVirkkunen These are video proctored tests, there's a lab representative watching you do it. Sure, you could do sleight of hand tricks or whatever, but if you want to fake your result it would be easier to edit the PDF. Nov 2, 2021 at 12:15
  • @lambshaanxy If it's video proctored with a lab representative, then it's not really self-administered, is it?
    – J...
    Nov 2, 2021 at 14:24

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No, according to the official website you mentioned:

Travellers must:
Take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction Test (“PCR test”) within 48 hours before departure for Singapore at an internationally accredited or recognised laboratory, clinic, or medical facility, and test negative for COVID-19;

According to their websites, all the rapid tests you linked are Antigen tests, they are not PCR. In addition to that, the rules specifically mention that the test must be taken at a lab, clinic, or medical facility. These rapid home tests do not seem like they fit that criterion.

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    D'oh! The Qured site mentions a PCR test as well, but turns out it's only available at labs. It did seem too good to be true... Nov 1, 2021 at 12:23
  • Antigen tests are accepted for entering the USA. cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html
    – Dragonel
    Nov 1, 2021 at 18:52
  • @Dragonel but not self-administered ones, as the CDC explicitly says test results (so a test certificate) or proof of recovery Nov 2, 2021 at 7:12
  • @AndreKR This is an internal affair of Germany, EU has nothing to do with that, the reuqirements are individual requirements of the countries. Nov 2, 2021 at 7:49
  • @JulianaKarasawaSouza The comment was in response to a since-removed line in the answer about antigen tests being almost never accepted, not specifically about self-tests. However a lot of self-administered tests are sent away to a lab or video-checked by the provider who will give a lab report & certificate which is acceptable for travel. First example found (no affiliation or endorsement) letsgetchecked.com/home-coronavirus-test/…
    – Dragonel
    Nov 2, 2021 at 15:43

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