Singapore Introduces Travel Lanes with More Countries
Continuing its reopening to foreign travelers, the Singaporean government extends the list by a few more countries that will be allowed to enter Singapore quarantine-free.
The first step to reopen Singaporean borders was already made in September when the country introduced travel lanes with Brunei and Germany. From October 19, 2021, travelers from the US, Canada, and six more European countries can also arrive in Singapore under travel lanes. Singapore also plans to open other travel lanes with Australia and Switzerland on 8th November 2021 and a few days later, on 15th November 2021, with South Korea.
The reopening of Singapore will be a gradual process, starting from 3,000 travelers allowed daily. This number will be increased with time. To be able to enter Singapore under existing travel lanes quarantine-free, foreign travelers need to take a full dose of COVID-19 vaccination and meet other specified requirements.
Already existing Singaporean Travel Lanes
So far, Singapore has opened travel lanes with 10 countries. Passengers departing from these countries can enter Singapore quarantine-free. Singapore has also announced plans to reopen 3 more travel lanes in November.
Traveling under travel lane in practice means that a foreign passenger needs to stay for 14 days in one of the following countries before arriving in Singapore:
- The Netherlands
- The US
- The UK
- Switzerland (from Nov. 8th, 2021)
- Australia (from Nov. 8th, 2021)
- South Korea (from Nov. 15th, 2021).
Quarantine-free entry requirements
International travelers coming to Singapore from one of the above-listed countries will need to meet some criteria to avoid on-arrival quarantine, which is as follows:
- Take a full dose of COVID-19 vaccination
- Take a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival
- Fill out the SG Arrival Card
- Have proof of a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test taken before departure
- Buy health insurance covering the trip to Singapore
- Be a holder of a valid visa to Singapore (if eligible)
Current COVID-19 situation in Singapore
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Singapore has reported over 179,000 COVID-19 cases and over 300 covid-related deaths. In a bid to boost their economy, Singaporean authorities have announced that they will be renewing more international flights. It is no surprise given how crucial this hub is for trade and tourism between countries all over Asia. With over 80% of the COVID-19 fully vaccinated population, most people are optimistic about traveling to Singapore again without any fear or quarantine restrictions. Undoubtedly, it will take some time before the country will fully reopen to travelers from the entire world.