If you plan to travel to Singapore during the Covid-19 pandemic, here is what to expect and carry with you.
The government ministers of Singapore recommended giving up the zero covid approach in June 2021. According to the Trade Minister of Singapore Gan Kim Yong, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung, and Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, it must be possible to live in the new normal that Covid-19 has dragged the world into.
The government would continue to test and track Covid cases like other diseases like influenza, and patients with mild symptoms will be allowed to recover at home. Their effective vaccination program is a roaring success, with close to two-thirds of citizens vaccinated at least once by the end of July. Singapore has put into effect some extremely strict pandemic control regulations like Quarantine violations which carry a penalty of up to $7,565, six months in jail, or both.
The offerings of the city
This ultra-modern futuristic city has skyscrapers, the world’s best street food, waterside settings, hawker centers, and the lush rainforest of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve that genuinely fascinate the tourists.
Who is allowed to travel
Though entry is limited chiefly to Singaporeans and permanent residents, things are now changing for good. For the fully vaccinated travelers from Germany, Brunei, Macao, and Hong Kong, Singapore has flagged off “green lanes,” which are set to begin this September 8.
To avail it, travelers from the mentioned places must apply for an Air Travel Pass online before flying to Singapore. The eligible travelers would need to show their report of a negative PCT test, taking 48 hours before the scheduled flight. They are expected to take another one upon arriving at Changi Airport. These travelers shall be retested on the third and seventh day of your stay in Singapore.
In a nutshell, this means no quarantine or home isolation. These bold steps allow Singapore to tackle Covid while reopening the borders.
Singapore nationals and permanent residents can enter if they have proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure and stay for 14 days in quarantine. It is known that vaccine passport is in effect from May 2021 and Singapore is all set to accept this pass. As the pass is still in the early stages, Singapore has not mentioned more details about its benefits.
Travelers from foreign countries must apply for Air Travel Pass between seven and thirty days before departure. They are bound to download the Trace Together app to their mobiles along with a pay-on-arrival PCR test, which costs $196. These rules apply to ages six and above.
While stringent rules are in place for the safety of the citizens, travelers are expected to behave responsibly by putting on a mask at all times and maintaining social distance to prevent transmission of the infection.