COVID-19 has changed the way we travel. After months of lockdown and uncertainties in 2020, the travel industry suffered the maximum hit due to the pandemic. Now with travel relaxations and vaccination drive in place, people have started travelling. If you have been planning a trip to Singapore.
The much-awaited “travel bubble” between Singapore and Hong Kong is scheduled to start on May 26. People coming from Hong Kong will be required to be fully vaccinated, and there will be one flight a day going in each direction.
Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s Minister for Transport, says that the city-state is also exploring potential bubbles with China, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand and Brunei.Travellers with recent travel history to the UK and South Africa will now be allowed to transit through Singapore on airlines approved to operate such transfers.
Currently, travellers who are not Singaporeans or permanent residents and who have a recent travel history to high-risk countries or regions are required to take a PCR test within 72 hours before departure. They are then tested again at the end of their stay-home notice period.
In a media release, the Ministry noted the emergence of new COVID-19 variants and the worsening coronavirus situation around the world.
Shops, bars and restaurants are open, but all visits must be registered either through the Singapore government’s Safe Entry and Trace Together apps or by using a Trace Together token, which are available from community centers. Alcohol is not available in restaurants after 10.30 p.m. Masks must be worn at all times when in public, except by those under six. There are exemptions for eating and exercising.