Infinity pools, hawkers centres, cultural diversity, and Sentosa! Need we say more? If you’re planning to travel to southeast Asia, Singapore should definitely be on your list. Go bar-hopping and try unusual cocktails, soak in the splendid culture of modern art and architecture, visit the Singapore Zoo and of course, shop till you drop at some of the best brand stores in the world!
Is it safe travelling to Singapore after COVID-19?
Given the current climate and our understanding of the coronavirus, it is advisable to not travel to Singapore. Though the authorities have announced that Singapore will open its borders to international travelers in a few months, you should at least reconsider your travel dates. The number of new coronavirus cases has seen a steady decline, and Singapore has started to signal its pathway to recovery.
Singapore Travel Restrictions Post COVID-19
To take the path of recovery, Singapore has rolled out a few initiatives that could ease out restrictions throughout the country and support small scale business and tourism. Starting June, Singapore enters 'Phase 2' of the lockdown.
What are the quarantine rules and restrictions for international travelers coming to Singapore?
There will be a compulsory 14 day quarantine period whether people test positive or not.
Updates on Travel Restriction in Singapore
Domestic Travel Singapore nationals are allowed to travel within the country if necessary.
International Travel The country will gradually allow travellers to transit through its Changi Airport though a particular date has not been given. Currently, foreign passengers may only transit through Singapore if they are on repatriation flights arranged by their governments. In the future Singapore will be exploring arrangements with countries such as China, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand to open its borders with.
Entry and Exit
The Singapore government has opted to keep travel restrictions in place. Once they ease lockdown restrictions, we will provide updates.
- Some airlines are still operating emergency flights in order to repatriate citizens stuck abroad
- Most airlines have completely shut down their operations while plans are being made for the resumption of flights from mid June.
- We don’t have an answer to when exactly will flights resume as the answer today may be different in a couple of weeks. This section will be updated with the exact dates once the information is available.
- Quarantine rules apply to all incoming international passengers.
Where to go in Singapore
Despite being a small island, Singapore is home to a plethora of experiences for travelers with varied interests. Visit locations like Singapore Zoo, Sentosa Island and Gardens By The Bay among many others for a memorable time.
Things to do in Singapore
Visitors are spoilt for choice in Singapore! For those looking to explore the culture and lifestyle, you can visit Marina Bay and Gardens By The Bay, go for a luxury cruise, or visit China Town or Little India. If you’re looking for some fun activities to engage in, you can try the Singapore Flyer ferris wheel, visit the local zoos, aquariums and wildlife parks, or head straight to Universal Studios.
New Rules and Reopening of Tourist Attractions in Singapore
Singapore is home to a treasure trove of experiences for visitors. Some of the most popular things to do in Singapore are: a visit to Singapore Zoo, SEA Aquarium, try the Singapore Flyer, explore Merlion Park and Gardens By The Bay, and enjoy a delicious meal and some drinks at Clarke Quay.
Away from the Crowd
A great way to explore Singapore is by heading outside the main city area towards the outskirts where there’s an assortment of activities and experiences in store. Visit Sentosa Island and Universal Studios, sure to be a treat for a group of family and friends! You can also unwind by the ocean at Lazarus Island or East Coast Park.
Post COVID Travel Essentials for Singapore
You must be wondering about what measures and safety guidelines to follow before and during your trip. This section takes you through everything you need to know to plan a safe trip, including visa and passport essentials, travel insurance, what to pack, etc.
N-95 masks N95 mask is a global-standard respirator mask that is made from polypropylene and can filter out at least 95% of very small (0.3 micron) particles. N95 masks are also capable of filtering out all types of pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. With mandatory use of masks across airports and all forms of social interactions, it's mandatory that you carry at least 2 masks with yourself.
Gloves Non-sterile patient examination gloves, which are routinely used in healthcare settings, are appropriate for keeping your hands from getting contaminated. Remember to carry a bunch due to their disposable nature.
Hand sanitizer Hand sanitizers sold in pharmacies typically have an alcohol concentration of around 60%. It has been observed that hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol concentration work effectively and can inactive the novel coronavirus. Though most attractions are reopening with sanitisation stations, it's only beneficial to carry your own in case you run into an emergency.
Portable charger We all understand the value of staying connected in these times. As travel in the post COVID world moves towards a more contact-free and digital experience, it’s important that you always carry a portable charger when you travel.
Digital thermometer & first-aid kit You can prevent unnecessary trips to the hospital if you carry a first-aid kit with yourself. Take a digital thermometer along as they’re durable and you can keep a regular check on your body temperature.
Extra clothes Carry an extra pair of clothes with you that you wear only at the airports or other places with heavy footfall while traveling. While catching the air-borne virus can be prevented by wearing masks and social distancing, carrying an extra pair of clothes just minimises the risk that much further.
Ziplock bags Use zip lock bags to isolate pieces of clothing or items that you will not be using again. This will prevent any possibility of cross-contamination.
Wash your hands frequently Wash your hands with soap regularly and thoroughly to remove pathogens. You can also use alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol to kill bacteria and viruses.
Maintain distance and avoid close contact (6 feet or 2 arms length) Maintain at least 6feet distance between yourself and others. When someone coughs or sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus.
Always wear a mask in public Since COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and is air-borne, wear a mask, coupled with social distancing to prevent getting infected and/or spreading it to others.
Clean and disinfect surfaces Clean surfaces using soap and water, then use disinfectant. Cleaning with soap and water reduces the number of germs, dirt and impurities on the surface. Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces.
Travel insurance is now going to become even more important than it was. Whether it’s regarding flight cancellations or medical emergencies, insurance while traveling is going to play a major part in our travel planning and expenses. There are 5 major types of insurances available for you to consider:
Trip Cancellation These insurances cover you if you were to cancel your trip due to unforeseen events such as illness, injury, or death suffered by the insured or a member of the insured’s immediate family. Some policies however exclude trip cancellation in the event of war or civil disturbance.
Flight Delay/Cancellation Flight delay/cancellation insurance pays for new travel arrangements/flight tickets and in some cases, accommodations and meals. This depends on your provider so read your policy carefully.
Medical Insurance Medical insurance covers the cost of transportation in case of emergency medical evacuation, due to injury or sickness. Some medical insurances also cover COVID-19 infections should you get infected after the effective policy date.
You may sometimes end up having to pay up front for your medical services, which will then be reimbursed by your insurance company. In other cases, the insurance company will provide “proof of direct payment” to the healthcare provider.
Baggage Loss Baggage loss insures you in case your luggage is lost, delayed, or stolen. It sometimes includes a cash payment if your bags are delayed for more than 12/24 hours after you arrive at your destination.
Travel Document Protection Travel document protection insurance covers you so that you can replace a lost passport or other travel documents.
Seek medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Troubled breathing
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
If you think you have been exposed to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or have any of the symptoms mentioned above, seek medical attention immediately.
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Post COVID International Travel
The word is reopening again. Pockets of movement and travel bubbles have begun to pop up. While the cautious may stick to their own shores and travel domestically, international travel looks to be slowly recovering. In our extensive report linked below, you can learn about each country’s international travel policies, their current status with regards to COVID-19 numbers and the travel regulations in place.
The report also looks at 500+ major tourist attractions around the world and regularly updates their opening dates and rules of visiting in real-time. We also take a close look at how COVID-19 will impact the way we make our travel plans - picking destinations, choosing the right time to visit, packing essentials and more. Click on a link to read more.