With COVID-19 causing borders to close around the world, we’ll be updating this guide with popular countries that have re-opened to Singaporeans.
International travel is looking grim, to say the least. Many countries have completely prohibited non-citizens and residents from entering. Obviously, these precautions are only prudent in our uncertain times. That being said, some of us may still need to travel for important reasons – and for those of you who do, or who are just curious, we’ve got your back.
Guides to Resuming International Travel:
#1: Which Country Can I Travel to Now?
#2: Which Airlines Are Resuming Flights?
#3: Future of Air Travel After COVID-19
#4: When Can We Travel Again: 2023 Forecast
We’ve scoured through government websites and news sources to compile a list of countries that are popular among Singaporeans, and are permitting our entry – including measures you’ll need to take when visiting. However, with that said, we’d still recommend that you double check against official government sources to stay on the right side of the law. In addition, we have to stress that you really shouldn’t travel right now, unless you absolutely have to.
Which Popular Borders Are Open to Singaporeans?
|Malaysia||14-day self-paid quarantine|
|United Kingdom||14-day self-isolation|
|China (Mainland)||• ‘Fast lane’ sponsored by Chinese government or businesses|
• COVID-19 test before departure & upon arrival
|Taiwan||• Present negative COVID-19 test results before departure|
• 7-day self-paid quarantine
• Self-paid COVID-19 test on 7th day of quarantine
Do I need to be quarantined in Malaysia: Yes. For foreign nationals, you’ll have to pay RM150 (~S$48.90) for each day of the 14-day quarantine. You’ll also need to sign a LoU (Letter of Undertaking), which you can find on Malaysia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website. You’ll be quarantined in specific hotels that have been gazetted to hold people under quarantine.
What restrictions are there in Malaysia: Malaysia is currently under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO). You’ll also need to submit your LoU and relevant documents to the Malaysian Consulate in Singapore, and await their approval before you can enter Malaysia. In Malaysia, interstate travel has largely resumed, and businesses are slowly beginning to open. However, we recommend that you check the specific rules and regulations depending on which state you may be travelling to.
To find out more about social distancing measures, the Malaysian Ministry of Health has released a statement which you may find helpful.
🇬🇧 United Kingdom (UK)
Do I need to be quarantined in the UK: Yes, you’ll need to self isolate upon arrival for 14 days at your place of residence. You’ll also have to submit your journey and contact details through an online form once you have arrived in the United Kingdom.
What restrictions are in place in the UK: You’re encouraged to stay home as much as possible, and limit contact with others. When in public, a safe social distance of 2 metres should be maintained where possible. However, rules differ among the 4 countries that make up the United Kingdom. You can refer to the table below for more information on who you can meet outside, after your 14-day quarantine.
For more information on social distancing in the UK, you can check out this social distancing and self-isolation guide published by the BBC.
|How many people can I meet?||Up to 6||Up to 8 from 2 households||Any number from 2 households||Up to 6|
|Where I can meet?||Anywhere outdoors||Ideally within 5 miles of residence||Ideally within 5 miles of residence||Anywhere outdoors|
🇨🇳 China (Mainland)
Because of Singapores ‘fast lane‘ arrangement, Singaporeans sponsored by the Chinese government or Chinese businesses can visit the regions of Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin, or Zhejiang.
Do I need to quarantined in China: If you’re approved for ‘fast lane’ travel, you’ll only need to quarantine until your polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test returns a negative result. The PCR test is one of the few standard COVID-19 tests used worldwide.
What measures are in place in China: You’ll need to take a PCR test at least 48 hours before your departure from Singapore. Once you arrive in China, you’ll need to bear the cost of an additional PCR test. You’ll also have to stay in the location designated by the municipal government until your PCR test comes back negative. Don’t think you’ll get to explore while you’re there – the government agency or business sponsoring you’ll have the added responsibility of shuttling you between your place of work and your residence. You won’t be permitted to take public transport, anyway.
You can also take a look at this joint press statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Trade and Industry for more details.
The Taiwan Centres For Disease Control has announced that business travellers from low-to-medium risk countries will be allowed into Taiwan. Singapore is among the list of countries classified as a medium risk country.
Do I need to be quarantined in Taiwan: Yes, all business travellers are required to quarantine for 7 days in an approved disease control hotel.
What restrictions are in place in Taiwan: Only business travellers approved by the Central Epidemic Command Centre (CECC) are allowed entry in to Taiwan. On top of that, you’ll have to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days of your flight, before you’ll be allowed to board. You’ll need to take an out of pocket COVID-19 test on the 7th day of your quarantine, after which you’re required to self monitor your health till the 21st day of your visit.
More information on the restrictions in place in Taiwan are available from the Taiwan Centres For Disease Control.
What Other Countries Can Singaporeans Enter Now?
The list above is, obviously, not exhaustive. Here’s couple more lesser travelled destinations that have reopened their borders to international travellers.
🇦🇬 Antigua And Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda have opened their borders to international travellers as of June 4, 2020. You’ll be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival, and you’ll need to fill out a Passenger Registration Form upon your arrival. For more information, you can refer to this article from Travel Off Path.
Jamaica has opened its borders to all travellers as of June 15, 2020. If you’re going to Jamaica, you’ll need to fill out a Travel Authorisation prior to checking in for your flight to Jamaica. For more information, you can can check out Jamaica’s official tourism page.
🇱🇨 Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia has been gradually opening their borders since June 4, 2020. You’ll need to be tested for COVID-19 up to 48 hours before your flight. You can find out more about their COVID-19 travel restrictions from their COVID-19 statement.
Tanzania has reopened their borders as of June, 2020. Tourist travel is allowed, and you may be subjected to a COVID-19 test should you be displaying symptoms. For more information, you can refer to this article by Travel Off Path.
🇻🇮 United States Virgin Islands
The United States Virgin Islands are opening up their borders for tourists from all locations from June 1, 2020. You’ll need to wear a mask at all times while in the Virgin Islands, as well as adhere to social distancing. For more information on the United States Virgin Islands COVID-19 restrictions, you can refer to their official statement.
Aruba is reopening to tourists in stages from June 15, 2020. It’s mandatory to buy their Aruba Visitors Insurance to cover any hospitalisation costs should you test positive for COVID-19 while you’re in Aruba. You’ll also need to take a PCR test upon arrival in Aruba, which you’ll have to pay for. To find out more about Aruba’s COVID-10 restrictions, you can check out their official COVID-19 travel restrictions page.
Iceland is now reopened to tourists. You’ll need to take a self-paid PCR test upon arrival on July 1, 2020. Testing prior to July 1, 2020 will be free. If you’d decide not to get tested, you’ll have to quarantine for 14 days before beginning your trip. For more information on Iceland’s COVID-19 measures, you can refer to Iceland’s official COVID-19 restrictions for travellers.
🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates
The United Arab Emirates will begin to open it’s doors to tourist on July 7, 2020. You’ll have to possess a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 96 hours prior to your departure for the United Arab Emirates. You’ll also need to have valid health insurance before travelling. To find out more about the COVID-19 restrictions in place, check out United Arab Emirates’ Media Office’s official statement.
Portugal has resumed receiving tourists as of 1 July, 2020. In order to avoid a 14-day quarantine, you’ll need to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken up to 72-hours before your arrival in Portugal. Upon arrival, you’ll also be asked to full out an epidiomelogical survey. For more information about travel to Portugal, check out the official information to visitors page.
Now that you know which popular countries have re-opened their borders, we urge you to stay safe and travel only if absolutely necessary. Not to mention, you’ll need to serve a 14-day Stay Home Notice every time you return to Singapore. That’s a drag, for sure.
If you need to engage in essential travel, don’t forget to keep your trusty YouTrip card with you. Did we miss any popular country that has re-opened their borders? Let us know in the comments below or buzz us at email@example.com. Stay safe!
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