March 31 – New (possible) travel bubble with Hong Kong
On March 29, Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung announced that Hong Kong has sent Singapore an official “travel bubble” proposal to reopen borders between the two countries.
If these countries finally sign the agreement, visitors from Singapore will have to get tested before boarding, after arrival in Hong Kong, and submit a vaccination certificate “for our own protection.”
Ong Ye Kung said yesterday that Singapore “will be responding to Hong Kong shortly”.
March 9 – Update
Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Friday that the country will use a four-pronged approach to slowly reopen its borders and boost the aviation industry.
Kung also mentioned that the world vaccination progress will play a key role to open Air Travel Bubbles (ATB) with countries able to reduce their infection rates.
“It will require a system of certification, like the yellow booklet some of us have (of) records of vaccinations against malaria and yellow fever. These discussions are happening bilaterally, and also at international platforms like the International Civil Aviation Organization, and (for) Singapore, we have been active in these discussions.” said the minister.
According to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore is on track to vaccinate its whole citizens in 2021. As of today, the country has given the first coronavirus vaccine shot to 250,000 people.
Singapore has vaccinated 4.8 people per 100 as of today.
Singapore has put Taiwan on a green-list and from 18 of December citizens of Taiwan are allowed to enter the country. PCR test and tracking app is required!
Singapore is planning to open for business travelers from all countries via travel bubbles followed by strict restrictions. More info.
Only 24 hours before the Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble went into effect, it was put off again. The new official starting date remains unknown.
It seems like a spike in COVID-cases that has been happening since November 22 was the reason behind this unfortunate decision.
Is Singapore open for Americans?
U.S. citizens are allowed to enter Singapore for a short-term visit only if they can get a SafeTravel Pass or have an approval letter of entry from the relevant government agency in the country.
Air Travel Pass – Singapore
Passengers arriving from low-risk countries can enter Singapore without 14-days quarantine but they have to get tested at arrival. At the moment this list only includes 6 green-list countries:
AlsoState of Victoria (from NOV 1)
The impact of the Coronavirus on Singapore
As can be seen from the data, Singapore’s death toll has been very low. With 60,381 confirmed positive cases the country only has had 30 deaths.
With only 0.48 per 100,000 dying from the virus, Singapore shows a sharp contrast to countries such as the United Kingdom or Spain, where death rates are of over 60/100,000.
Citizens and permanent residents of Singapore can return home. Anyone else has to apply for approval. The process is easier for Chinese nationals who have “Fast Lane” access.
Essential business travelers must contact the Ministry of Manpower and those who need to travel to Singapore for other urgent reasons must go through the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.
Travelers who are approved will receive an official letter that they must show a immigration officer upon arrival in Singapore.
How safe is it to visit Singapore now?
According to the CDC, Singapore is a safe country to visit during COVID. The risk of getting and spreading COVID is not too high. (Source: CDC.gov)
How has Singapore managed the pandemic?
Singapore was one of the first countries to be affected by the virus.
The government’s response was initially measured. Restaurants, bars, theaters, and malls remained open. The government asked people to wash their hands and to stay home if sick.
Singapore’s tight social and government controls were used to trace, monitor and isolate people. Anyone who did not cooperate with health officials was severely punished. Breaking quarantine resulted in jail time as well as passport suspensions and other rather strict measures.
By mid-June, the number of cases had dropped dramatically and Singapore gradually opened. First retail outlets, restaurants, and movie theaters were opened, though with strict social distancing.
Then religious services with crowds of up to 50 people were allowed. As the rate of infection continued to drop, gatherings of up to 100 people were allowed. The government is now working to open up the economy even further and assist migrant laborers to return to their jobs.
Why Visit Singapore?
The island nation has 44 Michelin-starred restaurants and flavors from all over the world. Visitors will commonly find dishes from China, Malaysia, and India among the local hawkers.
Then there are the many festivals, which also give visitors an opportunity to try different cuisines. In particular, there is the Singapore Food Festival and the Singapore Cocktail Festival for gourmets from around the world.
There are also music and sports festivals – The city never sleeps.
Travelers can also enjoy the art scene by visiting the many galleries as well as museums and enjoy many cultural events.
Singapore is also a fashionista’s paradise.
There are also green spaces, great beaches, and a fantastic Universal Studios theme park. All of it is easily accessible via public transport, and everything’s safe and very clean.
Basically, Singapore is the ultimate adult playground. It’s also a wonderful hub if visitors would like to visit other countries in Asia.