Singapore Opened Up Nine Additional Countries To Quarantine-Free Travel

With a population of 5.45 million people, Singapore has been reporting around 3,000 Covid-19 cases per day. However, the country's 83 percent vaccination rate is one of the highest in the world.

Singapore Opened Up Nine Additional Countries To Quarantine-Free Travel
Singapore Opened Up Nine Additional Countries To Quarantine-Free Travel

Despite a record Covid-19 outbreak, Singapore opened its borders to nine additional countries on Saturday. Singapore has updated its travel requirements to enable vaccinated visitors from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, and Spain. Passengers from these nine countries will no longer be required to observe quarantine restrictions as of October 19 if they pass their Covid-19 tests.

The announcement marks a major step in Singapore's strategy to resume international links. India, on the other hand, is not included in Singapore's new travel lane scheme. "No vaccinated travel lane arrangement for visitors departing from India," according to the website safetravel.ica.gov.sg. "Non-Singapore citizens and permanent residents who have travelled or transited via India in the 14 days before to arrival are now not permitted to enter Singapore," it continued. 

Singapore already allows quarantine-free travel from countries in the so-called Category I category, such as China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, albeit most of those countries have not responded. Singapore Airlines Ltd will expand its network of vaccinated travel lanes to 14 cities as a result of this initiative, with more points on specially designated aircraft to be announced in the following weeks. 

Nearly 2,000 travellers have entered Singapore under the vaccinated travel lane arrangements in place with Germany and Brunei, with only two Covid-19 cases detected at the point of arrival. Singapore is home to the Asian headquarters of hundreds of multinational corporations, whose executives have long relied on Singapore's connection.

With a population of 5.45 million, the country has been reporting more than 3,000 Covid-19 cases daily. However, the country's 83% population is fully vaccinated--one of the world's highest rates.