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Singapore will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated American, British, and Canadian tourists on October 19th after 19 months of closure. 

Singapore started a limited reopening to travelers from Germany and Brunei last month. However, Singapore is now extending its ‘vaccinated travel lane’ to travelers from the following nations:

  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Singapore Skyline

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) made the announcement after authorities only detected two COVID-19 cases among 1,926 people from Germany and Brunei in the vaccinated travel lane program so far. 

The new scheme will allow 3,000 travelers from 11 nations to enter Singapore daily, which will increase as time progresses. 

View of the merlion statue of Merlion Park, and the financial district in downtown Singapore. The merlion is a symbol and mascot of Singapore.

The Entry Requirements 

All travelers from the 11 approved nations will have to apply online for a vaccinated travel pass. All incoming travelers must be fully vaccinated to enter Singapore at the current stage. Travelers must have remained within the 11 approved nations for 14 days prior to arriving in Singapore. 

If travelers have been in any countries outside the 11 nations within 14 days of departure to Singapore, they won’t be allowed to enter regardless of vaccination status. 

Travelers will have to take two PCR tests, which is a decrease from 4 PCR tests previously.

The first PCR test has to be within 48 hours of departure. The second PCR test is upon arriving at Singapore Changi Airport. Once the negative test result is confirmed, travelers can leave self-isolation. 

Additionally, travelers must use the TraceTogether app for contact tracing within Singapore and have mandatory travel health insurance that covers COVID-19 related health issues. 

Rear view image of a young brunette woman. She is enjoying the walk and exploring the city, wearing a casual but fashionable dress, sightseeing and shopping on the Singapore street market. She is holding a large city map, checking out where to go next.

How To Get To Singapore

Travelers flying to Singapore will have to fly on designated vaccinated travel lane flights. These include Singapore Airlines flights from the following airports:

  • Amsterdam (AMS)
  • Barcelona (BCN)
  • Copenhagen (CPH)
  • London (LHR)
  • Los Angeles (LAX)
  • Milan (MXP)
  • New York (JFK)
  • Paris (CDG)
  • Seoul (ICN)
  • Rome (FCO)
Singapore Airlines

All British Airways flights will be designated vaccinated travel lane flights. British Airways flights from London will increase to three times per week in November. 

As the Asian continent begins to reopen, travelers can transit through Changi Airport to other destinations. 

The COVID-19 Situation In Singapore 

Singapore had initially pursued a zero-COVID strategy for most of the COVID-19 pandemic. That was successful as cases stayed in the single digits from August 2020 to June 2021. 

However, the emergence of the Delta variant started a COVID-19 outbreak in September, which is causing record-breaking cases in Singapore.

The current 7-day average in Singapore is 3,045 cases. That’s an almost 300 percent increase on the 7-day case average in August. 

COVID-19 in Singapore

With that said, Singapore has one of the highest vaccination rates worldwide. Singapore has fully vaccinated 83 percent of its entire population, after administering 9.79 million doses since the vaccine rollout started.  

Despite the record-breaking rising cases in Singapore, the nation is planning to scrap its zero-COVID strategy and open up to the world

Singapore’s Finance Minister stated, “Once you open up, more social interactions will happen. And given the inherently highly transmissible nature of the Delta variant, you will get big clusters emerging.”

Singapore is another Asian destination that’s reopening to Western travelers after complete closure since the pandemic started.

Thailand has recently announced its plan to scrap mandatory quarantine on arrival for British and American tourists.

What’s more, Bali is reopening to tourists after 19 months of closure this month, and Malaysia is planning to open its borders later this year. 

Asia has been the most restricted part of the world during the pandemic, but finally, the continent is reopening to the world. 

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Randy

Monday 18th of October 2021

CDC has recently rated the City State commonly known as Singapore a level 4 “high” risk for Covid. The highest level category. Travel advisory level 4 Do Not Travel. That must put Singaporeans with an uneasy feeling with that type of rating.

Randy

Sunday 17th of October 2021

“With that said, Singapore has one of the highest vaccination rates worldwide. Singapore has fully vaccinated 83 percent of its entire population, after administering 9.79 million doses since the vaccine rollout started. “

It’s rather hilarious when Singapore is rated the highest vaccination rates worldwide. Easy peasy when an Island nation has only 5 million or so inhabitants. It’s not rocket science you know.

Liberty

Saturday 16th of October 2021

Singapore is the most soulless city on this planet. It's yet another place you couldn't pay me to return to. Requiring a bunch of nonsense to enter just strikes me as funny.

Tina

Saturday 16th of October 2021

What random nonsense. US and UK but not Germany or Portugal? WTF just stop this, open all damn borders and be done with this idiocy

ajdj

Saturday 16th of October 2021

all good but wearing a mask in Singapore's heat for the unaccustomed foreign tourist will be suffocating

Alex

Saturday 16th of October 2021

@ajdj, it's just as hot here in Houston in the summer if not hotter. I wear a mask and although it sucks I still manage fine.