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Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

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Nov 11, 20204281

Editor's Note: This post was updated 2020-11-11 to reflect Singapore’s decision to allow travelers from Hong Kong SAR to visit Singapore on or after November 22, 2020, without the need to undergo quarantine. Under the terms of a reciprocal "Air Travel Bubble" arrangement, travelers will also be exempt from quarantine requirements on their return to Hong Kong SAR provided they meet the necessary travel requirements. Travelers must book designated flights and the daily passenger quota is capped at 200. Authorities have indicated this level will increase provided the initial implementation is successful. See additional details below.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Disclaimer
Who can travel to Singapore for tourism?
Who else can travel to Singapore?
What about business-related travel?
What requirements are in place for tourism-related travel?
What about contact tracing?
How can you travel to Singapore for tourism?
Things to Do in Singapore
Downtown Core
Marina Bay
Kampong Glam
Singapore Botanic Gardens and Tiong Bahru
Sentosa Island
Changi Airport

Editor's Note: This post was updated 2020-10-30 to reflect Singapore’s decision to allow travelers from all parts of Australia and Mainland China to visit Singapore on or after November 6, 2020, without the need to undergo quarantine. Travelers should be aware, however, that they may still be required to quarantine when they return home from Singapore.

Introduction

Singapore has earned praise for its handling of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Despite initial missteps such as allowing transmission to spread through migrant worker dormitories, the city-state’s approach has been efficient in controlling the outbreak. Authorities now have begun allowing limited travel tourism, which they banned early in the outbreak. In this guide, we’re providing a detailed look at Singapore’s travel restrictions with a focus on leisure travel. We’ll let you know just who is allowed to visit and what is required both pre-departure and on arrival. In the second half of the guide, we profile some fantastic sightseeing spots you won’t want to miss if and when you do have a chance to visit. Singapore is a city known for its great food, futuristic architecture, and all-around family-friendly atmosphere. Come discover the Garden City at the crossroads of the world.

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

When SARS-CoV-2 first emerged in Wuhan, China late in 2019, few people anticipated the massive disruptions to everyday life the virus would cause around the world. Travel and tourism have been particularly hard hit. The number of people taking vacations abroad plunged after governments rushed to close their international borders. By April 1, 2020, a majority of countries had either barred travelers from high-risk locations or closed themselves off entirely. Fortunately, some places have managed to implement robust testing and tracing protocols, managing to more or less bring the virus under control. The international travel picture today is much improved. Despite new burdens such as pre-departure testing and quarantine-on-arrival, it is possible to travel to a fair number of international destinations. Depending on where you’re based, Singapore may be on that list.

Disclaimer

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

A quick disclaimer. Singaporean authorities have made clear they intend to continually reassess the country’s travel policies. The information we’re providing is for reference only. All travelers are advised to check the latest announcements published in official government channels prior to finalizing travel decisions. While we make every effort to ensure we’re providing accurate and timely information, conditions may have changed since this guide was written. Always double-check the latest information. Better to be safe than sorry.

Who can travel to Singapore for tourism?

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

At the time of writing, travelers from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Mainland China, New Zealand, and Vietnam are able to enter Singapore for short-term visits that include tourism and recreational travel. Singapore has announced that from November 22, 2020, travelers from Hong Kong SAR also will be able to visit for tourism and recreation.

Who else can travel to Singapore?

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

In principle, Singaporean nationals are allowed to return from anywhere in the world. Depending on where they’re returning from, they may be required to undergo either self-isolation at home or quarantine in a designated facility. The government also allows foreign nationals who hold a valid Long-Term Pass issued by Singapore’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Pass-holders must obtain explicit permission from a relevant government agency prior to departure, however. All travelers (including Singaporean nationals) are obliged to undergo testing for COVID-19 upon arrival in Singapore.

What about business-related travel?

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

Business travelers from Brunei Darussalam, some parts of Mainland China, Japan, Malaysia, and South Korea are permitted to enter Singapore provided they fulfill certain criteria. These include being sponsored by a domestic company or government agency in Singapore that must apply for approval on the traveler’s behalf. Business travelers are not allowed to leave the jurisdiction from where they applied to travel to Singapore within 14 days of their scheduled departure. They must also undergo a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 usually between 48 and 72 hours prior to departure. Upon arrival in Singapore, business travelers must undergo additional testing, can only engage in approved, business-related activities, and are required to abide by all regulations regarding pandemic prevention.

What requirements are in place for tourism-related travel?

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

As noted above, only travelers from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong SAR (from November 22, 2020), Mainland China, New Zealand, and Vietnam are permitted to travel to Singapore for short-term recreational travel. Anyone from these locations (including persons holding passports issued by a third country) who wants to visit Singapore for tourism must submit an application for an "Air Travel Pass" at least 7 days and no more than 30 days prior to their intended date of arrival. Singaporean nationals, lawful permanent residents, and Long-Term Pass holders are not required to apply for an Air Travel Pass. All travelers must remain within one of these countries / regions during the 14 consecutive days prior to their scheduled departure for Singapore and must present their Air Travel Pass when boarding Singapore-bound flights.

Travelers from Hong Kong SAR are required to book special flights as part of the "Air Travel Bubble" arrangement and the number of daily visitors from Hong Kong SAR is capped at 200 initially. Travelers should be aware that an approved Air Travel Pass does NOT guarantee booking aboard a special Air Travel Bubble flight. Visitors are responsible for obtaining correct flight tickets on their own. Travelers from Hong Kong SAR are additionally required to undergo pre-departure testing for COVID-19. This must be a so-called polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and must be performed no more than 72 hours prior to scheduled departure by a recognized testing provider in Hong Kong SAR.

Upon arrival, all travelers (regardless of origin) must, at their own expense, undergo testing for COVID-19 and self-isolate in a suitable, non-residential accommodation while awaiting their results. Confirmation of a negative result is required before a person can be released from self-isolation and permitted to freely move about in Singapore. NOTE: If you hold a passport that requires a visa for travel to Singapore, you must obtain a visa separately. An Air Travel Pass is NOT a substitute for a visa.

What about contact tracing?

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

Singapore uses a mobile application for contact tracing called "TraceTogether." All travelers must install this app and use it to register their personal information prior to boarding flights bound for Singapore. Airline staff are instructed to verify a correctly set up app during airport check-in. Travelers must use TraceTogether throughout their stay in Singapore and are required to retain the app and all associated data for 14 consecutive days after leaving Singapore. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must upload their TraceTogether app data if requested by the Singapore Ministry of Health.

How can you travel to Singapore for tourism?

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

If you are in Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong SAR, Mainland China, New Zealand, or Vietnam, you should apply for an Air Travel Pass online. The process is free and takes approximately 3 business days. You can do this before or after booking travel tickets; however, you will want to verify your airline’s cancellation policies in the event your Air Travel Pass application is rejected. Once you receive approval, follow the instructions given to you and comply with all pre-departure requirements. If possible, you should prepay and book your post-arrival COVID-19 test and self-isolation accommodation ahead of time.

Things to Do in Singapore

Downtown Core

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

The Downtown Core is where you’ll find many of Singapore’s most iconic locations. Start with a wander through Maxwell Road Food Centre. Here you can taste (pun intended) Singapore’s fantastic food culture. Maxwell Road is one of the city’s popular street food areas and somewhere you will likely return more than once. After having a bite to eat, spend time wandering around Chinatown and see the Tang dynasty-era Buddhist temple. Also nearby is Thian Hock Keng Temple, one of the oldest Hokkien temples in Singapore. From here you can enjoy some shopping in one of the area’s many malls. It’s an effective way to cool down when the tropical heat gets to be too much.

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

Across the Singapore River is a collection of great museums. Swing past the Asian Civilisations (sic) Museum or the National Gallery. The Padang is a grassy area with significant monuments and other national symbols. St. Andrew’s Cathedral sits just off the Padang and is Singapore’s largest cathedral. East of St. Andrew’s is Fort Canning Park, an old British colonial-era military barracks. From the Fort you can go and explore the National Museum of Singapore, which provides a vibrant and illuminating look at the city’s history. Food options in the area are not hard to come by so grab a snack if you need one and press on towards Marina Bay.

Marina Bay

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

Marina Bay is a fabulous area with lush green parks, incredible bridges, and some of the city’s most impressive architectural achievements. Take a spin on the enormous Singapore Flyer Ferris wheel, quite lovely at sunset. Watch as the Gardens by the Bay come to life with their spellbinding light displays. The magical landscapes seem sprung from some distant dream world. Cross Helix Bridge towards the ArtScience Museum and be sure to snap plenty of photos along the way. You’ll quickly understand why the Marina Bay Sands hotel is the world’s most photographed locations. Visit the observation deck and infinity pool, which are simply breathtaking! Back down in the Gardens, find the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. These massive seashell-like structures contain mesmerizing displays flora that will dazzle you. Supertree Grove is also a hit after dark.

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

Take in the atmosphere and beauty at the Gardens before continuing back towards the Downtown Core. This will give you a chance to stop at The Promontory, a first-rate photo location where you will have great backdrops with the Marina Bay Sands. Enjoy a cocktail, coffee, or tea at one of the restaurants along the water. Don’t forget to visit the Merlion, one of the city’s most beloved symbols. With the city lights in the background, one could easily sit on the steps near the fountain for hours and just admire the surroundings.

Kampong Glam

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

Kampong Glam is a great place to start your next day. This trendy district is filled with colorful buildings and was once where Malay Royalty resided. Grab something to eat and then visit Masjid Sultan, one of Singapore’s landmark mosques. Just opposite is the Malay Heritage Centre. Here you can explore more Singaporean culture and taste some local specialties. Slightly northeast from Kampong Glam you will find lots of Indian-owned businesses and restaurants. The Indian Heritage Centre is worthwhile if you want to learn about the Indian diaspora communities in Singapore. After taking in your fill, hop on the Downtown Line MTR and head for the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Singapore Botanic Gardens and Tiong Bahru

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

The Singapore Botanic Gardens are one attraction you won’t want to miss. Regularly ranked one of the top gardens in Asia, they have the extremely rare privilege of being the only tropical gardens designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is plenty to see around the 160 acre park, including the stunning National Orchid Garden with over 60,000 species on display. From the park, head south to Tiong Bahru. This charming neighborhood has some excellent small markets and delicious local food on offer. It’s another prime attraction for foodies.

Sentosa Island

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

Sentosa is Singapore’s playground. It’s there you will find Universal Studios Singapore, Madame Tussauds wax museum, and Adventure Cove Waterpark. Families will no doubt want to visit. Siloso Beach and Palawan Beach are great places to relax, catch some rays, or go for a swim. Many exclusive resort hotels are located on Sentosa, so it’s easy to spend a day here. You might consider checking out Resorts World Sentosa. The hotel has 11 lavish suite rooms located underwater and offering spectacular views into the hotel’s massive aquarium. Containing upwards of 40,000 sea creatures, guests in the underwater rooms will have no shortage of exciting and colorful creatures to admire. Each suite is built in a two-story configuration with the upper-level above the waterline. Guests can relax on a private outdoor patio or soak in the Jacuzzi. The underwater rooms are for the most part separate from the rest of the hotel, thus providing a degree of luxury and seclusion. Guests can request private transportation to the nearby S.E.A. Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark, where they can enjoy exploring even more amazing marine life.

Changi Airport

Singapore Border Reopen: Travel Tourism Returns with Air Travel Pass

Arriving in Singapore is an experience unto itself. Continually ranked as the world’s best, Changi Airport is a marvel. Visit the butterfly garden, the cactus garden, the kinetic rain sculpture, the HSBC Rain Vortex in the airport’s new Jewel addition...and so much more! Build some time in your itinerary maybe on the backend to explore here. With cutting-edge visual displays, gorgeous layouts, premiere shopping, and some architectural masterpieces, Changi is basically one big lounge onto itself. Make sure you snap some pictures of the light show at the Rain Vortex. It’s spectacular and attracts quite the crowd. Changi is designed with long concourses so make sure to note your gate location and plan accordingly. Spending time in Changi is a fitting way to end your visit to Singapore.

As one of the world’s most family-friendly destinations, Singapore offers something for everyone. Take your time and explore the city’s many facets. Great food, amazing architecture, wonderful nightlife, resorts, theme parks, and more...it’s all on offer in this great Southeast Asian city-state. Now that it’s possible to again travel for tourism and recreation, Singapore is a great destination to consider for an upcoming holiday vacation.

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