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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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Jun 9, 202129,68221

Editor's Note: This post was updated 2021-06-09 to reflect the announcement that travelers from Guangdong Province in Mainland China are no longer eligible to apply for an Air Travel Pass (ATP) for travel to Singapore. Singaporean nationals, permanent residents, and anyone else allowed to return to Singapore who has recently visited Guangdong Province must undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Singapore. They must also self-isolate for 7 days at their place of residence and undergo an additional PCR test during the self-isolation period.

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 2021-05-28 to reflect the announcement that travelers from the Australian State of Victoria must undergo additional testing and quarantine requirements upon arrival in Singapore due to an increase in locally-transmitted infections there. Singaporean nationals, permanent residents, and anyone else allowed to return to Singapore who has recently visited the State of Victoria must undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Singapore. They must also self-isolate for 7 days at their place of residence and undergo an additional PCR test during the self-isolation period.

Editor's Note: This post was updated 2021-05-18 to reflect the announcement that Singapore and Hong Kong SAR have once again postponed the launch of an "Air Travel Bubble" between them due to rising COVID-19 case numbers in Singapore. Authorities have not provided a new launch date. Singapore has also announced a suspension in Air Travel Pass (ATP) eligibility for Taiwan due to rising COVID-19 cases there.

Editor's Note: This post was updated 2021-04-27 to reflect the announcement that Singapore intends to relaunch a travel bubble with Hong Kong SAR. A previous agreement set to launch in late November, 2020, was postponed after a surge in COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong SAR. Authorities in both places have now set a new date of May 26, 2021, to begin designated flights under the HK-Singapore Air Travel Bubble.

Editor's Note: This post was updated on 2021-03-31 to reflect the decision by Singapore authorities to re-impose some travel restrictions following discovery of multiple SARS-CoV-2 virus variants in locations around the world. Singapore has limited Air Travel Pass (ATP) eligibility to foreign nationals traveling from Australia (except the State of Victoria), Brunei Darussalam, Mainland China (except Guangdong Province), [and] New Zealand, and Taiwan. Short-term visitors including tourists from other locations continue to have to wait for further relaxation of travel restrictions. Singapore has also once again restricted business travelers. Only travelers from Brunei Darussalam and certain provinces in Mainland China (not including Guangdong Province) may travel to Singapore using the so-called Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) initiative. This was previously also open to travelers from Germany, Japan, Malaysia, and South Korea. However, business travelers may now apply to enter Singapore under a new program called "Connect@SG." Travelers should inquire with Singapore authorities as to their eligibility.

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 official 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 (with some exceptions for persons who have been to the State of Victoria), Brunei Darussalam, Mainland China (with some exceptions for persons who have been to Guangdong Province), and New Zealand are able to enter Singapore for short-term visits that include tourism and recreational travel. Travelers from other locations continue to have to wait for further relaxation of travel restrictions.

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 and some parts of Mainland China are permitted to enter Singapore provided they fulfill certain criteria. Previously this included business travelers from Guangdong Province; however, this program has been suspended due to a rising number of infections there. Current criteria for business travelers 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.

Business travelers from all locations except South Africa and the United Kingdom can also apply to enter Singapore for short-term stays of up to 14 days under the so-called "Connect@Singapore" initiative. The initiative aims to allow a limited number of business, official, and other high economic value travelers to enter Singapore to support the revival of the country’s business and hospitality sectors. Persons traveling under the Connect@Singapore initiative must comply with strict health and testing protocols, including remaining within a special access "bubbles" at approved facilities and locations in Singapore. Travelers interested in this program should contact their local Singapore embassy or consulate for more information.

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 (with some exceptions for persons who have been to the State of Victoria within 21 days of their intended arrival in Singapore), Brunei Darussalam, Mainland China (with some exceptions for persons who have visited Guangdong Province within 21 days of their intended arrival in Singapore), and New Zealand 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 21 consecutive days prior to their scheduled departure for Singapore and must present their Air Travel Pass when boarding Singapore-bound flights. Prospective travelers from Hong Kong SAR hoping to travel to Singapore should monitor announcements regarding the resumption of the HK-Singapore Air Travel Bubble.

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. Anyone authorized to travel to Singapore (including Singapore nationals) who, within 21 days of their intended arrival, has visited the State of Victoria in Australia or Guangdong Province in Mainland China must undergo a PCR test upon arrival in Singapore, must self-isolate for 7 days at their place of residence, and must undergo an additional PCR test during the self-isolation period. 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, Mainland China, or New Zealand, 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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