Singapore – Over the past few months, we have seen a complete change in the outlook for travel across the globe, with countries slowly opening their borders to travelers from all over the world. All nations closed the walls when the COVID-19 virus began to spread around the world, and complementing those borders was essential to prevent the large-scale spread of the highly contagious virus.
There has been no international travel for a very long time, as all international flights have been banned and all borders across the world have been closed. However, the long wait to open these borders became reality when the vaccination process started to accelerate. International travel has started to pick up again, with many countries opening their borders and allowing international travelers to enter their countries, but with certain restrictions.
Slowly, all countries in the world are now opening their borders to international travelers and reducing the stringency of restrictions on these travelers. Today we are going to discuss one such country, which recently opened its borders to international travelers and lifted its restrictions. Yes, the country we are going to talk about today is Singapore which recently raised its previously imposed travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What are the relaxations, and what is the scenario for Indian travelers? We will discuss all of this today.
Officially known as the Republic of Singapore, the country is a sovereign city-state located in maritime Southeast Asia. It is a popular tourist destination, and the government registers a considerable number of international travelers each year before the pandemic. The country has been confined for an extended period to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and all international borders have been closed. However, things had started to change now as the vaccination process around the world gained momentum.
Singapore recently opened its international borders to travelers from India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal from October 26, but with some restrictions. The regular lifting of travel barriers means the country will allow travelers to have a 14-day travel history. However, this is not the case for travelers from the countries mentioned above.
The reason behind this is the Singapore government’s decision to subject all travelers from these countries to Category IV of its border measures, which is known to be the strictest category of all. To better understand who can travel and who cannot and the restrictions, let’s first see what Category IV of the border measure means.
In Category IV, which is considered the most stringent of the four categories of border restrictions imposed by the Singapore government, only citizens of the nation as well as its permanent residents, as well as travelers under emergency visit lanes in death and serious illness are allowed to enter the country of Singapore.
In addition to the travelers listed above, all other travelers, including those who have received prior notice of entry approval and who do not fall under the category mentioned above, are refused entry into the country. Singapore, in accordance with the regulations of this category.
In addition, all eligible travelers in the category of the fourth category will be required to carry a negative RT-PCR report which also should not be more than 48 hours before arrival. Additionally, travelers will be subjected to another test at Singapore Airport upon arrival in the country. They will also be required to quarantine themselves at a dedicated quarantine facility for ten days.
On the bright side, according to the statement released by Singapore’s health ministry, they claimed to be lenient with the restrictions previously imposed. Any traveler with a 14-day travel history to India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal or Myanmar was not allowed to enter Singapore’s borders earlier.
However, health officials claimed to review the COVID-19 virus situation in all of the countries mentioned above and concluded to allow entry for any traveler with a 14-day travel history to India, Bangladesh, in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal. , and Myanmar before departure for Singapore will be allowed to enter Singapore’s borders and also transit, from this 26.
What about travelers from other countries except the countries mentioned above?
To be exact, the city-state has allowed travelers from other countries to enter Singapore’s borders, which belong to countries where the COVID-19 virus is under control, and the protocols are effective in curbing the spread of the highly virus. contagious. virus.
Previously, to defeat the ban on travel from India, those who wanted to return to Singapore, where we are now in India, first went to another country that allowed Indian citizens and then to Singapore. The catch was that to avoid the restrictions of a 14-day travel history, these travelers had to stay at least fourteen days in the third country (the country they traveled to before heading to Singapore).
Additionally, in August, Singapore also introduced the vaccinated traffic lanes with two countries: Germany and Brunei Darussalam. What are these vaccine routes? These are simple extensions of the planned travel lanes, which only apply to fully vaccinated international travelers.
These vaccinated circulation routes have been extended to Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada, South Korea and the United States. These routes have developed at a very significant rate and have already covered many countries. They also play an important role in getting people to get vaccinated.
Now let’s talk briefly about the other countries that have opened their barriers to travelers from India.
Our country recently recorded 100 million injected vaccines, which clearly shows how excellent the vaccination process is. Witnessing this, many countries have now started to open their barriers for Indian travelers. These countries include Spain, Maldives, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Turkey, Thailand and many more, which have opened their borders to Indian travelers.
Speaking of Turkey, its embassy in Delhi announced last month that Indian travelers visiting Turkey would no longer have to undergo the extended 14-day quarantine period. This is only applicable if the traveler is fully vaccinated. Likewise, Germany has reclassified India in a lower risk level group and thus the travel ban imposed earlier on Indian travelers. All Indian travelers are now allowed to enter Germany’s borders and travel with restrictions.
Since the government went through its vaccination process and recorded the high number of daily vaccination doses, many countries are opening their barriers for travelers to the nation. Spain, a trendy tourist destination, allows fully vaccinated Indian travelers to enter their country now. This alleviates the problems of businessmen and students waiting to travel to countries for work or study.
Article reviewed and edited by Shreedatri Banerjee