Singapore, Thailand Now on the U.K.’s Safe Travel List

Visitors from both countries no longer need to enter quarantine upon arrival in England.

London’s Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral at sunset. (Photo: Jonathan Chng/Unsplash)

For travelers based in Singapore or Bangkok, a future long-haul vacation in Britain might not be as far away as one might think. The two nations have just been added to the U.K. government’s Travel Corridor list, which tallies the regions categorized as “green” under a color-coded “traffic light” risk assessment system first rolled out in July.

However, quarantine restrictions will apply to residents of Singapore and Thailand who have visited or transited through any non-exempt countries within 14 days of their arrival in the U.K. Singapore has successfully controlled a large-scale outbreak in its migrant worker dormitories, and the daily count of newly recorded Covid-19 infections has not risen past 50 for much of the past two weeks. Thailand typically sees zero new cases or numbers in the single digits each day, with all those detected in returning travelers. As of September 23, there are just 109 active cases of Covid-19 nationwide.

The two Southeast Asian nations join 13 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region already placed on the safe list. These jurisdictions include Australia, Brunei, Fiji, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Pitcairn Island, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

The U.K. government previously said the status of each quarantine-free destination will be updated in line with the latest coronavirus infection rates. Unfortunately for local holidaymakers, Britain will not hesitate to reimpose travel restrictions with just a few days’ notice. Slovenia and the French Caribbean territory of Guadeloupe have just been pulled from the safe list, while a previous update means returnees from French Polynesia, Hungary, mainland Portugal, and Réunion are also required to self-isolate for two weeks.

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