Border restrictions are being eased on December 18, though Singaporeans traveling the other way will not enjoy the same privilege.
The Lion City is unilaterally opening its borders to all Taiwan-based travelers, including short-term visitors, from midnight this Friday. Successful applicants under the Air Travel Pass (ATP) scheme will be allowed into Singapore without needing to quarantine, but as the arrangement is not a reciprocal “travel bubble,” those who choose to take up the offer will have to undergo mandatory self-isolation at government-designated facilities upon returning to Taiwan. Fortunately, the quarantine period has been shortened to five days instead of the usual 14 days, as Singapore is classified by Taiwanese health authorities as a low-risk country.
In a statement published last Friday, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) explained, “Taiwan has a comprehensive public health surveillance system and has displayed successful control over the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Over the past 28 days, Taiwan has [had] zero local Covid-19 cases. The risk of importation from Taiwan is low.”
Travelers in Taiwan can now apply for an Air Travel Pass between seven and 30 calendar days prior to their intended date of entry into Singapore. To be eligible, applicants must have remained in Taiwan for at least 14 consecutive days before the trip.
Arriving ATP holders will undergo a PCR test upon arrival at Changi Airport, and will be permitted to freely roam Singapore if the result is negative. The same relaxation of quarantine rules will apply to Singaporean citizens, permanent residents, and long-term pass holders returning from Taiwan. To streamline the on-arrival testing process, passengers traveling to Singapore from Taiwan can register and pre-pay for their PCR test prior to the trip at safetravel.changiairport.com.
The Lion City has already opened its borders to all travelers from Australia, Brunei, Mainland China, New Zealand, and Vietnam. According to the CAAS’ statistics, Singapore has approved 9,284 applications and received 4,050 visitors up to last Friday. As of December 9, not a single arrival under the ATP scheme has tested positive for Covid-19.