These Countries Allow Leisure Travel from Singapore

But returning Lion City residents may have to fork out an extra S$2,000 to serve their 14-day Stay-Home Notice at a dedicated facility.

A first glimpse of the iconic rock-cut Treasury in Petra, Jordan. (Photo: J Basiga/Unsplash)

Jordan

Singapore has been categorized as a “green” country under Jordan’s “traffic light” risk assessment system, which means that visitors will have their mandatory quarantine period shortened from two weeks to one. All tourists must register to travel on the Visit Jordan website, where they should submit an online health declaration and passenger locator form while paying 40 Jordanian dinar (roughly US$56) for a PCR test upon arrival at Queen Alia International Airport. On top of that, a negative PCR test result, conducted no more than 120 hours (five days) before departure, is required for check-in at Changi; the Aman contact tracing mobile app should also be downloaded before arrival.

Travelers coming in from “green”, low-risk countries must self-isolate for seven days even if they have tested negative for the virus. Following the quarantine period, a final PCR test (paid for by the tourist) will be required. As there are no direct flights between Singapore and Amman, the next best option is to transit in Dubai on Emirates or fly Qatar Airways via Doha.

 

A speedboat passes Villingili island in the North Male Atoll. (Photo: Mohamed Hayyaan/Unsplash)

Maldives

This Indian Ocean archipelago has been welcoming visitors of all nationalities since the middle of July, although an uptick in coronavirus cases saw its government tighten entry requirements starting in September. Incoming visitors must fill out a health declaration form one full day before the journey and present a negative result from a PCR test taken within 96 hours of departure. Travelers are also encouraged to install the contact-tracing application Trace Ekee upon arrival. No quarantine is necessary, but some private-island resorts may conduct an additional Covid-19 test to allow their guests to enjoy a mask-free holiday. SilkAir will be resuming regular flights between Singapore and Male, the Maldivian capital, from December 1.

 

Amid the ruins of UNESCO-listed Sukhothai Historical Park. (Photo: Arek Socha/Pixabay)

Thailand

While it isn’t yet possible to book a spontaneous holiday in Thailand, the Thai government is allowing in limited numbers of overseas visitors through its newly minted Special Tourist Visa. Aimed at those who plan to stay at least 30 days, the visa can be extended twice up to a period of three months. But all long-stay visitors will have to face a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government-approved hotel, and submit extra paperwork including a certificate of entry, a fit-to-fly medical certificate, and a six-month bank statement showing a balance of at least 500,000 baht (just under S$21,950). Health insurance coverage sold by Thai insurers is also a must, as is confirmation and proof of payment for a hotel booking after the quarantine period.

Because health authorities in Singapore consider Thailand to be a low-risk country, returning travelers can choose to serve their two-week Stay-Home Notice (SHN) in their primary place of residence if they meet certain requirements (for instance, if they live alone). Applications must be made via this link at least three days before arrival in Singapore.

 

Hot-air balloons over Cappadocia, Turkey. (Photo: Daniela Cuevas/Unsplash)

Turkey

A vacation in Istanbul and hot-air balloon rides over Cappadocia aren’t out of reach, thanks to Turkey’s simple entry procedures. Apart from the usual immigration requirements (Singaporean citizens can stay in the country for up to 90 days without a visa), all that’s needed is a completed passenger information form. No quarantine is needed, nor is a negative Covid-19 test result. A PCR test will only be conducted on incoming travelers who show symptoms including high fever, coughing, or shortness of breath. Understandably, face masks are mandatory in public across the country’s 81 provinces, including Istanbul; failure to abide by this rule could result in a fine of 900 lira (US$131). Turkish Airlines is now running thrice-weekly flights between Istanbul and Changi, while SIA flies the same route every week.

Singapore residents returning from Turkey can opt out of dedicated SHN facilities and serve their 14-day self-isolation period at home, so long as they have traveled to no other country in the previous 14 days and live alone or share their residence with household members also serving SHN and with the same travel history.

 

The 829-meter Burj Khalifa dominates Dubai’s futuristic skyline. (Photo: Kent Tupas/Unsplash)

UAE

Authorities in Dubai have reopened their emirate’s borders to passengers with a negative certificate from a PCR test done 96 hours before departure. All travelers must complete a health declaration form before check-in and download the Covid19 – DXB Smart App; some may have to take another PCR test on arrival in Dubai, after which they should remain in their hotel the result has been released. Dubai does not require tourists who have tested negative to undergo a self-isolation period, but regulations vary according to the emirate. Neighboring Abu Dhabi continues to impose a strict 14-day quarantine on all foreign visitors, and those traveling from Dubai to Abu Dhabi by road are also subject to the rule, with the mandatory self-isolation period reduced according to how long they have been in the UAE.

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