Singapore is reopening its borders to more countries including the UK with new travel rules allowing double vaccinated Brits to visit without quarantine
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Singapore is set to welcome Brits back for the first time in 18 months as it continues to reopen its international borders.
Until now the country has kept its borders closed to anyone who isn’t a Singapore citizen or permanent resident, with strict quarantine rules for all travellers.
However, in recent months it has begun to trial a ‘Vaccinated Travel Lane’ scheme for the return of international travellers, and this is now being expanded to include nine countries, one of which is the UK.
This means that Brits heading to Singapore will be able to visit without needing to quarantine, provided that they are fully vaccinated against Covid.
Other entry requirements will still be in place including a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before departure, as well as a PCR test on arrival at Changi Airport – and you will need to self-isolate until your test result is confirmed as negative.
The new rules are set to come into force from October 19.
The decision to reopen has come as nearly 85% of Singapore’s population is believed to be fully vaccinated.
Currently, Singapore is on the ‘rest of the world’ list under the UK’s new travel rules – and entry requirements back in the UK depend on your vaccination status.
Fully vaccinated travellers who arrive in the UK will need to take a PCR test on day two after landing.
For those who are either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, there is a requirement for a pre-departure test, as well as PCR tests on days two and eight after landing. You will also be required to self-isolate for 10 days – although you can opt for a fourth test to ‘test and release’ early.
It will join an existing line-up of destinations open to Brits for travel, including popular holiday spots such as Spain, Greece and Portugal. Recently UK travellers’ options opened up even more when 47 countries were removed from the red list including winter sun hotspots such as Mexico, Cape Verde and Thailand.
Where Brits can go on holiday
It’s worth noting that not all 47 countries have reopened their borders – we’ve flagged the entry rules for all 47 countries here to give you a helping hand.
There could be further travel options for Brits in the coming months too as a number of countries such as the US, Vietnam and Thailand have already revealed plans to start welcoming back UK holidaymakers in 2021.
For example, Fiji recently announced it would reopen borders for the first time in nearly two years to vaccinated holidaymakers, which includes UK arrivals.
Travel rules are correct at the time of writing but these can change quickly during the pandemic so always check the latest Foreign Office advice here before booking or going on a trip.
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