More Countries in Asia to Drop Quarantine Requirements

After nearly 20 months of closed borders across much of Asia, it’s a sigh of relief for all of us to see a number of countries now relaxing measures to entry under new government guidelines.

It was announced just the other day that Singapore is opening its borders to more countries for quarantine-free travel, as the Lion City prepares to reach a “new normal” to live with COVID-19.

From 19 October, fully vaccinated travellers from eight countries, including Britain, Spain, the USA, and France, will be able to enter the island without quarantining if they pass their COVID-19 tests after arrival. The number of COVID-19 tests will also be reduced from four to two. Children aged 12 or below who are not vaccinated will be allowed to travel under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL). This progress follows the city-state’s high vaccination rate, with close to 85% of the population fully inoculated and most of the infections mild.

Thailand is set to allow fully vaccinated travellers from low-risk countries to enter the kingdom without quarantine from 1 November. Visitors will need to show a negative RT-PCR test undertaken before they leave their home country, and do a test on arrival in Thailand.

Initially, at least 10 countries, including the United Kingdom, Singapore, Germany, China, and the United States of America will be considered as low risk, with more countries added by 1 December. This move is currently pending government approval whilst the ‘Sandbox’ model remains in operation with quarantine reduced to 7 days for all fully vaccinated international arrivals

For more details on key reopening dates, quarantine, vaccination progress, and flights for all 11 of our destinations in Asia, please visit our Travel Recovery site.

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