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Asia Minute: Travel Shifts for Singapore

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For many locations, proof of vaccination is enough for entry, but in one Southeast Asian travel hub, a lot depends on where your flight takes off.

Short-term visits to Singapore are highly restricted these days.

The country is now classifying travelers according to the vaccination and transmission rates in the country they’re coming from — the length of your potential quarantine will depend on it.

It’s no longer enough to simply have a vaccine yourself. The length of your potential quarantine will depend in part on how many of your compatriots have gotten their shots.

Level one travelers will be coming from countries with the lowest rate of transmission of COVID-19 — a negative test on arrival means you can skip quarantine entirely.

This list includes New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau and most of China.

Level two is where a risk profile is similar to Singapore’s, such as Australia, Canada, and Germany, among others. That means a week’s quarantine after a negative test.

Level three needs a test before departure, on arrival, and a 14-day quarantine — with further testing along the way.

Many European countries fall into this category along with Japan and South Korea.

Level four needs everything that level three does plus that 14-day quarantine will be served only at a special facility run by the government — not a hotel or private home.

Travelers from the United States are currently in level four.

Bill Dorman has been the news director at Hawaiʻi Public Radio since 2011.
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