Singapore reassures Indian travelers

Following India’s recent announcement of mandatory negative RT-PCR tests for travelers from six countries including Singapore, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) would like to point out that there is no change in Singapore’s current COVID-19 protocol.

Fully immunized travelers from India will continue to be able to enter Singapore without quarantine and testing requirements under the Vaccinated Travel Framework (VTF) which came into effect on April 1, 2022.

The STB’s assurance comes after the Government of India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced on December 29, 2022 that it would require negative RT-PCR test reports from all travelers entering India from China. , Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand from 1 January 2023. Passengers returning to India will be required to present a negative RT-PCR test, taken within 72 hours of departure and uploaded to the Air portal Suvidha.

Travelers from India to Singapore can continue to enjoy their trip to Singapore with peace of mind, in light of the following key factors:

No changes to border and ground restrictions – Fully immunized travelers arriving in Singapore from India can enter Singapore without quarantine or testing requirements. Additionally, travelers who are not fully vaccinated can also enter Singapore without any quarantine, provided they possess a negative RT-PCR before departure or a professionally administered ART test report. Singapore has not changed the status of any borders or ground restrictions for visitors from India.

Business as usual – All tourist offerings, from attractions and shopping malls to dining and nightlife establishments, remain fully open.

Accessible testing makes it easy – Testing facilities are widely and easily accessible across Singapore as required by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The full list of rapid test centers across the island, including booking details, can be found on the Singapore Government’s Gowhere Test Centers website.

Public health and visitor safety have always been top priorities for Singapore, and the country is closely monitoring global developments with COVID-19.

To reassure travelers and travel business partners in India, GB Srithar, Regional Director, India, Middle East, South Asia and Africa, said: “Our message during this period is clear: Singapore remains as open as before. and continues to welcome all Indian visitors. On the testing side, our testing facilities are widely and readily available nationwide, with the highest level of efficient and hassle-free services. We therefore invite Indian travellers, young and old, to continue to enjoy Singapore’s dynamic and reinvented destination experiences, throughout the festive season and into 2023.”

Visitors can find the most up-to-date information on Singapore’s COVID-19 measures on the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s SafeTravel portal. Singapore’s tourism landscape has evolved over the years, making the destination one of the most popular and fastest growing lifestyle destinations in the world. Year-to-date, the number of inbound tourists to Singapore stood at 5.37 million visitor arrivals at the end of November.

With iconic attractions across the island, a packed calendar of lifestyle events in 2023, and a vibrant dining and nightlife scene, Singapore continues to attract travelers from around the world to revel in its many offerings. . (SJ/IANS)

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