Find Out Which Countries You Can And Can’t Travel To Now
Additional reporting by Andrea Saadan
Since the widespread outbreak of Covid-19 earlier this year, travel plans across the globe were put on pause, with many countries closing their borders and restricting entry in a hope to stop the spread of the virus. But after many months of lockdown, countries are starting to slowly return to some kind of normal, with flights resuming and some destinations getting set to welcome tourists once more.
If you’re curious as to which destinations you may be able to visit in the not-so-distant future, this new interactive tool is giving us an insight into the countries that are re-opening their doors.
The world map allows keen travellers to easily search by destination, listing information such as if the country is “open”, along with any restrictions and entry requirements currently in place. A similar interactive travel regulations map has also been created by The International Air Transport Association (IATA)—with countries listed as either: totally restrictive; partially restrictive; not restrictive; or latest updates currently under review.
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While both tools are useful and offer an interesting insight into the current global travel situation, it’s important to still do your own research and check for any official information for any destinations you may be planning on travelling to.
The IATA reminds users that their data “is correct to the best of IATA's knowledge at the time of publication and is being reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis by IATA staff”, with the global situation and individual country restrictions ever-changing.
Though social distancing is easing worldwide, it’s also vital to remain vigilant—with non-essential travel still not fully advised for the time being.
Singapore's Multi-Ministry Taskforce has been reviewing the border measures that were put in place and will be implementing progressive changes as the country re-opens to international travel, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH). Since March 21, all incoming travellers, including Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and Long Term Pass holders, have been required to serve a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN). In addition to that, a testing regime will also be applicable for all incoming travellers entering Singapore from June 17, before the end of their SHN.
Singapore Airlines also announced that it will operate one-way transit flights from June 11, from selected cities in Australia and New Zealand, through Changi Airport, to any destination in the SIA Group network currently operated by SIA, SilkAir or Scoot. However, transfers to and from flights operated by other airlines are not allowed.
Overall, Singaporeans and residents of Singapore are still advised by MOH to defer all travel abroad. So although travel is still a dream, for now, the map can help us to envisage where we may be able to travel to in the coming months, curing a little wanderlust along the way.
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