Welcome to the first-ever post of what will be a running weekly series of travel news summarised just for you! The Travel News Wrap aims to be your weekly update of relevant news gathered over the week to get you up to speed on what is happening in the traveling world.
Here are some things that happened this week:
Bali has been reported to have extended its closure to foreign tourists until the end of 2020. As of the time of writing, there are no concrete dates as to when the borders will be open again in 2021. Initially, it was planned that the borders would open on September 11 but due to the current COVID-19 situation in the country, the plan was seen to be not conducive or feasible anymore.
From September 1, travelers from Brunei and New Zealand are now Exempt from the Stay Home Notice under the new reciprocal green lane arrangements. Even though the Stay Home Notice requirement has been lifted in Singapore, other safety measures such as Coronavirus tests upon arrival, following a strict itinerary are still in place. Restrictions for visitors from low-risk areas will also be eased with the Stay Home Notice Period being shortened from 14-days to 7-days.
Check out our blog “Everything you need to know about Singapore's Green Lanes Travel Arrangement” to know more about the Reciprocal Green Lanes.
Check with the travel advisories of the respective countries for a detailed look into the requirements and regulations.
Travelers coming returning from Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Jamaica will have to self-isolate for 14-days according to the UK government, reported BBC News. This is due to the reported increase in weekly cases in Switzerland in recent times, with similar situations in Czech Republic and Jamaica. With that said, the UK’s Foreign Office is now advising against all but necessary and essential travel to these countries mentioned above.
The airliner, Emirates, is set to resume their flights to Bangkok starting from 1 September. Flying daily, this is will give travelers from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific convenient access to Bangkok and Thailand again.
Singapore has been busy with setting up the reciprocal green lanes with several countries already in the arrangement. The latest addition to this will be with its direct neighbor, Indonesia. The two countries are planning to start the discussions on the implementation of the reciprocal green lanes for essential travel. Meanwhile, the discussion between Singapore and Thailand regarding the same matter will be expedited.