Latest updates on travel corridors

Latest updates on travel corridors

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Singapore plans to reopen in September while the US–UK corridor is on hold

Thanks to travel corridors we can enjoy a vacation abroad and give a boost to the local economy. These corridors or bubbles allow a person from one country to travel to another country more or less restriction-free. Usually, the countries have low COVID-19 infection rates where the risk of transmission is minimal.

Since the situation with COVID-19 continues to be volatile, bubbles are being established or removed. Read on for the latest developments in global travel corridors.

Singapore expects to have vaccinated 80% of its population by September

Singapore plans to reopen in SeptemberSingapore plans to reopen in September — Shutterstock

Singapore is among the latest countries to have announced opening its borders for the first time since the pandemic started. This major hub is set to reopen in September and will allow in travelers who are fully vaccinated to enter quarantine-free.

By September, Singapore expects to have 80 percent of its population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and plans to establish corridors with countries with low infection rates: “While other countries may have come to terms with a certain level of COVID-19 cases and even deaths, this is not the choice we want to make in Singapore,” said Finance Minister Lawrence Wong.

“At the same time, there is no need to wait for everyone to be vaccinated before we begin to open up. That would mean holding back the entire reopening timeline until much later in the year, which is not tenable.”

The United States extends travel ban on the United Kingdom, EU, and China

The US has extended its travel ban on the UK, EU, and ChinaThe US has extended its travel ban on the UK, EU, and China — Shutterstock

While things are looking up for the Asian city-state, a restriction-free US–UK corridor seems unlikely to happen anytime soon. 

Free travel between the two countries has been on hold since March 2020. The United States is on the UK’s amber list, meaning returning passengers are expected to quarantine for 10 days on arrival to the UK and take two post-arrival PCR tests.

As for the US, they have extended their current travel ban despite high hopes in the past several weeks. The ban applies to the UK, EU, and China and is largely based on the spread of the new Delta variant.  

“Given where we are today with the Delta variant, the United States will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point for a few reasons,” a White House official said.

“Driven by the Delta variant, cases are rising here at home, particularly among those who are unvaccinated and appear likely continue to increase in the weeks ahead.”

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