Can I travel to Singapore or Thailand? Tips for Green and Orange List Countries in Southeast Asia



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Can I travel to Brunei?

Like Singapore, Brunei is on the green list, however, anyone wishing to visit must obtain permission, in this case from the Prime Minister’s Office, at least eight days before departure. If permission is granted, travelers must provide proof of a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure and enter a government quarantine facility for two to 14 days at their own expense.

Brunei has also implemented an exit travel ban, which means anyone wishing to leave the country must apply to the prime minister’s office at least three working days before travel.

Can I travel to Thailand?

Thailand is on the Orange List – Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said Britons should not go to Orange List destinations for vacations, but it is not illegal to do so. Thailand’s borders are currently open, although all visitors must apply for permission to travel – through the Royal Thai Government’s online platform.

Even with that secure, you will have to complete a mandatory quarantine: a program that has deterred the vast majority of travelers, putting pressure on a tourism industry that accounts for around 20% of the national economy. All travelers to Thailand, including all UK nationals, must complete a 14-day quarantine at a state quarantine or alternative state quarantine (ASQ) facility. Those who test positive for Covid-19, even if they are asymptomatic, must see their quarantine in hospital – along with everyone else in their travel party. Travelers must remain in quarantine for 10 days, even if they then test negative.

However, there is cause for hope. Thailand has already started easing restrictions on visitors vaccinated this summer, requiring only seven days of quarantine for those who received both doses at least 14 days before departure. Soon, Phuket will be the first part of Thailand to fully open up to international travelers. On July 1, the island will begin welcoming fully vaccinated tourists. They will be transported from the airport to their hotel and will then be tested for Covid-19. If they are negative, they will be allowed to travel around Phuket. After a week, they will be allowed to travel elsewhere in the country.

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