This story was first published on August 23, 2021, and updated on October 11, 2021.
Singapore is slowly kickstarting travel once again with its recent announcement that it would be expanding the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme to countries such as Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Britain, the United States and South Korea.
This comes shortly after the Singapore Government announced that they would be reopening our borders through a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) and by classing countries and regions into four different categories so that different border measures can be applied and travel can be made easier on August 19.
Through the VTL, fully vaccinated travellers can travel to and from Singapore without needing to serve a quarantine. All they need to do is go through a few Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and they can enter the county.
The first countries to fall under this scheme were Germany and Brunei which saw a successful launch on September 8. In fact, in a statement, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said that they had 1,926 visitors from Germany and Brunei as of October 8 and that only two imported cases were detected and dealt with on arrival.
If you are planning to take advantage of the expanded VTL scheme, here’s what the Covid-19 situation is like in these countries.
France is doing pretty well with infections decreasing. They are reporting about 4,207 new infections a day. They have also vaccinated about 71.5 per cent of their population.
75.6 per cent of the population in Denmark have been fully vaccinated with Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The country is however still seeing about 552 new infections on average per day.
Italy has fully vaccinated 71.5 per cent of the population with AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. That said, it is still seeing an average of 2,611 new infections each day.
The Netherlands continues to report about 2,231 average new infections daily. However, they have already vaccinated about 68.4 per cent of their population.
Canada has to date vaccinated 75.8 per cent of their population with Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca vaccines and the one from Serum Institute of India. They are still seeing an average of 3,115 new cases per day.
Covid-19 infections in Spain have been on the decline recently with about 1,784 new infections being reported daily. About 75.1 per cent of the population has also been vaccinated.
Unfortunately, Covid-19 cases in Britain are increasing with about 36,232 new infections being reported daily. 70.5 per cent of the population has been vaccinated, however.
Cases in the United States have been decreasing with about 94,950 new infections being reported daily. about 61.2 per cent of the population has also been fully vaccinated.
66.5 per cent of the population in South Korea has already been vaccinated with AstraZeneca, Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech or Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Unfortunately, they are still seeing about 1,916 new infections per day.
In Germany, vaccination rates are still pretty low with only 65.6 per cent of the population fully vaccinated with the Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines. The country is also continuing to see an average of 8,244 new Covid-19 infections daily.
They have, over the course of the pandemic, had 4,311,272 infections and 94,193 deaths.
To date, Brunei has managed to fully vaccinate 60.7 per cent of its population with Moderna, Pfizer/BioNTech, Sinopharm and AstraZeneca vaccines. They are seeing an average of 180 new infections daily. So far, they have seen a total of 8,980 infections and 62 deaths.
Beyond the VTL, Singapore is also now classifying different countries and regions into four separate categories and with different border measures for each category. These are the way countries will be classified from September 9.
Category I will be for places with the lowest risk of Covid-19 transmissions such as Hong Kong, Macao, Mainland China and Taiwan.
Under category I, travellers need only test negative for Covid-19 on arrival before they will be allowed to go on with their activities.
Read more about the situations in these destinations below:
Hong Kong has been doing really well recently with an average of five new infections reported per day. They have also fully vaccinated 58.6 per cent of people with the Pfizer/BioNTech and Sinovac vaccines.
Macau has fully vaccinated 53.4 per cent of their population and they have seen a total of 77 cases and no reports of deaths as a result of the virus.
China has, to date, managed to fully vaccinate 79.4 per cent of its residents with six of their own homegrown vaccines. Mainland China is currently seeing an average of 23 daily infections.
Only about 37 per cent of the population in Taiwan have been vaccinated with vaccines developed by Medigen, Moderna and AstraZeneca. They are currently seeing an average of 6 new infections a day.