Like in most Southeast Asian countries, Singapore's reopening plan has had ups and downs. The Delta and Omicron variants popped travel bubbles before they even opened. Restaurants closed, reopened, then closed again. In October last year, the country pushed its door ajar with a Vaccinated Travel Lane, in which Americans could enter quarantine-free through a handful of pre-approved flights. Finally, at the beginning of this month, the government announced its most relaxed entry requirements yet: fully vaccinated Americans can now arrive without a pre-departure COVID-19 test or quarantine, as long as they fill out an Electronic Health Declaration within three days prior to arrival.
Even though tourists have essentially been locked out of the country for almost two years, Singapore's hoteliers and restaurateurs didn't sit still: over the past two years, they've launched and revived heaps of new hotels and restaurants, from Chinatown to Little India. Read on for the new sights to see, hottest tables to book, and new and updated hotels worthy of planning a trip around, to take advantage of Singapore reopening.
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New things to do in Singapore
When pandemic travel restrictions confined most Singaporeans to the borders of their city-state, they dusted off their hiking boots en masse to explore the little-visited corners of the country. New nature initiatives such as the ABC Waters at Jurong Lake followed: At this floating wetland in west Singapore you’ll find wooden walkways, expansive lake views, and—if you're lucky—glimpses of otters, croc-sized monitor lizards, and tropical birds in jewel hues. More serious hikers should trek down the Rail Corridor, an island-spanning (from Tanjong Pagar in the south to Kranji, 15 miles north) rewilding project weaving through nature reserves and past historic landmarks such as the early 20th-century Bukit Timah Railway Station. Last year also saw the launch of its renovated central stretch, an accessible, 2.5-mile track dotted with decommissioned bridges and steel tracks.
Both initiatives are part of the 2030 Green Plan, a 10-year transformation project that launched last February with the aim to increase everything from energy efficiency to cycling paths, and a 50 percent growth of natural park land.