Q: I’m tempted to go to Singapore now it has opened up. But can you tell me what the risks are? Do restrictions on eating out and going to bars apply to us? – Josie, Launceston

Isn’t it exciting that Singapore has opened its doors to Australians? The restrictions apply to foreigners but they are essentially no different to here in Australia. So, before using your fingers to pick up that chilli crab down at Clark Quay, here are a few tips.

Social distancing and hygiene measures are in place and masks must be worn at all times, although you can remove them when eating, drinking or exercising. Check-in is via the Trace Together app (see tracetogether.gov.sg). Check opening hours and reservation availability for those attractions and restaurants on your list. While most of Singapore is open for business, there are caps on numbers for venues.

Your local travel agent can help. For updates on local health advisories, see moh.gov.sg and gov.sg. For border control measures, there’s safetravel.ica.gov.sg and for advisories for visitors and tourism businesses, stb.gov.sg.

Q: Some countries are demanding  COVID travel insurance. What’s the current situation? – Kate, Canberra

Great question Kate and one that is top of mind for our clients. I hope you enjoy reading fine print and PDS information.

Some policies will cover medical treatment expenses incurred overseas if you’re diagnosed with COVID-19 while on your journey. Some policies will provide cover for several unforeseeable costs relating to COVID-19 if you have added our cancellation cover to your policy. However, I’m yet to find a policy to cover you if you can’t travel because of border closures or lockdowns.

The Smartraveller website and Choice magazine have a lot of information. And your experienced local travel agent will have performed their refresher training on travel insurance.

Elizabeth Ellis & Jenny Cooper, Queanbeyan City Travel & Cruise

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