Tiktok user Beck lomas just downloaded a step-by-step guide on how to travel abroad during the COVID pandemic and let’s just say this – it’s not easy.
The Melbourne influencer recently traveled to Singapore, where Australia currently has a travel bubble deal. This means that those arriving in the Southeast Asian country do not need to self-quarantine, except while waiting for test results.
It should be noted that compared to other countries, Singapore has more hoops to go through than Cirque du Soleil. If you are looking for a less stressful process, countries like the United States might be a better option for you.
The explainer begins with a few images from the International Travel Portal on her computer screen showing that all the necessary paperwork has been completed.
In total, there are seven different forms on the list, including COVID insurance, pre-travel testing certification, booking confirmed arrival test, and international vaccination certificate. This is really the stuff of nightmares for people who get caught by the admin.
Lomas said in his comment that “if you went to the airport and one of the (the forms) weren’t filled out you would basically be turned away and I saw a LOT of people getting turned back.” Brutal.
The following image shows Lomas’ documents in an online sharing drive that she says she also printed in hard copy. If you count them all, there are at least 18 other documents on this page …
Remember when vacation planning was all about choosing the tourist attractions you wanted to visit instead of putting together a manual of official documents? No me either.
A highlight (or a weak point, depending on how much you enjoy a COVID test) is Lomas explaining the COVID testing schedule. This included a rapid test at the airport in Australia, a PCR test after arriving in Singapore and again on days three and seven, as well as another round of rapid tests on days two, four, five and six. I’m pretty sure that makes eight tests in total, but don’t quote me, I’ve never done well in math.
As you might expect, the comments section has a lot of feelings about the extent of this process.
Overall, Singapore may be one of Australia’s closest geographic neighbors, but that doesn’t mean the process of getting there is any easier.
Despite this, round-trip flights from Melbourne currently cost less than $ 500 – which might spark a little travel urge for some would-be travelers.
Have a good trip, gang!