Ranking based on the percentage of population that is fully vaccinated.
Updates on key countries:
Singapore has outpaced other Asian countries in vaccinating its population with the 4th highest full vaccination rate in the world. Its fully vaccinated population has reached more than 77%, and over 80% have taken the first dose. With more and more people getting vaccinated, the government has announced its transition toward a COVID-19 resilient nation instead of its previous COVID-Zero approach. However, the daily number of new cases still hovered around 100 in the last week of August.
Sadly, the travel bubble earlier in discussion with Singapore and Hong Kong is no longer happening. Singapore’s resilient approach has loosened the border measure for inbound travelers. If travelers are coming from low-risk countries and regions, including Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, New Zealand, with negative PCR tests on arrival, they are exempted from quarantine (Stay-Home Notice, SHN).
The vaccination rate of Taiwanese population was relatively low in Asia, but the government has rolled out vaccinations after a recent COVID-19 outbreak in May. Taiwan has successfully secured the supply of vaccines with assistance of its alliances, and the government also provides options of locally developed and produced vaccine starting from August. Although Taiwan still has a low percentage of fully vaccinated residents, it has more than 40% of residents who received the first dose.
While the Taiwanese government aims for a COVID-zero nation status, the travel bubble between Taiwan and Palau has been resumed after its initial plan back in April. The agreement would waive or reduce quarantine for travelers with negative PCR test result. Additionally, the Palau government provides 2,000 does of COVID vaccine to attract visitors from Taiwan under this scheme.
Mainland China is the other leading country on the vaccination leader board in Asia. Its fully vaccinated population has reached 63.5%, and the COVID-19 situation is considered stable with smaller outbreaks in particular cities.
Exciting news for all amusement park lovers! Universal Beijing Resort announced to open its door to the public in September after several delays due to the pandemic. This would be the first Universal studio in China where a new theme, Kung Fu Panda Land, is introduced. It also comes with two resort hotels showcasing a fusion of Chinese culture and hospitality. Merlin Entertainments also began the construction of Legoland Theme Park on Shenzhen's eastern Dapeng Peninsula, and the park is planned to open in 2024, the third Legoland in the pipeline in China.
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