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What It’s Like to Visit Singapore Right Now

The city-state’s hawker stalls and museums remain open. Here’s an insider’s take on what to expect when you get there.

Kayakers row past the central business district at Marina Bay in Singapore in October. 

Kayakers row past the central business district at Marina Bay in Singapore in October. 

Photographer: Ore Huiying/Bloomberg

Derek Wallbank is a senior editor based in Bloomberg’s Singapore bureau. 

Singapore has been one of the safest places in the world to ride out the pandemic. Some 96% of the eligible population is now fully vaccinated, and hospitals here have never been overrun. But the trade hub and city-state of just under 5.5 million people is toeing a delicate line. Every time restrictions have eased in the past year, Covid cases have spiked, leaving Singapore with some of the strictest remaining public-health measures in the world.