Singapore may grant quarantine-free travel in September

Quarantine-free travel, larger gatherings on the cards for vaccinated residents.

By early September, Singapore hopes to allow quarantine-free travel and relook travel corridors with other countries or regions that have Covid-19 infections under control.
By early September, Singapore hopes to allow quarantine-free travel and relook travel corridors with other countries or regions that have Covid-19 infections under control. Photo Credit:Facebook/Singapore Tourism Board

Singapore is aiming to gradually reopen borders and allow vaccinated residents to travel quarantine-free by early September.

With 80% of the population expected to be fully vaccinated by September, Singapore sees itself in a strong position to move forward with reopening the country, said Finance Minister Lawrence Wong in Parliament on Monday.

Fully vaccinated residents may be able to travel out of Singapore without having to serve a 14-day quarantine on their return, said Wong.

And depending on the risk level of the countries visited, quarantine maybe replaced with a rigorous testing regime or a seven-day isolation period served at home.

Singapore may also establish travel corridors with other countries or regions that have Covid-19 infections under control, including relooking a prior travel bubble with Hong Kong.

In early August, when two-thirds of the population would have received both shots, the government would also consider easing some Covid-19 measures for fully vaccinated individuals. These include allowing larger gatherings or restaurant dine-in.

The government had earlier recognised that Covid-19 will be an endemic and announced its intentions to live with the virus. However, the country suffered a recent setback when infections spread in karaoke lounges and a fishery port in mid-July.

Source: Travel Weekly Asia



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