Singapore eyes border reopening for the fully vaccinated

Singapore eyes border reopening for the fully vaccinated
FILE PHOTO: Office workers are seen at a largely empty central business district as Singapore returns to the work-from-home regime due to surging cases in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Singapore September 27, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Singapore reported 16,165 new COVID cases as of noon on Thursday, and now the city wants to open up to all fully-vaxxed travelers soon – getting passengers back to 50% pre-COVID levels this year.

Key comments:

“We are now transiting towards living with COVID-19. I know many or some prefer to open up more quickly but we must do so in a very careful and step-by-step manner," said Gan Kim Yong, minister for trade and industry, in November of last year.

“We do want to pivot to quarantine-free, vaccinated travel. In other words, as long as a traveler is vaccinated and can prove that, they should be able to enter the country without quarantine,” said Transport Minister S. Iswaran on Thursday.

When talking about Hong Kong, Iswaran said, “It’s absolutely important that all the hubs in our region open up and reconnect, but of course, each of us has to do this very mindful of the domestic public health situation. The connectivity within Asia and in particular between the key aviation hubs is an important prerequisite in the resumption of growth in aviation in our part of the world.”

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