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Singapore to launch first quarantine-free travel program


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Singapore will launch a quarantine-free travel initiative for vaccinated visitors from Germany and Brunei, and relax entry restrictions for Hong Kong and Macau as it opens its borders after fully vaccinating over 75% of its population, the government said Thursday.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore stated, ” As the global COVID-19 situation evolves, we will continue to adjust our border measures with the appropriate safeguards to ensure public health and safety. ”

Previously, only Singapore residents and those with employment or student passes were allowed to enter the country.

Visitors from Germany and Brunei will be able to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass from Sept. 8 regardless of their reason for traveling to Singapore. They have to take multiple Coronavirus tests, such as pre-departure, on arrival, and post-arrival, instead of being quarantined.

Travelers must also have stayed in their country of departure, either Germany or Brunei, or in Singapore, for at least 21 consecutive days before departing for Singapore. Other requirements include health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatments.

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Separately, tourists from Hong Kong and Macao who have spent three consecutive weeks in those cities can apply to enter Singapore starting on Aug. 26. In addition, if they test negative on arrival, they will not need to quarantine and can isolate themselves until the testing results are available.

However, transport minister S. Iswaran said there are no more plans to establish a Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble. The planned air travel bubble had earlier been aborted twice because of spikes in virus cases.

While Singapore is easing travel restrictions, Hong Kong has taken a different approach and will tighten entry restrictions from Friday, raising quarantine periods for vaccinated travelers with a positive antibody test from medium-risk countries to 14 days.

Previously, travelers from medium-risk countries such as Singapore and Canada needed to quarantine for only seven days in Hong Kong if they were fully vaccinated and tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies.


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