Singapore to reopen borders to fully-vaccinated travellers from April

Covid-19 cases have dropped significantly in Singapore in recent months.
Covid-19 cases have dropped significantly in Singapore in recent months.

Singapore’s prime minister says the move will give “a much-needed boost” to businesses, particularly tourism.

Singapore.- Authorities in Singapore have confirmed the country will reopen its borders to all fully vaccinated travellers from April 1. Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong said the government would also “substantially” ease cross-border travel restrictions in the city-state from Tuesday (March 29) as the Covid-19 situation is under control.

Testing and quarantine requirements for travellers will be streamlined as part of a simplified vaccination travel framework. Local authorities will also remove all existing vaccinated travel lanes (VTL) and unilateral opening arrangements from April 1.

According to Lee Hsien Loong, arrivals from abroad make up a very small proportion of new Covid-19 cases. He said: “We can therefore safely open up our borders. We will drastically streamline testing and quarantine requirements for travellers.”

The prime minister said the measure will “reconnect Singapore with the world; it will give a much-needed boost to businesses, particularly the tourism sector.”

From April 1, those who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter Singapore with only a pre-departure negative Covid-19 test result. There will be no more quotas on the number of daily arrivals. Travellers will not be required to apply for entry approvals or take designated VTL transport to enter Singapore quarantine-free.

See also: Singapore received 330,000 foreign visitors in 2021

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