Singapore likely to allow quarantine-free travel from September

Singapore will likely allow quarantine-free travel for the fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from September. Tighter restrictions for fully vaccinated residents might also be eased before August 18. As per the Singapore Government, 80 per cent of the city-state’s population will be inoculated by that time.

During a parliament session, a senior minister stated that Singapore will progressively facilitate international travel with countries that have successfully managed the COVID-19 situation to reassert the city-state’s position as a travel, business, and talent hub.

However, as per the reports, although the nation will open up to all fully vaccinated tourists from September, the government will instead establish travel corridors with regions or countries where COVID-19 is under control.

Finance Minister Lawrence Wong added that Singapore will review a final decision on easing travel restrictions in early August. He maintained that the easing will be differentiated and extended to only vaccinated persons, as they are much better protected against the effects of the virus. If someone wants to workout in the gym or wants to go out to dine in the restaurant, they also need to be fully vaccinated, he added.

It is advised that travellers should not go ahead and book a trip to Singapore right now. While this announcement assures a promising future of tourism in the country, it still remains unclear if India will be included in the list of quarantine-free travel if the September plans go ahead.

Also, going by the trends on how most travel restrictions have kept changing during the pandemic, it is likely that policies may change at any moment.

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