October 20, 2021
By Travis Teo
Singapore (Reuters) – Singapore welcomes first travelers under an expanded quarantine-free program on Wednesday, an aviation hub that restores international ties despite a surge in COVID-19 cases Showed a big step towards.
Singapore Airlines flights from Amsterdam and London arrived under the so-called Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) on Wednesday.
“Yes, it’s (a) a perfect visit. It’s really convenient,” said Andrea Meulens, who lives in Singapore and returned from the Netherlands with her daughter returning to school in Singapore.
“That’s a good thing. At this point, traveling in general is a bit difficult.”
Her husband, Harald, said he would return to Holland for work next week.
“I am grateful that my family can travel again,” he said.
Starting this week, Lane will be extended to vaccinated arrivals from Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, allowing them to enter Singapore without quarantine if they pass the COVID-19 test. increase.
Singapore has previously opened lanes for arrivals from Germany and Brunei and will include South Korea from mid-November.
While Singapore is further open, recent increases in incidents have prompted stricter measures locally, such as limiting social gatherings to two and allowing only vaccinated people to enter the mall. I did.
Masks are also required and some offenders will be fined or sentenced to imprisonment for violating COVID-19 regulations.
On Monday, the United States advised citizens to ban travel to Singapore, raising caution for city-states to the highest risk levels.
In Singapore, 3,994 new cases of coronavirus were recorded on Tuesday, with more than 3,000 recent infections per day. Most are asymptomatic or mild, with more than 80% of the 5.45 million population vaccinated.
Until recently, Singapore had largely controlled the virus through border closures and strict contact tracing and quarantine.
(Written by Chen Lin, edited by Martin Petty and Muralikumar Anantharaman)
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