Singapore reopens to vaccinated travelers from US and other countries

Singapore is adding the United States and seven other countries to its list of places where round-trip travel for fully vaccinated peopl...

Singapore is adding the United States and seven other countries to its list of places where round-trip travel for fully vaccinated people can take place without the need for quarantine, officials said on Saturday, as the Asian country Southeast begins to reopen cautiously.

“We are blazing the trail towards the new normal, towards life with Covid-19”, S. IswaranSingapore’s transport minister said in a Facebook post. “This is how we need to move forward to protect both our lives and our livelihoods, learn to live with the virus and move towards a nation resistant to Covid. “

In addition to the United States, the new countries in this arrangement are Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Great Britain, according to Mr. Iswaran. Singapore has already announced similar deals with South Korea, Brunei and Germany.

Under the plan, known as Vaccinated Travel Lanes, fully vaccinated people traveling between Singapore and those countries will only be subjected to PCR testing for the coronavirus instead of being quarantined, according to the Ministry of transportation. These travelers will also have no restrictions on the purpose of their trip and will not be required to have a controlled itinerary or sponsorship, the ministry said.

The expanded travel plan will begin Tuesday, according to the ministry.

E-mails to the ministry requesting comment were not immediately returned.

Vaccinated travel routes are one of the biggest reopening measures taken by Singapore, a major economic and transport hub, after initial successes in the fight against the coronavirus, then a sharp setback in controlling its spread.

Singapore was widely regarded as a success in its initial handling of the pandemic, closing its borders, aggressively testing and tracing, and ordering vaccines early.

Singapore now has fully inoculated 83 percent of its population, and a senior politician told the public in August that an 80 percent vaccination rate was the criterion for a gradual reopening.

But in September, with cases doubling every eight to ten days, the government reinstated restrictions on gatherings. The United States has said its citizens should reconsider the trip across the country, emergency departments at several Singapore hospitals were overcrowded and people were once again urged to work from home.

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