Fully immunised travellers against COVID-19 from Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, France, Denmark, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States will be permitted to enter Singapore without being obliged to follow quarantine rules starting from October 19.
Such a decision has been confirmed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) through a statement and comes following Singapore’s authorities plan to extend its Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) to other countries, VisaGuide.World reports.
Last month, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that Singapore would permit entry for travellers from Germany, provided they are fully immunised against the virus. However, travellers from Germany wishing to enter Singapore quarantine-free would have to test negative to four COVID-19 tests.
Besides Germany, Singapore opened its doors also to travellers from Hong Kong, Brunei and Macao, provided they have completed their immunisation process against the Coronavirus.
As for the recent decision to extend its VLT scheme to eight other countries, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has stressed that “travellers under the VTL will have to comply strictly with the conditions of travel.”
In this regard, Singapore’s Transport Minister S. Iswaran stressed that “the vaccinated travel lanes would restore two-way quarantine-free travel between Singapore and the eight newly announced countries.”
In addition, authorities in Singapore also announced that another VTL with South Korea would be opened starting from November 15.
Despite the recent increase in the number of COVID-19 infections, authorities in Singapore are attempting to find new ways in order to open their doors to more travellers from other countries.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong excluded the possibility of imposing a complete lockdown to deal with the current COVID-19 situation.
According to the figures published by the country’s Ministry of Health, Singapore registered its highest number of COVID-19 infection cases in a single day, with a total of 3,590 infection cases and six deaths related to the virus.
In this regard, Singapore’s Prime Minister stressed that he will address the nation about the increase in COVID-19 infection cases adding that “there is no need to rush out to stock up on items or dine out!”
Recently the Prime Minister stressed that “after this surge stabilises, we may still see future surges, especially if new variants emerge. We may have to tap on the brakes again if cases again grow too fast to protect our healthcare system and healthcare workers.”
Authorities in Singapore also clarified that they will continue to keep in place strict entry rules for those who have not been vaccinated against the virus.