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VACCINATED RESIDENTS COULD BE ALLOWED TRAVEL WITHOUT QUARANTINE TO LOW CASES COUNTRIES

Singapore’s Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said on 28 April that Singapore can consider allowing residents who have been vaccinated to travel to countries with low numbers of Covid-19 cases without the need to be quarantined upon their return.

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This is supposed to be another possible avenue for travel that Singapore is considering, as the country prepares to open up a 2-way quarantine-free travel bubble with Hong Kong on 26 May.

Ong also noted that countries such as France, Germany, Britain, Denmark and the US have already exempted travellers from Singapore from quarantine.

Vaccinations have already begun in Britain and the US, although their cases aren’t low enough for Singapore to reciprocate with quarantine-free travel as well.

Ong said:

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“If they can keep the number of cases quite low – and it doesn’t have to go down to zero or one, two cases – we can consider allowing vaccinated Singaporeans to travel to these places. And when they return, they can just get tested instead of being quarantined.”

“It won’t be considered a travel bubble, but it will be an important avenue to open up some more.”

Meanwhile, flight tickets to and from Hong Kong have already been snapped up since the Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble was announced on Monday.

Ong also added:

“If the travel bubble works, then we can think about having more flights and even having travel bubbles with other countries. Many people will be watching to see if it succeeds, and if it does, it can serve as a model for other places.”

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