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Singapore eyes quarantine-free travel in September

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By early September, Singapore hopes to allow quarantine-free travel and relook travel corridors with other countries or regions that have Covid-19 infections under control.
By early September, Singapore hopes to allow quarantine-free travel and relook travel corridors with other countries or regions that have Covid-19 infections under control. Photo Credit: Facebook/Singapore Tourism Board

Singapore is aiming to reopen the country and allow quarantine-free travel by early September.

With 80% of the population expected to be fully vaccinated by then, Singapore would be in a strong position to move forward with reopening the country, said Finance Minister Lawrence Wong in Parliament on Monday.

The government will also consider some Covid-19 measures to be eased for vaccinated people in early August, including allowing larger gatherings or dining in restaurants for fully vaccinated people.

Around two-thirds of Singapore's population would have received the full two doses by early August, and some three-quarters of seniors aged 70 and above would also have been vaccinated.

By early September, Singapore will also be able to start reopening borders and establish travel corridors with other countries or regions that have Covid-19 infections under control.

Fully vaccinated people may be able to travel without serving a 14-day hotel quarantine on their return, said Wong.

And depending on the risk level of the countries visited, quarantine can be replaced with a rigorous testing regime or a seven-day isolation period served at home.

Unvaccinated people can also travel, but they will have to quarantine.

Singapore has also announced that it will relook the travel bubble arrangement with Hong Kong in late-August.

The government has earlier recognised that Covid-19 will become endemic and announced its intentions to live with the virus. However, the country suffered a recent setback when infections spread in karaoke lounges and a fishery port in mid-July.

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