Singapore to ease border restrictions, travel will be ‘almost like before Covid-19’: PM Lee

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SINGAPORE – Restrictions on cross-border travel will be eased significantly from Tuesday March 29 as the Covid-19 situation is under control, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.

In a nationwide address broadcast live Thursday, March 24, Lee said testing and quarantine requirements for travelers will be streamlined under a simplified vaccinated travel framework.

Most restrictions for fully vaccinated visitors entering Singapore will also be lifted.

Prime Minister Lee said the changes will make it easier for Singaporeans to travel freely abroad, almost like they did before Covid-19, and reconnect Singapore with the world.

“This will provide a much-needed boost to businesses, especially the tourism sector, and help Singapore regain its position as a business and aviation hub,” he added.

Under the current Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme, only travelers who stay in VTL-designated countries for the previous seven days before entering Singapore may be exempt from quarantine and isolation requirements.

They must be fully immunized, enter Singapore on designated flights, buses or ferries, and test negative for Covid-19 before departure or show proof of recent recovery.

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