singapore: Singapore will open quarantine-free vaccinated itineraries to six countries starting next month

SINGAPORE: Singapore will extend quarantine-free vaccination trip lanes to six more countries from next month, in an effort to rebuild the city-state’s status as an international aviation hub with global connectivity, the National Aviation Authority announced on Friday.
Fully vaccinated travelers from Thailand can enter Singapore under the quarantine-free travel file (VTL) from 14 December. Those coming from Cambodia, Fiji, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Turkey can do so from December 16, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said.
This latest move will increase the number of countries with which Singapore has VTL events to 27.
Before the covid-19 pandemic, these 27 countries contributed about 60 percent of the total daily arrivals to the country’s Changi Airport, in CAAS.
“This latest extension will further broaden Changi’s network and help regain and rebuild Singapore’s status as an international hub with global connectivity,” Channel News Asia reported, citing CAAS.
Under the VTL system, fully vaccinated travelers on designated VTL flights can enter Singapore without being quarantined. They are only required to undergo Covid-19 tests.
“The extension of the VTL system to these countries will continue to restore two-way quarantine-free travel between Singapore and VTL countries whose borders are now open to us,” CAAS said.
At the same time, Singapore will classify Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Liechtenstein and Slovakia as Category III countries from 23.59 on December 1, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a separate press release on Friday.
This follows the “deteriorating situation” in the six European countries, MOH said.
Travelers from Category III countries are required to provide a 10-day notice of stay at their place of residence, in addition to Covid-19 tests.

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