Singapore may open a tourism corridor by the end of 2021

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Singapore may open a tourism corridor by the end of 2021 7
Singapore may open a tourism corridor by the end of 2021 7

According to Straitstimes, Minister of Transport Ong Ye Kung said on March 12 that a two-way travel corridor (travel bubble) for vaccinated tourists from areas with low to moderate infection rates has

In an interview with Money FM 89.3, Mr. Ong said stay-at-home recommendations and quarantine regulations will kill tourism.

As vaccines are causing the situation to change, vaccination needs to be done in parallel with other measures such as testing, travel restrictions and identifying `safe` countries that have successfully controlled Covid-19.

For example, Singapore can welcome visitors from places with moderate Covid-19 infection rates but are rolling out vaccination programmes.

Speaking of travel bubbles, Mr Ong said such agreements require reciprocity.

Unfortunately, only Singapore has opened its borders to those parties.

The travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong was scheduled to start in November 2020 but is still `frozen` because Hong Kong has a new outbreak.

Changi Airport during the epidemic season.

Singapore is still in crisis, the number of passengers traveling at Changi airport is only 2.6% compared to before the pandemic.

When asked whether there was enough human resources in the aviation industry to recover, when there were several rounds of layoffs last year, Mr. Ong said the layoffs only accounted for a very small percentage compared to the entire force.

The IATA director said that the association has worked with many parties to prepare for the reopening of borders, such as designing and creating plans to welcome passengers, building travel maps…

Key to the plan is TravelPass, a mobile app that verifies a passenger’s health, vaccination history and Covid-19 test results, allowing for testing anywhere.

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