A risk-based approach will be taken to allow travel abroad in the coming months: Lawrence Wong

SINGAPORE – A risk-based approach will be taken to allow Singaporeans to travel in the coming months, even if more people from Singapore are vaccinated, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said on Monday (May 31st).

This means that people who come from countries designated as safe, whether Singaporeans or travelers, will not have to be quarantined when they arrive in Singapore.

On the other hand, those from countries considered unsafe, with high incidence rates of Covid-19, will have to quarantine in a dedicated facility.

Explaining this at a virtual press conference, Mr Wong said that this has been the Government’s approach since the beginning of the pandemic, and that it can be seen in border measures that are differentiated and adjusted accordingly. of the infection rates in each country and the corresponding level of risk.

The co-chair of the Covid-19 multi-ministry working group responded to a BBC reporter, who had asked if Singapore would allow its people to travel freely on the full vaccination stage or if it would wait until other countries in Covid-19 the region catches up by vaccinating its people.

Wong said that if the situation in more countries improves and is considered safe, such as if infection rates decrease and vaccination rates are high, then potentially Singapore will be able to open up more with these sites.

On the other hand, if infection rates in many countries remain high, border and quarantine measures will be maintained.

Singapore has been taking steps to resume leisure travel, as the Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble would initially begin in late May after a previous delay. However, the deal has been postponed again after the recent rises in Covid-19 cases here.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said Singapore is working to resume travel without so many restrictions, such as allowing people to go abroad to work or see their relatives without having to submit a 21-day notice. at home on the way back.

“We hope to resume this normalcy, but I think the truth is that we do not have enough data to decide whether it is now possible to lift all these restrictions,” he added.

“But we’re definitely going in the right direction if we can get substantially vaccinated and protect ourselves.”

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