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Singapore reopens to tourists, but only Brunei, NZ for now

Singapore stated Friday it will certainly resume its doors to tourists from Brunei and also New Zealand from Sept. 8, noting the very first time because March this year when it prohibited the access of such site visitors due to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic.

“This is a small cautious step to start to reopen aviation and resuscitate Changi Airport as well as Singapore Airlines,” Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung informed press reporters.

People eat at a restaurant on tables set up with acrylic table guards to reduce get in touch with on June 19, 2020 in Singapore. (Getty/Kyodo)

“As a small open economy, to survive, we have got to keep our borders open. To earn a living, we have to have connections with the world, and to thrive and prosper, we must be an aviation hub.”

He stated Brunei and also New Zealand “have really controlled the epidemic situation very well,” with both nations having an occurrence price of well listed below 0.1 infections per 100,000 populace.

Travelers that have actually continued to be in these 2 nations in the last successive 14 days prior to their arrival in Singapore will certainly only be called for to take a COVID-19 examination upon arrival, but will certainly not have to separate themselves for a specific variety of days like tourists showing up from various other locations.

Ivan Tan, representative of the Changi Airport Group, invited the news on the resuming of “inbound leisure travel” from New Zealand and also Brunei, stating “this is indeed good news for Changi Airport, and it is an encouraging start to what we hope will be a gradual resumption of air travel to and from Singapore.”

Singapore has actually had simply over 56,000 situations of COVID-19 up until now but the majority of them have actually taken place in the migrant employees dorm rooms that have actually been secured down, and also only 27 fatalities relevant to the infection.

Commuters using safety mask flight the train on June 2, 2020 in Singapore. (Getty/Kyodo)