Singapore opens travel bubble to Germany, Brunei, Hong Kong

Vaccinated tourists from Hong Kong, Macau, Germany and Brunei will soon be allowed to enter the country without the need to enter quarantine, but some restrictions still apply. Video / Mediacorp

Singapore has announced that it will reopen its borders to allow entry of vaccinated tourists from various destinations, including residents of Hong Kong, Macau, Germany and Brunei.

Travelers from the countries listed will be able to enter Singapore from September 8 without needing to enter quarantine, which essentially means they can bypass the isolation requirement if they are negative on four Covid-19 tests.

The testing requirements for the new taxiways mean that each person will have to undergo a pre-departure test within 48 hours of their scheduled flight, an arrival test at Changi Airport, and post-arrival testing on them. third and seventh days at a designated clinic in Singapore.

If a foreign visitor fails or refuses the tests, they may face charges under the Infectious Diseases Act.

If a person tests positive after arriving in Singapore, they will receive a stay-at-home notice to be quarantined at a dedicated facility, authorities said.

Under the new travel order, a person must be fully vaccinated for two weeks after receiving the two doses of Pfizer, Moderna, or other vaccines listed on the World Health Organization’s emergency use list. (WHO), such as Sinovac and AstraZeneca.

In June, as one of the best performing countries in the world in the fight against Covid-19, Singapore said it would make major changes to the way it was handling the pandemic.

Travelers from Germany and the EU can now bypass quarantine requirements.  Photo / Unsplash, Joe Green
Travelers from Germany and the EU can now bypass quarantine requirements. Photo / Unsplash, Joe Green

The city-state of Singapore said Covid-19 would be treated like other endemic illnesses such as the flu.

There will be no zero transmission targets. Quarantine will be abandoned for vaccinated travelers and close contacts of cases will not have to isolate themselves. It also plans to no longer announce the number of daily cases.

Senior Singaporean ministers have said it is the “new standard” of “living with covid”.

“The bad news is that Covid-19 may never go away. The good news is that it is possible to live normally with it among us,” wrote Singapore Minister of Commerce Gan Kim Yong, Minister of Finance Lawrence Wong and Minister of Health Ong Ye Kung. said in an editorial of Straits Times this week.

“This means that the virus will continue to mutate and thus survive in our community.”

Having never returned to zero cases, Singapore no longer wants them.

The German Ambassador to Singapore, Dr Norbert Riedel, greeted travelers from Singapore on the two-way bridge to the Schengen area.

“My fellow Germans have a very positive image of Singapore and the achievements of its people, and I am sure Singaporeans will be greeted with an open and cheerful spirit,” he said. The times of the straits.

Singapore has never returned to zero cases.  No, it seems he never wants to.  Photo / Unsplash, Swapnil Bapat
Singapore has never returned to zero cases. No, it seems he never wants to. Photo / Unsplash, Swapnil Bapat

Like most countries, Singapore saw its first peak in cases last year, reaching 600 cases per day in mid-April. After a weaker wave in August, the virus has not really broken out since.

The nation of 5.7 million people, slightly larger than New Zealand, has experienced a constant undercurrent of around 20 to 30 cases per day and a total of 46 deaths. Since the beginning of July, however, cases have slowly started to increase, sometimes reaching triple digits. The latest reporting period of April 19 showed only 32 recorded Covid-19 cases.

Now Singapore ministers are charging their country towards a new ‘normal Covid’, which will eventually see the airport, seaport, office buildings, shopping malls, hospitals and educational institutions using kits to filter staff and visitors.

Since most will be vaccinated, cases will be less of a problem and the need for contact tracing and quarantine will be low.

One of the biggest daily changes of all will be the elimination of public sharing of daily case numbers on the media.

Instead, Singapore authorities will monitor the number of Covid-19 infections every day and focus more on the results: how many get very sick, how many in the intensive care unit, how many must be intubated to get oxygen, etc.

Indeed, the coronavirus would have the same priority as any other infectious disease, such as the common flu.

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