Singapore Travel Safe Enough Even If Restrictions Are Relaxed
Experts believe that it is safe enough for Singapore travel if the Government relaxes its restrictions because the Omicron variant has already reached its peak.
Cases coming into Singapore are not contributing much to the local Covid-19 cases. Experts are calling for Singapore to remove its PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and maybe the ART (Antigen Rapid Tests) too. Especially if those travelling into Singapore are already fully vaccinated.
Freer Singapore Travel Has Better Social and Economic Benefits
Relaxed travel restrictions will benefit Singapore socially and economically. Many can stand to benefit from more travellers, like cafe and business owners and bus operators.
The current restrictions are off-putting to travellers because of how expensive and inconvenient it is. It is not enough to rely on vaccinated travel lanes alone (VTLs). By allowing easy Singapore travel to those who are fully vaccinated, Singapore can maintain its strategic advantage, especially as an air hub.
Only 101 imported cases of Covid-19 were reported on March 14. This is out of the 8,491 recorded local cases. Singapore plans to ease the rules beginning 15 March. This is for all travellers from low-risk and VTL areas.
Travellers must take an unsupervised ART test within a period of 24-hours from when they arrive in the country. The need for a PCR test is now less critical, given the mild nature of the Omicron variant.
Countries Opening Their Borders
Neighbouring country Malaysia plans to open its borders to international travel from 1 April to vaccinated travellers. Philippines, Australia, and Thailand have also done the same.
However, travellers in these countries must still go through testing.
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