Ongoing discussions are taking place between the Singapore and Vietnamese governments to formalise a Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) agreement between the two countries.
The RGL scheme allows short-term travel for essential business and official purposes.
“affirmed the importance of enhancing cooperation to combat the economic impact of the pandemic, including through boosting economic linkages, resuming air connectivity, facilitating travel between both countries, and maintaining supply chain connectivity. Both sides agreed to expeditiously conclude ongoing discussions to facilitate essential business and official travel through a Green Lane arrangement, and to reinstate regular commercial return flights between the two countries. They tasked officials to finalise the Green Lane agreement by early next year.”Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release 15th December 2020
Singapore will be one of the first countries that Vietnam has restarted regular business and official travel once the RGL is in force.
Singapore already has RGL agreements in place with Brunei Darussalam, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Mainland China (Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin and Zhejiang), Malaysia and Republic of Korea.
Travellers from Vietnam have been able to apply for an Air Travel Pass (ATP) since early October. The ATP has a number of conditions both pre-departure and after landing that must be complied with. Unlike a RGL the ATP is not a bilateral agreement and does not apply for travellers from Singapore to Vietnam.
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