Vaccinations Key To Reopening Singapore To Tourists

Despite a number of schemes Singapore is yet to see any meaningful return of foreign tourists following the closure of borders last year.

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Welcoming back tourists is seen as being vital to the country’s economic recovery. Doing so prematurely could result in another wave of COVID-19 infections however, said Finance Minister Lawrence Wong in the Singapore Parliament earlier today.

The vaccination progress in Singapore is seen as the vital tool to enable the country to welcome back foreign tourists.

“There has been feedback from the business and investment community that Singapore might lose out to other hubs that are moving more aggressively to reopen their borders.”

“We understand these concerns. But we are also very mindful that if we were to reopen prematurely before we reach high enough vaccination levels, we could end up with another wave of infections, and worse, a surge in hospitalisation and ICU cases.”

Lawrence Wong, Singapore Finance Minister

Singapore is hopeful that they will be able to achieve a “very high level of vaccination coverage” in the next couple of months. This in turn will enable the country to confirm a reduction in travel reductions, probably initially through travel corridors.

There have already been a number of attempts at creating travel bubbles and travel corridors with little success as Covid outbreaks stopped the process.

Source: CNA/cl(gs)

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