The success of the recently launched Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) between Singapore and Germany and Brunei is likely to result in the scheme being expanded to other countries.
Main picture Singapore at night credit Jure Tufekcic on Unsplash
So far around 900 travellers have arrived in Singapore under the scheme with just 1 testing positive for Covid-19.
The Straits Times are now reporting that Singapore Transport Minister, S. Iswaran, has confirmed that the Republic is actively working to expand the VTL to more countries.
“Several countries and regions have expressed interest in opening VTLs with Singapore.”S. Iswaran, Transport Minister of Singapore
All travellers must be fully vaccinated and have proof of a negative PCR test from within 48 hours of departure to Singapore. They must then take additional tests on days 3 and 7, at a designated Singapore clinic.
However there is concern within Singapore of an increasing number of serious Covid-19 cases for people who have not been vaccinated.
Reuters is reporting that there are increasing calls for mandatory vaccinations despite the country already achieving 82% of the population.
“I would love to see vaccine mandates in over 60s, they are the group most likely to die.
It’s the same reason that age group was selected early for vaccines, the same reason that age group has been selected for booster jabs.”Dale Fisher, infectious disease expert National University Hospital in Singapore – Reuters
Restrictions could also be imposed on those who have not been vaccinated preventing them from visiting shopping centres, entertainment venues or other crowded areas.
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