Singapore to drop Covid-19 tests for fully-vaccinated travellers, further ease domestic restrictions in ‘important milestone’
- Currently, those travelling to the city state are required to take a pre-departure test two days before arrival but this rule will be axed from April 26
- Domestically, more Covid-19 restrictions will also be relaxed from next Tuesday, almost bringing Singapore back to how things were before the pandemic
Currently, those travelling to the city state are required to take a pre-departure test two days before arrival, but this rule will be dropped from April 26.
“With this move, it will mean that fully-vaccinated and well travellers will not require any tests to enter Singapore,” the health ministry said in a statement on Friday.
Tourists coming into Singapore will also be allowed to pay for Moderna Covid-19 jabs.
Domestically, more restrictions will also be relaxed from next Tuesday – bringing the country almost back to the state of affairs before the pandemic.
Current limits capping social groups to 10 will be removed, all workers can return to the workplace, and safe distancing will no longer be required. The number of places people are required to use the “TraceTogether” contact-tracing application will also be slashed.
“Today is really a happy day that marks a very important milestone,” health minister Ong Ye Kung said. “We know the danger is of course, not over, but we can all breathe easier now.”
The city state, with one of the world’s highest vaccination rates, has progressively relaxed its pandemic restrictions. The health ministry reported that the seven-day moving average of daily infections had fallen from 18,300 at its peak to under 3,100 in the past week. Hospitalisation numbers have also dipped to about 266.
“Mask-wearing is effective and it will be one of the last few measures that we will do away with,” he said.
Just last month, Singapore took its most decisive step yet in reopening its borders by allowing all fully-vaccinated travellers – from any country or region – to enter quarantine-free.
It also removed the requirement for on-arrival Covid-19 tests.
Authorities expect the move to boost air passenger volumes to at least 50 per cent of pre-pandemic levels. The civil aviation authority reported that numbers were at 31 per cent last week, with particularly strong traffic growth to and from Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
“But let’s always remember we are getting closer to the finish line, but the race is not over,” he said.