An international travel corridor will open between Singapore and Germany, but there’s a catch – only fully vaccine passengers will be able to board flights.
Singapore’s transport minister S Iswaran announced the move on Thursday.
“We are re-opening in a careful and calibrated way,” he said.
“The current situation is not sustainable. As a small and open economy, Singapore’s survival and success depends critically on being open and connected to the world.”
77 per cent of Singapore’s population is now fully vaccinated and the country reported just 29 new infections on Thursday. However, in Germany the numbers are much higher and vaccination rates are lower.
Only 58% of Germany’s population is fully vaccinated and there were 8324 new COVID-19 cases reported on Wednesday, along with 22 deaths.
Regardless, the travel corridor will begin on September 8 with seven flights a week out of Frankfurt and Munich on which fully vaccinated passengers won’t have to quarantine when arriving in Singapore.
The passengers will have undergo pre-departure and post-arrival COVID-19 testing and must have spent the previous 21 days in Germany.
Additional, Singapore announced a similar flight corridor with Brunei for fully vaccinated passengers. Flights will also commence in September.
A travel bubble proposed earlier this year between Singapore and Hong Kong has since been aborted due to a resurgence of COVID-19 case numbers across the region.