The transit corridor of Changi Worldwide Airport in Singapore on Jan. 12, 2022.
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SINGAPORE — Singapore intends to permit vaccinated guests from all nations to skip quarantine on arrival when the omicron wave has handed, authorities introduced on Wednesday throughout a digital press briefing.
Well being Minister Ong Ye Kung mentioned journey guidelines have been meant to stop infections from being imported into the nation, however that class of instances represents just one% of day by day instances and “now not have a fabric influence” on Singapore’s Covid scenario.
The main focus in future shall be on whether or not guests to Singapore will fall severely unwell and burden the health-care system, he mentioned.
“We must always really emphasize much less on SHN and exams on vacationers, [and] extra on making certain that they’re absolutely vaccinated and boosted,” he mentioned.
“As an alternative of getting vaccinated journey lanes or VTLs with chosen nations that we predict are low danger, we must always really enable SHN-free journey for … absolutely vaccinated vacationers from all nations,” Ong mentioned, referring to stay-home notices issued to guests to Singapore.
“We must always make this transition not now, however after omicron wave has peaked and begin to subside,” he added.
The authorities didn’t set a date for this new coverage to take impact, however Gan Kim Yong, the minister for commerce and trade, mentioned that the omicron wave may peak in a couple of weeks.
Vaccinated journey lanes
In a bid to reopen its borders, Singapore beforehand introduced a number of so-called vaccinated journey lanes that enable vacationers from sure nations to go to with out serving quarantines.
However when the brand new border measures take impact, vaccinated vacationers from all nations won’t be topic to quarantine necessities.
“Our final purpose is quarantine-free journey for all vaccinated vacationers,” mentioned Minister for Transport S Iswaran.
As Singapore transitions to a “vaccinated traveler system,” it should first change the way in which it categorizes nations that guests are arriving from.
From Feb. 22, nations shall be divided into three major teams — restricted, basic and low an infection. The overwhelming majority of nations shall be within the basic class and be topic to the identical entry necessities except a VTL has been launched.
No nations shall be within the restricted class for now, however nations and areas could also be moved there if a brand new variant of concern is detected, authorities mentioned.
Individually, a well being ministry press launch mentioned beforehand deferred vaccinated journey lanes with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates will start on Feb. 25. Authorities additionally introduced that new VTLs for Israel, Hong Kong and the Philippines shall be launched.
Singapore reported a document 19,420 new Covid instances on Tuesday.
Over the past 28 days, 99.7% of reported instances have had gentle or no signs.
Town-state has reported 497,997 Covid instances and 913 associated deaths because the begin of the Covid pandemic.
Round 90% of Singapore’s inhabitants have obtained two photographs below the nationwide vaccination program, and 64% of the inhabitants have obtained boosters.