Singapore will lift border restrictions on visitors from mainland China from November 6, a further reminder that the nation where the coronavirus outbreak first began is firmly on the road to recovery as the pandemic rages elsewhere.
Visitors will have to undergo a coronavirus polymerase chain reaction test upon arrival at Singapore’s Changi Airport, the city-state’s civil aviation authority said in a statement Thursday. If the result is negative, they will be allowed to enter Singapore without having to serve a stay-home notice.
New cases in China have remained below 100 a day since mid-August, with travelers into the country subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Masks and temperature checks are generally still required in public places.
Singapore and China agreed in May to create a fast lane for essential business and official travel, which initially applied to six Chinese provinces and municipalities. Earlier this month, Singapore and Hong Kong said they planned to allow people to travel between the two financial hubs without the need for quarantine, which would be replaced by coronavirus testing. No final date has been set for that yet.
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