Starting next month, Singapore will be easing entry restrictions for travelers from both New Zealand and Brunei.
According to Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH), the city will waive the 14-day, stay-at-home requirement for travelers coming from Brunei and New Zealand starting September 1. However, travelers will still be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at Singapore and receive a negative result.
Travelers entering the Singapore from both countries should have been in either of the two countries for a period of 14 days prior to arrival in Singapore. They will also have to apply for an Air Travel Pass prior to arrival in the country. Residents of Singapore - including permanent residents and long-term pass holders - are exempt from the Air Travel Pass requirement.
Singapore closed its borders in late March amid rising cases of COVID-19 infections in the region. Since the city reopened for limited entry, citizens of select “low-risk” countries have been allowed to enter the country and quarantine for 14 days at their residence.
The move is seen as a balance of efforts to contain the virus spread and reviving air travel.
"All in all, I think this is a small cautious step to start to reopen aviation and resuscitate Changi Airport," Singapore's Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung told reporters on Friday.
In other efforts to gradually reopen its borders, Singapore recently opened a “Reciprocal Green Lane” for business/essential travel between Singapore and Malaysia. The Changi Airport was also reopened for transit travel starting in June.
The government of Singapore has advised its citizens to refrain from overseas travel except for business and/or essential purposes. For travel to Brunei and New Zealand, the city will update its advisory, while cautioning its citizens to check on the requirements of entry in the respective countries. Singapore residents and citizens are also asked to take necessary health and personal hygiene precautions.