Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) welcomed the government’s decision on Friday (August 21) to ease restrictions on inbound travel from Brunei and New Zealand.
As of September 1st, some travelers coming to Singapore from these two countries will not be required to issue a stay-at-home notice but will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival.
“The recovery of air travel and air cargo is a necessary catalyst for the recovery of world trade and economies severely affected by COVID-19,” said the SIA Group.
“Today’s announcement is an important step towards the gradual rebuilding of the Singapore air hub. The SIA Group will continue to work closely with the Singapore government and all stakeholders to support this.”
SIA, SilkAir and Scoot accounted for more than half of the passengers who flew to and from Changi Airport in the past fiscal year.
With the restrictions eased, SIA Group said it would work closely with authorities to ensure the health and safety of its customers, employees and the communities in which it operates.
CAG looks forward to welcoming tourists and recreational visitors back to Singapore.
“CAG welcomes today’s announcement of inbound vacations from New Zealand and Brunei,” said spokesman Ivan Tan.
“This is indeed good news for Changi Airport and it is an encouraging start to the hopefully gradual resumption of air traffic to and from Singapore,” he added.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the aviation and travel industries worldwide
In July, SIA Group reported a net loss of S $ 1.12 billion in the first quarter after capacity was drastically reduced due to travel restrictions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Singapore will also update its travel advice for people planning to visit Brunei and New Zealand to allow general travel to the two countries.
However, you should check the entry requirements imposed by the respective governments.
Current Singapore guidelines recommend that residents postpone all international travel except essential business and official travel under green and fast lane agreements.