Singapore To Allow Business Travel Arrivals From All Countries From Next Month

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Singapore will allow business travelers from all countries to enter the country from next month, as per the authority’s report.

The country said that the financial center tries to recover from a coronavirus-induced downturn.

According to the new regulations, a limited number of travelers can apply for a stay of up to 14 days from mid-January, the Ministry of Commerce announced.

Singapore had already made arrangements to allow select visitors from countries like China and South Korea, but the new system means a significant easing of travel restrictions.

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However, there are strict conditions for those wishing to visit the city-state.

Travelers are required to undergo Covid-19 tests before leaving their home country, reside and meet at government-selected locations upon arrival in Singapore and regularly during their stay and in government-selected locations.

Precautions are being taken to allow visitors to hold meetings with their guests in specially designed meeting rooms that are fitted with airtight panes of glass to reduce the risk of transmission, the ministry said in a statement.

The announcement came a day after Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong warned the city-state that it had no choice but to relax restrictions or lose the status of its global hub.

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“Trade and travel are our lifeblood,” he said.

“The longer our own borders remain closed to travelers, the greater the risk that we will lose our international hub permanently and thus affect our livelihood,” he said.

Singapore’s economy has fallen into recession as a result of the pandemic. According to official figures, the number of international visitors fell from 1.7 million in January to just 13,400 in October.

The city-state has reported around 58,000 infections and 29 deaths.

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