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Singapore to open travel to New Zealanders from September 1

Singapore to open travel to New Zealanders from September 1

Singapore has announced Kiwis who receive a negative result will be able to travel freely.

Singapore to open travel to New Zealanders from September 1

Travel without quarantine, it’s a reality we faintly remember from 2019.

However, from September 1, 2020, Kiwis who return a negative COVID-19 test will be able to explore Singapore without staying in their hotels room for 14 days.

Visitors from New Zealand and Brunei will need to apply for a special ‘air travel pass’ – applications for which will open on September 1 – between seven and 30 days before their intended date of arrival into Singapore.

On arrival in Singapore, travellers will need to have a COVID-19 test at Changi Airport. On return of a negative test, travellers will be able to get out and explore the Asian mega-hub.

The quarantine period for visitors from Australia (excluding Victoria), Macau, mainland China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia will be shortened from the current 14 days to seven days.

The Merlion Statue in Marina Bay, Singapore.

“We know that some places have been able to control the infection effectively, and the risk of importation is low,” said Education Minister Lawrence Wong, whose remit includes overseas students who will also benefit from the relaxed border controls.

“Our assessment is that there is no need for a stay-home notice requirement for travellers from these low risk places, and a Covid-19 test will be sufficient.”

Travellers will still be required to quarantine on their return to New Zealand.

The government pointed out that Singaporeans intending to visit New Zealand and Brunei should check the entry requirements imposed by each country.

Kiwis will also be subject to quarantine on return into New Zealand, at a cost of $3100 for an adult, and $950 for each additional adult sharing the room. Travellers will also be required to take two Covid-19 tests, and return negative results, before leaving Managed Isolation Facilities.

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