Been dreaming of taking a long-awaited holiday to New Zealand or Brunei? Singapore residents are now one step closer to embarking on their first leisure trip abroad in over five months with the lifting of travel restrictions to both countries.
Announced by the multi-ministry task force tackling Covid-19 on 21 August during a virtual press conference, this means general travel to New Zealand and Brunei will be allowed from 1 September, subject to the entry requirements of both countries.
At the same time, visitors entering Singapore who have remained in either Brunei or New Zealand in the two weeks before their entry will also not be required to serve a stay-home notice. They will instead undergo a Covid-19 test at the airport and only be allowed into Singapore following a negative test result, according to the task force.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) welcomed the announcement, calling it an “an important step towards the gradual rebuilding of the Singapore air hub”. In a press release issued the same day, the airline stated that “the recovery of air travel and air freight is a necessary catalyst for the recovery of global trade and economies severely impacted by Covid-19”.
“We will continue to work closely with the Singapore government and all stakeholders to support this,” SIA added. As the SIA Group accounted for more than half of the passengers flying in and out of Changi Airport in the last financial year, its top priority is the health and safety of all its customers, staff and the communities that it operates in.
As of now, New Zealand’s borders still remain shut to all international travellers except citizens and residents, and those within New Zealand are advised against any non-essential international travel. Brunei also has an entry ban on all foreign visitors who are not citizens or residents of the destination.
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