The vaccinated travel lane between Singapore and the United States will hopefully launch by the end of the year

If you can’t wait to take long road trips and to see the gorgeous sights in the United States (US) once again, we have good news because Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong announced this week that Singapore is working on establishing a vaccinated travel lane (VTL) with the US before the end of the year.

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Mr Gan was speaking at an event at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC when he made these comments. He added that it was important that Singapore remains connected to the rest of the world as it was a hub for business and travel. 

“We have had successful pilots of vaccinated travel lanes (VTL) with Germany and Brunei to facilitate the entry of fully vaccinated individuals into Singapore for business and leisure. We are now working on a VTL with the US as soon as possible, and certainly before the end of the year,” said Mr Gan.

If the VTL between Singapore and the United States launches, fully vaccinated travellers will be able to travel between Singapore and the United States after simply doing a Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. They will not need to serve a quarantine or stay-home-notice (SHN) as long as they test negative and will be free to travel around both countries.

He noted that Singapore is still facilitating the arrival and departures of work pass holders from America to Singapore.

Mr Gan is currently in Washington DC for four days as part of an official visit. His trip will include a stop in New York where he will be meeting Singapore companies that have operations in America. This is part of a closed-door roundtable organised by Enterprise Singapore.

Singapore also recently announced that a VTL will be launching between Singapore and South Korea on November 15.

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