Singapore will open a new segregated travel route for a limited number of commercial, official and high-value economic travelers from all countries, the government said on Tuesday as part of efforts to revive its key travel and hospitality sectors.
Singapore has spent billions of dollars to shield its economy from its worst downturn and is trying to reopen international travel as it prepares to host the annual meeting of political and business leaders of the World Economic Forum next year.
The first travelers will be able to arrive from the second half of January through the new lane, which will be open to those who will come for short-term stays of up to 14 days, the ministry of trade and industry said in a statement.
It will complement other arrangements Singapore has for a business trip including with China, Germany and Indonesia.
Travelers under the newest arrangement will have to stick to strict health and testing protocols, and will have to stay inside a “bubble” at separate facilities.
For example, while travelers will be allowed to meet with local visitors, there will be floor-to-ceiling dividers separating them.