All vaccinated travelers arriving in Singapore via air or sea checkpoints will no longer be required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test as restrictions are eased to control the spread of the coronavirus.

All long-term pass holders aged 13 and over traveling to Singapore must be fully vaccinated before entering the country, unless they are medically ineligible for vaccines.

Vaccination is now required for this group "given the increasing availability of vaccines globally for people aged 13 to 17."

Passengers still have to undergo a pre-departure test within two days before leaving for Singapore, undergo a seven-day stay-at-home order and undergo a PCR test at the end of the isolation period. Until the new rules take effect, these tests are also required for vaccinated travelers.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said the status of the city-state's disease outbreak response system will also be moved from orange to yellow, a major milestone in Singapore's pandemic journey.

After this, all employees can now return to work from next Tuesday, which is more than the current limit of 75 percent for those working from home and with the current changes, almost all of Singapore's safe management measures will be relaxed, with the exception of wearing masks indoors.

Noting that Singapore has gone through several rounds of restrictions, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said on Friday that the change in Singapore's journey to live with COVID is a "very important step".


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