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Singapore to allow New Zealand, Brunei visitors in first border easing

  • Published at 08:48 pm August 21st, 2020
Street in Singapore
Fle photo: People wearing protective face masks cross a street in Singapore's Orchard Road shopping district during the Covid-19 outbreak, in Singapore on August 17, 2020 Reuters

The measures would take effect on September 1, with various restrictions

Singapore on Friday said it would reopen its borders to visitors from New Zealand and Brunei from next month, in the city-state's first steps towards resuming leisure travel since it sealed its borders to control Covid-19 outbreaks.

The city-state, which currently only allows official and business travel to selected countries, also said it would allow students to travel for study overseas if distance-learning was not available.

The measures would take effect on September 1, with various restrictions, the health ministry said.

Singapore sealed its borders in March and subsequently went into a two-month lockdown as mass outbreaks in cramped migrant worker dormitories emerged.

Those lockdown measures were lifted in June and the travel and tourism hub - facing its worst recession in history - has been taking steps to slowly resume business and stimulate the economy.