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

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

Saturday, August 22, 2020, 10:00 GMT+7
Singapore to allow New Zealand, Brunei visitors in first border easing
A youth takes photos at Merlion Park, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Singapore July 14, 2020. Photo: Reuters

SINGAPORE — 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.

Reuters

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