Singapore plans to launch segregated travel lanes for business travellers

After keeping its borders shut for 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore will be allowing travellers from outside. Chan Chun Sing, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore announced that the island-state will be launching segregated travel lanes for business travellers on short-haul stays. The Connect@Singapore initiative is meant for business, official and high economic value travellers who will be coming to attend the World Economic Forum, in five months’ time. Applications for travellers will commence in the middle of January 2021.

“Global travel, especially global business travel has been severely impacted by the need for quarantine measures, and many people in different countries cannot meet each other for business activities, said Mr Chan in an online media conference.

“The idea is for business people to come into Singapore for up to a period of 14 days. During these 14 days, they will undergo the necessary routine medical checks to provide themselves with the assurance that they are safe and also to provide the assurance to their meeting partners that they are safe.”

Travellers who will be allowed under a new travel bubble will be kept segregated in groups of five and will be regularly tested. A new facility with 1300 rooms and 340 meeting rooms is being built to explore the new arrangement. Meetings will be held in rooms fitted with air-tight glass panelling to reduce the risk of transmission. Meals would be delivered outside guest rooms and all facilities will have automated contact tracing systems installed. Staff will be tested regularly as well. Trade Minister Chan Chung Sin said such arrangements will help Singapore not just organise the WEF but decide how to allow business travellers and interactions in future.

After spending millions of dollars in preventing a severe economic downturn caused by the pandemic, Singapore will start allowing international visitors from 16th of January 2021, reported The Hindu Business Line.