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The Economics behind Singapores quarantine free entry for India and 20 other countries

By Lee Kah Whye, Singapore, November 22: Last week, Singapore added another five countries to their Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme which allows vaccinated leisure travellers to visit the country without the need to quarantine, bringing the total number of VTL countries to 21.

Visitors from India, Indonesia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia can enter Singapore soon by just presenting two negative COVID-19 tests – one within 48 hours of departure and another on arrival in Singapore.

Singapore’s Ministry of Health announced on Monday, November 15, that vaccinated travellers from India and Indonesia will be able to enter Singapore from November 29. From December 6, those from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE will be able to enter the country quarantine-free.

To qualify to travel on the VTL, travellers must have spent at least 14 consecutive days in the VTL country which the visitor is travelling from. Any time spent in a stated VTL country can also…

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