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IATA’s comments on Singapore’s plans to further open borders to quarantine-free travel

Lesser restrictions will encourage people to take to the skies again and boost demand further.

Comments from Philip Goh, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific, on Singapore’s announcement to further open borders to quarantine-free travel.

“IATA welcomes Singapore’s announcement to open its border further to all vaccinated travelers for quarantine-free entry into Singapore.  This is certainly a positive step forward and a shot in the arm for the aviation sector, and will enable airlines to ramp up their services in the recovery phase.    

IATA also welcomes the decision to remove the requirement for testing on arrival into Singapore.  Lesser restrictions will encourage people to take to the skies again and boost demand further.    

In December 2021, international passenger demand in the Asia Pacific region was only 13% of 2019 levels, way behind other regions in the world.  Air travel will become freer and more normalized when travel restrictions and health protocols that are no longer necessary or relevant are sunset as the pandemic is accepted as endemic.  We have seen moves by more and more States to remove the requirement for pre-departure and on arrival testing.  So, we hope the pre-departure testing will also be removed in time to come.  This will give yet another boost to the aviation sector’s journey towards a full recovery. 

We have seen other significant moves in the region to reopen borders recently, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. This means many key markets in Asia will become more accessible to each other, restoring crucial air connectivity to the rest of the world.” 

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