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Singapore to Freeze New Ticket Sales for Quarantine-Free Travel


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The government said it will also temporarily reduce the VTL quotas and ticket sales for travel after January 20


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As economies recovered from the pandemic's impact, demand for fuel outstripped supply and fuel prices have been on the rise since last year. File photo: Reuters.

 

Singapore will freeze all new ticket sales for flights and buses under its programme for quarantine-free travel into the city-state from December 23 to January 20, the government said on Wednesday, citing risk from the fast-spreading Omicron Covid-19 variant.

Under the vaccinated travel lane (VTL) programme, Singapore allows quarantine-free entry from some countries to fully vaccinated travellers on designated flights or buses. The travellers have to undergo regular testing.

Singapore has set up these lanes for about two dozen countries, including Australia, India, the UK and US.

The government said it will also temporarily reduce the VTL quotas and ticket sales for travel after January 20, 2022. For flights, the total ticket sales will be capped at 50% of the allocated quota.

“Our border measures will help to buy us time to study and understand the Omicron variant, and to strengthen our defences, including enhancing our healthcare capacity, and getting more people vaccinated and boosted,” the health ministry said in a statement.

 

  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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