Singapore, Germany agree air travel Green Lane as UK looks to slash travel quarantine

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The governments of Singapore and Germany have agreed on a reciprocal green lane for essential travel between the two countries.

In a joint statement issued on Friday, Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Ministry and the German Federal Foreign Office stated the new travel arrangements will enable essential travel or for official purposes via direct flights between the two leading economies.

While the operational details concerning procedural requirements and health protocols of the green lane are to be announced in the coming weeks, Germany has made a decision to back the EU Council’s recommendation to allow residents of Singapore to enter EU member states without having to undergo quarantine on arrival.

Commenting on the agreement of a green lane, the German Ambassador to Singapore Norbert Riedel said, ‘every step forward to make travel possible again is much appreciated in these difficult times’, adding that the ‘decision to lift travel restrictions reflects among others the current epidemiological situation and containment measures in Singapore’.

Singapore – recently the subject of a GENNsight briefing on the Extraordinary Rise of Singapore – has recorded some of the world’s lowest Covid-19 case fatalities, reporting fewer than four new cases per million of population for more than two weeks to the announcement.

As Singapore and Germany agree to resume essential travel, ministers in the United Kingdom are looking at proposals to allow business executives to be exempt from quarantine rules in a bid to promote global Britain.

Speaking to British broadcasters on Sunday, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis said ministerial teams and civil servants were looking proposals, noting that ‘as we’re learning more about how we can manage and live within the virus – obviously we’re always assessing these things – but any final decision on this will be led by the science’.

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