UPDATE 1 – Singapore plans to expand non-quarantine travel with South Korea and the United States

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SINGAPORE, Oct. 8 (Reuters) – Singapore plans to expand its non-quarantine travel program to include fully vaccinated people from South Korea and the United States as the financial center prepares to reopen its borders.

Fully vaccinated travelers can travel between Changi Airport in the city-state and Incheon Airport in South Korea, passing COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests instead of observing quarantine from November 15, the Ministry of Transport said in a statement on Friday.

Singapore, a travel and tourism hub, launched a similar program for visitors from Germany and Brunei last month, and is working to include the United States by the end of the year.

“We have had successful Vaccinated Travel Pathways (VTL) pilots with Germany and Brunei,” Commerce Minister Gan Kim Yong said Thursday during a visit to Washington, DC.

“We are now working on a VTL with the United States as soon as possible, and certainly before the end of the year.”

Visitors vaccinated using these routes may bypass isolation requirements if their polymerase chain reaction tests prove negative. (Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan and Chen Lin in Singapore; Editing by Kim Coghill and Clarence Fernandez)

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