Singapore and Germany agree to set up a green lane for essential business and official travel
Residents in Singapore and Germany may soon be able to travel between the two countries for essential business and official purposes after both sides agreed to establish a reciprocal green lane.
This was announced in a joint press statement on Friday by the foreign affairs ministries of Singapore and Germany.
“The reciprocal green lane will enable essential travel for business or official purposes, via direct flights between Germany and Singapore,” said the statement.
Eligible applicants will have to abide by the COVID-19 prevention and public health measures mutually agreed by both countries, it added.
Germany and Singapore authorities also said that the green lane could serve as a model for future similar arrangements between Singapore and other European countries.
Operational details of the green lane, including the procedural requirements, health protocols, and application process, will be announced at a later date.
Green lanes prior to Germany
Green lanes and air travel bubbles with countries whose COVID-19 infection rates are low have been in the plans of reviving the Singaporean economy.
Germany joins Australia, Vietnam, New Zealand, and Brunei as the countries that Singapore has unilaterally opened its borders to, as the country bids to revive its tourism and travel markets.
This has allowed essential business and official travel between the countries. It also has helped restore connectivity and support economic recovery. All the necessary public health safeguards have been taken.
Eligible travelers will have to abide by the mutually agreed terms and prevailing public health measures in the countries.
These short-term visitors must comply with the conditions of the pass. These include undergoing a Covid-19 test upon arrival at the airport instead of serving a stay-home notice, as well as downloading the TraceTogether mobile application for their entire period of stay.
Source: Today Online.