Singapore has suspended Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) business travel agreements with Germany, Korea, and Malaysia for a period of three months until May. However, travellers who have already been approved for the RGL will still be able to enter Singapore.
The Lion City said the measure is in response to the resurgence of Covid-19 cases worldwide.
“The Government of Singapore regularly reviews its border measures to manage the risk of importation and onward local transmission of Covid-19 from travellers,” according to a statement by the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“The Government of Singapore will continue to monitor the global situation and adjust our border measures to manage the risk of importation and transmission to the community. Any changes to border measures will be updated on the SafeTravel website.”
The Periodic Commuting Arrangement with Malaysia, which caters to long-term immigration pass holders, remains unchanged for the time being.
In January, the Singapore government suspended RGL agreements with Japan and Indonesia following blanket bans on foreign travellers imposed by the two countries.
Singapore continues to maintain the RGL for business travellers from Brunei and six cities in mainland China, namely Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shanghai, Tianjin, and Zhejiang, according to a government website.
Last year, Singapore recorded 2.7 million visits by foreign travellers, the lowest in four decades and a 85.7 per cent fall compared to 2019, reported the Straits Times.