Singapore will consider relaxing travel restrictions for those who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, the government said on Monday.

The country has earlier banned leisure travel, and most returning residents have to isolate in designated hotels or at home for up to two weeks.

“There are several ongoing studies on the effectiveness of vaccines in reducing transmission risk, and we are monitoring these very carefully. If there is clear evidence that transmission risks can be lowered significantly, then we will certainly consider some relaxation to the Stay Home Notice regime for vaccinated travellers”, said Lawrence Wong, the co-head of the government’s virus taskforce.

Last month, Singapore approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that other vaccines are expected to arrive in the country “in the coming months”, and that Singapore will have enough for everyone by the third quarter of next year.


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