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Singapore reopens to travelers from 11 countries India Excluded



Singapore will be reopening its border to vaccinated visitors from 11 countries from October 19, however, India has not been included in the list of countries allowed quarantine-free entry under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) for now, the country said. Travellers have to be vaccinated with a World Health Organization (WHO) approved jab, its guidelines said.

The Singapore government’s VTL scheme covers seven European countries – Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom, Germany – along with United States and Canada. The only Asian country in the list is Brunei. China, India, and Indonesia have not been included so far. In addition to this, vaccinated travellers from South Korea will also be allowed to enter the country from November 15, reported news agency ANI.

To avail the VTL scheme travellers have to fly to Singapore in a VTL-designated flight flown by Singapore Airlines or Lufthansa. The government will be adding other carriers to the list over time. Singapore Airlines is expanding VTL flight services to 14 cities, with more points on special designated services to be announced in coming weeks, the carrier said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a senior Indian government official said, “The appropriate ministries will work on resolving whatever the concerns are but there is nothing to be said formally at the moment on the matter.”

Travellers will also need to carry proof of their vaccination and undergo RT-PCR test not more than 48 hours before their departure and also on their arrival at Singapore’s Changi airport. Previously, travellers had to take four such tests to gain entry.

This announcement comes days after Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s push to live with Covid-19 without being paralysed by fear. During a televised address on Saturday, Loong said that the delta variant has shown that Covid-19 is not going away anywhere. However, with vaccinations, social distancing measures and careful monitoring, it will be possible to live with the “new normal”. “It will take us at least three months, and perhaps as long as six months, to get there,” he cautioned.


US lifts travel ban; Admission for foreigners receiving both doses from November 8



Washington: The United States has lifted restrictions on foreign travelers in the wake of the coup. Foreign travelers who receive both doses of the Covid vaccine will be allowed to enter the United States by air, land and sea. It will come into effect from November 8.

The United States has imposed a travel ban on people from various countries after March 2020 as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the corona virus. The ban was imposed on people from India, the European Union, Britain, China and Brazil. The ban also applied to people from Mexico and Canada. The months-long ban has caused personal and financial hardship.

The policy framework for lifting the travel ban was drafted last month. Accordingly, passengers must undergo a Covid inspection three days prior to departure. Airlines also need to set up a source of contact.

Earlier this week, White House sources announced that the land border would be opened in two phases. In the first stage, those arriving for non-urgent visits such as tourism should receive both doses of the wax. This condition does not apply to visitors of an urgent nature. If the visit is of an urgent nature, permission has been granted for those who have not been vaccinated for the past one and a half years. The second phase will start from early January 2022. Regardless of the nature of the visit, two doses of vaccine must be taken to enter the United States by hand.

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ന്യൂഡൽഹി;കോവിഡ് നിയന്ത്രണങ്ങളിൽ ഇളവുകൾ പ്രഖ്യാപിച്ചതിനെ തുടർന്ന് വിദേശസഞ്ചാരികൾക്ക് അടുത്ത മാസം 15 മുതൽ ഇന്ത്യയിലെത്താം. ചാർട്ടേഡ് വിമാനങ്ങളിൽ എത്തുന്നവർക്ക് ഈ മാസം 15 മുതൽ വിസ അനുവദിക്കും. എന്നാൽ രാജ്യത്തെത്തുന്ന വിദേശികൾ എല്ലാ തരത്തിലുമുള്ള കോവിഡ് മാനദണ്ഡങ്ങൾ പാലിക്കണമെന്നും ആരോഗ്യ മന്ത്രാലയം പുറത്തിറക്കിയ അറിയിപ്പിൽ പറയുന്നു.

കോവിഡ് രാജ്യത്തെ ടൂറിസം മേഖലയെ വലിയ തോതിൽ ബാധിച്ചിരുന്നു. ഇതിൽനിന്നു കരകയറാന്‍ സർക്കാരിന്റെ ഇപ്പോഴത്തെ തീരുമാനം സഹായിക്കുമെന്ന് ടൂർ ഓപ്പറേറ്റർമാർ പറയുന്നു. കൂടാതെ ഇപ്പോൾ ഷെഡ്യൂൾ ചെയ്ത വാണിജ്യ അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വിമാനങ്ങൾ പുനരാരംഭിക്കാൻ സർക്കാർ അനുവദിക്കണമെന്നും അവർ ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടു.വിദേശ ടൂറിസ്റ്റുകളെ സ്വാഗതം ചെയ്യുന്ന കേന്ദ്രസർക്കാർ തീരുമാനം ആഗോളതലത്തിൽ ടൂറിസ്റ്റുകൾക്ക് ഏറെ പ്രതീക്ഷ പകരുന്നതാണ്.

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