S’pore suspends green lanes with Malaysia, South Korea, Germany

Only a few green lanes remain open as Covid-19 cases surge worldwide

Singapore has suspended reciprocal green lane arrangements with Malaysia, South Korea and Germany for three months, due to a resurgence of Covid-19 cases worldwide.

These green lane arrangements, which allow essential travel for business or official purposes between two countries, will be reviewed at the end of the three months, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

Only a few green lanes remain open as Covid-19 cases surge worldwide

Travellers who have already obtained prior approval to enter Singapore can continue to do so.

These green lanes with Germany, Malaysia and South Korea were agreed upon in October, August and September respectively last year. Singapore’s other arrangement with Malaysia, the Periodic Commuting Arrangement, will not be affected. This arrangement is meant for longer-term travel for work and business-related travel.

Singapore also has reciprocal green lanes with Japan and Indonesia but new applications have currently been put on hold. Earlier this month, Japan suspended all its business track arrangements until its state of emergency is lifted.

Previously on December 28, Indonesia also announced a temporary ban on the entry of all foreign nationals. It recently extended its border closures to foreigners from January 26 to February 8.

With this latest suspension, only the green lanes with Brunei and a few cities in China – Chongqing, Jiangsu, Guangdong, Shanghai, Tianjin, Zhejiang – remain open.

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