Singapore’s air travel is in the status of recovery, having reached about the levels before the pandemic, although there are border restrictions imposed by China, said Transport Minister S. Iswaran. Passenger transport in China is important for Singapore’s travel industry, according to him. Data from the local tourism board shows that about 3.6 million Chinese people visited Singapore in 2019, which equals 13% of the total visitors.
The trend continued over the health crisis and China was the top country on the travelers’ list.
However, this might change following diffusing border measures in other countries. Only 5,000 Chinese visitors visited Singapore in the month of April, which accounts for less than 2% of total arrivals.
China’s restrictions are still in place and visitors to China have to go through Covid-19 tests and be quarantined.
At the World Economic Forum, Iswaran told CNBC on Wednesday that nonetheless, travel will possibly develop.
He said “We’ve seen a significant rebound in air travel coming through Singapore, in the space of less than two months from mid-March to mid-May”.
According to him, air travel in Singapore has seen a more than double growth to over 40% of the pre-Covid period. It is expected that this momentum will keep going, he added.
Inoculated visitors from selected countries were permitted to visit the country without any quarantine as of September 2021. The island city-state has removed Covid tests for vaccinated visitors, easing domestic Covid restrictions.
About 92% of Singapore’s residents have been vaccinated, with 76% who have received booster doses.