COVID-19: Hong Kong reaches preliminary agreement with China for "reverse quarantine" programme

COVID-19: Hong Kong reaches preliminary agreement with China for “reverse quarantine” programme

Hong Kong has reached a preliminary agreement with China to allow travellers to first quarantine in the territory before they cross the border to Shenzhen. The reverse quarantine programme is expected to help boost travel into mainland China. Travellers who…

Shanghai and Beijing further relax curbs as COVID-19 infections wane

Shanghai and Beijing further relax curbs as COVID-19 infections wane

China’s two major cities, Beijing and Shanghai, have relaxed more COVID-19 curbs as infections continue to subside. New cases have gone down to single digits, with Beijing and Shanghai reporting five and four community cases respectively. Restaurants in some areas…

Japan to announce details on resumption of package tours on June 7

Japan to announce details on resumption of package tours on June 7

Singapore travel agencies are set to get more guidance on tour packages to Japan next Tuesday (June 7), when Tokyo unveils more details. It ran a pilot tour involving travel agencies in four countries. The trial will help formulate guidelines…

Hong Kong postpones plans to further ease COVID-19 curbs after new clusters identified

Hong Kong postpones plans to further ease COVID-19 curbs after new clusters identified

Hong Kong will postpone plans to further ease COVID-19 curbs, after authorities identified new coronavirus clusters. The government was expected to allow businesses to operate at full capacity, and to lift the cap on the number of attendees at banquets.…

Shanghai to end two-month COVID lockdown on June 1

Shanghai to end two-month COVID lockdown on June 1

China’s financial hub Shanghai is set to lift its unprecedented two-month lockdown tomorrow (June 1). Officials said the public will be allowed to move about freely anywhere in the city as long as they are in a low-risk area. A…

Opportunities for Singapore and Indonesia to work together in green, digital economy: Lawrence Wong

Opportunities for Singapore and Indonesia to work together in green, digital economy: Lawrence Wong

Finance Minister Lawrence Wong has said bilateral relations between Singapore and Indonesia are in good order. He added that both countries have continued to strengthen cooperation, especially working together to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at the end of his…

Taxi lines return to Changi Airport as additional fare surcharge kicks in

Taxi lines return to Changi Airport as additional fare surcharge kicks in

Taxi lines have returned to Changi Airport as increased surcharges kick in. It now costs $3 more to hail a cab there. Higher peak-hour charges, now at $8, will apply daily. The new surcharges will continue until end-June. The airport…

SITA's Sumesh Patel on how COVID-19 has increased the need for new technology at airports

SITA’s Sumesh Patel on how COVID-19 has increased the need for new technology at airports

At the inaugural Changi Aviation Summit, the industry’s post-pandemic recovery was the focus of discussions. Technology is one way to make the industry safer. Experts said demand is rising for self-service, biometric and touchless technologies. Mr Sumesh Patel, Asia-Pacific president…

S'pore and M'sia hope to restore full air connectivity in coming weeks, months: Vivian Balakrishnan

S’pore and M’sia hope to restore full air connectivity in coming weeks, months: Vivian Balakrishnan

Singapore and Malaysia hope to restore full connectivity in the coming weeks and months. Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan gave this update during a visit to Malaysia, where he spoke about bilateral relations that he described as “strong, dependable and…

Shanghai will only resume public transport when COVID-19 situation is 'completely stable'

Shanghai will only resume public transport when COVID-19 situation is ‘completely stable’

In Shanghai, officials said public transport in the Chinese financial hub will only resume basic operations when the COVID-19 situation is “completely stable”, and not this weekend as previously announced. Authorities have acknowledged that there may be a gap between…

Travel operators in Singapore say more clarity needed on Japan's tourism reopening

Travel operators in Singapore say more clarity needed on Japan’s tourism reopening

Longer tour packages and itineraries catering to a younger crowd — that’s how travel companies are gearing up to meet soaring demand for vacations to Japan. As part of a trial, Japan is opening its doors, welcoming tourists from four…

Changi Aviation Summit: Full recovery of air travel by 2024 among focus areas

Changi Aviation Summit: Full recovery of air travel by 2024 among focus areas

Global aviation leaders have pledged to work towards a full recovery of air travel by 2024 by removing all COVID-19 restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers. It’s one of three focus areas outlined in a joint statement released on the second…