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…

Singapore to offer COVID-19 booster jabs for children aged 5 to 11

Singapore to offer COVID-19 booster jabs for children aged 5 to 11

Singapore is recommending a COVID-19 booster dose for children aged five to 11, and exploring jabs for those as young as six months old. This is to guard against uncertainties as the country takes a significant step towards living with…

Japan to waive pre-departure COVID-19 tests for vaccinated travellers

Japan to waive pre-departure COVID-19 tests for vaccinated travellers

Japan will waive pre-departure COVID-19 tests for vaccinated travellers to the country. From Sep 7, arrivals will not need to present a negative coronavirus test certificate if they are triple vaccinated. There had been speculation that Japan would open its…

Holidaymakers willing to pay more for longer travel packages despite price increase

Holidaymakers willing to pay more for longer travel packages despite price increase

Singapore’s biggest travel fair is back and raring to take off after a three-year break. Organisers of the NATAS Holidays Fair anticipate turnout this year to reach near pre-pandemic levels, with as many as 100,000 people expected to attend. NATAS…

Malaysia Q2 GDP grows at fastest annual pace in a year

Malaysia Q2 GDP grows at fastest annual pace in a year

Malaysia’s economy grew at its fastest annual pace in a year in the second quarter. The economy surged 8.9% from a year ago, faster than the 6.7% expected by economists. It was driven by expansion in domestic demand and resilient…

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…

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…

Singapore Airlines could return to black later this year, say analysts

Singapore Airlines could return to black later this year, say analysts

Singapore Airlines could return to black later this year, according to analysts who point to the faster-than-expected aviation sector recovery. SIA is planning to ramp up passenger capacity to 67% of pre-COVID levels by September, while trimming its annual net…

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…

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…

Hong Kong to further ease COVID restrictions from May 19

Hong Kong to further ease COVID restrictions from May 19

Hong Kong is on track to ease more COVID-19 restrictions from May 19, despite fluctuations in daily infections. Over 270 new cases were reported on May 10. Still, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the city is set to lift tough…