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SINGAPORE: Unvaccinated children aged twelve and below will be allowed to travel into Singapore from countries under the vaccinated travel lane scheme from Oct 19.



Travel lanes (File photo)


According to CNA, children must be accompanied by another traveller on the scheme, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said on Monday (Oct 11).


Singapore currently has vaccinated travel lanes with Brunei and Germany. Vaccinated travel lanes with Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the US will open from Oct 19, and with South Korea from Nov 15.


CAAS director-general Han Kok Juan said the move was made following feedback from parents who had suggested allowing children to travel under the vaccinated travel lanes.


"We have considered this suggestion in consultation with the Ministry of Health and decided to allow it to facilitate family travel," he said.


"There is some public health risk, but it can be mitigated with the other safeguards. We urge parents to exercise extra care and caution when travelling with their unvaccinated child."


Like other travellers on the scheme, children travelling via vaccinated travel lanes will not need to serve quarantine, said CAAS.


They will need to undergo pre-departure and on-arrival polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, except for young children aged two years and below.


"Travellers are advised to check the prevailing entry requirements imposed by the countries they are travelling to, including any restrictions on the age of travellers and vaccination status," said CAAS.


The authority noted that Brunei currently does not allow general travel in the country.


It also said that South Korea will allow general travel into the country under the vaccinated travel lane from Nov 15, but this does not include children who do not qualify for vaccination or people who are medically unfit to be vaccinated.


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My personal view on this is that because of what Singapore did yesterday Thailand's hands were tied and so the PM had to poop or get off of the pot.

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