Taiwan, Singapore in talks on possible ‘travel bubble’: health minister

Taipei, March 18 (CNA) Taiwan and Singapore are in discussions on the possibility of creating a “travel bubble” between the two sides, Taiwan’s Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said Thursday.

Currently, travelers from Taiwan to Singapore are not required to quarantine, once they test negative for COVID-19 on arrival, Chen told reporters, adding that the policy was implemented in Singapore on Dec. 18, 2020.

Since then, Singaporean authorities have been pushing for a reciprocal policy in Taiwan, said Chen, who also heads the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The two sides are discussing the possibility of creating such a “travel bubble,” but a formal proposal has not yet been put forward, Chen said.

To date, Singapore has reported 60,137 cases of COVID-19, with 30 deaths, according to the country’s Ministry of Health.

Chen’s comments came one day after he confirmed that Taiwan would soon establish a travel bubble with Palau, which would allow fewer entry restrictions on both sides, starting April 1.

Palau, one of Taiwan’s 15 diplomatic allies, has been free from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and has not had any confirmed cases.

Taiwan has recorded 998 cases, 882 of them classified as imported, and 10 deaths, according to CECC data valid as of Thursday.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Chiang Yi-ching)


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