Singapore to allow visitors from Brunei, New Zealand
The city-state closed its borders in March to tourists and short-term visitors and later implemented a partial lockdown as coronavirus outbreaks swept through dormitories housing hundreds of thousands of migrant workers.
Transport minister Ong Ye Kung said the move aims to strike a balance between controlling the spread of the virus and reviving air travel, a key driver of the trade-and tourism-reliant economy.
"All in all, I think this is a small cautious step to start to reopen aviation and resuscitate Changi Airport," he told reporters on Friday.
"Remember, as a small open economy, to survive we've got to keep our borders open. To earn a living, (we) gotta have connections with the world and to thrive and to prosper, we must be an aviation hub."
The quarantine period has also been cut from 14 to seven days for travellers from low-risk regions including Australia -- excluding Victoria state -- China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia.
Ong said last week Changi Airport used to move 1,000 aircraft a day but this number had fallen to 150.