Travel restrictions due to lockdowns and border closures during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic had made it challenging for international students to travel to Singapore for higher education in 2020 and 2021. However, with the country easing entry requirements for vaccinated individuals, the number of international students returning to Singapore has almost returned to pre-COVID numbers.
Singapore views the Omicron variant as less threatening than its predecessors. Therefore, the Minister of Health has announced that the government will restore and raise the quota on vaccinated travel lanes. So, any visitor entering the city-state using these lanes need not take the polymerase chain reaction test. Instead, a simple supervised self-swab can suffice.
The country has also decided to restore its air hub status and enter quarantine-free travel agreements with several countries. This decision will ensure students who enter the country won’t have to undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore released a separate statement stating that fully vaccinated individuals from Hong Kong will be able to enter Singapore quarantine-free. An Immigration and Checkpoints Authority spokesperson stated that the number of international students rose to 63,600 at the end of January.