Covid-19 tests may cost travellers an extra S$800

Singapore — Leisure travel between Singapore and Hong Kong is expected to begin again soon, with officials from both sides working on a travel bubble that will allow people to fly in and out safely. However, the cost of testing for Covid-19 could add as much as S$800 to each traveller’s expenses, according to a report in the South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Tuesday (Oct 20).

Therefore, there is a need for less expensive testing methods for Singapore to revive its travel and tourism industries, which are among the hardest-hit by the pandemic.

Under the travel bubble, visitors will no longer be required to serve a quarantine period or only be allowed to go to specific places, but they will most likely need to take polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, which cost around S$200 per test in Singapore.

How many tests each traveller will need to take has not

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  • FTSE 100 closing price of 7305.29, +0.4%
  • FTSE closes above 7,300 for the first time since Feb 2020
  • IAG trades higher after earnings
  • Travel & Leisure sector benefits from Pfizer pill
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  • GBP trades lower for the second day after BoE surprise
  • Oil ends week on a high
  • Cryptocurrencies steady heading into the weekend

By Samuel Indyk – The edged higher on Friday and closed above 7,300 for the first time since February 2020 as strong and a less hawkish than expected on Thursday continue to support UK stocks.

British Airways parent IAG (LON:) was one of the better-performing stocks in the UK after the company reported earnings pre-market. The airline recorded a loss of €452 million in the third quarter but sounded cautiously optimistic on the return of transatlantic travel in the coming months.

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Prince Harry says travel ban amid the coronavirus pandemic has led to ‘acute hardship’ among industry workers

Prince Harry believes there is a better way to travel, especially after the coronavirus pandemic.

In a foreword for the latest Travalyst report, the Duke of Sussex acknowledged how the industry has taken a major hit in the last year.

“The global health crisis continues to hold many in its grip, forcing communities and nations into one of the most difficult times in modern history,” the 36-year-old wrote. 

“Those working in and relying on travel and tourism have experienced acute hardship over the past year,” the British royal shared. “In tourism, destinations have experienced an abrupt halt to the consistent flow of visitors seen in recent years.


Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, launched Travalyst in 2019.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, launched Travalyst in 2019.
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“If anyone needed reminding, this has shown us just how vital the industry

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