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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British travellers must look on enviously while the rest of Europe heads to the beach

Croatia is among those EU nations now actively encouraging British travellers to visit - getty
Croatia is among those EU nations now actively encouraging British travellers to visit – getty

Finally the curse is lifting. As of this week, travellers can once again move freely between most of the 22 EU countries in the Schengen area. But despite the fact that thousands of flights are scheduled to most of those countries over the next few weeks, and ferries and the Eurostar are operating, we Brits remain shackled. The Foreign Office continues to advise against all but essential travel, even though all those Schengen countries have a significantly lower rate of Covid-19 infection than the UK. And if we decide bravely to go anyway, we will have to submit ourselves to compulsory self-isolation for 14 days after we return.

Here’s the situation on the continent. Last week, the European Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson, urged Schengen members to lift as many restrictions as possible so

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