Singapore is considering more vaccinated travel routes after opening up to the US and other key trading partners, with Transport Minister S. Iswaran saying Monday that the city state is keen to work with regional neighbours including Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

“Certainly, Australia is a very important partner country for us. And there’s a great deal of connectivity between Australia and Singapore, and through Singapore to other parts of the world as well,” Iswaran said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “So we are quite keen to work with Australia, with New Zealand, with Japan and many other countries in the region, in terms of how we can move forward in this regard.”

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong is pushing on with a strategy of living with Covid-19 without being paralyzed by fear, saying in a televised address Saturday that the nation can’t stay “locked down and closed off indefinitely.” Singapore has added more countries, including the US, the UK, France and Italy, to its list of places fully-vaccinated people can travel quarantine-free starting as early as Oct 19, after kicking off a similar arrangement with Germany and Brunei last month. 

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