Singapore intends to offer a 'business travel pass' to local executives as the city-state continues to chart its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
The pass will be launched as a pilot program, the country's Ministry of Health said in a statement, to bring about a return to business travel "in a safe and calibrated manner."
The pass is aimed at senior executives in Singapore "with regional or international responsibilities who need to travel regularly for official and business purposes."
Upon return to Singapore, pass-holders will be given the option of doing a COVID-19 test in lieu of the otherwise-mandatory quarantine period, provided they self-isolate until the test results come through.
The government the number of passes "will be strictly limited in the initial phase", but if the pilot proves successful it will consider expanding the scheme.
“The idea is to be able to allow senior executives who are based in Singapore with extensive regional or international responsibilities to have a bit more flexibility to travel for work reasons," said Singapore government minister Lawrence Wong.
"So we are starting with a small number, and then we will distribute them out through our economic agencies."
Wong added that the travel pass would apply to "travel to quite a wide range of countries... it’s not going to be country specific."
It would, however, not supersede any bilateral green lane corridors or business fast-track channels, such as opened between Singapore and Japan earlier this month, which include pre-departure and post-arrival COVID testing.
Singapore also has cross-border travel arrangements with China, Malaysia, Brunei and South Korea, and is said to be in discussions with other countries including Thailand and Hong Kong.