BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN – Brunei lifted the suspension of its reciprocal green lane arrangement with Singapore on July 12, nearly two months after the essential travel programme was halted.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced the resumption of the green lane arrangement in a statement on Saturday as the number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore declined in recent weeks.

The bilateral travel arrangement allowed passengers to skip the 14-day quarantine and only required travellers to take a  COVID test upon arrival and self-isolate until they received their results within 1-3 days.

Both countries agreed to establish the green lane for essential and official travel last September.

Singapore is the only country that Brunei has agreed to resume limited international travel with after the sultanate imposed an outbound travel ban on its residents in March last year.

The city-state reported 26 new coronavirus infections on Monday, including eight community cases.

Singapore has also eased COVID-19 restrictions, with groups of up to five people allowed to dine out together, but employees are still required to work from home.

Brunei has not recorded any community transmission of COVID-19 for over a year, but two new imported cases from Indonesia were reported on Monday, bringing the total number of active cases to 18.

All travellers are advised to visit the Prime Minister’s Office website for updated travel advisories.