It is with great hope and anticipation that I visit Singapore, one of France's major partners in the region. As the French Minister of Transport, I did not want to miss the inauguration of the new Vaccinated Travel Lane between our two countries.
The reopening of travel is a much-awaited and welcome move. For almost two years, connections have been severely hit by border restrictions. This summer, global air travel was just half its pre-pandemic level. The Asean region suffered a 98 per cent drop in international travel from 2019 levels.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2021, with the headline 'France, Singapore: Key partners in reconnecting a pandemic-disrupted world'. Subscribe
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