[Updated 2/11/2021: It's been announced that Australia will be welcoming back Singaporeans on 21 November!]
It was just announced that Australia and Singapore are establishing a travel bubble! While talks and preparations are still on the way for both countries, we're all really excited for the bubble to be established. As we wait for the authorities to figure out the details and confirm this amazing news, here's what we do know about the upcoming Singapore-Australia travel bubble.
The Singapore-Australia Travel Bubble
1. Why now?
With Singapore being only the second travel bubble for Australia (the other one being with New Zealand), it might come as a little bit of a surprise that Australia has decided to establish a travel bubble with Singapore!
However since 80% of Australia's population plans to be fully vaccinated by December, Australia is looking to open up to international travel by then. In an effort to work toward that goal, Australia's two biggest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, will allow travellers entry to the cities for Nov 1 2021.
Responding on Friday, Singapore's Prime Minister said he was "delighted" with this turn of events.
"Singapore and Australia have robust economic and investment links, and warm people-to-people ties," said Lee Hsien Loong.
While other major Australian cities are yet to follow, it seems that the Singapore-Australia travel bubble might just be underway soon.
2. Who can enter Australia?
According to BBC, Singaporeans who wish to enter Australia from Nov 1 have to be vaccinated Singaporeans and permanent residents. The nation will also be prioritising visa holders and eventually tourists. Any Australian citizen will also be able to freely enter Australia from 1 November onward.
As of 21 November, those who enter Singapore must depart from Singapore to be considered eligible. Arrangements will also be commencing from 21 November with participating parts of Australia. This includes New South Wales and Victoria.
Current measures also allow for Singapore Citizens (SC), Permanent Residents (PR), and Long-Term Pass holders to enter Singapore from Australia. They can enter via the Returning SC/PRs lane, Work Pass Holder General Lane, Student’s Pass Holder Lane.
3. Will there be quarantine required?
There will not be any quarantine required! Just like the travel lanes between Singapore and Germany (and Brunei), you don't need to quarantine yourself before or after heading to Australia. All you have to be is vaccinated ?
Check out more of HHWT's articles on the Australia-Singapore Travel Bubble!:
- Australia Is Reopening Their Border By December And Included Singapore In The Vaccine Passport Plan
- Australia Sets Four-Phase Plan To Reopen Borders For International Travellers
- Singapore-Australia Travel Bubble: How It Will Look Like If It Happens
- Singaporeans May Be Next To Travel To Australia Quarantine-Free