A positive turn of events has surfaced with the announcement that Singapore and Australia are currently discussing a possible travel bubble between the two nations. If the decision is passed by both parties, this will mean that travel between Singapore-Australia might be possible again.
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Multiple reports from Australia Morning Herald, Channel NewsAsia, Straits Times amongst others, it was confirmed that both countries are in talks about the possibility to allow residents to travel between Singapore-Australia without a need to quarantine.
According to the Australia Morning Herald; under this arrangement, Australians would be allowed to travel to Singapore regardless of whether they are traveling for work or leisure. Similarly, Singaporean nationals would also be allowed to travel to Australia for work, study, or holiday. Without the two weeks quarantine. Parties from both countries will have to already been vaccinated to travel in this arrangement.
Please refer to the respective authorities for more details on the travel advisories and safety measures in place.
Currently, Singapore only has one air-travel bubble arrangement and that is the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble which was supposed to begin in November last year. However, it has been held back due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong.
Australia already has a travel bubble with New Zealand, through this arrangement, New Zealanders can travel to Australia without any quarantine. On the other hand, this arrangement is not mutual due to New Zealand’s reluctance to open to Australia.
This arrangement could be a viable and welcomed step to restart tourism in both countries. This is also in line with the positive view that Bilateral travel corridors for vaccinated passengers may well happen in the second half of 2021 following a comment from Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung on 12 March, according to The Straits Times.
Knowing how popular Australia is for Singaporean travelers and vice versa, it might just be a matter of time before we can welcome travel again between the two countries with thanks to the development of vaccinations allowing for a chance of safe travels to return.