November 1, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier | Image: Qantas
Australia will make the promised Singapore travel bubble reciprocal from November 21 Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed.
Following Singapore’s announcement last week that Australians would be able to enter the city state without quarantining through a “vaccinated travel lane” from November 8, Morrison has now confirmed Singaporean citizens will be able to travel freely to Australia from later this month.
With NSW and Victoria scrapping quarantine measures for international arrivals from today, Singaporeans will not need to quarantine if they enter Australia through either of those states.
From today, Australia is also restarting its side of the travel bubble with New Zealand, with our nearest neighbours again allowed to enter Australia on a green zone flight/ without the need to quarantine.
“This means within weeks Australia will be welcoming tourists from two of our top ten travel destinations,” said Morrison.
Meanwhile international travel for Australian citizens and permanent residents has recommenced from today, with exemptions no longer required for fully vaccinated Australians to leave or enter Australia. From today exemptions to travel to Australia will also be granted for parents of adult Australian citizens.
Qantas has already welcomed a flight from Los Angeles, which touched down at 6am this morning. The airline’s first international flight to depart under the new arrangements will set off for London from Sydney via Darwin at 6.30 tonight.
With Australians also able to move more freely between the nation’s two most populous states, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told ABC News Breakfast this morning that Qantas has sold half a million airline tickets in the last fortnight.