October 28, 2021 | By Bronwen Largier

In less than two weeks Australians will be able to travel to Singapore without quarantining, giving Australians the opportunity to attend business events in South East Asia’s global business events hub.

Last Friday Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed Australia was looking to allow more travellers from Singapore to enter Australia as part of a reciprocal bubble.

“We are in the final stages of completing an arrangement with the Singapore government,” Morrison said.

“I was in a position, as you know, some months ago, I met with the Prime Minister of Singapore, Prime Minister Lee in Singapore, to set up a new arrangement which will see our borders open more quickly to Singapore.

“We anticipate that being able to be achieved within the next week or so as we would open up to more visa class holders coming out of Singapore.”

On Tuesday, Singapore’s Minister for Transport S Iswaran announced the opening of the bubble from the Singapore side.

“To enable the restoration of two-way quarantine-free travel, I am happy to announce that Singapore will launch a VTL [Vaccinated Travel Lane] with Australia,” he said.

“Singapore and Australia are longstanding partners with strong people-to-people, economic and defence relations. Before COVID-19, many Singaporeans travelled to Australia for business, education and leisure, and vice versa.

“Pre-COVID, Australia was among our top ten markets for annual passenger arrivals at Changi Airport, accounting for about four percent of our total arrivals in 2019.

“In 2019, Australia was also among our top five markets for international visitor arrivals.

“We look forward to working with Australia to progressively rebuild travel between our two countries.”

Australian travellers to Singapore will still need to show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of departure to Singapore and take a second PCR test on arrival in Singapore and isolate until they receive a result.

Australia has yet to announce any further details on conditions of the bubble to enter Australia from Singapore, however, both Victoria and NSW have cleared the way for quarantine free international arrivals from November 1.