Australia to Welcome Singaporean Travelers from Nov. 21

Fully vaccinated visitors from the city will be free to enter New South Wales and Victoria without restrictions.

An aerial view of Melbourne’s CBD. (Photo: kokkai/iStock)

Singapore citizens hoping for a year-end holiday Down Under can finally move ahead with those plans. A definitive date for the launch of a reciprocal travel bubble was made public on Sunday, after a meeting between Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome.

Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said on Facebook, “Australia will reopen its borders for vaccinated Singaporeans to travel to New South Wales and Victoria for work, study, and leisure without having to serve quarantine from November 21. This is good news, especially for many of our Singaporean students enrolled in Australian universities in these states, who will now be able to resume their studies onshore.” Balakrishnan also hailed the development as a “significant milestone” in efforts to safely reopen the city-state’s borders.

Last week, Singapore announced the launch of a Vaccinated Travel Lane with Australia on November 8, although authorities cautioned that Australia’s borders would only be open to returning citizens, permanent residents, and their immediate family members in the initial phase. It’s reported that there will be no requirement for those entering New South Wales and Victoria to have spent the previous 14 days in Singapore.

Morrison said in a Sunday press briefing that reopening to Singapore and New Zealand was in line with the national plan, which allows quarantine-free travel bubbles to be set up with other countries once vaccination rates reach 80 percent among the eligible population. “This means within weeks Australia will be welcoming tourists from two of our top ten travel destinations,” he added. Quarantine-free travel from New Zealand resumed on Monday for fully vaccinated Kiwis, but this is only a one-way arrangement for now, with New Zealanders required to go into mandatory self-isolation upon their return.

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