Singapore is Reopening to Visitors from Australia and Vietnam

Existing border restrictions for residents of the two countries will be lifted at midnight on October 8.

Singapore’s Marina Bay precinct after dark. (Photo: Guo Xin Goh/Unsplash)

Less than a month after travelers from Brunei and New Zealand were allowed back into the Lion City, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), has announced that it will extend the same privilege to those based in Vietnam and most of Australia.

In a statement released just this afternoon, the CAAS said, “both countries have comprehensive public health surveillance systems and displayed successful control over the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Over the last 28 days, Vietnam has zero local Covid-19 cases, while Australia (excluding Victoria State) has a virus local incidence rate of 0.02 per 100,000. The risk of importation from these countries is low.”

CAAS will be accepting applications for an Air Travel Pass (ATP) for entry into Singapore starting tomorrow (October 1) at 12 p.m. local time. Foreign travelers wishing to apply from Australia or Vietnam must have remained in those countries for no less than 14 consecutive days prior to the trip; successful applicants are required to download the TraceTogether app on their mobile devices and have it activated during their stay in Singapore.

From midnight on October 2, Singapore citizens, permanent residents, and long-term pass holders returning from Vietnam and all Australian states except for Victoria will no longer need to spend seven days in self-isolation at home. Visitors and returning residents alike are urged to register and pay for the Covid-19 test prior to departure at safetravel.changiairport.com.

Singapore’s government is now modifying its travel advisory to allow Singaporeans to travel to Australia and Vietnam, though entry requirements imposed by those countries will still apply as this latest move is a unilateral move by Singapore and not a reciprocal agreement. Visitors from the eligible countries can apply for the single-entry ATP, free of charge, between seven and 30 calendar days prior to their date of entry into the Lion City. For more details, visit safetravel.ica.gov.sg.

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