South Australia Reopens to Singaporean Travelers

Fully vaccinated overseas arrivals are no longer required to self-isolate for a week after landing.

Downtown Adelaide’s Victoria Square at twilight. (Photo: ymgerman/iStock)

Thanks to a travel bubble arrangement and changes to South Australia’s entry rules — with quarantines scrapped for all vaccinated international travelers from New Year’s Day — Singapore citizens hoping to visit family and friends in Adelaide can plan their trips in earnest. Instead of going through seven days of mandatory self-isolation, double-dosed Singaporeans flying directly into South Australia must be tested for the virus within 24 hours of arrival and self-isolate until their test. Once out in the community, they should steer clear of “high risk” settings such as hospitals and elderly care homes for the next seven days. Vaccinated travelers who entered via New South Wales or Victoria and have stayed in those states for more than a week will be exempt from the testing requirement.

On Monday, Singapore Airlines began operating “For Eligible Passengers Only” (FEPO) flights to Adelaide. These services are open to fully vaccinated Australians, permanent residents and their immediate family members, as well as vaccinated Singapore citizens and visa holders. SIA is slated to launch FEPO flights to Brisbane from January 15 and Perth starting on February 5, when Western Australia reopens its borders after nearly two years cut off from the outside world. The carrier now says its FEPO designation for all flights to Australia will be in place until March 31. While ticket sales for Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) schemes are currently frozen through January 20, SIA is still on track to launch VTL flights from Adelaide and Brisbane on the 15th, with Perth following suit in early February.

Australia-bound flyers are required to hold a vaccination certificate issued by a public health authority or accredited provider, proving they have been fully inoculated with a recognized vaccine at least seven days ahead of the trip. (Children under the age of 12 and those with a valid medical exemption do not need to be vaccinated to board the flight.) Additionally, travelers must present a negative result from a PCR test conducted within 72 hours of departure, and complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least three days beforehand.

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