If you’re double vaxxed and are hankering for a shopping spree down Singapore’s famous Orchard Road, then you may be in luck.
As of today, Singapore has opened its borders to vaccinated Australians. The initiative will see a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) which allows Aussies to bypass quarantine, providing they can prove they’re double vaccinated, have a negative PCR test result within 48 hours of boarding their flight and can return another negative test upon arrival in Singapore.
Once arriving in Singapore and going through the VTL, travellers will be required to undertake a COVID-19 test and continue on to their hotel where they’ll need to isolate until the results are returned shortly after. If the result is negative, the traveller will be free to explore the city.
Along with the above requirements, Aussie travellers will also be required to purchase travel insurance prior to leaving, and the policy must cover Covid-19 medical treatment, any potential hospitalisation and cover at least $30,000 Singapore dollars ($A30,050) in medical expenses. They’ll also need to download and use Singapore’s contact tracing app; TraceTogether app.
Unfortunately, not all of Australia will be able to travel to Singapore, as some states still have their borders locked.
Australia is geared up to welcome Singaporeans into the country this month, opening it’s borders to travellers from the country from November 21.
Oliver Chong, the executive director Oceania of the Singapore Tourism Board, has spoken of her excitement about travel resuming between the two countries.
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“We’re extremely thrilled with the resumption of travel between Australia and Singapore. We know Aussies are avid travellers and can’t wait to travel overseas, so we hope this will encourage them to make plans to visit Singapore as soon as they can,” Mr Chong said.
“Australia has always been a close and longstanding trade and tourism partner for Singapore. We are confident that this Vaccinated Travel Lane will be warmly welcomed by everyone as we continue to move towards a safe and calibrated reopening of our borders.”