International travel has been in limbo since early 2020. There have been many rumours and official announcements about the possibility of a travel bubble between Australia and Singapore, but this has yet to materialise.
So is Singapore open now? In this guide, we’ll reveal the latest information on a potential Australia and Singapore travel bubble.
- Is Singapore open now for Australian visitors?
- Wasn’t the Australia-Singapore travel bubble supposed to happen already?
- Can I go to Singapore for essential travel?
- Can I travel to Singapore if I am a Singapore citizen or resident?
- Will I need to quarantine once the travel bubble is open?
- Other useful COVID-19 travel resources
This article was last updated on 12 August 2021, and was correct at time of writing. For the latest information, check official government advice at Smartraveller.gov.au.
Is Singapore open now for Australian visitors?
A firm date for the opening of a travel bubble between Australia and Singapore has yet to be set. However, the Trade and Tourism Minister Dan Tehan, as quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald, said that such a bubble will not open until the end of 2021 at the earliest.
Wasn’t the Australia-Singapore travel bubble supposed to happen already?
In March 2021, the Australian government made announcements that there were plans to open a travel bubble between Australia and Singapore in July or August this year. However, with COVID numbers on the rise and the vaccine rollout slower than expected, the decision to open this travel bubble has been pushed back.
Can I go to Singapore for essential travel?
Some travellers can leave Australia and travel to Singapore if they have what is deemed ‘essential travel’ reasons. You can see the full list of essential travel on the government’s Home Affairs website.
Some of the most common essential travel reasons:
- Your travel is as part of the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, including the provision of aid.
- You are travelling to receive urgent medical treatment that is not available in Australia.
- Your travel is for your business/employer.
- You are travelling outside Australia for a compelling reason for three months or longer.
- You are travelling on compelling or compassionate grounds.
- Your travel is in the national interest.
Can I travel to Singapore if I am a Singapore citizen or resident?
The Smart Traveller website, as of the 3 August 2021 update, states that Singapore citizens, permanent residents and Long-Term Pass holders can return to Singapore.
However, for travellers who have been in Australia within the last 21 days, there are strict measures that have to be met. You will:
- have to present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours before your departure,
- be tested on arrival in Singapore,
- have to undertake a 14-day quarantine at a dedicated facility or at your place of residence.
Other options like travelling on an Air Travel Pass are not available to people who have been in Australia in the previous three weeks.
For more information about travelling to Singapore, please see the Safe Travel website operated by the government of Singapore.
Will I need to quarantine once the travel bubble is open?
The current line of thought is that the travel bubble will allow a quarantine-free travel experience. However, as with many things in this pandemic, this may be subject to change.
Other useful COVID-19 travel resources
COVIDSafe App: An app that allows the Australian government to identify people affected with the virus and alerts others who those affected may have been in contact with.
Coronavirus Australia App: Publishes the latest Australian government advice and information all to your phone.
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FAQs about travelling to Singapore
Australia doe not currently have a travel bubble with Singapore. The Australian government has highlighted this route as a priority, but it’s not expected that Singapore will be open for Australian visitors until at least the end of 2021.
At the moment, entry to Australia is severely limited. Unless you have the right to live and work in Australia or have a family connection, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to enter Australia at this time.
Unless you are eligible for one of the exemptions for international travel at this point, you’ll have to wait until the travel bubble opens. The current estimates are that the Singapore Australia travel bubble will be in late 2021 at the earliest.
Find out about the latest announcements regarding travel with Skyscanner’s coronavirus travel advice page.
Desperate to go to the Lion City and can’t wait until the end of 2021? Take our 24-hour virtual tour of Singapore.
Singapore isn’t the only travel bubble on the cards. Find out more about travelling from Australia to New Zealand.
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