The Singaporean Government has announced vaccinated Australians will be able to visit the country without quarantining.
The Lion City will open its doors from November 8. The move comes as parts of Australia get ready to open to uncapped international arrivals from November 1.
Australians entering Singapore will have to return a negative COVID-19 test, while unvaccinated children aged under 12 years will be allowed in.
Singapore has successfully established travel corridors with the United States, the United Kingdom, Brunei and Germany.
Its vaccinated-only flights have brought in more than 5000 passengers since they began from Germany and Brunei in early September.
The Singapore Tourism Board has welcomed the move as Australians, pre-COVID, were among their top 10 markets for annual passenger arrivals.
“The reopening of borders with Australia will also be a significant step in rebuilding the Singapore air hub and people-to-people connectivity,” said a spokesperson for the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.
Singapore’s Tourism Board welcomed the decision, saying it “marks a significant step on the flight-path to recovery for both countries’ tourism sectors”.
“We’re extremely thrilled with the resumption of travel between Australia and Singapore,” said the executive director of Oceania for the Singapore Tourism Board, Oliver Chong.
“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.”
Singapore Airlines has announced two daily flights from Melbourne and Sydney to Singapore for the vaccinated.
“Singapore Airlines looks forward to welcoming our customers on board our flights, where they continue to enjoy our world-class products and service,” said Mr Louis Arul, Singapore Airlines regional vice-president, south west Pacific.
“SIA customers can also travel in confidence, with the industry-leading health and safety measures that have been put in place to ensure their well-being.”
Scoot, the low-cost subsidiary of SIA launched this week a series of one-way promotion fares celebrating the resumption of international flights.
They will be operating one flight a day from both Sydney and Melbourne.