Singapore and Australia discussing travel bubble

Singapore and Australia are considering creating an air travel bubble to allow residents of the two countries to travel without the need for quarantine.

They are also in discussion about the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates and resumption of travel, and about which students and business travellers are prioritised, said a statement from Singapore’s foreign affairs ministry.

Australian citizens can transit through Singapore without quarantine back home if they travel on an approved transit route and comply with Singapore’s public health protocols during transit, it said.

Australia’s trade minister Dan Tehan said he had discussed the plan with Singapore’s trade and industry minister Chan Chun Sing, a report said. It is said the plan is expected to be launched in July or August.

Mayumi Soh of Pinsent Masons MPillay, the Singapore joint law venture between MPillay and Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law, said: “These discussions are a positive development as they are a step towards the resumption of travel activity in Singapore.”

Singapore has taken a series of travel measures during the Covid-19 pandemic including fast lane, reciprocal green lane (RGL) and air travel bubbles. From February Singapore suspended RGL coronavirus travel arrangements with Malaysia, Germany, South Korea for three months.

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