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One Way Singapore Bubble To Open

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Following the announcement of a new quarantine-free travel bubble between the two nations on November 8, Australian residents will be able to travel to and from Singapore.

In the opposite direction, Singaporean students and business travelers should be permitted to go to Australia soon, albeit no timeline has been set.

It comes as Australia prepares to abolish its stay-away ban on November 1st.

“We look forward to doing more with Australia and Australia opening up further,” Singapore Transport Minister S Iswaran said.

“But we also recognize that every country has to make its own assessment of its circumstances, both in terms of infection rates, vaccination rates, etc.

“What we would want to do is make sure these initial arrangements work well so that both sides have the confidence to do more and facilitate travel for a wider group of travelers.”

If Singaporeans are allowed to enter Australia later this month, it will be the first international arrivals since the outbreak began, with the exception of New Zealanders and those who have received exemptions.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stated unequivocally that tourists and backpackers on working vacation visas will not be allowed to return before the end of the year.

“On international visitors, well we’ll see how Australians coming back first goes there,” he said.

It comes after a flurry of pronouncements indicating that Australia will gradually open up to the rest of the world.

Following the NSW government’s decision to enable fully-vaccinated Australians to fly quarantine-free from this date, Qantas said earlier this month that it will bring forward its planned starting date for international flights to November 1.

With its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Qantas will fly up to five return flights a week from Sydney to London via Darwin and up to four return flights a week from Sydney to Los Angeles from November 1. Flights from Darwin to London will be available until at least April 2022.

It later announced that it would bring back flights from Australia to Singapore, Fiji, Johannesburg, Phuket, and Bangkok and launch a brand new direct route between Sydney and Delhi.

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