Australia Scott Morrison says Singapore travel bubble could be established within next week

03:05  22 october  2021
03:05  22 october  2021 Source:   smh.com.au

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A quarantine-free travel bubble between Australia and Singapore could be established within the next week after Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the two countries were in the final stages of concluding an agreement.

Australians may also be able to fly to Bangkok, Phuket, Johannesburg and Fiji before Christmas after Qantas and Jetstar announced they were restarting international flights out of Sydney ahead of schedule.

The Singapore arrangement will be similar to the travel bubble Australia established with the South Island of New Zealand this week. The talks are focused on allowing vaccinated students and business travellers to travel freely between Australia and Singapore as the first step, before opening up to tourists.

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Scott Morrison has flagged that Australia will imminently ease travel restrictions with Singapore as Qantas announced it would bring forward the resumption of international flights. On Friday Qantas announced that 11,000 Australia-based staff will be back at work in early December, with a new route to New Delhi “We anticipate that being able to be achieved within the next week or so, as we would open up to more visa class holders coming out of Singapore ,” he said . Guardian Australia understands the eased restrictions will only apply to vaccinated travellers , who Morrison said would be able to

The prime minister said he was not planning to open any travel bubbles with other nations before the end of the year. All states except WA have agreed to open before Christmas. © Provided by Daily Mail Western Australia (pictured is Rottnest Island) will no be part of a plan to open borders by Christmas. Australia allows New Zealanders to enter the country but has been closed off to all other nations since March. The prime minister has previously flagged opening travel bubbles with countries that have low virus case numbers such as Japan and Fiji, which would allow Aussies to have an

The travel bubble would be dependent on whether states relax their quarantine arrangements, but NSW and Victoria have already scrapped mandatory hotel quarantine for all vaccinated international arrivals from November 1.

Mr Morrison said on Friday morning the government was in the "final stages of concluding an arrangement with the Singapore government".

"We anticipate that being able to be achieved within the next week or so, as we would open up to more visa class holders coming out of Singapore, we will see that occur."

He said the arrangement would be open to states and territories that were open "in the same way as they are here in Sydney" and that it aligned with the timetable Qantas has announced for its flights to and from Singapore.

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Prime minister says arrival caps will be lifted in November, once states reach 80% double-dosed vaccination rates.

Qantas and Jetstar announced on Friday morning they are bringing forward the restart of their international flights, with Australian-based employees to return to work in early December.

Flights will restart out of Sydney to Singapore, Bangkok, Phuket Johannesburg and Fiji earlier than expected.

Australian government sources confirmed there were still some details to work out with Singapore but the agreement could be formally announced within days.

Trade Minister Dan Tehan earlier this week told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that the government "ideally" wanted to open up to all countries before Christmas.

"So we keep working on travel bubbles, or the equivalent of travel bubbles, and ideally the hope would be that you would be able to open up to all tourists who are vaccinated with vaccines recognised by ATAGI [the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation]," he said.

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