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All you need to know about Singapore's existing travel arrangements

This just in: Travellers from mainland China and Victoria in Australia can now enter Singapore for leisure without serving a 14-day quarantine

By Dewi Nurjuwita

This just in: China and Victoria in Australia are the latest additions to the list of places Singapore is unilaterally opening its borders to. This means that all travellers (leisure or business) from both destinations will be able to enter Singapore and not be quarantined, only if they pass a Covid-19 test upon arrival. The same applies to Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders returning from these two areas. 

Travellers from China and Victoria in Australia can apply for an air travel pass to enter Singapore from noon on Friday, October 30, and will be able to enter Singapore from November 6. They join those that have previously been approved from Singapore to travel to the city-state for leisure, including Brunei, New Zealand, Vietnam, and the other regions of Australia. This move is the latest of the string of measures to reopen Singapore's borders and revive Changi Airport as an air hub. 

Getting confused by now? Don't fret, let us break it down for you. Here's a running list of all the locations which Singapore has made travel arrangements with. 

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Changi Airport
Changi Airport
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Unilateral opening of borders

What does it mean? Travellers from these countries can enter Singapore without serving the 14-day quarantine, only if their Covid-19 test is negative. These countries have been chosen for their comprehensive public health surveillance systems and the controlled spread of Covid-19: 

- Brunei
- New Zealand
- Vietnam
- Australia, except for Victoria
- Victoria (from November 6) 
- Mainland China (from November 6) 

Can Singaporeans travel there for leisure? No 

Bilateral green lane arrangements

What does it mean? With bilateral green lane arrangements, essential travel for business or official purposes is allowed between both countries.

Here's a running list of countries Singapore has established this arrangement with: 

- Japan
- China (this arrangement presently applies to six provinces: Shanghai, Tianjin, Chongqing, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang)
- South Korea 
- Malaysia (under two schemes: the Reciprocal Green Lane and the Periodic Commuting Arrangement) 
- Brunei 
- Indonesia 
- Germany 

Can Singaporeans travel there for leisure? No 

Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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Air Travel Bubbles (ATB)

What does it mean? A two-way Air Travel Bubble (ATB) allows travel between both places without serving a 14-day quarantine, only with a negative Covid-19 test prior to travelling. 

Currently, the only confirmed ATB is between Singapore and Hong Kong. The two countries reached an in-principle agreement to establish a two-way Air Travel Bubble (ATB) on October 15. There are no restrictions on travel purpose. However, there are certain conditions that travellers will have to adhere to – including testing negative for Covid-19. 

The launch date of the Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble is still being discussed and will be announced soon when further details regarding implementing rules and regulations are more firmed up.

Can Singaporeans travel there for leisure? Yes 

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