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Singapore to lift border restrictions for Victorian travellers

Singapore has announced it will lift the border restrictions for visitors from Victoria and mainland China from Friday.

Visitors travelling from Victoria and Mainland China can now apply for an Air Travel Pass (ATP) for entry into Singapore on or after 6 November.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), applicants must have remained in either Australia or Mainland China in the last 14 consecutive days prior to their entry.

They will undergo a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test upon arrival at the airport, and if the result is negative, they will be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore without a need to serve a Stay-Home Notice.

“Both Mainland China and Victoria state (Australia) have comprehensive public health surveillance systems and displayed successful control over the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” the CAAS said in a statement last Thursday.

“Over the past 28 days, Mainland China and Victoria state (Australia) has a virus local incidence rate of 0.00009 and 0.099 per 100,000 respectively. The risk of importation from these places is low.”

Reciprocally, Singapore will also update the travel advisory to allow travel to all of Australia and Mainland China.

This latest move by Singapore follows its earlier lifting of border restrictions for visitors from Australia (excluding Victoria), Brunei Darussalam, New Zealand and Vietnam. However, all Australian travellers must still obtain an exemption from the Department of Home Affairs.

As of 29 October, the CAAS has approved 1,375 applications from these places and received 602 visitors. None of the visitors tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival.

More info on Singapore’s entry requirements and process can be found here.


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