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Singapore to lift border restrictions for some visitors

Some visitors from Australia (with the exclusion of the state of Victoria) and Vietnam will be able to enter Singapore from 8 October, adding to the lifted restrictions to Singapore for travellers from Brunei and New Zealand earlier this month.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), the two countries have successfully controlled the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the risk of importation is low.

The lift in restrictions mean travellers who are short-term visitors from Vietnam and Australia, excluding Victoria state, may apply for an Air Travel Pass to seek entry into Singapore.

“The risk of importation from these countries is low,” said CAAS, noting that Vietnam had zero local COVID-19 cases over the last 28 days, while Australia (excluding Victoria state) has a virus local incidence rate of 0.02 per 100,000.

As per the requirements for Air Travel Pass visitors from Brunei and New Zealand, those travelling from Australia and Vietnam will not be required to serve a stay-home notice. They will be required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival instead. If the test result is negative, they will be allowed to go about their activities in Singapore. They must have also remained in either Australia or Vietnam for 14 consecutive days prior to arrival in Singapore, said CAAS.

At the same time, Singapore will also update its travel advisory to allow travel to Australia (excluding Victoria State) and Vietnam, said CAAS.

People visiting these two countries are advised to check the entry requirements imposed by those countries and take the necessary precautionary measures.

Australia currently still has a ban on all overseas travel, unless granted an exemption. Only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.

Vietnam has also temporarily suspended entry to all foreigners and overseas Vietnamese via commercial flights. Entry visas may be granted to foreigners with diplomatic and official passports as well as certain investors, business managers, experts and high-skilled workers on a case-by-case basis.

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