If all goes well with the proposed travel bubble, we could start planning a family holiday Down Under as early as July!
It’s been a year since Covid-19 put a halt on all of our travel plans, which is obviously a bummer. Sure, there are plenty of fun things to do, both indoors and outdoors here in Singapore, but nothing beats being out of the country and adding stamps to our passports…
So here’s some positive news for everyone! The Singapore and Australian governments are currently in discussions about a travel bubble that will hopefully take off mid-year. Here’s what you need to know about this initiative:
THE SINGAPORE-AUSTRALIA TRAVEL BUBBLE
1. July’s the month to look out for
If all goes well, the travel bubble between the two countries looks set to launch in July. Good time to beat the Singapore heat and enjoy the cool winters of Australia, no?
2. Vaccinations as proof
Once agreed, the arrangement will see both countries adopting a mutually recognised digital vaccine certificate as proof that you are “fully vaccinated”. This means that two weeks after your second dose (for two-dose vaccines) you’ll be able to hop on a plane Down Under!
3. No quarantine needed
Intending to head to Australia for work, study, or even leisure? Getting the two jabs will ensure that you do not need to serve the two-week hotel quarantine upon arrival. Less time wasted and more time to explore, we say!
4. Travel to New Zealand too?
Reports have further suggested that New Zealand could also be included in the arrangement, meaning we have more travel options. Two countries in July? Let’s hope so!
5. More travel bubbles to come?
Singapore has not given up on the idea of establishing travel bubbles with other countries, despite the postponement of its Singapore-Hong Kong arrangement due to rising cases. Plus, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) foresee that personal and leisure travel will potentially resume the second half of this year.
Singapore also hopes to reopen its borders by year-end, and should the Singapore-Australia arrangement prove to be successful, we might also get to travel beyond Down Under. Fancy a weekend getaway in Bangkok? Or perhaps a short break in Bali? Well…
Of course we cannot wait! We’ve definitely missed packing our bags, taking off on airplanes and being tourists with the kids in tow. But ultimately, so long as we can travel again (safely), it won’t matter how long it takes.
What about you? Are you looking forward to travelling again? DM us on Instagram and let us know!