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Singapore Travel Pilot

Last Updated 29 November 2021

AUSTRALIAN BORDER UPDATE: The Prime Minister has announced that upcoming changes to travel arrangements for fully vaccinated eligible visa holders and citizens from Japan and Korea will now come into effect from 15 December 2021.

Travel restrictions due to new COVID-19 variant: Travel restrictions are now in place for people who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Ekatwini, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Mozambique, or Malawi in the last 14 days. Please see Travel restrictions | COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au) for more details if travelling to Australia from these locations. 

Update on entry into NSW: From 12am on 28 November, all fully vaccinated travellers arriving in NSW who have been in any overseas country must get a COVID-19 PCR (nose and throat) test and self-isolate at their place of residence for at least 72 hours. Please see International travel to and from NSW | NSW Government for more details if travelling to NSW. 

Update on entry into VIC:  From 11.59 pm 27 November, all international travellers arriving into Victoria, who have visited the following extreme risk countries: South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Seychelles, Malawi, and Mozambique in the past 14 days are required to undertake 14 days’ hotel quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status. All other international travellers arriving in Victoria who are fully vaccinated, aged below 12 and 2 months or have a valid medical exemption are required to quarantine for 72 hours upon arrival. Please see Information for overseas travellers | Coronavirus Victoria for more details if travelling to VIC. 

Update on entry into ACT: Quarantine requirements re-introduced for all international arrivals introduced from 1159pm on 27 November 2021. Please see Quarantine requirements re-introduced for all international arrivals - COVID-19 (act.gov.au) for more details if travelling to ACT. 

On 1 November 2021, the Prime Minister announced a pilot for eligible Singaporean citizens (‘Singapore Pilot’) to enter Australia without seeking an exemption and quarantine free when in possession of a valid Australian visa and travelling to participating Australian states and territories. Permanent residents of Singapore who are third country nationals are not eligible to travel under the pilot arrangements. ​                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Restricting the pilot to vaccinated Singaporean citizens will limit the number of eligible travellers and will allow the Australian Government to test our border measures before gradually opening up to other non-citizens, for state and territory governments to test any quarantine arrangements (if required), and also monitor case numbers (including the capacity of our hospitals).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Thank you for your understanding and patience – we look forward to being able to welcome more visa cohorts back to Australia in the near-term future.

 

See the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs website for details:  Singapore | COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au)

 

Who can travel to Australia under the 'Travel Pilot' from Singapore?

From 21 November, you can travel to Australia if you are an eligible Singaporean citizen only. Permanent residents of Singapore who are third country nationals are not eligible to travel under the pilot arrangements. 

To be eligible, travellers must:

 

My spouse/children are not citizens of Singapore, can they travel with me under the 'Travel Pilot' from Singapore? 

No, under the Singapore Pilot, only eligible Singaporean citizens will be eligible to travel to Australia. If a Singaporean citizen is travelling with family members, including dependent children who are not citizens of Singapore, they will need to obtain individual travel exemptions on a case-by-case basis. 

 

Do I still need to apply for a visa to travel under the 'Travel Pilot' from Singapore?

Yes, under the Singapore Pilot, eligible Singaporean citizens who is fully vaccinated will be permitted to travel to Australia if they hold a valid Australian visa. 

See Applying for a visa | COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au)

 

Do I still need to apply for an exemption under the 'Travel Pilot' from Singapore?

No, under the Singapore Pilot, eligible Singaporean citizens who are fully vaccinated will be permitted to travel to Australia without seeking an exemption. 

 

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in Australia? 

Eligible Singaporean citizens who are fully vaccinated States can enter NSW, VIC and ACT and will not be required to quarantine. 

State territories are responsible for determining and managing quarantine arrangements.

If you are planning on travelling onwards to or through a different state or territory when you arrive in Australia, you need to check domestic travel restrictions. States and territories can apply their own travel restrictions.

 

Who is considered "fully vaccinated"? 

To qualify as fully vaccinated, you need to have had a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). See COVID-19 vaccinations | Smartraveller

Current approved and recognised vaccines and dosages are below.

Two doses at least 14 days apart of:

  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  • AstraZeneca COVISHIELD
  • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
  • Moderna Spikevax
  • Sinovac Coronavac
  • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
  • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for 18-60 year olds)

Or one dose of:

  • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine

You will not be considered fully vaccinated unless at least 7 days have passed since your dose of vaccine. Mixed doses count towards being fully vaccinated as long as all vaccines are approved or recognised by the TGA. Doses of Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV only count towards being fully vaccinated if administered when the traveller was aged from 18 to 60 years. 

Travellers who have not been vaccinated with the above doses or schedule do not meet Australia’s definition of fully vaccinated.

The TGA is continuing to evaluate other COVID-19 vaccines that may be recognised for the purposes of inbound travel to Australia in future.  Information on the latest approved and recognised vaccines is available on the TGA website.

 

What about children? 

All children aged under 12 years count as fully vaccinated for travel purposes. Special arrangements(link is external) apply for certain returning Australian children aged 12-17 years who are not fully vaccinated.

 

How do I prove I am "fully vaccinated"? 

Travellers vaccinated in other countries will be able to present certificates in formats that meet the following criteria:

  • Issued by a national or state/provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider
  • Written in English or accompanied by a certified translation
  • Containing at a minimum:
    • name as it appears in the traveller's passport
    • either date of birth or passport number
    • the vaccine brand name, and
    • the date of each dose or the date on which a full course of immunisation was completed.

Paper and digital certificates are equally acceptable.

For travellers to qualify as fully vaccinated, their certificates must show vaccines approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).  Current approved and recognised vaccines and dosages are:

  • Two doses at least 14 days apart of:
    • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
    • AstraZeneca COVISHIELD
    • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
    • Moderna Spikevax
    • Sinovac Coronavac
    • Bharat (Covaxin)
    • Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for ages 18-60 only)
  • Or one dose of:
    • Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.

Seven days must have passed since the final dose of vaccine in a course of immunisation. Mixed doses count towards being fully vaccinated as long as all vaccines are approved or recognised by the TGA.  Doses of Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV) only count towards being fully vaccinated if administered when the traveller was aged from 18 to 60 years.

Travellers who have not been vaccinated with the above doses or schedule do not meet Australia’s definition of fully vaccinated. See Guidance on foreign vaccination certificates for more information. 

 

What if I’ve recovered from COVID with only one vaccine dose?

You do not meet the definition of fully vaccinated unless you have received a full course of vaccine or are medically exempt from vaccination.

 

What if I’m medically unable to be vaccinated?

You will need to provide evidence of a medical exemption. If you cannot provide certifiable evidence, you may be required to quarantine.

 

What visa do I need? 

To be eligible for quarantine-free travel to Australia without seeking an exemption, Singaporean citizens must hold a valid Australian visa.

See Applying for a visa | COVID-19 and the border (homeaffairs.gov.au)

 

I am travelling from X and will transit in Singapore before I travel to Australia, is this ok under the travel pilot? 

Yes, under the travel pilot arrangement eligible Singaporean citizens are not required to have been in Singapore for the previous 14 days prior to travel. You will need to meet the requirements to transit Singapore and enter Australia from your current location. 

See Transiting Singapore (highcommission.gov.au) and check with your  airline prior to travelling. 

 

What do I need to do before I travel to Australia? 

Eligible travellers entering Australia will need to complete the following prior to departing. Follow the steps in the traveller checklist when you are preparing to travel to Australia. 

 

  1.  Australian Travel Declaration
  • Before you travel to Australia you should complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your departure for Australia. The Declaration collects your information to help the Australian Government determine your quarantine arrangements (if required) and allows the relevant health departments to contact you if someone you travelled with tests positive for COVID-19. We recommend having hard copies of the completed Australian Travel Declaration with you for check-in.

 

  1. Negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test
  • You will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR or RT-PCR test to your airline when checking in for your flight at the departure porin. Rapid antigen tests will not be accepted.
  • Testing must be conducted at and accredited testing facility, a self-administered COVID-19 test undertaken at home without supervision is not acceptable. You must be tested 72 hours of less prior to scheduled flight departure.
  • Children 4 years old and younger are exempt from the pre-departure testing requirement. Children 5 years or older must provide a negative test result.

 

  1. Vaccination status
  • Australian citizens and permanent residents who are fully vaccinated with an Australian Government recognised vaccine, or under the age of 12, may be eligible for reduced quarantine arrangements when you return to Australia.
  • You will need to demonstrate your vaccination status at check-in when travelling to Australia.
  • States and Territories are responsible for determining, and managing, reduced quarantine arrangements for vaccinated Australians and permanent residents. This may involve home quarantine for a reduced period. You must check with the State or Territory that you are returning to for their quarantine arrangements.

 

  1. Non-Australian citizens or permanent residents will also require:

 

Some of these documents must be presented at the airport when you check-in and when you arrive in Australia. We recommend having hard copies of the documents (where applicable).

 

Each State/Territory are managing their own borders and entry requirements. Please see below links to apply for necessary approvals or see if you are eligible to enter your intended State/Territory.

 

 

Do I need to have a COVID-19 test before travelling to Australia? 

Following the decision by National Cabinet (8 January 2021) and announcement from the Prime Minister, if you’re travelling to Australia you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test to your airline when checking in for your flight at the departure point.

  • This applies to all travellers five years of age or older departing on flights on or after 22 January 2021.
  • You must be tested 72 hours or less prior to departure and present a negative result when checking in prior to boarding your flight.
  • If you transit through a third country on your return journey to Australia, you should check on any local requirements at your transit destination and follow the advice of local authorities on social distancing and mask wearing while in transit.
  • If you or a member of your travelling group tests positive, you won’t be allowed to travel to Australia.
  • Exemptions to the COVID-19 (PCR) testing requirements will only be applied in extenuating circumstances such as where there is no access to testing.
  • Anyone who has a negative test result and enters Australia must still complete mandatory 14-day quarantine at designated facilities in your port of arrival.
  • Masks must also be worn on all international flights, including at airports. 
  • For a list of clinics in Singapore that can provide a COVID-19 (PCR) pre-departure test, please click here
  • For more information, including FAQs on these new measures, please click here.

 

Do I need to have a COVID-19 test when I land in Australia?

Yes, you will be required by state and territory government authorities to take place in COVID-19 testing when you arrive in Australia. Each state and territory have different requirements. 

Check with the state or territory that you are entering for COVID-19 testing arrangements. 

 

Australia Travel Declaration

If you are able to travel to Australia under the current travel restrictions, you should complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before boarding your flight. You will need to provide your contact details in Australia, flight information, health status and requirements during quarantine. This information helps the Australian Government determine your quarantine arrangements and enables health authorities to contact you if someone you travelled with tests positive for COVID-19. For more information, visit Australia Travel Declaration | Home Affairs COVID-19 website.

 

When I am in Australia, how will I know what the current COVID-19 restrictions are?

Some types of gatherings, activities and businesses have been restricted in Australia to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Follow the advice of local authorities and minimise your risk of exposure to COVID-19. Stay in touch with family and friends so they know you're safe.

Find out what you can and can't do in your state or territory using the COVID-19 Restriction Checker.

 

Can I use the TraceTogether app when in Australia to check-in to restaurants or go shopping?

No, you will not be able to use your TraceTogether app in Australia. 

The mechanisms for using foreign vaccination certificates domestically are still being worked out by Australian states and territories. There is no uniform requirement across Australia for patrons to prove they are vaccinated in order to enter public spaces such as theatres, restaurants and shopping centres. Further information will be provided, when available.

We suggest you carry your proof of vaccination with you in physical or digital form for the time being.  Check with local authorities when you land as they may provide guidance.

You can also consider contacting the Australian National Coronavirus Hotline on +61 2 4018 3442, available 24/7, prior to flying to Australia.