COVID-19: Singapore to lift border restrictions for some visitors from Australia, Vietnam

SINGAPORE: Singapore will lift border restrictions for some visitors from Australia, excluding Victoria state, and Vietnam from Oct 8, after doing so for Brunei and New Zealand earlier this month.

The two countries have successfully controlled the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and the risk of importation is low, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) on Wednesday (Sep 30).



From Thursday, foreigners who are short-term visitors travelling from Vietnam and Australia, excluding Victoria state, may apply for an Air Travel Pass to seek entry into Singapore. Travel will be allowed from Oct 8.

"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.

READ: Singapore to waive stay-home notice for New Zealand and Brunei travellers, will test them for COVID-19 on arrival

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.

As of Wednesday, Australia has a ban on all overseas travel, unless one is 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.

READ: COVID-19: 5 things you need to know about the business travel pass

The move comes after Singapore lifted border restrictions for visitors from Brunei and New Zealand from Sep 8.

As of 5pm on Wednesday, CAAS has approved 331 applications from the two countries, of which 136 visitors have arrived so far. None of them have tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival, said CAAS.


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.

"Both countries have comprehensive public health surveillance systems and displayed successful control over the spread of the COVID-19 virus," said CAAS.

READ: COVID-19: Singapore to pilot business travel pass for senior executives with regional, international responsibilities

All visitors from Australia and Vietnam must travel to Singapore on direct flights without transit.

After taking the test at the airport, they must then take private transportation to their declared place of accommodatioRead More – Source


channel news asia


Related Articles


Joshua Wong and fellow activists plead guilty in Hong Kong protests trial

bbc– Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong and two fellow campaigners are...


Works worth Rs 1,559 cr completed in Bihar out of PM s package of Rs 1.25 lakh cr: Congress

PATNA: Congress general secretary Randeep Surjewala on Tuesday claimed that works worth...


Ex-Trump fundraiser pleads guilty to illicit lobbying on 1MDB, China

WASHINGTON: A former top fundraiser for President Donald Trump pleaded guilty Tuesday...


Covid: Delhi more “open” than Mumbai

NEW DELHI: With Unlock 5.0 underway from October 15, more businesses and...