The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release on Sunday that Singapore is in discussion with Australia for the possibility of an air travel bubble between the two countries. If an agreement is reached, it will allow residents of Singapore and Australia to travel between the two nations without the need for quarantine.
The MFA put out a press release in response to queries following a report in The Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday.
"Singapore is currently in discussions with Australia on the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates and resumption of travel with priority for students and business travellers," the MFA said in its release. ““We are also discussing the possibility of an air travel bubble which will allow residents of Singapore and Australia to travel between both countries without the need for quarantine.”
"We are not in discussion on the concept of a quarantine centre or vaccination hub," the statement added.
Australian nationals can already transit via Singapore without quarantining to return home if they travel on approved transit routes and if they comply with our public health protocols while in transit.
"Australia is a key partner of Singapore in the region," said MFA.
"We are in discussions on how to cooperate in opening our economies safely, taking into consideration the Covid-19 situation in both countries. Thus far, Singapore and Australia have been able to control the Covid-19 pandemic."
Currently, Australia has a one-way travel bubble with New Zealand which allows residents of the latter to visit without quarantine. Singapore has a travel bubble with Hong Kong which has not yet come into effect.