The amazing holiday destination open to Australians from next week – but there is a VERY stringent list of demands
- Singapore will reopen its borders to most Australian travellers from October 8
- Victorians will be excluded as state wrestles with second COVID-19 outbreak
- Holidaymakers are encouraged to pay $306 for COVID-19 test prior to travels
- They will also need to pay $3,000 for two week hotel quarantine in Australia
The south-east Asian island will reopen to most Australians on October 8.
Only Victorians will not be allowed to travel as the state continues to wrestle with its second outbreak of COVID-19.
Though lucky holidaymakers allowed to travel will need to do much more than just book a flight.
They will need to book a special travel pass, pay for their own COVID-19 tests prior to travelling and fork out thousands of dollars for two week hotel quarantine when they return to Australia.
Australian tourists have been asked to pay for their own COVID-19 tests if they want to travel to Singapore from next week (pictured, Apple’s Marina Bay Sands store in Singapore)
Though lucky holidaymakers allowed to travel will need to do much more than just book a flight (stock image)
Travellers need to apply for an Air Travel Pass between seven and 30 days prior to their visit to Singapore.
They are then encouraged to pay $306 for a COVID-19 test prior to their arrival.
Otherwise they will be tested at Changi Airport and told to download contact tracing app TraceTogether.
Holidaymakers will then need to self-isolate at a pre-booked hotel while they wait for their results.
They will not be allowed to leave the premises until health authorities notify them they are in the all clear.
On their return home, they will need to pay $3,000 to cover the mandatory two week hotel quarantine costs in Australia.
Singapore has been praised by the international community for its handling of the coronavirus crisis.
The city has recorded 57,000 cases but only 27 deaths.
New Zealand and Brunei residents have been allowed to visit the island since last month as Singapore looks to restart its travel industry.
New Zealand and Brunei residents have been allowed to visit the island since last month as Singapore looks to restart its travel industry (pictured, residents at the Orchard Road shopping district in Singapore)
Vietnam residents will also be allowed to travel to Singapore from next week, news.com reported.
‘Like Brunei and New Zealand, Vietnam and Australia have also very successfully controlled the spread of the COVID-19 virus,’ Singapore’s transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said.
Mr Ye Kung said he had been in talks with Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack about the future of international travel.
‘And when conditions are right, I believe they will consider reciprocating the lifting of restrictions to travellers from Singapore,’ he added.