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  • Singapore and Australia are contemplating an air travel bubble that would allow for flights between the two countries without the need for quarantine
  • Transit has been heavily restricted for almost a year, but both countries have brought the coronavirus largely under control
  • The two countries are also discussing the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates
  • Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said Australia would open more bubbles as other countries continue to roll out their vaccination programs
  • A similar Singapore–Hong Kong air travel bubble, which was scheduled to begin last November, was delayed after Hong Kong saw a resurgence in COVID-19 infections

Singapore and Australia are contemplating an air travel bubble that would allow for flights between the two countries without the need for quarantine.

Transit has been heavily restricted for almost a year, but both countries have brought the coronavirus largely under control thanks to sweeping lockdowns and strict social-distancing rules.

According to Singapore’s foreign ministry, the two countries are also discussing the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates, as well as the resumption of priority travel for students and business travellers.

“We are working with Singapore at the moment, potentially for a bubble in July,” said Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, who also acts as transport minister.

He added that Australia would open more bubbles as other countries continue to roll out their vaccination programs.

In addition to easing quarantine requirements for Australian travellers, Singapore has taken similar measures for those arriving from a handful of other countries, including New Zealand and China.

However, a proposed Singapore–Hong Kong air travel bubble, which was scheduled to begin last November, was delayed after Hong Kong saw a resurgence in COVID-19 infections.

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