Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Last Updated 19 November 2021
This page includes information on travelling between Australia and Singapore, transiting through Singapore, vaccination status/certificates and other useful information for Australians living in Singapore.
For information on the latest COVID-19 information in Singapore, visit www.smartraveller.gov.au
On 26 October, the Singapore Government announced a Vaccinated Travel Lane between Australia and Singapore. Please click here for further information.
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 Australia 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.
Please click here for further information.
Who can travel to Australia?
You can travel to Australia if you are a Australian citizen, a permanent resident, an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen usually resident in Australia.
From 21 November 2021, fully vaccinated Singaporean citizens can travel to Australia under the 'Singapore Travel Pilot'. See Singapore Travel Pilot (highcommission.gov.au) for more details. Permanent residents of Singapore who are third country nationals are not eligible to travel under the pilot arrangements.
See Coming to Australia | Home Affairs COVID-19 website for more information.
Who is an immediate family member?
You are only considered to be an immediate family member if you are:
- a spouse
- a de facto partner
- a dependent child
- a legal guardian
of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who is usually resident in Australia.
My spouse/children are not Australian citizens or permanent residents, can they come to Australia?
Yes, but they must apply for a visa and be granted a travel exemption if they do not hold Australian citizenship or permanent residency. See Immediate family of Australian citizens or permanent residents or New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia | Home Affairs COVID-19 website for more details.
What about parents?
From 1 November 2021, the definition of ‘immediate family member’ will include the parents of adult Australian citizens and permanent residents. This is for the purpose of assessing exemptions to Australia’s travel restrictions only.
The definition of parents of Australian citizens and permanent residents includes:
- biological parents
- legal (including adoptive) parents
- parents in-law.
Before you can travel, you will need to have your relationship with your adult Australian child confirmed by submitting a travel exemption request. You must submit your request through the Travel Exemption Portal. Select the category ‘I am an immediate family member’ and then ‘parent of adult Australian citizen or permanent resident’.
You will need to provide evidence of:
- your adult child’s Australian citizenship or permanent residency; and
- your parental relationship to the Australian citizen or permanent resident.
Refer to ‘Examples of evidence that you can provide’ on the Home Affairs COVID-19 website.
Who can travel to Singapore from Australia?
Vaccinated travellers from Australia may be eligible to travel to Singapore on the Vaccinated Travel Lane. See ‘Vaccinated Travel Lane’ information for more details.
Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents may travel to Singapore on either a designated VTL flight or a non-designated flight.
Singapore Long-Term Pass Holders, Employment Pass, S Pass and Dependant Pass holding a Vaccinated Travel Pass may apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass and travel to Singapore on a Vaccinated Travel lane. If a Long-Term Pass holder does not take a VTL flight in order to enter Singapore, they will need to apply to the Singapore Ministry of Manpower and receive approval to re-enter Singapore prior to departure.
See Travelling to Singapore (ica.gov.sg) for further information.
All other pass holders wishing to return to Singapore on a non-VTL flight must apply to the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority and receive approval to re-enter Singapore prior to departure from Australia. This can be done here.
All travellers to Singapore from Australia, including those transiting Singapore, will need to produce a negative pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 48 hours before departure to Singapore
All travellers entering Singapore from Australia on a non-VTL flight will also need to a serve a 7 day Stay Home Notice at your place of residence.
To depart Australia an exemption from the Australia Border Force is required. You can apply for a travel exemption through the Travel Exemption Portal.
This needs to be done at least two weeks prior to your intended departure