The foreign ministry of Singapore on Sunday said that it is in talks with Australia to start an air travel bubble that would allow residents to travel between the two countries without the need for quarantine.
Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said in response to media queries also said that the two countries are also in discussions on the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates and resuming travel with priority for students and business travelers.
However, the Australian government did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Australia is a key partner of Singapore in the region. We are in discussions on the way to cooperate in opening our economies safely, taking into consideration the COVID-19 situation in both countries,” it said.
Both countries can keep the COVID-19 pandemic under control, MFA added.
Discussions on a possible Australia-Singapore travel bubble were reported by the Sydney Morning Herald earlier on Sunday.
The report said it might be possible for people from other countries to enter Australia via Singapore after completing two weeks’ quarantine in Singapore.
MFA said the two countries aren’t in talks on a quarantine center or vaccination hub.
“Australian nationals can transit via Singapore without quarantining to return home if they travel on approved transit routes and if they suit our public health protocols while in transit,” it said.
It is worth mentioning here that, Singapore has already opened its border to a couple of nations that have controlled the virus, including Australia, and officials have said the country would really like to establish reciprocal travel corridors.
Similarly, Australia already has a one-way “travel bubble” with New Zealand, allowing Kiwis to go to without quarantining, though the scheme has been suspended several times in response to virus outbreaks.