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Step-by-step Instructions from SG to Australia

Information accurate as at Dec 14, 2021, and is subject to change with/without prior notice.

https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/preparing-to-travel-to-australia-from-overseas

1. Before Departure to Australia

Valid Australia Visa and an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)

They must depart from Singapore and arrive at a participating Australia state or territory.

Proof of vaccination requirement

If you were vaccinated overseas and you do not have an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate you must obtain a certificate from the country in which you received your vaccination.

For more information see Guidance on foreign vaccination certificates.

Keep a hard copy or an electronic copy of your vaccination certificate. Airlines will check this when you check-in to your flight.

If you are unable to meet the proof of vaccination requirements, you will not qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller. You will need to follow the current border processes when leaving or coming to Australia.

Complete an Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before your flight

Travellers to Australia should complete an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD contains a declaration regarding your vaccination status that is considered to be critical health information. You must be able to provide evidence that you made this declaration before boarding the aircraft.

This is an enforceable requirement on travellers who are more than 12 years and 3 months old when their flight departs. A person who fails to comply with the requirement may be liable to a civil penalty (fine) of 30 penalty units (currently $6,660 AUD). This is set out in Section 46 of the Biosecurity Act 2015. Travellers who do not make the declaration before they board their flight will be delayed when arriving in Australia.

When filling out the ATD you will need to upload your vaccination certificate. You will also need to:

  • make a legally binding declaration in relation to your vaccination status
  • provide your last 14 days travel history
  • acknowledge that when you check-in for your flight, you must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within 3 days of your flight's scheduled departure to Australia (unless you are exempt)
  • make a declaration that you will comply with the quarantine requirements of the state/territory of first arrival and any other state/territory to which you intend to travel; and have made quarantine arrangements prior to travel where required.

Penalties will apply for giving false and misleading information, including potential criminal prosecution for providing false or misleading information. This is set out in s 137.1 of the Criminal Code Act 1995. Travellers may also have to undergo hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Undertake a pre-departure COVID-19 Test

A negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result is required for travelling to Australia. Evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days before your flight's scheduled departure must be provided to your airline when you check-in.

If your flight is delayed, you will still be considered to have met the pre-departure testing requirements. You will not need a new test.

However, if your flight is re-scheduled or cancelled, you will need to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 3 days before the re-scheduled flight.

2. While in Australia

You need to comply with requirements in the state or territory of your arrival, and any other state or territories that you plan to travel to. This includes quarantine and post-arrival testing requirements. Restrictions may change at short notice.

You may be eligible for reduced quarantine requirements when you return to Australia depending on the state or territory to which you are travelling.

NOTE: Australian citizens, permanent residents or their immediate family members entering Australia who have been in South Africa, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, or Malawi in the last 14 days must enter supervised quarantine for 14 days in line with state and territory requirements irrespective of their vaccination status.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet entry, quarantine and any other arrangements for each state or territory to which you are travelling. You may be responsible for costs of quarantine if you arrive in a state or territory without meeting entry requirements.

If you wish to travel on to another state or territory you may not be allowed to enter, or may be subject to a quarantine period.

To check requirements, see State and Territory Information for travellers.

3. Before Departure to Singapore

Take Pre-Departure PCR Test within 48 hours prior to departure to Singapore

A negative test result from a COVID-19 PCR or ART test taken within two days before departure to Singapore is required for entry for most air travelers from most countries, including the United States.

Receive a negative test result in English

Pre-book an on-arrival PCR test to be taken at Changi Airport

Name, Contact Number, Email Address etc.

Submit pre-trip health and travel history declaration on SG Arrival Card within 72 hours prior to departure.

4. Arrival in Changi

Proceed with on-arrival PCR Test after immigration

Passengers must also take a PCR test at the airport after arrival in Singapore. Testing and quarantine requirements are subject to change on short notice. Please check official Government of Singapore resources in advance of travel.

Take available transportation and proceed to serve self-isolation

You must self-isolate until test results are available, usually available within 24 hours. Do check for more information on Post-arrival COVID tests require for all returning Singaporean.

Frequently Asked Questions

Information accurate as at Nov 24, 2021 and is subject to change with / without prior notice

Entry Into Australia

As of November 21, 2021, the border reopening only applies to flights arriving in both Sydney and Melbourne. All other Australian cities continue to be subject to international arrival caps determined and administered by the Australian state and federal governments. All passengers on capped flights are required to undertake quarantine in a government-appointed quarantine facility regardless of vaccination status.

Effective 21 November 2021, Singapore citizens to Australia do not need a travel restriction exemption. Instead, they are required to hold a valid Australian visa and an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). They must depart from Singapore and arrive at a participating Australian state or territory.

All travellers must be fully vaccinated (except children aged 12 and below as of calendar year) and will be required to provide the following:

Vaccinated Singapore citizens will be able to enter Australia without the need to quarantine upon arrival from 21 November 2021. Permanent residents of Singapore who are third country nationals are not eligible to travel under the arrangements.

To be eligible, travellers must:

  • Hold a valid Australian visa
  • Be fully vaccinated with a completed dosage of an approved vaccine by the Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
  • Departing from Singapore and arrive in Sydney or Melbourne
  • Provide proof of vaccination status
  • Present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days of departure

The arrangement only applies to Singaporean Citizens travelling from Singapore. Eligible travellers will not need to have been in Singapore for 14 days before their proposed travel.

Singaporean citizens travelling from countries other than Singapore are not eligible.

If a Singaporean citizen is travelling with family members, including dependent children, who are not also citizens of Singapore (or Australian citizens or permanent residents), those family members are not eligible to travel to Australia without a travel exemption. Travellers who are not eligible to travel to Australia may be able eligible to obtain an individual travel exemption. Travel exemption requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

To be qualified as fully vaccinated, traveller need to have had a vaccine approved or recognised by TGA. Current approved and recognised vaccines and dosages are:

2 doses with at least 14 days apart 1 dose
  • AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
  • AstraZeneca COVISHIELD
  • Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
  • Moderna Spikevax
  • Sinovac Coronavac
  • Bharat Biotech Covaxin
  • Sinopharm BBIBP-Corv (for 18-60 years old)
  • Johnson & Johnson / Jassen-Cilag COVID Vaccine

You will not be considered fully vaccinated unless at least 7 days have passed since your dose of vaccine. Mixed doses count towards being fully vaccinated as long as all vaccines are approved or recognised by the TGA. Doses of Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV only count towards being fully vaccinated if administered when the traveller was aged from 18 to 60 years.

The most up-to-date information on approved and recognised vaccines is available on the TGA website.

All children aged under 12 years, as demonstrated by their passport, count as fully vaccinated for travel purposes.

Travellers vaccinated in other countries must present certificates in formats that meet the following criteria:

  • Issued by a national or state / provincial-level authority or an accredited vaccination provider
  • written in English or accompanied by a certified translation
  • containing at a minimum:
    • name as it appears in the traveller's passport
    • either date of birth or passport number
    • the vaccine brand name, and
    • the date of each dose or the date on which a full course of immunisation was completed.

Paper and digital certificates are equally acceptable.

A traveller will not be considered fully vaccinated unless at least 7 days have passed since the last dose of vaccine in a course of immunisation.

Preparing to travel to Australia

To be eligible for quarantine-free travel to Australia without seeking an exemption, Singaporean citizens must hold a valid Australian visa.

To visit Australia as a tourist or business visitor, you may be eligible for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA).

If you were vaccinated overseas and you do not have an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, you must obtain one from the country in which you received your vaccination.

Have a hard copy or an electronic copy of your vaccination certificate as Airlines will verify this when you check in for your flight.

If you are unable to meet the proof of vaccination requirements, you will not be qualified as a fully vaccinated traveller.

This is enforceable requirement for travellers who are above 12years and 3 months.

Travellers to Australia should complete an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before departure. The ATD contains a declaration regarding your vaccination status that is considered to be critical health information. You must be able to provide evidence that you made this declaration before boarding the aircraft.

Travellers who do not make the declaration before they board their flight will be delayed when arriving in Australia.

When filling out the ATD travellers will need to:

  • upload their vaccination certificate
  • make a legally binding declaration in relation to their vaccination status
  • acknowledge that when they check-in for their flight, they must present evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 3 days of their flight's scheduled departure to Australia (unless medically exempt)
  • make a declaration that they:
    • will comply with the quarantine requirements of the state/territory of first arrival and any other state/territory to which they intend to travel; and
    • have made quarantine arrangements prior to travel where required.

Penalties will apply for giving false and misleading information, including potential criminal prosecution for providing false or misleading information.

Present your foreign vaccination certificate or International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, negative COVID-19 test result and completed ATD to the airline staff for your check in.

Mask wearing requirements

Yes. Masks are not required for:

  • children aged 11 years and younger at the time of boarding, as they may not be able to handle it safely
  • anyone who has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a mask with proof of medical certificate. The medical certificate must include the following information:
    • the traveller's name (must match the travel documents)
    • date of medical consultation and details of the traveller's medical practitioner (including name, address, and type of practice)
    • details that clearly acknowledge that the passenger cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition

If the above details are not included on the medical certificate, the passenger does not meet the exemption requirements.

The traveller must agree to wear a mask, or they will not be allowed to check-in and board the flight.

Yes, travellers can remove their mask to eat and drink. They should replace their mask with a fresh one when they finish. They must also remove their mask if an airline or government official asks you to, for identification, emergency, safety or other purposes. Travellers should wash their hands or perform hand hygiene after removing their mask and again after re-applying their mask.

States and territories are responsible for determining and managing quarantine arrangements.

If you are planning on travelling onwards to or through a different state or territory when you arrive in Australia, you need to check domestic travel restrictions. States and territories can apply their own travel restrictions.

This includes student visa holders who have received a confirmation of enrolment to study in an institution outside of participating jurisdictions, as they will need to follow relevant border and quarantine arrangements for the relevant state or territory.

You are responsible for complying with travel restrictions and requirements that apply to you.

To check quarantine arrangements, see State and Territory Information for travellers

New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory have announced they will allow quarantine free travel for fully vaccinated people arriving in Australia.

If an eligible Singaporean citizen seeks to travel to an Australian state or territory other than those participating, they must adhere to all the entry rules of that state or territory, including quarantine requirements.

You may refer to https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/singapore for the most up-to-date information about quarantine-free travel between Singapore and Australia.

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