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Australia Could Have A Travel Bubble With Singapore And New Zealand Within Months

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Australians could be heading overseas sooner than we thought after it was revealed a travel bubble between Australia, Singapore and New Zealand could be on the cards soon.

Australia's Minister for Trade and Tourism, Dan Tehan, told Today he will be involved in discussions with the countries over the next few months to discuss the finer details, such as the logistics of a potential digital vaccination travel passport.

He addd that Fiji could join the travel bubble too.

Hopefully, the discussions will lead to Aussies being able to head to the select countries by July this year.

Singapore. Credit: PA
Singapore. Credit: PA

"One of the keys is making sure that we can get that vaccine passport validated," Tehan said.

"That will enable that two-way travel to occur, hopefully without quarantining down the track.

"What we need to do is get people moving again [and with] the confidence to travel."

On Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement: "Singapore is currently in discussions with Australia on the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates and resumption of travel with priority for students and business travellers.

"We are also discussing the possibility of an air travel bubble which will allow residents of Singapore and Australia to travel between both countries without the need for quarantine."

Meanwhile, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a recent interview that he hoped the country would be able to reopen its borders by the end of the year.

"I hope if that many countries can have substantial proportions of their populations vaccinated by later this year, we will be able to have the confidence and to have developed the systems to open up our international borders to travel safely again," Lee said.

"Hopefully by the end of this year or next year, the doors can start to open, if not earlier."

While Australia has had a travel bubble with New Zealand since the end of last year, it has been paused several times amid coronavirus scares.

The trans-Tasman bubble sees New Zealanders able to freely enter Australia, while Aussies must quarantine for 14 days when landing in New Zealand.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: travel, Australia

Jessica Lynch
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