Planning your next trip to Australia? You’ll be delighted to know that travel restrictions have been relaxed for both Singapore and Australia. However, be sure to take note of the requirements and documents in order for a smooth journey.
Australia Travel Requirements
You need to be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved or recognised by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration. By fully vaccinated, it means that you have received 2 doses at least 14 days apart, and it has been at least 7 days since the second dose.
Children under 12 years old do not have any vaccination requirements.
- Passengers with medical contraindications can be exempt from vaccination requirements, but have to provide a medical certificate (in English). This MC must clearly outline their medical condition that exempts them from the COVID-19 vaccination. It must include the traveler’s name as per passport, date of consultation and doctor’s information. Testing positive for COVID-19 does not qualify as a medical contraindication.
- Digitally-endorsed Singapore Vaccination Certificate via Notarise
- Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) or valid Australian visa
- Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) within 72 hours of departure. To apply for the DPD application, you will need your passport details, vaccination certificate, flight details, contact details and 14-day travel history. You can start applying a week before your departing flight.
- (Optional but highly recommended) Travel insurance covering COVID-19 related expenses
- As of 17 April 2022, pre-departure tests will no longer be mandatory. You can still take a Covid-19 PCR test (PDT) or a medically supervised Antigen Rapid Test at an accredited or authorised testing facility if you would like to ensure that you are negative before boarding the flight.
Upon arrival in Australia, go straight to your home or accommodation and take a COVID-19 rapid antigen test. You will have to self-isolate until you get a negative test result.
- Within 2 days of your departing flight to Singapore, you will need to take a COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction test (PCR test) at an internationally accredited or recognised lab/clinic/medical facility; OR Antigen Rapid Test (ART) that is administered by a trained professional OR a self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) remotely supervised by a approved ART provider in Singapore (Singapore Citizens, PRs and Long-Term Pass Holders (including In-Principle Approval holders only).The Pre-Departure Test report must be in English (or accompanied with a notarised English Translation) containing the following details: Traveller’s name, and Date of Birth or Passport number (per the passport used to travel to Singapore); and reflects the date and result of the COVID-19 test.
Upon Arrival in Australia and during the Trip
New South Wales
Head directly to your accommodation via private transport. Take ART using your own kit within 24 hours of arrival and self-isolate until you have a negative result. You do not need to report your ART. In the event that you test positive, report the result to Service NSW and follow their checklist. Children 4 years old and below are exempted. Do another ART on Day 6 of your arrival. The day you arrive is counted as Day 0.
Head directly to your accommodation via private transport. Take ART using your own kit within 24 hours of arrival and self-isolate until you have a negative result. You do not need to report your ART. In the event that you test positive, report the result here and follow their checklist. Children 4 years old and below are exempted.
Head directly to your accommodation via private transport. Take ART using your own kit within 24 hours of arrival and self-isolate until you have a negative result. You do not need to report your ART. In the event that you test positive, report the result to Queensland Health and follow their checklist. Children 4 years old and below are exempted.
Head directly to your accommodation via private transport. Take ART using your own kit within 12 hours of arrival and self-isolate until you have a negative result. You do not need to report your ART.
Head directly to your accommodation via private transport. Take ART using your own kit within 12 hours of arrival and self-isolate until you have a negative result. You do not need to report your ART. There will be no entry into high risk settings for 7 days after arrival.
There are no border restrictions.
Take a PCR test or a professionally-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) up to 48 hours before departure. Register and pay for the ART test here that can be taken at the airport. Children 2 years old and younger are exempted from the Pre-Departure Test. Otherwise, take a PCR up to 48 hours before departure at private clinics.
Arriving in Singapore
Complete a supervised self-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART) at a Quick Test Centre (QTC) or Combined Test Centre (CTC) within 24 hours of arrival in Singapore. Children aged two and below in this calendar year (i.e. born in or after 2020) do not require an on-arrival test. Travelers who qualify for the Vaccinated-Recovered Traveller Protocol are exempted from the post-arrival COVID-19 ARTs.
What to Experience in Sydney
Sydney is the capital state of New South Wales and is Australia’s largest city. There is much to see in this Harbour city that was founded in 1788. Bondi and Manly beaches are a short drive away if you want a respite from all the thrills the city has to offer.
Learn about Australia’s ecology at Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo is Australia’s biggest zoo with eight unique environments. As the Zoo is located on the shores of Sydney Harbour, you can enjoy scenic views of both the Harbour and the Opera House. More than 3,000 animals from over 350 species, including endangered Sumatran Tigers, Tree Kangaroos and Southern Corroboree Frogs.
Feast on a 3-course dinner at the Sunset Dinner Cruise
After the zoo, pamper yourself with a 360-degree waterfront Sunset Dinner Cruise. Savour a tasty 3-course contemporary Australian cuisine (choice of entree, main course, and dessert) with your loved ones. At the same time, your senses get a treat as well, with an open bar and live music to accompany your evening.
Admire Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Denison, Luna Park, and more magnificent landmarks bathed in the sunset sky.
Ride on a Forest Train on a Blue Mountains Eco Tour
Blue Mountains Eco Tour is an ECO certified Advanced Tour that operates with minimal impact on the environment. Climb up 270 metres above ground to ride the Scenic Skyway. This cable car has a glass floor, so you can spot the Three Sisters and see Catawba Falls.
Take a thrilling ride on the Scenic Railway, the world’s steepest forest train. During the ride, it goes down a cliff-side tunnel in a glass-roofed carriage, and deep into the lush rainforest. After alighting at the bottom of Jamison Valley, you can take a stroll through the Scenic Walkway to view Jurassic-era rainforests and cliffs.
Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge
Scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge, one of Australia’s most iconic landmarks. The Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is a guided tour with an experienced climb guide and full safety gear. Climbing an incline of 130 metres may be daunting, but during the process, you’ll catch an unblocked view of the Australian landscape.
What to Experience in Melbourne
In addition to being Australia’s second most populous city, the coastal capital is also recognised as a UNESCO City of Literature. Moreover, as the city has a rich cultural heritage, you can immerse yourself in art in its various forms, including in nature.
Skydiving in Yarra Valley
Leap from a helicopter at over 15,000ft and experience the absolute thrill of skydiving in Yarra Valley. Due to the sheer height, you may freefall for up to 60 seconds. You will certainly be wowed by the panoramic views of the coastline, wineries and hillsides in the greater Melbourne area.
Phillip Island Nature Parks
Set off on a wildlife adventure at Phillip Island Nature Parks. This ECO Certified Advanced Tour focuses on a minimal impact to the Earth. Firstly, you will experience an authentic farm (Churchill Island Heritage Farm) where you will meet local animals and learning about farming culture. If you’re lucky, you might get to watch the live sheep shearing show.
Secondly, traverse treetop boardwalks to encounter bears in their natural habitats. While there, spot other local wildlife such as wallabies, echidnas, and over eighty bird species.
Lastly, see adorable seabirds waddle back to their burrows at sunset during the iconic Penguin Parade.
Hop on a helicopter during the Great Ocean Road Day Tour
Melbourne Great Ocean Road Day Tour takes you on a sightseeing road trip in Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road, one of the most beautiful roads in the world. As an optional add-on, you can take a helicopter ride for an unobstructed view of the majestic cliffs and coastline.\
Marvel at the sea animals in Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium
Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium is one of Australia’s biggest aquariums. Its over 500 species of marine life even showcase marine life from the ocean’s hidden depths. Throughout the day, there are opportunities to get up close and personal to the animals, such as during the penguin performance.
What better way is there to learn about sharks? Shark Dive Xtreme is suitable for first-timers with no diving experience. Dive right in to learn about these apex ocean predators.
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