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Australia VTL Guide – What’s Hot in Sydney and Melbourne

Singapore is one of the two countries that Australia has opened its borders to under the Vaccinated Travel Lane scheme. Through the Australia VTL, you can visit Sydney or Melbourne quarantine-free. Take note that unvaccinated children aged 12 and below are counted as fully vaccinated individuals, if accompanied by an eligible vaccinated adult. Before booking your trip, be sure to note the following requirements, or you might incur unexpected costs and a quarantine.


Australia VTL Requirements

Entering Australia

To board the For Eligible Passengers Only flights to enter quarantine-free through the Australia VTL, you’ll need to adhere to these requirements.

  • Present a valid vaccination certificate in English, i.e. either the Australian Government issued International Covid-19 Vaccination Certificate (ICVC) or a paper or digital vaccination certification issued by a national or state/provincial level authority or accredited vaccination provider. 
  • Complete the Australia Travel Declaration at least 72 hours before flight departure. 
  • All travellers flying to Melbourne will also need to complete an International passenger arrival permit and download the Service Victoria app.
  • Singapore citizens do not need a travel exemption but must hold a valid Australian visa or an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA)2. Do note that if a Singaporean citizen is travelling with a family member who is not a citizen of Singapore (and is also not an Australian citizen or permanent resident), those family members are not eligible to travel to Australia without a travel exemption.
  • Non-residents of Australia who are not Singapore citizens must hold a valid visa and travel restriction exemption. 


PCR Test Requirements

Before Entering Australia

  • Pre-departure Test (PDT): Take a Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at one of the MOH-approved PCR and ART swab providers and clinics 72 hours before departure. You need to obtain a negative test result.
  • On-Arrival Test: Take a PCR Test within 24 hours of arrival
  • Post-Arrival Test (Sydney): Further test on/after Day 7
    Post-Arrival Test (Melbourne):
    Further test between Day 5 and 7

    Before Entering Singapore

  • Pre-departure Test: Similarly, take a PCR test 48 hours before leaving for Singapore.
  • On-arrival Test: Lastly, book your on-arrival test in Singapore before departure.



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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Skydiving in Yarra Valley may perhaps be the highlight of your entire Melbourne trip. Leap from a helicopter at over 15,000ft and experience the absolute thrill of free-falling. 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

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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

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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

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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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