Australia and Singapore commit to travel bubble

Singapore | Singapore and Australia will begin work on enabling an air travel bubble after the leaders of the two countries declared their support for opening up, though stopped short of saying when this might occur.

“We need to resume people to people flows to maintain our close and excellent bilateral relationship,” Singapore’s Prime Minster Lee Hsien Loong declared after meeting with Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday night.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Scott Morrison. Supplied

“The world is moving into the next stage of the fight with vaccinations becoming more prevalent and countries beginning to open up their borders. We discussed how two-way travel between Singapore and Australia can eventually resume in a safe and calibrated manner when both sides are ready. We need to be prepared,” Mr Lee said.

Mr Morrison said Singapore was the first country outside of New Zealand that Australia will engage in a travel bubble with. “And we want to get it right.”

“The sophistication of systems in both Singapore and Australia will enable both countries to ensure we will get a system that works incredibly well.” Once that system is in place the various medical issues and risks, “we have to manage as leaders” come into play, Mr Morrison said.