Australians with government permission to leave the country can enter Singapore as long as they return a negative COVID-19 test result before departure and isolate on arrival until they return another negative test result, which is typically confirmed within a day.
The Board of Airline Representatives of Australia (BARA) – which represents 33 major airlines that were operating into Australia before the pandemic including Singapore, Emirates and Cathay Pacific – said it hoped to meet the federal government in the coming weeks to push for a framework to guide when travel would open to other countries based around COVID-19 risks.
BARA executive director Barry Abrams said international airlines needed to understand when and how the border would be further relaxed, otherwise they would struggle to redeploy aircraft, crew and other staff to Australia at short notice.
“There’s certainly frustration around not having a clearer framework as to how we can go about reopening borders,” Mr Abrams said. “There’s a lot of benefits in giving some certainty around when travel to other countries might be able to proceed again.”