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How to visit Australia via VTL - without quarantine

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After months of restricted travel, for some Singaporeans, Australia represents the opposite of lockdown: long sandy beaches, stunning national parks, thousands of km of wild desert outback. Then there's the extraordinary wildlife and the buzzing cities.

But of course, Covid-19 means the 'Land Down Under' is not quite as free and open as it was before the pandemic: for example, it's not so easy to move between states. However, most of Australia's day-to-day Covid-19 restrictions (face masks, hand-washing etc) will be familiar to Singaporeans.

By visiting Australia via the VTL/Safe Travel Zone initiatives, you will be able to avoid quarantine (assuming you do not test positive for Covid-19 on arrival). 

Disclaimer^: Entry requirements can change at short notice. Every effort was made to ensure the information below was correct at time of writing. However, you should refer to the applicable immigration department of the destination country to double check entry requirements, or visit the MFA website for the latest updates.

^at time writing of this article – 07/01/2022

You'll need

●       A valid Singapore passport

●       A valid Australian visa

●       Proof of vaccination with a vaccine approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

●       A direct, non-transit ticket from Singapore to a participating Australian state (i.e. a VTL flight)

●       Proof of a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken within three days before departing Singapore

●       To complete an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD)

Travel insurance is not a requirement to visit Australia but is strongly encouraged. See section below for more details.

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  • Selected Covid-19, pandemic and epidemic cover*
  • 24/7 Medical Assistance
  • Cancellation, Delay, Curtailment
  • Loss/theft/damage of valuables
  • Rental Excess cover (Silver & Platinum Plans only
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At time of writing, this is not a requirement. However, you will need to provide information on where you have been in the 14 days prior to leaving Singapore.

Disclaimer^: Entry requirements can change at short notice. Every effort was made to ensure the information below was correct at time of writing. However, you should refer to the applicable immigration department of the destination country to double check entry requirements, or visit the MySafeTravel website for the latest updates. 

^at time writing of this article – 17/01/2022

As a Singaporean resident you will need to get a visa to enter Australia under the 'Safe Travel Zone' scheme. Some of these can be applied for online, while others must be applied for through the Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Singapore.

For most people planning a short-term visit for tourism or business, the Electronic Travel Authority (visa subclass 601) will fit their needs. This can be applied for through the ETA app (available on Android and Apple).

The ETA visa is valid for one year and permits multiple visits of up to 90 days.

Meanwhile, the Long Validity Visitor visa (visa subclass 600) is valid for six years and also allows trips of up to 90 days.

If you're not eligible to enter Australia under the Safe Travel Zone initiative, an alternative route may be available if you hold an eligible visa (from december 15 2021), are exempt from Australia's travel restrictions, or have been granted a travel exemption.

You'll need to complete an Australia Travel Declaration (ATD) at least 72 hours before you leave Singapore. This requires contact details, and declarations about your vaccination status, PCR test, where you've travelled in the prior 14 days, and your understanding of the testing and quarantine requirements that may apply to the state you're visiting.

Failure to complete an ATD could land you with a fine of $6,660 AUD, although in practice you will need to show you’ve completed the ATD before you board the plane for Australia.

Note that quarantine and post-arrival testing requirements can change at short notice. Most states require you to take a Covid-19 test within 24 hours of arrival in Australia. If you're planning to travel between states, you'll need to familiarise yourself with the restrictions specific to the state(s) in question. Again, these can change at short notice.

Which states and territories are taking part in the Safe Travel Zone scheme? Participating states and territories are: New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.

Note that it's possible the VTL/Safe Travel Zone schemes may be paused depending on the Covid-19 situation.

At time of writing you do not need travel insurance to enter Australia. However, travellers are strongly encouraged to take it out. The Australian Government travel authority states “If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel".

Medical care in Australia can be expensive for travellers and visitors.

Disclaimer^: Entry requirements can change at short notice. Every effort was made to ensure the information below was correct at time of writing. However, you should refer to the applicable immigration department of the destination country to double check entry requirements, or visit the MySafeTravel website for the latest updates. 

^at time writing of this article – 17/01/2022

With Allianz Travel Singapore insurance, cover includes selected Covid-19 coverage* plus cover for epidemics and pandemics in general (when diagnosed with a disease). Medical and Dental cover limit is S$1,000,000* (Comprehensive Bronze and Silver) and unlimited** for Comprehensive Platinum.

●       24/7 Medical Assistance

●       Cancellation, Delay, Curtailment

●       Loss/theft/damage of valuables

●       Rental Excess cover (Silver & Platinum Plans only)

*Subject to terms and conditions and exclusions outlined in Allianz Travel Policy Wording
**Unlimited - Where used, the term ‘Unlimited’ means there is no capped dollar amount. Terms, conditions, limits, sub-limits and exclusions apply as set out in the Policy Wording. All costs and expenses claimed must be necessary and reasonable. Subject to the terms, conditions, exclusions and benefits limits of the policy wording. For more information please click on the Policy Wording to read the Allianz Travel Policy Wording.  
You can choose from three policy types: Single Trip for a one-off visit; Annual - if you plan to travel overseas more often in the next 12 months; and Family, which covers you and family members you're travelling with.

^Terms & Conditions.

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