Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that as the country prepares to open its international borders in the coming months, Singapore visa holders may be allowed entry.
He told reporters, “We are in the final stages of reaching an agreement with the Singapore government.”
“A few months ago, I met the Prime Minister of Singapore to put in place a new arrangement that will see our borders open more quickly to Singapore. We expect this can be achieved over the next week as we open up to more visa class holders from Singapore ”, he added.
Recall that it was recently announced that from next month fully vaccinated Australian citizens, those who are permanent residents and their immediate families will be allowed to enter Sydney from abroad, without the need to quarantine. .
However, there was no specific timeline as to when tourists from the city-state would be allowed into Australia, as visa holders can also mean students, business travelers and skilled migrants.
The prime minister said on Friday that the country would gradually allow more non-resident visitors to the country, including students and business travelers, skilled migrants and tourists.
He commented saying, “I am convinced that because of the way we have prepared for this day, it is quite possible and very achievable before the end of the year to reach international visitors.”
In July, the government presented a transition plan aimed at fully immunizing between 70% and 80% of the population before easing restrictions at international borders and during the week the country took that step. significant with 70% of people over 16 years old. now fully vaccinated.
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong welcomed the announcement as he wrote in a Facebook post saying he was delighted to learn Australia would allow entry of visa holders from Singapore .