Singapore-Australia travel bubble more likely in end-2021, says Australian minister

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Dan Tehan with Lee Hsien Loong Australia's Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan (left) with Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong astatine the Istana, Singapore, connected Jul 12, 2021. (Photo: Ministry of Communications and Information)

12 Jul 2021 03:42PM (Updated: 12 Jul 2021 04:07PM)

SINGAPORE: A planned question bubble betwixt Singapore and Australia is "more apt to happen" towards the extremity of 2021, said Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan. 

Speaking to CNA, Mr Tehan said that definite measures person to beryllium implemented earlier a question bubble tin beryllium launched betwixt the 2 countries. 

"Obviously we privation to spot a question bubble with Singapore and that’s thing that some countries are aiming for," helium said.

“At this stage, it’s much apt to hap towards the extremity of this twelvemonth arsenic we marque definite that some countries tin afloat rotation retired their vaccination programmes."

Other measures specified arsenic vaccine certificates volition besides request to beryllium successful place, Mr Tehan said. 

Officials from the 2 countries volition “continue to engage” connected the matter, helium added. 

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Plans for a imaginable bubble person been connected clasp owed to a 3rd question of COVID-19 successful Australia, Mr Tehan told Melbourne-based paper The Age connected Sunday. 

The state reported connected Monday another grounds regular emergence for the year with 112 caller cases, fuelled by the highly infectious Delta variant.

Almost each the cases were successful Sydney, contempt the metropolis entering its 3rd week of lockdown. A woman successful her 90s besides became the country's archetypal COVID-19 fatality this year.

Mr Tehan is making an authoritative sojourn to Singapore as portion of a circuit of assorted countries - including Vietnam, South Korea, Japan and the United States - to fortify Australia’s trading relationships. 

He met Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong astatine the Istana connected Monday, and is besides scheduled to conscionable Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong. 

READ: Australia reports archetypal COVID-19 decease this year, highest regular cases

About 40 per cent of Singapore’s colonisation person been afloat vaccinated against COVID-19. For Australia, astir 11 per cent of its big population, oregon 20.5 million, person received some shots of a vaccine. 

Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said successful March that the 2 countries were successful talks connected a imaginable aerial question bubble.

Australian media reported astatine the clip that the bubble - which could besides person included New Zealand arsenic portion of a three-way statement - was expected to footwear disconnected by July oregon August this year. 

In June, Prime Minister Lee and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the countries were moving connected resuming aerial question successful a “safe and calibrated manner”.

Students from Singapore could beryllium fixed priority to question to Australia to prosecute oregon implicit their studies erstwhile the infrastructure for harmless question is successful place, they said then. 

Later that month, however, a Singapore Airlines elder enforcement told the Sydney Morning Herald that the nationalist bearer was nary longer moving towards a timeline for the question bubble, citing concerns astir its implementation.

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