AviationBorder restrictions axed, and now for a tourism bonanza.

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Qantas welcomes passengers arriving in Sydney from Los Angeles this week.
Qantas welcomes passengers arriving in Sydney from Los Angeles this week.

Australia and Singapore have confirmed that travel between the countries will start on 21 November.

Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, met with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Rome to announce the details.

The agreement is likely to provide a major boost for tourism operators in both countries.

“This quarantine free travel lane with Singapore is the first step in getting our export tourism businesses back to doing what they do best, providing amazing experiences for international visitors,” said Australian Tourism Export Council managing director, Peter Shelley.

“In 2019, Australia greeted close to half a million visitors from Singapore, spending well over $1billion and we remain a strongly desirable destination and with proximity and motivation on our side, we hope this market will offer strong opportunities.”

The new travel arrangements will launch with NSW and Victoria as both states have abolished quarantine requirements for eligible overseas travellers, so long as travellers present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Singapore previously announced it would welcome fully-vaccinated Australians from 8 November.

Western Australia is still in lockdown for overseas visitors but the state government restriction on international arrivals faces a legal challenge from travel retailer Flight Centre.

Flight Centre boss Graham Turner is working with a Melbourne law firm and will proceed with a challenge to the state’s border policy if the government doesn’t come up with a roadmap out of lockdown.

Separately, both Singapore Airlines and Qantas have been busy ramping up international flights to and from Australia this week, while Scoot has just launched promotional fares for its flights starting 21 November.

A Singapore A350 became the first international flight to depart from Australia, without requiring passengers to seek an exemption to leave the country.

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