MIAMI – Another more travel bubble is in the making between Australia and Singapore. Will it deflate, as in the case of the UK-US or the Hong Kong (HKG) Singapore (SIN) attempts?
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong met when the former made a stop-over in SIN while traveling to London (LHR) to attend the G7 meeting. The two Prime Ministers discussed the possibility of establishing a travel bubble between their countries.
If achieved, it would put an end to the year-plus disruption of travel between the two countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The argument put forward to re-open restriction-free travel stands on the fact that both Singapore and Australia were not heavily impacted by the epidemic and show, respectively, slightly over 62,000 and 30,000 cases.
Comments from the Prime Ministers
During a joint press conference attended by the two leaders, Singapore’s Lee Hsiang Loong said, “We discussed how two-way travel between Singapore and Australia can eventually resume, in a safe and calibrated manner, when both sides are ready.” One of the main topics on the bubble was the mutual recognition of health certificates, an issue still in high seas worldwide.
Australia’s Scott Morrison, however, tempered by indicating that “there is still some time before we reach that milestone.” The Australian Prime Minister was the first dignitary to visit Singapore since the COVID-induced border restrictions were established.
Sources: Cnbc.com, Reuters.com, News.com.au
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