Australia VTL: Adelaide now open to Singaporeans without quarantine

Adelaide joins the list of Australian cities offering two-way quarantine-free travel to Singapore citizens, as South Australia opens up.

Here’s some good news for Singaporeans planning to visit Adelaide: South Australia has removed the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated international arrivals, replacing it instead with a pre-departure and post-arrival COVID-19 test. 

Singapore citizens can also visit Melbourne, Sydney and Darwin (which reopened from 20 December 2021) without quarantine, with Perth set to reopen from 5 February 2022, as covered previously. 

Quarantine-free travel to Adelaide now possible

Adelaide is now open to international travel once again

From 1 January 2022, fully vaccinated international travellers arriving in South Australia are no longer required to complete an EntryCheck SA application, nor undergo quarantine.

Instead, they will be required to take two COVID-19 tests:

  1. A pre-departure PCR test within 72 hours of departing for South Australia
  2. A post-arrival PCR test within 24 hours of arriving in South Australia (and isolate until a negative result is received)

Do note that unlike Victoria and NSW which have adopted ARTs for post-arrival testing, South Australia will still require a PCR test to be done. This can be obtained free of charge at any of the providers below:

South Australia PCR test centres

Do note that travel to Australia is currently only available to: 

  • Australian citizens or PRs, together with their family
  • Singapore citizens
  • Japan citizens
  • New Zealand residents
  • South Korea citizens

Singapore, Japan and South Korea citizens must travel directly from Singapore, Japan and South Korea respectively without transit. New Zealand residents must also travel direct from New Zealand. 

With the latest changes, here’s a summary of travel procedures from Singapore to Australia:

✈️ Summary: Australia  VTL
From Singapore to Australia
  • Eligibility: Australian citizens, permanent residents and immediate family, Singapore citizens
  • No restrictions on 14-day travel history
  • Fully vaccinated with a TGA approved vaccine
  • Singapore citizens: Apply for ETA via AustralianETA app (Apple | Android)
  • Complete Australia Travel Declaration 72h before flight
  • Take pre-departure PCR test 72h before flight
  • Take non-stop flight to Australia (Adelaide, Darwin, Melbourne or Sydney)
  • Take test on arrival and isolate until negative result received
    • Adelaide: PCR within 24h of arrival
    • Darwin: ART within 3 days of arrival, further ART on Day 6
    • Melbourne: ART within 24h of arrival; further ART between Day 5 and 7
    • Sydney: ART within 24h of arrival

Flights to/from Adelaide

To Adelaide

Singapore Airlines is currently operating 5x weekly flights to Adelaide on SQ277 and SQ279. Passengers on these flights will qualify for quarantine-free entry into Adelaide, provided other eligibility criteria (e.g. vaccinations) are met. 

FlightsDays
SQ277
SMTWTFS
SIN
0530
ADL
1500
      
SQ277
SMTWTFS
SIN
0630
ADL
1600
      
SQ279
SMTWTFS
SIN
2340
ADL
0905 (+1)
 ✔    

To Singapore

In the opposite direction, VTL flights from Adelaide to Singapore are operated by SQ276 and SQ278. 

FlightsDays
SQ276
(VTL)
SMTWTFS
ADL
1745
SIN
2230
      
SQ278
(VTL)

SMTWTFS
ADL
1035
SIN
1510
    

All flights are operated by regional-configured A350-900 aircraft, which means you can expect the 2018 Regional Business Class seat.

Singapore Airlines regional A350-900 Business Class

I recently experienced this seat (albeit on a B787-10) from Seoul to Singapore, and you can find the detailed review below.

Review: Singapore Airlines B787-10 Business Class Seoul to Singapore

Redemption rates

If you’re interested in redeeming miles, here’s how much it costs to redeem flights between Singapore and Adelaide on Singapore Airlines. The regional-configured A350-900 aircraft plying this route only offer Economy and Business Class cabins. 

Redemption Cost between Singapore and Adelaide
(Flight on Singapore Air)
 Saver
(One-Way)
Advantage
(One-Way)
Economy28,00055,000
Business62,00090,000

Do remember that there’s a moratorium on sales of VTL tickets for flights entering Singapore until 20 January 2022, so you can only buy tickets with travel dates from 21 January 2022 onwards. 

Conclusion

Adelaide joins the growing list of Australian cities offering two-way quarantine-free travel to Singapore citizens, with Perth set to join in just over a month’s time. This leaves Brisbane as the the most notable hold out, and hopefully not for too long.

It also remains to be seen when Singapore PRs and LTP holders are extended the same quarantine-free concessions as Singapore citizens, so fingers crossed it happens soon. 

Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Matrix.RX1

@Aaron Wong: when do you think they will open for SG residents?

Michael

Can travel in between states?

Ian End

Dirty PRs and filthy LTP holders need not apply. This is a real public relations own goal by the Australian gov.

Ik Ng

South Australia is currently not in the list of particiating states. Does Singapore citizen require travel expemption to Adelaide, SA?

Jasper

I rang the high commission today to confirm this. I was under the impression that they are participating but the high commission just advised that they are not.

Jasper

Can anyone let me know if they have successfully flown into Adelaide under the travel bubble?

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