Singaporeans will now benefit of a six-year visa when travelling to Australia, following Australian PM official visit to the City-State.
Also announced was a new visa which will let Singaporeans younger than 30 years old work and holiday in Australia for up to a year.The Work and Holiday Visa Programme begins on Aug 1, and 500 places are available to citizens of each country.
In 2016, more than 230,000 visitor visas were granted to travellers from Singapore, up 16 per cent from the year before.
Those keen on the work and holiday visa should be aged 18 to 30 when they apply.
Singaporeans should hold a polytechnic diploma or university degree, or have completed the equivalent of two years of full-time tertiary study at a polytechnic or university.
Australian applicants should hold a university degree, or have completed the equivalent of two years of full-time undergraduate university study.
In a statement on Friday (June 2), the Australian authorities said the new visa arrangements will further boost tourism and business links between Singapore and Australia.
“It will make it easier for people to come to Australia to visit friends and family while also enabling business operators to conduct regular meetings or attend conferences in Australia,” the statement said.
About 50,000 Singaporeans live in Australia, while 25,000 Australians reside in Singapore. Last year, 400,000 Singaporeans visited Australia and one million Australians visited Singapore.
Within ASEAN, Singapore offers the most air connections to Australia, being considered as the main gateway for travellers wishing to visit the country. National carriers Singapore Airlines was the first Asian carrier to launch flights to Canberra last year and just announced to boost frequencies and capacities to Australia over the coming months. Total capacity of the Singapore Airlines Group (including Scoot and Silk Air) is due to reach 10% of all capacities on foreign air routes, according to CAPA, Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation.
The airline plans to add three more weekly flights to Melbourne from July and four additional weekly flights to Brisbane from August. Additional frequencies are also seasonally on offer to Sydney. In total, SIA will offer from mid-summer 20% more seat capacity than the same period of last year.
SIA’s total capacity has shrunk in the past four consecutive years and passenger numbers have been relatively flat. However, SIA has continued to expand in Australia, with passenger traffic up 13% over the past four years.