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What’s new in Singapore — because now we can go there!!

Yesterday the Singapore government announced fully vaccinated Australians could travel along its coveted Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL), with designated flights to be launched on 8 November. 


Under the VTL arrangement, vaccinated Australians who travel to Singapore on designated VTL flights will not be subjected to quarantine arrangements upon arrival, but will be tested before and after they arrive in Singapore.



“We’re extremely thrilled with the resumption of travel between Australia and Singapore,” Singapore Tourism Board Oceania executive director Oliver Chong said.  


“We know Aussies are avid travellers and can’t wait to travel overseas, so we hope this will encourage them to make plans to visit Singapore as soon as they can.” 


Is Singapore ready for us? 

Hotels, attractions and other businesses have Safe Management Measures in place which includes mask wearing, physical distancing and SafeEntry check-in and check-out using Singapore’s TraceTogether (TT) app.


Singapore’s SG Clean initiative – a national certification programme for businesses that meet high standards of cleanliness and hygiene – will be more important than ever. Premises certified as SG Clean are identifiable by the certificate and signage, which are featured prominently within each establishment. More details and a full list of certified premises can be found here. These initiatives will give travellers added peace of mind as they explore Singapore.


“Singapore is known for being innovative and constantly evolving, and this hasn’t changed,” Chong said.   


“Despite the pandemic, the industry has risen to the challenge, with new hotels, restaurants and bars opening in the past year for visitors to come and enjoy, along with old favourites, some of which have had makeovers too.”


So what’s new?


  • Museum of Ice Cream: The first outpost outside of the US, the Museum of Ice Cream is created specially for frozen treat lovers, and features guided tours that take visitors through 14 multi-sensory installations.
  • Supertree Observatory: Having opened at the beginning of 2020, the Supertree Observatory is an exciting new addition to Gardens by the Bay, which provides panoramic views of Gardens by the Bay and Marina Bay Sands. 




  • The Clan Hotel: is designed for the tech savvy modern-day traveller and opened in March 2021. One of the newest business hotels in Singapore, facilities include a modern Sky Terrace, Sky Pool and Sky Gym.
  • Oasia Resort Sentosa: Oasia Resort Sentosa is a new addition to the peaceful resort offerings on Sentosa, designed to relax, recharge and refuel the mind. Having opened in September 2021, the hotel boasts an infinity pool, gym and all-day dining facilities featuring fresh produce grown in the hotel’s own garden.




  • Restaurant Euphoria: Restaurant Euphoria is inspired by ‘Gastro Botanica’ – the art of showcasing different varieties of vegetables in dishes. The cuisine is influenced by contemporary French techniques, interwoven with guidance from the West and the East.
  • 1-ATICO: Sprawled across two levels of ION Orchard and 218 metres into the Singapore sky on the 55th floor of ION Orchard, 1-ATICO offers the ‘penthouse’ of dining experiences. Three different dining options are available for guests: FIRE offers Argentinian cuisine, FLNT provides a Japanese-Peruvian influenced sumiyaki bar and grill, and the ATICO lounge is a ‘radical futuristic playground’, where guests can celebrate music, fill up their glasses and enjoy the ‘high’ life.


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Published: 27 October 2021

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