This is brilliant news! Do you know of any non-Airport providers in Melbourne that provide a Rapid Antigen Test? TIASmall update for flights to SIN from the Singapore SafeTravel website last night, effective 12 Nov:
Pre-departure tests done in Australia for travel to Singapore via the Vaccinated Travel Lane can now be the simpler and quicker Antigen Rapid Test (known in Australia as a Rapid Antigen Test), but still need to be performed by a pathology, ie. home Rapid Antigen Test kit results are not valid.
Eg at Melbourne and Sydney Airport, the onsite Histopath pathology does a PCR test at the airport with 1 hour turnaround for $150, but they also do a Rapid Antigen Test with 30 mins turnaround for just $50. See Travel Testing | Histopath for further details.
Here are the changes on the SafeTravel website (Frequently Asked Questions), as highlighted in red:
1. Are travellers under the VTL required to take any pre-departure COVID-19 PCR tests?All travellers, except those aged 2 and below in the calendar year (i.e. in the year 2021, those who are born in or after 2019), must undergo a COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test [or Antigen Rapid Test (ART) for entry into Singapore from 11 November 2021, 2359hrs] within 2 days before departure for Singapore.