Australians will soon be able to spend more time in Singapore while also travelling in and out of the country as part of a newly introduced visa option.

Available from 1 January 2018, the Visitor subclass 600 visa will allow Aussies to submit a single application to stay in the Southeast Asian country for up to three months at a time, over a six-year period.

In other words, it’s long-term stay with multiple entry.

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Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the new visa will make it easier for Australians to travel between the two destinations whether it be for work or personal reasons.

“These new visa arrangements will further boost tourism and business links between Australia and Singapore.”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

“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.”

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In addition to the longer-term, multiple entry visa, 500 Australians and Singaporeans will also have access to new reciprocal Work and Holiday Maker program from 1 August 2017, which will allow them to work or study in the other country for up to a year. This visa will be restricted to applicants between 18 and 30.

“[This] will further strengthen ties between our two countries,” Turnbull added.

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