While the COVID-19 pandemic still ravages parts of the world, Australia continues to explore the potential of travel bubbles. The federal government has announced which country will next be on the list.

The Australian government has announced which country it’s targeting for the next travel bubble that would allow quarantine-free movement between the two.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Tuesday that he is in talks with Singapore leader Lee Hsien Loong about a future travel bubble, though we’re certainly not there yet.

“There are some practical challenges that we are working on now and finding solutions to… But right now, it is not safe to be flipping the switch on those,” Mr. Morrison told reporters.

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Both leaders said they are “committed” to establishing a travel bubble between the two countries, saying there is nothing impeding us from getting on with the work of putting systems in place that will enable such a bubble to emerge,” similar to the one Australia has with New Zealand.

“There is still some time before we reach that milestone,” Mr. Morrison said, while Mr. Lee said it was important for Australia to reach a satisfactory level of vaccinations before such a milestone would be considered.

“Once the majority of the population is vaccinated it becomes much easier for us to contemplate these openings up,” Mr Lee said.

More than 5.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have now been administered in Australia, while in Singapore that number sits at 4.3 million doses; though it will be some time before people are inoculated–that is, fully protected.

As to when Australia will fully open up to travellers once more, there’s almost no point in trying to predict it at this stage.

Tourism Minister Dan Tehan previously told Sunrise: “I think everyone’s forecast is that, everything going well, we would hope to be welcoming international tourists back this time next year.”