Singapore Orders Flights To Stop Selling New Tickets Till January 20

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by Tania Tarafdar
by Tania Tarafdar 1775

Singapore is one of the countries that has been extremely stringent about its travel rules. Countries are slowly relaxing the restrictions and easing travel rules as they innoculate their population. Singapore said that it will reopen its borders for fully vaccinated Indian tourists from November 29. The best part is that no quarantine is needed thanks to its travel lanes. This programme is also extended for tourists from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Singapore is resuming commercial flights with India under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) facility. Six daily flights to Singapore will run from November 29 to Chennai, Delhi, and Mumbai respectively.  Also, non-VTL services will begin from Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Kochi from November 29. From November 30, December 2 and January 31 respectively, non-VTL services will start from Amritsar, Hyderabad, and Tiruchirappalli as well.

However now, Singapore issued air travel restrictions amid increasing cases of Omicron variant. To curb the spread of the COVID-19 variant, aitrlines will not be allowed to sell new flight tickets for travel to Singapore from December 23 to January 20. That said, travellers who purchased tickets earlier will be allowed to travel under the quarantine-free Vaccinated Travel Lane scheme.

Singapore-India Daily Flights To Resume From November 29 Under Vaccinated Travel Lane

The partial resumption of commercial flights is resuming between two countries following the launch of VTL for quarantine-free travel for fully vaccinated travellers. Indians can now travel to more and more international destinations as the countries relax travel rules. And guess what? Singapore is the latest addition to the list. Singapore removed India and five other South Asian countries from its travel restriction list.

Indians Had To Undergo A 10-Day Quarantine In Singapore

Travellers from India were subject to the tightest border measures, which involve a 10-day quarantine at a dedicated facility. Addressing a virtual press conference, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said, “There is no longer a need for strict rules that prevent travellers from these countries from landing here.”

Travellers Must Be Vaccinated With A WHO Approved Jab

Travellers to Singapore must be vaccinated with a World Health Organization (WHO) approved jab. The Singapore government’s VTL scheme covers seven European countries, and that includes Denmark, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Germany along with the United States and Canada.

Asian countries to be included in this list are Brunei, South Korea, India and Indonesia. Meanwhile, according to reports, a senior Indian government official said, “The appropriate ministries will work on resolving whatever the concerns are but there is nothing to be said formally at the moment on the matter.

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Travellers Can Only Fly To Singapore On Singapore Airlines Or Lufthansa

Travellers can only fly to Singapore on a VTL-designated flight flown by Singapore Airlines or Lufthansa. The government is in the process of slowly include other carriers on the list. To fly to Singapore, travellers should carry a vaccination certificate as well as undergo an RT-PCR test not more than 48 hours before departure. They will also have to take another test upon arrival at Singapore’s Changi airport.

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Singapore hopes to slowly relax rules for other countries including India in the next three to six months.

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