Transit Thru Singapore (Destination Thailand)

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benjo

Member since 17 Apr 2013

Total posts 60

Hi all,

Now that Thailand is open to Australian tourist (from Nov 1), I am planning a trip to Bangkok and Phuket mid December... Im currently looking at business class flights and Singapore Air is 1.5k cheaper then a direct flight with Thai Airways and wanted to know your thoughts on a transit flight over direct?


Besides the cost would people consider this over a direct flight? I know to some its only 1.5k difference but now that I need to factor in covid tests and all the extras, I'm trying to save or balance where I can.


Also since this is a transit flight and I'm not technically entering Singapore, do you think I will have any problems entering Thailand this way? As I am not sure if a direct flight is required Syd-Bkk or if a transit flight will be counted as a direct flight all the same?


I tend to always catch a direct flight and I'm a little unsure if a transit flight will effect me in anyway once I reach Bangkok. I think I am just a little unsure.


If anyone has any advise or has taken a transit flight recently that would be much appreciated. Cheers :)



Benjie.

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

Total posts 1,008

Hi Benjie - I would very strongly recommend putting questions regarding the SQ flight and transit at Singapore en route to Changi to Singapore Airlines, as well as reading up on transit rules at the Changi Airport website, so that you can get 100% certainty on this.

dragonfly

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 24 Apr 2013

Total posts 37

There are so many conflicting reports online about the Changi transit maze. With SQ spinning the story to make you only fly with them, not sure who to believe. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has actually managed to transit to a non-VTL country via Changi.

Travellz

Member since 26 Mar 2020

Total posts 30

Originally Posted by benjo

Hi all,

Now that Thailand is open to Australian tourist (from Nov 1), I am planning a trip to Bangkok and Phuket mid December... Im currently looking at business class flights and Singapore Air is 1.5k cheaper then a direct flight with Thai Airways and wanted to know your thoughts on a transit flight over direct?


Besides the cost would people consider this over a direct flight? I know to some its only 1.5k difference but now that I need to factor in covid tests and all the extras, I'm trying to save or balance where I can.


Also since this is a transit flight and I'm not technically entering Singapore, do you think I will have any problems entering Thailand this way? As I am not sure if a direct flight is required Syd-Bkk or if a transit flight will be counted as a direct flight all the same?


I tend to always catch a direct flight and I'm a little unsure if a transit flight will effect me in anyway once I reach Bangkok. I think I am just a little unsure.


If anyone has any advise or has taken a transit flight recently that would be much appreciated. Cheers :)



Benjie.

Hey Ben - as a fellow traveler not sure if you are aware but there is some major caveats in Thailand's current border entry (it's technically not Quarantine free).

The test and go requires you to remain in your hotel room until your on arrival PCR test result returns negative (you don't receive a room key and it's a strictly enforced quarantine)

If you do test happen to test positive you get sent to a Thai Hospital for 10 days (at your own expense) even if you have no symptoms or not sick and must not leave regardless if you test negative later until 10 days has passed.

One last major caveat is that if you sit in the same row on the aircraft (or even the airport transfer from the airport to your test and go Hotel) as another traveler who has tested postive you also will be sent into 14 days quarantine even if you test negative.

Just beware that your Travel Insurance may not cover being placed into the hospital while asymptomatic and the cost of a 10 days hospital visit in Thailand is 340,000 THB (14K AUD).


Check out Richard Barrow on Twitter or just google him - he is a British Expat with 27 years of experience living in Thailand who is in constant communication with the Thai Government.

A few people have been caught out so thought i'd let you in know - just in case you weren't aware.

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Travellz

Member since 26 Mar 2020

Total posts 30

Originally Posted by benjo

Hi all,

Now that Thailand is open to Australian tourist (from Nov 1), I am planning a trip to Bangkok and Phuket mid December... Im currently looking at business class flights and Singapore Air is 1.5k cheaper then a direct flight with Thai Airways and wanted to know your thoughts on a transit flight over direct?


Besides the cost would people consider this over a direct flight? I know to some its only 1.5k difference but now that I need to factor in covid tests and all the extras, I'm trying to save or balance where I can.


Also since this is a transit flight and I'm not technically entering Singapore, do you think I will have any problems entering Thailand this way? As I am not sure if a direct flight is required Syd-Bkk or if a transit flight will be counted as a direct flight all the same?


I tend to always catch a direct flight and I'm a little unsure if a transit flight will effect me in anyway once I reach Bangkok. I think I am just a little unsure.


If anyone has any advise or has taken a transit flight recently that would be much appreciated. Cheers :)



Benjie.

Sorry back to answering your question -


Also since this is a transit flight and I'm not technically entering Singapore, do you think I will have any problems entering Thailand this way? As I am not sure if a direct flight is required Syd-Bkk or if a transit flight will be counted as a direct flight all the same?


As Singapore is on the list of over 60 nations that Thailand has opened to - you will be able to transit via Singapore and enter Thailand without any issues (as long as you have spent 21 days in the list of 60 countries - which for you would be Australia and Singapore) then you are fine to enter.

On the way back as Thailand is what Singapore considers a category III country - you will be able to transit but your transit experience wont be like it was on the way to Thailand (you will be escorted to a separate part of Changi airport which is dedicated toward passengers arriving from category III & IV countries) until your next flight is ready to board.

Go to safe travel ica - its the official Singapore Government website and there is a dedicated section just for transit passengers


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