Singapore Airlines drops mask-wearing rules

From next week masks will no longer be compulsory on all SQ flights or even at Changi Airport.

By David Flynn, August 25 2022
Singapore Airlines drops mask-wearing rules

Singapore Airlines will no longer require face masks to be worn on all flights as of Monday August 29, in line with an easing of restrictions by the city-state’s government.

This will also see masks become optional rather than mandatory at Changi Airport and its lounges.

“With effect from 29 August 2022, customers are not required to wear face masks on board flights, unless they are travelling to or from destinations that require a face mask,” Singapore Airlines said in a statement.

And that list of destinations is admittedly a mixed bag, due to the varying rules of each country.

No masks need to be worn on Singapore Airlines flights to and from the USA, the UK, France, Switzerland, Thailand and New Zealand, for example.

Masks will still be required Singapore Airlines flights to Australia, but not from Australia.

And masks will for now remain must-wear apparel on flights to and from Canada, Germany, India, South Korea and Spain.

In other words: you might be best to pack a mask regardless... at least you’ll have the option to whip that mask off as soon as you step off the plane at Changi Airport.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2011

Total posts 363

Be buggered if I would be wearing a mask all flight. Sooner find another airline or stay home.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

05 Sep 2013

Total posts 47

Doesn't surprise me.

All the main American airline (American, Delta, Southwest, United, Alaska, Frontier, JetBlue and Spirit) all require masks.

Air Asia, Air Canada, Air France, Lufthansa Group, KLM, Malaysian Airlines, Thai Airways, Wizz Air and many others require passengers or strongly recommend passengers to wear face mask too.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

Total posts 1247

You should be staying home anyway if travel is not essential.

25 Oct 2019

Total posts 3

For how much longer mate? Covid isn't going away, so learn to live with it.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Mar 2014

Total posts 204

But take them off when the meals get served....

KLM - Flying Blue

05 Feb 2019

Total posts 38

Sooner or later all Airlines will make face-covering mandatory.

"...Geneva - The International Air Transport Association (IATA) supports the wearing of face coverings for passengers and masks for the crew while onboard an aircraft..."

IATA link: 2020-05-05-01

Seriously do these face masks really work, I've read where some doctors are saying they're a total waste of time. It's seems to me that Corona Virus is here to tell us how we should run our lives, thanks buy no thanks. To be honest I'm over this crap.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

13 Dec 2012

Total posts 53

I wonder how it will work with pax using CPAP machines?

Singapore Airlines - The PPS Club

16 Jun 2017

Total posts 36

How the hell are you supposed to drink your champagne?

08 May 2020

Total posts 85

Absolutely disappointed, returning to Australia on the 1st of September with SQ and as usual Australia is again lagging behind the getting rid of the Mask wearing on the Plane.  But have no Mask wearing in the Airport especially in Sydney with People in long 100 -200meter long lanes of people crammed into Security and Passport controls.      Absolute Joke

26 Mar 2020

Total posts 67

Agree - we should only have to wear a mask once the aircraft hits "Australian airspace" although admittedly that would still mean having to endure a pointless mask for at least 5 hours (if flying to eastern seaboard from Singapore)


11 Jul 2014

Total posts 943

Optional maybe the better way, Changi is packed out in the business lounge and terminal, first class lounge isn’t.

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