Singapore Airlines reopens double-daily Melbourne flights

With Victoria dropping the quarantine requirement, SQ will open up sales of its Melbourne flights.

By David Flynn, October 22 2021
Singapore Airlines reopens double-daily Melbourne flights

Singapore Airlines will this evening open all seats for sale on its twice-daily flights between Singapore and Melbourne from November 1, in line with the Victorian government's removal of quarantine and arrivals caps for fully-vaccinated travellers.

The Star Alliance member, which has kept flying to and from Melbourne despite the limited number of passengers – instead focussing on cargo and 'essential travel' – welcomed today's announcement as "another welcome step on the road to recovery," in the words of Regional Vice President Louis Arul.

Seats on the daily SQ218 and SQ228 flights from Singapore – and their SQ237 and SQ217 return legs – will be available from the Singapore Airlines website and through travel agents and partners from 8pm Friday October 22.

These flights rely on SQ's Airbus A350-900, which is fitted with 40 lie-flat business class seats and 263 standard economy seats.

However, under Australian government regulations, bookings are only available to fully-vaccinated Australian citizens, permanent residents and 'eligible non-citizens' – with the flights tagged as being "For Eligible Passengers Only" (FEPO).

Here's the checklist supplied by Singapore Airlines, which advises that "eligibility to travel on these services is determined by the Australian Government and must at least meet the following criteria:"

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, an immediate family member of an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a non-Australian citizen or permanent resident holding a valid visa and a travel restriction exemption, and
  • have been fully-vaccinated with a TGA approved or recognised vaccine, and
  • have a vaccine certificate that meets the Australian Government’s authenticity and verification requirement

Together with Singapore Airline's Sydney flights, the Star Alliance member now lists 31 flights a week to Australia's two major gateways.

As reported earlier today, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he expects to finalise an agreement for quarantine-free travel between Australia and Singapore "within the next week or so," ahead of such travel starting in November.

Read more: Australia-Singapore ‘travel bubble’ by November

24 Aug 2011

Total posts 1021

With SQ immediately going back to double-daily, QF's initial 3 times a week from MEL to SIN ain't going to cut it for long.

Thai Airways International - Royal Orchid Plus

15 Jan 2013

Total posts 378

I am wondering assuming south australia and victoria open the borders can adelaide people take advantage of these flights.I know it sounds silly since SIA run Daily ADL-SIN-ADL services but I am thinking of how to avoid Adelaide immigration which is fine going out but a nightmare coming home.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Jun 2014

Total posts 212

Yes you'd think if NSW or VIC-SA is open then SA would drop international quarantine, because realistically it'd be an honestly system for those arriving from overseas into NSW/VIC then going on to ADL otherwise. Of course, that's just speculation though.

Tasmania has announced it will drop quarantine but at 90%, which is December 15. I would expect South Australia to make a similar announcement soon, although SA is behind even Tassie, according to The Guardian which has an excellent vaccination tracker, SA will hit 80% on December 1, so either SA will open at 80% or wait until January for 90%.

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

12 Sep 2011

Total posts 252

I personally find Sydney Border Security the worst anywhere, even worse that Israel, becasue at least the Israelis aren't rude.  Melbourne, Adelaide  and Brisbane are fine 

Obviously different experiences, I don't think any one city is always terrible, maybe just me but I find the Sydney border people to be fine, and if I smile at them and have a pleasant attitude they're extra-friendly back.

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1409

Cbourl I tend to find they’re fine. Nice to smile and ask after them helps.

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

14 Aug 2015

Total posts 35

I think QF is struggling to ramp up services with planes and crew to meet the November opening up in NSW / VIC, but i agree wll their competitors will beat them to it.

Jetstar Airways - Qantas Frequent Flyer

24 Aug 2018

Total posts 105

The check list mentions : " travel restriction exemption". Can it be assumed that once the Prime Minister signs the agreement, all vaccinated Australian citizens will automatically be travel restriction free? In a similar frame, will my digital vaccination record on my IPhone get me through the necessary checkpoints?

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1409

Otto this depends on the receiving country but yes it is fine to leave and return to 80-90% vaccinated state.

16 Feb 2017

Total posts 24

SQ228 showing to Premium Economy seats on the day I looked at for Feb :( 

09 Nov 2018

Total posts 6

Does anyone know which of Singapore Airlines' flights will be VTL flights? Out of the UK only one of their daily flights is a VTL flight if you want to visit Singapore quarantine free.

As there is no VTL between Singapore and Australia right now, I don't think SQ has announced this. So that's a good point, if you were wanting to book a SYD-SIN or MEL-SIN flights for say December on the assumption this bubble would be in place by then, you wouldn't know which flight to book as a VTL flight. Think it's better just to wait until the VTL is announced and then SQ will I'm sure advise. Or book the QF flight, as there's only one per day, that would have to be the Qantas VTL service?

24 Oct 2021

Total posts 1

Can anyone tell me if Australian can travel overseas without exemption from 1 November? Please anyone kindly let me know as I don't know exactly date and only heard to be able to travel in November?

Qantas

19 Apr 2012

Total posts 1409

The short answer is yes, provided double vacced and PCR test before travel.


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