Singapore to allow transit passengers from June 2

The Singapore stopover is coming back, but you can forget about lounges and duty-free shopping...

By David Flynn, May 21 2020
Singapore to allow transit passengers from June 2

Travellers will once again be allowed to transit through Singapore's Changi Airport from June 2 as the city-state prepares to ease some coronavirus restrictions and gradually reopen its borders.

However, in the short term, Singapore stopovers will be very different to what travellers are accustomed to.

Instead of browsing the duty-free shops or kicking back in the airline lounge , transit passengers will "remain in designated facilities in the transit area and not mix with other passengers whilst at Changi Airport," said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore in announcing the relaxed restrictions overnight.

Airport staff will wear personal protective equipment when interacting with passengers, while existing precautionary measures, such as safe distancing and temperature checks for passengers and staff, will remain in place.

Singapore's ban on transit passengers came into effect from Tuesday March 24, accompanied by a ban on short-term visitors to the island nation, after it recorded its first two deaths from Covid-19 complications.

Changi Airport is among the region's busiest, with 65.6 million travellers passing through in 2018.

Allowing transit passengers at Changi should also help boost the outlook for Singapore Airlines, which has been hobbled by the closure of its gateway hub, although it's unsure if British Airways will resume its London-Singapore-Sydney route in light of the UK's move towards a 14-day quarantine period.

The aviation authority said that airlines "should submit their proposals for transfer lanes through Changi Airport to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore. The proposals will be evaluated taking into account aviation safety, public health considerations, as well as the health of passengers and air crew."

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

14 Apr 2020

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Great news. You can fly into Singapore but where too after that?

06 Dec 2019

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Given the entry rules into Singapore at the moment (I live in SG) this reads like planes can maybe stop to refuel? Only SG citizens can renter at the moment. Resident permit holders need to apply for permission to come back into SG if they're currently overseas and want to get back ‘home'.

16 May 2020

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Please read the article, it gives details re transit passengers.

16 May 2020

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Great! Now Australia get your act together!

06 Dec 2019

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It will be months... I hope to get home to Qld for Xmas. I'm an Aus citizen but there's only a flight into Sydney from Singapore. And then I'd need to do the 14 days. And then I'd have to figure out how to get to my place in Qld. Then I might not be allowed back to Singapore. I'll wait this out....

16 May 2020

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slane

Please read the article, it gives details on transit passengers!!

06 Dec 2019

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Maybe I misunderstood your comment about Australia? I apologise, I rushed to assume you meant Aus opening up to overseas travel. Singapore certainly isn't doing that. I read the article for sure. And then re-read it. Not sure what detail I missed. Have a great day.


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