India will soon resume flights between Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Singapore, which is reopening its doors quarantine-free for fully vaccinated and Covid negative travellers from India starting November 29 through a “vaccinated travel lane” (VTL).
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) has announced that VTL will start with six daily flights from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai. Airlines will now announce their schedule for these flights.
Applications for “vaccinated travel pass” (VTP) for short-term visitors and long-term pass holders from India can be filed starting 3.30 pm (IST) Monday (Nov 22).
India’s foreign minister S Jaishankar was recently in Singapore and is learnt to have played a key role in resumption of travel to this key destination for Indians. “Began my Singapore visit by meeting S Iswaran, minister of transport. Discussed enhancing travel arrangements between the two countries,” minister Jaishankar had tweeted on Wednesday (Nov 17).
CAAS said in a statement it “has reached an agreement with India’s aviation ministry on resumption of scheduled commercial passenger flights between Singapore and India. This will facilitate quarantine-free travel on VTL from India to Singapore, which will start from November 29, 2021, with six designated VTL flights daily from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
“VTP applications will open for intended dates of entry from November 29, 2021, to January 21, 2022 (7 to 60 calendar days ahead). Those who intend to enter Singapore after December 1, 2021, are strongly encouraged to apply after 24 November 2021,” CAAS says.
“To facilitate the application process, VTP applicants should have the following information on hand: passport; digital proof of vaccination; and address in Singapore for self-isolation pending the results of their on-arrival Covid-19 PCR test. Short-term visitors who require a visa for travel to Singapore must separately obtain a visa. They are advised to do so after receiving their VTP approval and before departing for Singapore. They must also purchase travel insurance, with a minimum coverage of S$30,000 for Covid-19-related medical treatment and hospitalisation costs, prior to travel to Singapore…,” CAAS statement adds.
A Singapore Airlines (SIA) spokesperson said: “SIA welcomes the agreement between Singapore and India on the resumption of scheduled passenger commercial flights between the two countries. The airline is working closely with the relevant authorities to secure approval to resume scheduled passenger flights between the two countries as soon as possible. SIA will share more information on our flight schedules, including the designated Vaccinated Travel Lane flights, when they are ready. We seek our customers’ patience and are grateful for their understanding.”
“Airlines can also operate non-VTL flights between India and Singapore; travellers travelling on non-VTL flights into Singapore will be subject to the prevailing public health requirements based on the Singapore ministry of health (MOH)’s country/region classification for border measures. Airlines will announce schedules for the VTL and non-VTL flights when ready,” the statement added.
Short-term visitors and long-term pass holders will need to apply for a VTP to enter Singapore under VTL. Applications for the VTP for short-term visitors and long-term pass holders for travel from Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Finland, and Sweden to Singapore will open on 22 November 2021.
“CAAS understands that travellers are looking forward to the launch of the VTL and would like to assure travellers that there is no need to rush to apply for the VTP,” it says.
“Fully vaccinated Singapore citizens and permanent residents, and children aged 12 and below do not need to apply for a VTP to enter Singapore under VTL…. All short-term visitors and long-term pass holders who meet the requirements of VTL, will receive a VTP,” CAAS statement says.
“VTL travellers must have remained only in one or more of the VTL countries, or a country/region in Category I of Singapore MOH’s Country/Region Classification for Border Measures in the last 14 consecutive days prior to departure to Singapore. If the traveller has been in Singapore within those last 14 days, his/her stay in Singapore can be counted towards fulfilling this 14-day travel history requirement,” CAAS says.
All VTL travellers will need to take two Covid-19 tests: A pre-departure test, which must be a PCR test or a professionally-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART), within two days before departing for Singapore and obtain a negative test result. And an on-arrival PCR test at Changi Airport and remain self-isolated until their test result is confirmed to be negative. Children aged 2 years and below in the calendar year are not required to undergo these tests.
All VTL travellers must have been fully vaccinated and present a digital proof of vaccination that is recognised by the Singapore authorities. Children aged 12 years and below in the calendar year are not required to present a proof of vaccination to enter Singapore under the VTL if they are accomp