Friday, December 24, 2021

Singapore freezes flight ticket sales under quarantine-free travel programme

Amid concerns over a surge in Omicron variant of coronavirus, Singapore has frozen new ticket sales for flights and buses under its programme for quarantine-free travel into the city-state from December 23 to January 20.

Under the vaccinated travel lane programme, Singapore allows quarantine-free entry from some countries to fully vaccinated travellers, who also have to do regular testing.

"With effect from 22 December 2021, 2359hrs (SGT), there will be no new ticket sales for designated VTL (Air) flights for entry into Singapore from all VTL countries until 20 January 2022, 2359hrs (SGT)," Immigration and Checkpoints Authority announced.

Travellers who have booked a ticket on a VTL (Air) flight before December 22 will continue to be allowed to enter Singapore, provided they meet all VTL (Air) conditions.

Travellers entering Singapore under the VTL scheme do not have to serve a stay-home notice. Instead, they have to test negative for COVID-19 two days prior to departure for Singapore, as well as upon arrival.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) announced the VTL expansion on November 15.

Singapore has set up these lanes for about two dozen countries, including Australia, India, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Reacting to the new rules, Indian carriers said that they will have to amend their schedule in order to comply with the guidelines.

24/12/21 ANI/Economic Times

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