Tuesday, March 08, 2022

Kolkata: Quarantine clause scrapped for jabbed flyers visiting Singapore

Kolkata: From March 16, vaccinated flyers from Kolkata can now travel to Singapore without having to undergo any mandatory quarantine. The decision has come as a huge relief to flyers as well as the travel trade industry that has been at wit’s end over poor loads since Singapore Airlines had resumed operations in November 2021.

With Singapore Airlines being the only operator carrying passengers to and from Singapore daily, it has been assigned the vaccinated travel lane (VTL) status, paving the way for people to travel without getting quarantined on arrival in Singapore from next week.

“On these flights, passengers can travel without any restrictions on the purpose of the trip. No quarantine is required. Hence on such flights, the window opens for travellers for tourism, visiting friends and family and for business and meetings," explained Travel Agents' Association of India chairman (east) Manav Soni.

Prior to the pandemic, there were at least three operators — Singapore Airlines, IndiGo and Air India Express — that used to operate direct flights between Kolkata and Singapore. Thai Airways also used to operate a flight in the sector via Bangkok. So far, however, Singapore Airlines is the only carrier who has resumed the operation.

08/03/22 Subhro Niyogi & Tamaghna Benerjee/Times of India

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