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Singapore Airlines to launch quarantine-free flights between Singapore and Germany

Singapore Airlines has announced that it will launch quarantine-free flights between Singapore and Germany as part of the new Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) programme. The decision comes after the Singapore government announced that it is looking to open its borders to international travellers in September 2021.

Vaccinated Travel Lane

Fully vaccinated travellers in Singapore and Germany will soon be able to travel quarantine-free travel between the two countries.

The Vaccinated Travel Lane permits travellers to travel quarantine-free from Germany to Singapore, providing they have been fully vaccinated in either country with an approved vaccine, and have stayed in Germany or Singapore for at least 21 consecutive days before departure.

In the opposite direction, passengers can enjoy quarantine-free travel from Singapore to Germany, provided that they are a citizen of Singapore or permanent resident who has stayed in the country for at least the last 6 months, or are fully vaccinated and have not stayed in an ‘area of variant concern’ during the last ten days.

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Eligible passengers must travel on dedicated VTL flights. On 7th September 2021, first flight (SQ325) from Frankfurt to Singapore will depart as part of VTL. And on 8th September 2021, first flight between Munich and Singapore will depart.

Going forward, the airline will operate 3-weekly VTL flights between Frankfurt and Singapore and 2-weekly VTL flights between Munich and Singapore. Flight schedules can be seen here.

The airline says that passengers who are already booked to fly on services which will now become dedicated VTL flights, will be contacted, and can opt to rebook onto other flights if they do not meet the VTL requirements.

Full details on VTL eligibility, including testing and insurance requirements, can be seen here. Passengers transiting through Singapore are not eligible for VTL flights.

SIA adds that ‘in the event of suspension of the Vaccinated Travel Lanes, Singapore Airlines will adhere to the guidance of the regulators and customers will be informed of any change’.

The move follows Singapore’s lifting of quarantine requirements for certain travellers from Germany, Brunei and Macao.

Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines has announced that it will relaunch nonstop fifth-freedom flight services between Los Angeles, California and Taipei, Taiwan that it suspended 13 years ago once again. The airline has also launched World’s first inflight shopping experience and a voluntary carbon offset programme. Singapore Airlines has rolled out a enhanced HighFlyer business travel programme.

Featured image by Singapore Airlines

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