Singapore Airlines (SIA) today announced that it had expanded its Quarantine-Free Vaccinated Travel Lane Network to 14 cities. The announcement comes after the government of Singapore announced expanded quarantine-free travel lanes to 9 more countries.
Singaporean government expanded its Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTLs) arrangements to include Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom, and United States. These are on top of the existing VTL arrangements with Brunei and Germany, which began in September 2021.
Starting 19th October 2021, the airline will operate VTL services from Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Paris, and Rome. Additionally, the carrier will start VTL services from Seoul on 16th November 2021. Presently, it operates VTL flights from Bandar Seri Begawan, Frankfurt, and Munich.
Scoot, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, will operate VTL flights from Berlin beginning 20th October 2021.
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SIA states that multi-city itineraries within VTL countries are allowed if travellers meet the 14-day travel history requirement, which includes transit countries. For example, a traveller may fly from Singapore to Paris, and then Paris to Amsterdam, and still be eligible for the VTL flight from Amsterdam to Singapore. However, a traveller who flies from Singapore to Los Angeles via Tokyo will not be eligible for SIA’s non-stop VTL flight from Los Angeles if the stay in Los Angeles is less than 14 days as Japan is not included in Singapore’s Quarantine-free travel lane.
Mr Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President Commercial, Singapore Airlines, said:
Singapore’s expansion of the VTL arrangements to 11 countries is great news for our customers, who can now reunite with their loved ones more easily or finally go on that overseas holiday. The SIA Group supports all measures to reopen Singapore to quarantine-free international travel. This will enable the safe and gradual recovery of Changi Airport as a major air hub, backed by rising vaccination rates and confidence in the robust health and safety measures across the end-to-end customer journey.
The SIA Group’s VTL flight schedule can be found here.
Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines recently announced that it will resume popular New York-Frankfurt and San Francisco-Hong Kong flights in November 2021.
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