(11 Oct 2021)
Singapore Airlines has expanded its quarantine-free
Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) network to 14 cities, with additional
points expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Singapore widened its VTL arrangements on Friday
to include Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, South
Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom and United States of America.
Those destinations are in addition to the VTL arrangements that
were already in place for Brunei and Germany, since September
2021.

Singapore Airlines will operate VTL services from
Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New
York, Paris, and Rome starting 19 October 2021, and from Seoul
effective 16 November 2021.

SIA already operates VTL services from
Bandar Seri Begawan, Frankfurt, and Munich.

Scoot, SIA’s sister airline, will operate VTL
flights from Berlin from 20 October 2021.

“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,” said Mr Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President
Commercial, Singapore Airlines. “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.”

Multi-city itineraries within VTL countries are
allowed if customers 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 customer 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. Japan is currently not included in
the list of VTL countries.

Customers travelling on the VTL flights can also
enjoy seamless transfers via Singapore Changi Airport to 59
destinations within the SIA Group network.

All customers must ensure that they are fully
eligible for Singapore’s VTL arrangements before their flights.

“Singapore’s experience from the vaccinated travel
lane with Germany and Brunei has clearly given the country the
confidence to expand the scheme,” said Philip Goh, IATA’s Regional
Vice President for Asia Pacific. “This is a positive and promising
development for the aviation and travel sector. The easing of the
testing regime for vaccinated travellers on vaccinated travel
lanes from 4 to 2 PCR tests will reduce travel costs. That’s an
equally important and positive factor. These data-based decisions
to open up borders progressively will certainly boost air travel
recovery.”

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