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Singapore in discussion with India for limited resumption of commercial flights

Singapore in discussion with India for limited resumption of commercial flights

Singapore is in talks with Indian authorities for a temporary bilateral arrangement for partial resumption of the commercial airplane between the two countries following a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) launch for quarantine-free travel.

The arrangement is needed as only commercial scheduled passenger flights can be designated as VTL flights, people familiar with a matter said on condition of anonymity on Tuesday. Even the partial resumption of commercial flights will expand options for travelers between India and Singapore.

Singapore announced on Monday that it would launch a VTL with India as part of the country’s efforts to reopen its borders in a safe and calibrated manner and support people-to-people and business links between the two sides. The VTL will allow quarantine-free travel to Singapore for vaccinated Indian travelers with valid visas and entry approvals.

Applications for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) will open on November 22, and travelers from India expect to enter Singapore under the VTL from November 29.

The move is expected to good thousands of Indian students, professionals, and workers who cannot travel to Singapore because of Covid-related travel restrictions.

However, the people cited above said the success of the VTL depends on the resumption of commercial passenger flights between India and Singapore and India. Discussions are ongoing, and “good news” is expected soon, they said.

Currently, the only flights from Singapore allowed to carry passengers to India are government charter relief flights under the Vande Bharat Mission (VBM). Since these flights are chartering repatriation flights, they cannot be designated as VTL flights.

The ongoing discussions with Indian authorities aim to finalize a temporary, bilateral arrangement to allow for the partial resumption of commercial passenger flights. The Singapore side is also looking forward to the full resumption of air links in line with the bilateral air services agreement as the two countries further open their borders.

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Singapore started the VTL mechanism on September 8 with two countries – Brunei and Germany. It currently has VTL arrangements with 13 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Italy, South Korea, the UK, and the US. A VTL for Indonesia will operate from November 29, and similar arrangements for Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE will begin from December 6.

Travelers who are wholly vaccinating with a World Heal Organization (WHO)-approved vaccine at least two weeks before arrival in Singapore are eligible to travel under the VTL. Singapore recognizes both Covishield and Covaxin, the two main jabs used in India’s immunization program.

They must have accepted proof of vaccination, arrived in Singapore on a designated VTL flight, and have only traveled to or transited via any VTL country or Singapore in the 14 consecutive days before their departure for Singapore.

Travelers who are not Singapore citizens or permanent residents must apply for a VTP for entry into Singapore under the VTL. They must also test negative in a PCR or antigen rapid test (ART) within two days before they depart Singapore.

Travelers will also need to take a PCR test on arrival at Changi airport in Singapore. They must remain in self-isolation while awaiting the test result. Those who test positive will receive an isolation order.

Last month, Singapore began allowing the entry of travelers from six countries, including India, from which travel was barring. This was done after the country decided to open VTLs for some countries while excluding India. Many Indians living and working in the city-state had not gone down well.

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