SIA Allows Transits through Changi from Seven Asian Cities

Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Seoul are among the approved points of departure.

Photo: Singapore Airlines

Earlier this month, passengers flying Singapore Airlines (SIA) from selected cities in Australia and New Zealand were given the green light to stop over in Changi Airport en route to any destination operated by the SIA Group’s three carriers (Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, and Scoot). This week, the SIA Group has expanded the scope of those arrangements to Hong Kong and several cities in mainland China, Japan, and South Korea.

Customers aboard flights from Chongqing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai are now eligible for transit, as are those flying Singapore Airlines from Osaka, Tokyo (Narita), and Seoul (Incheon). The new measure only applies to outbound journeys from those points of origin, and travelers are currently unable to transit from other points in the SIA Group network through Singapore into the seven aforementioned cities. That said, if the point of origin and the final destination are included in the list of cities approved for transit through Changi, customers who meet the entry requirements at both ends can book return flights via Singapore.

Travelers flying SIA from 14 cities can now transit through Singapore.

In line with health and safety regulations put in place by Singapore’s civil aviation authority, transit and non-transit passengers will need to be kept apart at Changi. Arriving transit passengers will be given a wristband so they can access a designated holding area. However, should their transit time be less than 75 minutes, customers will be ushered directly to their boarding gate; those with longer layovers must stay inside the holding area at all times. According to an SIA statement, the transit-only zone is equipped with food kiosks, vending machines, toilets, a smoking room, and a “snooze corner.” Current disease prevention measures mean that passengers traveling in first and business class cannot access the SilverKris Lounge at Terminal 3, and will be shepherded to a premium waiting area where complimentary food and drinks are provided.

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