VTL flights and designated cross-border bus services will be unavailable for bookings until January 20.
In a bid to limit the number of imported cases involving the Omicron variant, Singapore’s Ministry of Health has temporarily frozen ticket sales for dedicated modes of transport under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme. A statement released on Tuesday said the decision was taken due to the rapid spread of the mutated Covid-19 strain in many countries and regions around the world.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, VTL flights from all 24 VTL countries are no longer bookable until 11:59 p.m. on January 20. The same rule also applies for overland bus services to and from Malaysia, a move confirmed by the city-state’s Ministry of Trade and Industry. These measures were announced a day after Thailand suspended applications for its own quarantine-free entry program for a two-week period.
Singaporean officials say travelers who have already booked and hold confirmed tickets will be unaffected by the new restrictions. They’ll be free to enter Singapore as planned, so long as they meet all other conditions for quarantine-free travel. Non-citizens and those who are not permanent residents can still apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass in the meantime.
When the suspension on ticket sales is lifted on January 21, daily quotas will be halved for VTL arrivals coming in by land or air. In the meantime, transit passengers can still reserve seats on Singapore Airlines’ VTL flights to connect at Changi, while Jetstar Asia’s VTL services from Bangkok, Darwin, Melbourne, and Phnom Penh will continue to accept bookings from transit travelers; only VTL flights from Kuala Lumpur are currently off-limits.