Delhi and Mumbai on November 29, the High Commissioner in India said.ingapore and India have reached an agreement to resume commercial passenger flights, under the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) , that will begin with six daily flights from Chennai,
Singapore High Commissioner Simon Wong, in a tweet, said “The Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL)’s here! Pleased to announce that with joint efforts by lead agencies for Singapore and India, we’ll start VTL and resume commercial Airplane from 29 Nov. Travellers from India can apply for Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) from Nov 22.”
The development follows an agreement reached between the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) the India’s Civil Aviation Ministry on the resumption of scheduled commercial passenger flights between the two countries.
It also comes as External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar was on a three-day visit to Singapore, during which he met Transport Minister S. Iswaran.
The EAM had tweeted on November 17: “Began my Singapore visit by meeting S. Iswaran, Minister of Transport.
“Discussed enhancing travel arrangements between the two countries.”
The VTL will facilitate quarantine-free travel from India to Singapore, with six designated VTL flights daily from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai.
Under the VTL, fully vaccinated travellers from VTL countries may enter Singapore without quarantine and just need to undergo COVID-19 testing.
All VTL travellers must take two COVID-19 tests:
A pre-departure test, which must be a PCR test or a professionally-administered Antigen Rapid Test (ART], within two days before departing for Singapore and obtain a negative test result.
An on-arrival PCR test at Changi Airport and remain self-isolated until their test result is confirmed to be negative.
Children aged 2 years and below in the calendar year are not required to undergo these tests.
Children aged 12 years and below who are not vaccinated will be allowed to travel under the VTL into Singapore if they are accompanied by a VTL traveller who meets all VTL requirements. The VTL is for entry into Singapore.
Airlines can also operate non-VTL flights between India and Singapore; travellers travelling on non-VTL flights into Singapore will be subject to the prevailing public health requirements based on the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH)’s norms.
Short-term visitors and long-term pass holders will need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) to enter Singapore under the VTL.
Applications for the VTP for short-term visitors and long-term pass holders for travel from Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Finland, and Sweden to Singapore will open on 22 November 2021, the Singapore Civil Aviation Authority notification said.
It said fully vaccinated Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, and children aged 12 and below do not need to apply for a VTP to enter Singapore under the VTL.
VTP applications will open for intended dates of entry from 29 November 2021 to 21 January 2022 (7 to 60 calendar days ahead).
Passengers should carry with them digital proof of vaccination and the address in Singapore for self-isolation pending the results of their on-arrival COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.