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Singapore to Lift Transit Travel Ban in June

Gradual easing of restrictions in place since March means travelers will be able to resume transiting through Changi Airport

May 25, 2020

Beginning June 2, travelers will once again be allowed to transit through Singapore Changi Airport, according to Singapore’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS). Since March, Singapore had banned all short-term visitors from entering the city-state or transiting through in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Currently, foreign passengers can only transit through Singapore if they are on repatriation flights arranged by their governments. Only work-pass holders, including their dependents, who are providing essential services such as healthcare and transport are currently allowed to enter the country.

The CAAS statement also advised that “stringent measures” will be in place at Changi Airport to ensure that transit passengers remain in designated facilities in the transit area and “do not mix with other passengers.”

Airport staff will be required to wear personal protective equipment when interacting with passengers. In addition, existing precautionary measures, such as safe distancing and temperature taking for passengers and staff, will continue to be enforced.

The move to allow passengers to transit through the airport is part of Singapore’s plan to gradually ease its partial lockdown, also known as its circuit breaker measures, starting June 1.

“This is part of Singapore’s strategy to gradually re-open air transport to meet the needs of our economy and our people, whilst ensuring sufficient safeguards for safe travel,” according to a CAAS statement.