COVID-19: Travellers allowed to transit through Changi Airport gradually from 2 June

Changi Airport's iconic control tower. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Singapore will gradually allow travelers to transit through Changi Airport from 2 June, when Phase 1 of the country’s reopening begins amid the pandemic. 

Currently, transit through Singapore is limited to foreign passengers who are on repatriation flights arranged by their governments. The decision will allow passengers to transit through Singapore more easily, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said on Wednesday (20 May).

“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,” the CAAS added in a statement.

Stringent precautionary measures will be in place to ensure that the transit passengers remain in designated facilities in the transit area and do not mix with other passengers while at Changi Airport. Staff at the airport must wear personal protective equipment when interacting with passengers. 

Other current measures, such as safe distancing, temperature taking for passengers and staff, will still be enforced.

Airlines should submit their proposals for transfer lanes through Changi Airport to the CAAS. The proposals will be assessed based on aviation safety, public health considerations, as well as the health of passengers and air crew.

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