Singapore Airlines adds Vancouver to network of quarantine-free countries

Singapore Airlines adds Vancouver to network of quarantine-free cities

NEW YORK — Singapore Airlines Group (SIA) has expanded its quarantine-free Vaccinated Travel Lane network to 17 cities, which now include Vancouver.

The news comes on the heels of Singapore widening its VTL arrangements to include Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, the United Kingdom and the U.S. These are in addition to the existing VTL arrangements with Brunei and Germany, which began in September 2021.

Singapore Airlines will operate VTL services from Vancouver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, London, Milan, Paris and Rome starting Oct. 19, 2021. The airline’s VIT services from Seoul will begin on Nov. 16, 2021. Currently, SIA operates VTL services from Bandar Seri Begawan, Frankfurt and Munich.

Scoot, SIA’s sister airline, will operate VTL flights from Berlin from Oct. 20, 2021.

“Singapore’s expansion of the VTL arrangements to 11 countries is great news for our customers, who can now reunite with their loved ones more easily or finally go on that overseas holiday,” said Mr. Lee Lik Hsin, Executive Vice President Commercial, Singapore Airlines. “The SIA Group supports all measures to reopen Singapore to quarantine-free international travel. This will enable the safe and gradual recovery of Changi Airport as a major air hub, backed by rising vaccination rates and confidence in the robust health and safety measures across the end-to-end customer journey.”

Multi-city itineraries within VTL countries are permitted if passengers meet the 14-day travel history requirement, which includes transit countries. For example, a traveller can fly from Singapore to Paris, and then Paris to Amsterdam and will be eligible for the VTL flight from Amsterdam to Singapore. However, a passenger who flies from Singapore to Los Angeles via Tokyo will not be elible for SIA’s nonstop VTL flight from Los Angeles if the stay in Los Angeles is less than 14 days.

Passengers travelling on the VTL flights can also enjoy transfers via Singapore Changi Airport to 59 destinations within the SIA Group network.

All passengers must ensure that they are eligible for Singapore’s VTL arrangements before their flights.

For information on SIA’s health and safety measures click here.