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Joint Statement by MOT, MFA, and MOM in response to media queries on flights between Singapore and India

23 May 2021 Media Replies

1.     Since March 2020, India has banned all international passenger flights to and from Singapore; Singapore Airlines can only operate cargo flights to India.
2.     Currently the only passenger flights between Singapore and India are Vande Bharat flights chartered by the Indian Government to bring back their citizens. The Indian Government also allows those who need to return to Singapore to take the outbound flight because these are the only available passenger flights into Singapore. These flights are operated only by Indian carriers designated by the Indian Government, with the approval of the Singapore Government.  
3.     Currently, all such flights operate out of Terminal 1. There is an average of about 180 departing passengers on these flights back to India and about 25 arrivals to Singapore each day. The vast majority of passenger arrivals to Singapore are returning Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents. 
4.     All the arriving passengers at Changi Airport are subject to two COVID-19 tests on arrival – an Antigen Rapid Tests (ART) and a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. They are escorted from disembarkation through to their dedicated transport to go to the Stay Home Notice (SHN) facilities for 21 days.