Currently, the only passenger flights between Singapore and India are the international repatriation flights under India’s Vande Bharat Mission. These are chartered flights 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, the statement said. These flights are operated only by Indian carriers designated by the Indian Government, with the approval of the Singapore Government.
Currently, all such flights operate out of Terminal 1. The statement also said that there is an average of about 180 departing passengers on these flights back to India each day and about 25 arrivals to Singapore each day. The vast majority of passenger arrivals to Singapore are returning Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents.
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.
The 21-day SHN was announced by MOH in April 2021 and took effect on 22 April. Those already on SHN but had not completed their 14-day SHN on 22 April were also affected by the new SHN requirement. They will also need to do additional COVID-19 PCR tests on day 14 and before the end of their 21-day SHN period.
In September last year, the MOH also announced stringent COVID-19 test requirements for travellers who are not Singapore citizens or permanent residents.
The pre-departure COVID-19 test results must come from laboratories that are “internationally accredited or recognised by the Indian Government”, MOH said at that time.