From 9 November 2020, Singapore Airlines (SIA) will operate from Changi Airport to JFK International Airport in New York. SQ23 and SQ24 will fly thrice a week on this route, both ways.
Due to the demand for flights to New York, this resumption of flights to JFK International Airport will help with a mix of passenger and cargo traffic. Flying the A350-900, this route will replace the Singapore-Newark route that was suspended due to the climate of the global pandemic. Currently, SIA is operating non-stop services to Los Angeles, USA.
Traveling to Thailand for Singaporeans have been made possible again with the recent developments in Thailand. However, this border-reopening comes with certain conditions that must be met in order to enter Thailand. Since October 7, Thailand requires a Special Tourist Visa (STV) for anyone to enter their country.
Similar to earlier reports, Singaporean residents will have to meet strict conditions in order to be eligible for entry to Thailand. You can view these conditions here.
Some of the conditions that have to be met are that visitors must stay in Thailand for a minimum of 90 days and must not have any criminal record either in Thailand or Singapore. Additionally, visitors must also only fly with Singapore Airlines in order to gain access to the country.
Please refer to the Thai Embassy’s website for more details.
As announced in a joint press statement, Germany and Singapore have recently agreed to set up a Reciprocal Green Lane for essential business and official travel. Similar to the other existing reciprocal green lanes, visitors traveling under this arrangement will have to abide by the COVID-19 safety measures which have been agreed on by both countries.
The decision of this announcement came as both countries have shared that they are planning to use the green lane as a model for similar arrangements between Singapore and the European Union in the future.
The details of the arrangement have not been released yet, at the time of writing.
Please check with the respective authorities for more details.
In other news, Australia has also been busy with the establishment of their own travel arrangements. Recently, Australia is in talks with Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and the South Pacific nations on the reopening of travel.
This development came after a steady decline in infections since early August. The countries selected for this have been limited to countries that have been performing well on the health front, according to the authorities in Australia.
It has been reported that the arrangement to resume travel between Australia and the countries in question will help businesses on both sides of the arrangement.
Currently, no dates have been set for the launch of the travel agreement.
Please refer to the respective authorities for more details.
Virtual Tourism has been the talk of the town in recent times. Now, the Singapore Tourism Board is partnering with Airbnb Experiences to promote Singapore with the help of Virtual Tourism. The partnership will offer a range of online experiences that are said to be “one-fo-a-kind activities designed and hosted by locals” to the global audience.
These Virtual Trips experiences will include cooking sessions with locals, guided museum tours, and dance classes, a virtual visit to The Intan (Peranakan home museum), and a sustainability-themed tour of the Cloud Forest in Gardens by the Bay amongst others.
Some recent changes have been made to the United Kingdom’s travel corridor list. Escaping the cold winter has is now a reality with the addition of Spain’s Canary Islands, The Maldives, Denmark, and Mykonos being added to the ‘safe’ destinations list.
Travelers will not be required to be quarantined upon their return to the UK from these locations from the morning of Sunday, 25 October. However, there are still some safety requirements that have to be met in order for travelers from the UK to enter these destinations, except for Mykonos.
Please refer to the respective authorities for more information on the safety requirements of traveling