Singapore Airlines

Transiting in Singapore

Last updated 03 December 2021, 23:00hrs (GMT +8)

We are excited to welcome transit passengers back to Singapore Changi Airport. Most transit passengers can now travel freely within the central transit area, where they can enjoy a variety of shops and dining options while waiting for their next flight.

Please note there are certain requirements transit passengers must meet, including a transit time in Singapore not exceeding 48 hours. 

Before you book
Check if your transfer route is approved

Travellers will only be allowed to transit in Singapore when flying with the following airlines whose transfer routes have been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS): 

  • Singapore Airlines
  • Scoot
  • Air France
  • Air Niugini
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Fiji Airways (From 6 December 2021)
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Royal Brunei Airlines
  • Swiss International Air Lines
  • Turkish Airlines

Transfers to and from flights operated by other airlines that have not been approved by CAAS are currently not allowed.

Please ensure your full journey, including your transit flight to Singapore, is booked on a single itinerary, and check the travel advisories to ensure you meet the requirements of all points in your itinerary.

Check if your connections are available

Most connections through Singapore Changi Airport are available. However, specific restrictions apply for the following countries/regions: 

Mainland China and Hong Kong SAR
You cannot transit through Singapore to a destination in Mainland China or Hong Kong SAR. Services from Mainland China and Hong Kong SAR to Singapore remain unaffected. Passengers departing from Mainland China or Hong Kong will be allowed to transfer through Singapore Changi Airport en route to their final destinations.

Transfers to and from India via Singapore are also not allowed until further notice due to regulatory requirements.     

Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe 
All long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with travel history to the countries above within the last 14 days are not allowed to transit through Singapore.

Flying from your departure city
Take a pre-departure Covid-19 test

Most travellers, including Singapore citizens and permanent residents, transiting through Singapore will be required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test within two days of their flight to Singapore.

The test must be taken at a recognised or accredited clinic, laboratory, or medical facility. Please note that self-administered pre-departure Covid-19 tests will not be accepted for transit through Singapore. 

For a smoother check-in process, please check if the clinic is able to provide a test certificate with a corresponding QR code. This QR code should link to your digital pre-departure test certificate.

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From 3 December 2021, travellers from Category I countries/regions will also be required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test in order to transit through Singapore. 

Where a pre-departure test is also required at your planned destination, the stricter PDT requirement should apply. 

This requirement does not apply to travellers aged 2 and below (as of calendar year). Please note that while infants are exempted from the pre-departure test requirement to transit through Singapore, they may still be required to produce a valid negative Covid-19 test certificate if it is required for entry into their planned destination.

Meet vaccination requirements if on a Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) flight

Transiting in Singapore on VTL flights to or from Malaysia is not allowed due to regulatory reasons.
Except for travellers from Malaysia, passengers travelling on a VTL flight are allowed to transit through Singapore if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, hold a valid vaccination certificate in English issued by any country, and meet all entry requirements for their destination country. Learn more here.

Complete pre-departure health declaration

You will be screened for signs of illnesses, and asked to declare your health status at your departure airport. If you are exhibiting any symptoms of respiratory illnesses, you will not be allowed on board.

Wear a face mask

You are required to wear a face mask throughout your flight, except at mealtimes. Children under the age of six are exempted from wearing a mask on board. Most airports will also require you to wear a face mask, so please ensure you pack spares before leaving home.

Transiting at Singapore Changi Airport
Access to the Central Transit Area

Most travellers will be able to travel freely within the central transit area, where a variety of shops and dining options are available.
Please note that some passengers may be subject to regulatory restrictions. Travellers flying from Category II (non-VTL flights) and Category III countries may be requested to remain in their designated central transit area until an hour prior to their next flight departure, while travellers flying from a Category IV country, or from UK, Netherlands, Germany, France will be required to stay within a transit holding area.

Lounge access

Eligible transit customers with access to the Central Transit Area may visit our relocated SilverKris Lounge. Due to lounge redevelopment work, the Private Room and First Class Lounge are currently closed, but a dedicated First Class Section has been made available.

Medical symptoms

If you have any of the following symptoms during transit, you will be attended to by medical staff: fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, anosmia, or shortness of breath.

Arriving at your destination

Upon arriving at your final destination, please remember to practise safe distancing in the immigration queues and at the baggage claim area.

For further information on transiting through Singapore Changi Airport, please click here.



Popular FAQs

Where can I find information about the regions and countries Singapore Airlines operates to, as well as the flight schedules?


For flights that require a transfer through Singapore, can I purchase the tickets via a travel agent or other means, or do I have to book directly with Singapore Airlines?


Will premium passengers transiting through Singapore be able to access the SilverKris Lounge (Business Class) at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3?


Are there safe distancing measures on board?


I am transiting through Singapore to another destination where I will be catching a connecting flight on another airline to my final destination (e.g. Sydney – Singapore – Frankfurt on Singapore Airlines, and Frankfurt – Zurich on another carrier). Is that allowed?