Singapore Airlines

Transiting in Singapore

Last updated 22 January 2022, 16:30hrs (GMT +8)

Customers transiting through Singapore Changi Airport can learn more about the transit experience on this page.

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

Transit passengers flying from a Category IV country, or from Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom will be required to stay within a transit holding area, where amenities are restricted. More details can be found here

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
  • Air New Zealand (from 27 March 2022)
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Bangkok Airways
  • Fiji Airways
  • Garuda Indonesia
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Royal Brunei Airlines
  • Swiss International Air Lines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United 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. Travellers with existing bookings can check their itinerary's travel advisories via Manage Booking.

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.

Due to regulatory requirements, transfers to and from India via Singapore are not allowed until further notice.

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

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. Your test requirement will differ based on your country of origin. Where a pre-departure test is also required at your planned destination, the stricter PDT requirement will apply. 

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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With effect from 23 January 2022, 2359hrs (SGT), transit travellers who have recently recovered from Covid-19 (I.e. within 90 days of their last infection) may present appropriate documentary proof of their recovery instead of a negative test result. Check your eligbility here

Infants aged 2 and below (as of calendar year) are also exempted from the test requirement. 

Please note that while these travellers may not be required to present a negative pre-departure test result 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

Passengers travelling on  Vaccinated Travel Lane flights 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.  

These requirements may also apply to transit passengers on non-VTL flights, depending on the destination country. Please check the latest entry requirements for your destination country before departure. 

Transiting in Singapore on VTL flights to and from Malaysia or India is not allowed due to regulatory reasons.

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

There are regulatory restrictions  in place for transit passengers at Changi Airport. 
Travellers flying from Category II and Category III countries may be requested to remain in their designated central transit area until an hour prior to their next flight departure.  

Travellers flying from a Category IV country, or from Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom will be required to stay within a transit holding area, where amenities are restricted. Travellers from these countries may wish to consider booking the Aerotel Singapore Transit Hotel at Changi Airport Terminal 1 or Ambassador Transit Hotel at Changi Airport Terminal 3, where they can stay within the hotel throughout their transit..

Lounge access

There are regulatory restrictions in place for transit passengers at Changi Airport. Only 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.

Please note that travellers who are required to stay within the transit holding area will not be able to access the lounge.

Medical symptoms

You will be attended to by the medical staff if you have any of the following symptoms during transit: 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?