KOLKATA: Singapore Airlines will operate a daily flight between Singapore and Kolkata from November 29. However, passengers from Kolkata will have to undergo seven-day quarantine on arrival. Also, travellers need to take prior permission from Singapore authorities even if they have a visa.
Fully vaccinated passengers arriving in Singapore on flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai have been exempted from the quarantine rule and are part of the island nation’s vaccinated travel lane (VTL) initiative.
The travel trade community in Kolkata, while happy that the city will be reconnected with South-East Asia and have a daily connection to Singapore, are disappointed with the mandatory quarantine condition as that will discourage tourist traffic. Only those with family members or friends living in Singapore will want to travel. Apart from Kolkata, fights from Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi have also been denied VTL.
To restart the flights, Singapore Airlines is offering a 50% fare with all-inclusive return trips starting at Rs 13,100. Tickets at this rate will be sold between November 23 and 30 and will be applicable for travel before December 31, 2020.
Customers who are not Singapore citizens or permanent residents and wish to travel on the VTL services, need to apply for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP) prior to their visa application.