Ahead of the Asia Pacific Airline Training Symposium (APATS) in August, Singapore has begun relaxing travel restrictions and opened its border to more people and nationalities.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) announced that Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Hong Kong have been added to its Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL). This means that fully vaccinated travellers from those four countries can enter Singapore after returning a negative COVID-19 test and not have to complete mandatory quarantine.

The CAAS said VTL’s for Israel and the Philippines will come into place from Friday 4th March.

Those six countries join Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, Denmark, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Maldives, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, U.K. and U.S on Singapore's VTL list.

Passengers will need to prove that they have remained within the VTL departure partner country for seven days prior to travel, CAAS said.

In another change, travellers from VTL countries will no longer be required to conduct a PCR test at Singapore's Changi Airport, instead they will need to complete a Supervised Self Swab (SSS) for an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) at one of the centres across Singapore within 24hrs of landing.

The CAAS added that it will also allow for wider access for travellers rom Thailand, expanding the Bangkok-only access rule to allow visitors from other Thai cities. It said airlines wishing to fly from those other cities will need the routes to be approved by CAAS.

The new measures should allow more of the Asian aviation training community to attend APATS, the most prominent aviation training event for the Asia Pacific region. The annual event bringing together the industry’s leading experts from airlines, ATOs, manufacturers, MROs, regulators, and the training industry to promote safety and best practice.

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