As Singapore moves to ease restrictions during its circuit breaker period to contain the spread of COVID-19, the city-state will be allowing transit travel to resume at Changi Airport next month.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (SAAS), overseas travelers will be gradually allowed to transit through Changi Airport at designated facilities at the airport.
(Update) The date for the opening for transit travel is June 2.
In a media release, the CAAS stated: "This is part of Singapore’s strategy to gradually reopen air transport to meet the needs of our economy and our people, whilst ensuring sufficient safeguards for safe travel."
At present, foreign passengers are only allowed to transit through Singapore if they are on repatriation flights arranged by their governments.
The move comes as Singapore's Ministry of Health stated plans to gradually open up its borders to allow Singaporeans to conduct essential travel and foreigners to enter and transit through the country.
For airlines, the CAAS is requesting proposals for transit lanes and airports and precautionary measures include protective equipment for staff interacting with passengers. Transit passengers will be required to remain in the designated areas to avoid mixing with other passengers.
Due to the downturn in aviation demand, the airport has seen a sharp decrease in flights to/from Singapore. Earlier this month, Singapore's Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan stated receives only around 100 arrivals and 700 departures passengers a day.