In response to “the rapid spread of the omicron variant,” the government of Singapore has temporarily suspended sales for its Vaccinated Travel Lane services.
The suspension will apply to bookings made after midnight Dec. 22 for all VTL services scheduled to take place up to and including January 20, 2022 – after this date VTL sales will be capped at 50 percent of the allocated quota.
Customers with existing VTL bookings over the period can continue to travel under previously published conditions.
The move affects the VTL agreements in place with 24 countries, including the overland bus service with Malaysia.
Singapore Airlines launched VTL flights in September, and had recently announced that it would return its superjumbo A380 on daily VTL flights from JFK to Singapore Changi via Frankfurt.
In a statement on its website Singapore Airlines confirmed that “SIA customers with a confirmed booking on a VTL flight who have successfully applied for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP), if applicable, are not affected by this directive, and may proceed with their travel”.