I. NEW/UPDATED INFORMATION:

NEW – SINGAPORE TO EASE CIRCUIT BREAKER RESTRICTIONS

On 19 May, Singapore’s government announced plans for an easing of circuit breaker measures, which involves 3 phases, starting on June 2. The initial phase will involve the re-opening of some businesses and schools, among other measures; however, many restrictions – including prohibitions on gatherings – remain in place. Rules are being strictly enforced and violators face stiff penalties, including fines ranging from $300-$10,000, public prosecution, as well as termination of visas/passes and being permanently barred from working in Singapore. Canadians in Singapore are strongly encouraged to abide by local rules, and to stay informed of latest measures through official sources, including Singapore’s main Coronavirus website: https://www.moh.gov.sg/covid-19

NEW – ANNOUNCEMENTS ON EVENTUAL LIFTING OF TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN SINGAPORE

On 19 May, Singapore’s Ministry of Health announced that the government will gradually reopen borders, and is exploring the possibility of allowing for “green lane” arrangements with countries assessed to be low-risk. More information is available in paragraph 9 of this Press Release: https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/end-of-circuit-breaker-phased-approach-to-resuming-activities-safely

Neither the countries under consideration for this initial phase, nor the timelines have been announced. Canadians are strongly encouraged to wait for further announcements before making any travel plans that might involve (re)entry to Singapore, as there is no indication as to when restrictions for travellers from Canada or elsewhere may be lifted.

On 20 June, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore announced that the country will gradually allow travellers to transit through Changi airport as of June 2, with stringent measures in place to ensure they do not interact with other passengers at the airport. For more information see: https://www.caas.gov.sg/who-we-are/newsroom/Detail/travelers-to-be-allowed-to-transit-through-changi-airport

NEW – CANADA EMERGENCY STUDENT BENEFIT (CESB) – NOW AVAILABLE FOR ELIGIBLE POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS OUTSIDE CANADA

Canadian students studying abroad in post-secondary programs who have not been able to return to Canada may be eligible for financial assistance under the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), provided they meet certain criteria. Applications can by submitted online, and eligibility for the program will be evaluated by the Canada Revenue Agency. For further details, please visit this link: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/emergency-student-benefit/cesb-who-apply.html

UPDATE – FLIGHT OPTIONS FROM SINGAPORE TO CANADA:

International flight options from Singapore to Canada are extremely limited. As of May 21 2020, the flight options noted below are scheduled from Singapore. It is our understanding that for all flights noted below, demand is high and availability is low; the High Commission cannot guarantee availability on these flights. There may be additional flight options not listed below; as this information is subject to change, please verify specific flight details directly with your travel agent or the airline.

DEPARTING FROM SINGAPORE (SIN):

Via Tokyo (Narita), Japan

All Nippon Airways/American Airlines: Singapore – Narita 3X per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) / Narita – Vancouver 1X per week (Saturday – 23,30May; 6June) – Separate tickets are required

Singapore Airlines/American Airlines: Singapore – Narita 3X per week (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) / Narita – Vancouver 1X per week (Saturday – 23,30 May; 6June) – Separate tickets are required

All Nippon Airways: Singapore – Narita 3X per week (Starting in June – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) / Narita – Vancouver 4X per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday)

Singapore Airlines/Japan Airlines: Singapore – Narita 3X per week (Starting in June – Thursday, Saturday, Sunday) / Narita – Vancouver 1X per week (Saturday)

Via Incheon, South Korea

Korean Air/Air Canada: Singapore – Incheon 2X per week (Starting in June – Wednesday, Friday) / Incheon – Vancouver 5X per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) – Separate tickets are required

Korean Air: Singapore – Incheon 2X per week (Starting in June – Wednesday, Friday) / Incheon – Vancouver 4X per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

Singapore Airlines/Air Canada: Singapore – Incheon 2X per week (Starting in June – Wednesday, Saturday) / Incheon – Vancouver 5X per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) – Separate tickets are required.

Via Frankfurt, Germany

Singapore Airlines/Air Canada – Singapore – Frankfurt 3X per week (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) / Frankfurt – Toronto 3X per week (Monday, Thursday, Saturday)
NOTE: Must possess an onward ticket to Canada to qualify for transit privileges in Germany.

Singapore Airlines/Air Canada – Singapore – Frankfurt 3X per week (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) / Frankfurt – Montreal 3X per week (Monday, Thursday, Saturday)
NOTE: Must possess an onward ticket to Canada to qualify for transit privileges in Germany.

Via London, England

Singapore Airlines/Air Canada – Singapore – London 3X per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) / London – Toronto 3X per week (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

Singapore Airlines/Air Canada – Singapore – London 3X per week (Starting in June – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) / London – Montreal 3X per week (Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

Via Amsterdam, Netherlands

KLM Royal Dutch: Singapore – Amsterdam 3X per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday) / Amsterdam – Toronto 3X per week (Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday)
NOTE: Must possess an onward ticket to Canada to qualify for transit privileges in the Netherlands

Via Doha, Qatar

Qatar Airways: Singapore – Doha (Tuesday – 19May) / Doha – Montreal (Wednesday – 20May); No flights from 20-31May.

Qatar Airways: Singapore – Doha 4X per week (Starting in June – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday) / Doha – Montreal 4X per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday)

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