Transit in Singapore

Customers transiting through Singapore Changi Airport can learn more about the transit requirements and experience here.

Please note that the transit time in Singapore must not exceed 48 hours.

Before you book

Check if your transfer route is approved

Travellers will only be allowed to transit in Singapore when flying with the following airlines whose transfer routes have been approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS):

  • Singapore Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Scoot
  • Thai Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Vietnam Airlines

Transfers to and from flights operated by other airlines that have not been approved by CAAS are currently not allowed.

Please ensure your full journey, including your transit flight to Singapore, is booked on a single itinerary. Travellers with existing bookings can check their itinerary's travel advisories via Manage Booking.

Check if your connections are available

Most connections through Singapore Changi Airport are available. However, specific restrictions apply for the following countries/regions: 

Mainland China and Hong Kong SAR
You cannot transit through Singapore to a destination in Mainland China or Hong Kong SAR. Services from Mainland China and Hong Kong SAR to Singapore remain unaffected. Passengers departing from Mainland China or Hong Kong will be allowed to transfer through Singapore Changi Airport en route to their final destinations.

Due to regulatory requirements, transfers to and from India via Singapore are not allowed until further notice.     

Flying from your departure city

Take a pre-departure Covid-19 test

Travellers, including Singapore citizens and permanent residents, transiting through Singapore will be required to take a pre-departure Covid-19 test within two days of their flight to Singapore. Your test requirement will differ based on your country of origin. Where a pre-departure test is also required at your planned destination, the stricter PDT requirement will apply. 

For a smoother check-in process, please check if the clinic is able to provide a test certificate with a corresponding QR code. This QR code should link to your digital pre-departure test certificate.

This requirement does not apply to travellers aged 2 and below (as of calendar year). Please note that while infants are exempted from the pre-departure test requirement to transit through Singapore, they may still be required to produce a valid negative Covid-19 test certificate if it is required for entry into their planned destination.

Complete pre-departure health declaration

You will be screened for signs of illnesses and asked to declare your health status at your departure airport. If you are exhibiting any symptoms of respiratory illnesses, you will not be allowed on board.

Wear a face mask

You are required to wear a face mask throughout your flight, except at mealtimes. Children under the age of six are exempted from wearing a mask on board. Most airports will also require you to wear a face mask, so please ensure you pack spares before leaving home.

Transiting at Singapore Changi Airport

Central Transit Area Access

There are regulatory restrictions  in place for transit passengers at Changi Airport. 

Most travellers will be able to travel freely and travellers flying from Category II (non-VTL flights) and Category III countries may be requested to remain in their designated central transit area until an hour prior to their next flight departure.  

Travellers flying from a Category IV country, or from Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom will be required to stay within a transit holding area, where amenities are restricted. Travellers from these countries may wish to consider booking the Aerotel Singapore Transit Hotel at Changi Airport Terminal 1 or Ambassador Transit Hotel at Changi Airport Terminal 3, where they can stay within the hotel throughout their transit. 

Lounge access

There are regulatory restrictions in place for transit passengers at Changi Airport. Only eligible transit customers with access to the Central Transit Area may visit our relocated SilverKris Lounge.

Please note that travellers who are required to stay within the transit holding area will not be able to access the lounge.

Medical symptoms

You will be attended to by the medical staff if you have any of the following symptoms during transit: fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, anosmia, or shortness of breath.

Arriving at your destination


Upon arriving at your final destination, please remember to practise safe distancing in the immigration queues and at the baggage claim area.

For further information on transiting through Singapore Changi Airport, please click here.