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Finally! Phuket and other Thai cities get VTL flights from March

From 4th March you'll be able to take a non-stop VTL flight from Phuket, Chiang Mai or Krabi to Singapore, simplifying many Thailand trips.

Singapore has announced an expansion of its quota for Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) passengers entering the country to the previously proposed 15,000 per day level, a tripling of the latest cap, while also adding three countries to the scheme and activating VTLs for three Middle East countries, whose membership to the ‘exclusive club’ had been indefinitely deferred at the end of last year.

Testing has also become S$100 cheaper per traveller, thanks to a relaxation to ART testing on arrival from 22nd February, with subsequent Day 2 to Day 7 tests happily ditched.

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Good news as part of the relaxation is that airlines have finally been granted approval to operate designated VTL flights from airports in Thailand other than Bangkok Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang, which means the popular holiday island of Phuket finally gets some quarantine-free non-stop options to Singapore.

“CAAS will deepen the VTL for Thailand beyond Bangkok to include flights from all cities in Thailand.”

Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)

Background

When Thailand’s VTL was first announced in late November last year there were designated flights loaded from BangkokChiang Mai and Phuket to Singapore.

Unfortunately, however, the non-Bangkok services were quickly pulled from the scheme, with airlines citing the ever-vague “regulatory requirements” excuse as the reason.

New Thailand VTL flights

With Singapore relaxing its VTL caps and CAAS giving the nod, there will now be quarantine-free flight options from Phuket, operated by Singapore Airlines and Scoot.

Scoot will operate VTL flights from three Thai cities in addition to Bangkok, including Phuket. (Photo: Anna Zvereva)

Singapore-based Jetstar Asia may also upgrade some of its Phuket – Singapore flights to VTL status, though that hasn’t been confirmed at the time of writing. Thai operators like AirAsia will also no doubt be keen to get in on the act.

There will also be designated VTL flights from Chiang Mai and Krabi to Singapore, operated solely by SIA’s budget arm Scoot at this stage.

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This is great news for those travelling to Phuket and these other locations in Thailand, who currently have to take a domestic flight across to Bangkok at the end of their trip to connect with a VTL service to Singapore, arguably increasing their risk of COVID-19 exposure in the process!

VTL is only to Singapore

Remember you can take any flight from Singapore to Thailand and still benefit from the VTL process on the way home at the end of your trip.

For this arrangement, only your 7-day travel history and the VTL process to Singapore (including travel on a designated VTL flight) is relevant.

VTL: Phuket – Singapore

Here are the designated VTL flights operating from Phuket to Singapore (click to expand).

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= SQ725
737-8 MAX
HKT
10:15
SIN

13:05
 bgcolor= SQ727
737-8 MAX
HKT
11:40
SIN

14:40
3K536
A320
HKT
12:40
SIN

15:35
 bgcolor= SQ735
737-8 MAX
HKT
17:50
SIN

20:40
 bgcolor= TR653
A320
HKT
17:35
SIN

20:35
 bgcolor= TR653
A320
HKT
19:50
SIN

22:45
 bgcolor= TR653
A320
HKT
20:40
SIN

23:40
3K538
A320
HKT
21:20
SIN

00:15*

* Next day

Important

From 1st April 2022, there will be no more designated VTL flights to Singapore.
All fully vaccinated travellers can enter quarantine-free on any flight operated by any airline on any route.

By October 2022, 42 weekly VTL flights are planned on this route, one of the highest of any city in the scheme.

Prior to COVID-19, two additional airlines operated flights between Singapore and Phuket – Jetstar Asia and Thai AirAsia. Neither airline has confirmed designated VTL flights on this route at the time of writing, but we expect further announcements soon.

Naka Island, Phuket. (Photo: Marriott International)

Boeing 737 MAXs

As you may notice from the schedule above, Singapore Airlines is exclusively using its Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft on its Phuket flights, including the all-important VTL services back to Changi.

These aircraft are fitted with SIA’s latest narrow-body cabin products, which come close to the standards you’ll find on the wide-body fleet.

Here are our dedicated articles covering the new cabins, to help you know what to expect on board when flying to and from Phuket.

Singapore Airlines was briefly operating its Airbus A350s to and from Phuket over the peak holiday period in December 2021 and January 2022.

No sign of that yet even with this new VTL approval, but let’s hope the long-haul aircraft option also makes a comeback at some stage.

VTL: Chiang Mai – Singapore

Scoot’s VTL flights from Chiang Mai to Singapore will operate with the following schedule (click to expand).

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= TR675
A320neo
CNX
15:50
SIN

19:55
 bgcolor= TR675
A320neo
CNX
18:00
SIN

22:05

Important

From 1st April 2022, there will be no more designated VTL flights to Singapore.
All fully vaccinated travellers can enter quarantine-free on any flight operated by any airline on any route.

VTL: Krabi – Singapore

Scoot’s VTL flights from Krabi to Singapore will operate with the following schedule (click to expand).

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= TR687
A320 neo
KBV
13:05
SIN

16:00

Important

From 1st April 2022, there will be no more designated VTL flights to Singapore.
All fully vaccinated travellers can enter quarantine-free on any flight operated by any airline on any route.

Prior to COVID-19, Thai AirAsia also operated flights between Singapore and Krabi. The airline has not confirmed any designated VTL flights on this route at the time of writing.

VTL: Bangkok – Singapore

If you’re happy returning from Bangkok to Singapore, there’s still a choice of five airlines and two airports for you, as shown below (click to expand):

27th March 2022 - 31st March 2022

  Days
M T W T F S S
 bgcolor= TG403
A350 Long Haul
BKK
08:00
SIN

11:15
 bgcolor= 3K512
A320
BKK
09:25
SIN

12:50
 bgcolor= SQ705
A350 Regional
BKK
09:50
SIN

13:15
 bgcolor= TR625
787-8
BKK
10:50
SIN

14:15
 bgcolor= SQ707
A350 Long Haul
BKK
12:15
SIN

15:45
 bgcolor= 3K516
A320
BKK
12:50
SIN

16:15
 bgcolor= TR753
787-8
BKK
14:35
SIN

17:50
 bgcolor= SQ709
A350 Long Haul
BKK
15:40
SIN

19:15
 bgcolor= TR611
A321neo
BKK
17:35
SIN

21:00
 bgcolor= 3K514
A320