Singapore drops mask requirement at Changi Airport and on selected flights

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From 29 August, masks will no longer be required at Changi Airport, or on flights to selected destinations.

Singapore will further ease its COVID-19 restrictions from 29 August 2022 by removing quarantine requirements for unvaccinated travellers, and removing masks in most indoor settings. 

Graphic: ST

What surprised me in particular was that the removal of masks extends to airports and selected flights too. I was fully expecting that masks on planes would stick around for the rest of the year, and I’m sure it’ll be a relief particularly for those on long-haul flights. 

Singapore Airlines has now confirmed that masks will not be required on flights to and from the USA, UK, France, Japan and New Zealand, among others. 

Singapore’s new mask requirements

Masks will become optional at Changi from 29 August

From 29 August 2022, masks will no longer be required at airports in Singapore. This is in line with the broader removal of mask requirements in most indoor settings, except healthcare and public transport facilities.

❓ What about en route to the airport?
If you’re taking a taxi or Grab/gojek to the airport, you won’t need to wear a mask. However, masks will still be required on the bus and MRT.

Singapore will also remove the mask wearing requirement on:

  • Outbound commercial flights from Singapore to destinations that do not require mask-wearing onboard
  • Inbound commercial flights into Singapore from destinations that do not require mask wearing onboard

Now, here’s where it gets a bit confusing. There are countries which have removed indoor masking requirements, but retain them on public transport (and define airplanes as public transport). Then there’s the added complexity of state versus federal rules and domestic versus international flights. Australia, for example, still requires masks to be worn on domestic flight- but Qantas has removed the requirement for international flights to selected destinations like the USA and UK when departing from certain states. 

The hodgepodge of rules makes it uncertain which flights will benefit, but Singapore Airlines has now confirmed with me the following list of destinations that will and will not require masks from 29 August 2022. 

😷 Mask Regulations from 29 August 2022
 Are masks required…
Flying inFlying out
North America
CanadaYesYes
United StatesNoNo
Europe
DenmarkNoNo
FranceNoNo
GermanyYesYes
ItalyNoNo
NetherlandsNoNo
SpainYesYes
SwitzerlandNoNo
TurkeyNoNo
United KingdomNoNo
North Asia
Mainland ChinaYesYes
Hong Kong SARYesYes
JapanNoNo
South KoreaYesYes
Taiwan, ChinaNoNo
Southeast Asia
BruneiYesYes
CambodiaYesYes
IndonesiaYesYes
MalaysiaYesYes
MyanmarYesYes
PhilippinesYesYes
ThailandNoNo
VietnamYesYes
Southwest Pacific
AustraliaYesNo
New ZealandNoNo
West Asia, Africa, Middle East
BangladeshYesYes
IndiaYesYes
MaldivesNoNo
NepalYesYes
South AfricaNoNo
Sri LankaNoNo
United Arab EmiratesYesYes

Per a spokesperson:

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has updated our policy on the use of face masks during flights, following the latest guidelines from the Singapore government.

With effect from 29 August 2022, customers are not required to wear face masks on board flights, unless they are travelling to or from destinations that require a face mask.

Customers who wish to wear a face mask on board may continue to do so. Face masks are also optional at Singapore Changi Airport.

Conclusion

Singapore will remove its mask requirement at the airport and on selected flights from 29 August 2022, a move that’s very much welcome in my opinion. I’ve always found it odd, particularly in premium cabins where there’s built-in social distancing. And sleeping with a mask is, well, let’s just say it’s not ideal.

If you’re flying from 29 August onwards, let us know how your maskless flight goes!

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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Jason

One more reason to look forward to my next month’s trip to the Bay area

Chris

It seems SIA will require cabin crew to wear masks which would be strange since it goes against what IATA has been preaching – that flights are super-safe. Also, what would SIA be signaling? That its passengers are somehow unsafe?

YSH

Take it positively as an “assurance”

anon

Frontliners still must wear iirc. they were not excused.

tikopeh

i will still be wearing mask

Tom

I wonder if your inability to capitalise the “I’ in your sentence or put a full stop at the end also correlates to your general intelligence on this point also….. (just a theory).

Ah long

Too busy gawking at chiobu to bother, lol!

Polo

Best news in a while! Hallelujah

Ah long

Can passengers request stewardesses to remove their masks by majority vote? It’s been 2 years and counting of not being able to beo SQ chiobu why drag it on any longer?

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