Travellers will gradually be allowed to transit through Singapore Changi Airport starting June 2, said the city-state’s aviation regulator.

Currently, foreign passengers can only transit through Singapore if they are on repatriation flights arranged by their governments. Singapore banned all short-term visitors from entering or transiting through the city- state in March in an effort to combat the spread of Covid-19. Only work-pass holders, including their dependents, who are providing essential services such as healthcare and transport are currently allowed to enter the country.

“This is part of Singapore’s strategy to gradually re-open air transport to meet the needs of our economy and our people, whilst ensuring sufficient safeguards for safe travel,” reads a statement from Singapore’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAAS).

CAAS also said “stringent measures” will be in place at Changi Airport to ensure that transit passengers remain in designated facilities in the transit area and “do not mix with other passengers”.

Airport staff will be required to wear personal protective equipment when interacting with passengers. Existing precautionary measures, such as safe distancing, temperature taking for passengers and staff, will continue to be enforced, said Singapore’s aviation regulator.

The move to allow passengers to transit through the airport is part of Singapore’s plan to gradually ease its partial lockdown, also known as its circuit breaker measures, starting June 1.

Singapore’s Changi Airport began taking precautionary steps to curb the spread of the virus in February.

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