Singapore authorities have announced a temporary halt in sales for its Vaccinated Travel Lane services, as it attempts to avoid “the rapid spread of the Omicron variant” which has already been seen in many other countries.

The suspension will apply to bookings made after 2359 local time today (December 22), for all VTL services scheduled to take place up to and including January 20, 2022 – after this date VTL sales will be capped at 50 per cent of the allocated quota.

Customers with existing VTL bookings over the period can continue to travel under previously published conditions.

The move affects the VTL agreements in place with 24 countries, including the overland bus service with Malaysia.

Singapore Airlines launched VTL flights in September, and recently announced plans to bring forward VTL services between Singapore and Perth by a month.

For our review of a Singapore Airlines VTL flight between Frankfurt and Singapore (published in October), see:

Flight review: Singapore Airlines B777-300ER Business Class (VTL flight)

In a statement on its website Singapore Airlines confirmed that “SIA customers with a confirmed booking on a VTL flight who have successfully applied for a Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP), if applicable, are not affected by this directive, and may proceed with their travel”.,