In Addition, India and Singapore, in consultation with the Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is said to resume regular commercial flights from Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai with two flights a day each.
Only Air India is responsible for repatriation at the moment, as part of the Vande Bharat program. For instance, Singapore has announced that it would open its Vaccinated Travel Lanes (VTL) for India on November 29. Once the scheme is in place, vaccinated travelers will no longer require quarantine.
From both sides, there is a great unmet demand for travelers. But technically, repatriation flights are not permitted under Singapore‘s VTL arrangement, which only allows for scheduled commercial flights.
According to sources, negotiations for the reintroduction of commercial flights between Singapore and India are progressing well, and a decision could be made shortly.
Mr. Jaishankar met with Singapore’s transport minister yesterday to examine ways to improve travel between the two countries.
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