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S’pore sees 25 arrivals from India daily; ‘vast majority’ are returning citizens and PRs: Govt

SINGAPORE — There are about 25 arrivals from India to Singapore daily, and the “vast majority” of these are returning citizens and permanent residents. For departing passengers, about 180 are on flights back to India daily.

SINGAPORE — There are about 25 arrivals from India to Singapore daily, and the “vast majority” of these are returning citizens and permanent residents. For departing passengers, about 180 are on flights back to India daily.

Both arriving and departing passengers travel on flights chartered by the government of India.

The transport, foreign affairs and manpower ministries in Singapore gave these details in a joint statement on Sunday (May 23) in response to media queries.

In their statement, the ministries said that India has banned all international passenger flights between Singapore and India since March last year. Singapore Airlines can only operate cargo flights to India.

“The Indian government also allows those who need to return to Singapore to take the outbound (chartered) flight because these are the only available passenger flights into Singapore.

“These flights are operated only by Indian carriers designated by the Indian government, with the approval of the Singapore Government.

“Currently, all such flights operate out of Terminal 1,” the ministries said in their statement.

They also said that all the arriving passengers at Changi Airport have to take two Covid-19 tests when they land: The antigen rapid test and the polymerase chain reaction test.

They are escorted from disembarkation through to their dedicated transport to go to the stay-home notice facilities for 21 days.

Earlier this month, the administrators of Facebook and Instagram pages called "Singapore Incidents" were issued a correction order by the Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Act (Pofma) office.

The video showed a large group of travellers from South Asia arriving at Changi Airport and had a watermark stating the date as May 5, implying that travellers were entering Singapore even though there was a travel ban in place for visitors from South Asia.

The Ministry of Transport said that the information in the video was false and that Singapore Incidents will have to carry a correction notice on its social media pages.

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