Global travel


Emirates to cover COVID-19 medical expenses and quarantine costs in industry first

This cover is provided free of cost to all Emirates customers regardless of class of travel or destination.


Visa applications for UK, UAE and 9 other countries to reopen in India in July

Travellers will also be able to apply for visas for Belarus, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, South Korea and...


SIA enhances health and safety measures as air travel looks to restart

From June 8, all airlines in the SIA Group will provide travellers with a Care Kit that includes a surgical mask, anti-bacterial hand wipes...


Our 65-day forced vacation during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis has hit the world far harder than anyone could have expected. And for this correspondent it has been no different. My...

Covid-19 Analysis & Commentary

SIA reports first full-year loss as demand collapses amid COVID-19

For the financial year ending March 31, 2020, Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group reported a net loss of SGD 212 million, a reversal from the SGD...


All travellers to Singapore to declare health status from March 27

This new entry requirement is an additional precautionary measure to mitigate the risk of importation of COVID-19 into Singapore.


Indian missions lend helping hand to ensure compatriots reach home safely amidst COVID-19 outbreak

Indian missions are helping fellow citizens world over, who are affected by travel restrictions due to COVID-19.


Scoot to suspend most of its network due to ongoing COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in significantly reduced travel demand and increasingly restrictive border control measures being imposed...


Singapore Airlines to cut 96% of capacity, grounds majority of its fleet

Around 138 SIA and SilkAir aircraft will be grounded out of the airline's total fleet of 147, amid "the greatest challenge that the SIA...


All short-term visitors to be banned from entering Singapore

This ban – which will be in place from 11.59pm on March 22, also acts to conserve resources in order to focus on Singapore residents,...


Qantas slashes all international flights till end May, standing down most employees

Australian airline Qantas and its budget arm JetStar are cutting all scheduled international flights from late March till end of May 2020.


SIA to suspend 50% capacity till end April amid COVID-19 spread

The carrier will operate only 50 per cent of the capacity that had been originally scheduled up to end-April.


SHN will not be paid leave for those who choose to travel: Minister Lawrence Wong

The employer will also not be entitled to claim the SGD 100 allowance that the Singapore government had previously put in place to help...


SIA and Scoot offer flexible rebooking for customers amid COVID-19 travel cancellations

In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced that it is waiving all rebooking fees for tickets issued on or...


Singapore advises against all non-essential travels, bans short-term visitors from 7 countries

A mandatory 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) will also be issued to all incoming residents and long-term pass holders from Mainland China...


Airfare to India from UAE plunges due to coronavirus

Coronavuirus fears have resulted in a significant drop in demand for air-tickets from the UAE to India as well as to other sectors.


Saudi Arabia restricts arrivals to and from 9 countries, including UAE, due to coronavirus concerns

The total number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Sadi Arabia is currently 15.


India becomes largest tourism source market for Abu Dhabi

Tourism in Abu Dhabi has seen a significant growth in 2019, with the emirate welcoming a record 11.35 million visitors through the year, a...


Silkair to suspend flights to Hiroshima amid weak demand made worse by COVID-19

SilkAir will be indefinitely suspending operations to Hiroshima from March 27 due to weak demand, which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19...


APAC airlines could lose SGD 38.9 billion in revenue due to COVID-19: IATA

International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates a potential 13 per cent full-year loss of passenger demand for carriers in the...


Singapore ranked 2nd safest country to travel, Switzerland takes top spot

Singapore is ranked the safest country in Asia.


Foreign tourism to India on the downturn in recent years: Economic Survey

The Indian Finance Ministry’s Economic Survey 2020 found that foreign tourist arrivals decelerated to 5.2 per cent in 2018 and 2.7 per...


RuPay offering cashback offers on international transactions

In line with the push to globalise domestic e-payment services, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) said on Thursday that it...


Here are the top destinations for Singapore travellers in 2019: YouTrip

In 2019, the overall top destinations for Singapore travellers continue to be Malaysia, Japan, and Australia – but there are signs that...


Are you an OCI cardholder planning a trip to India? Here’s what you need to know

With Christmas and New Year’s holidays approaching, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders across the world are travelling to India...