This situation is developing.
If you’re an unfortunate soul that has to travel during this period, I can only imagine the anxiety. Luckily, I found a new job a few weeks ago which can keep me in Singapore. The thought of having to travel during this period is very stressful. I was anxious over travel restrictions due to the pandemic.
However, don’t lose hope. It is possible to go home to the Philippines. This is my action plan if I were going home during this period:
- Check with the airline on flight availability. I’ve listed below what I understand are available options for flights between Singapore and the Philippines. Currently, it’s limited.
- Understand the travel situation both in Singapore and the Philippines. As of this writing, Singapore Changi Airport has already closed two of its four terminals (T2 for renovation and T4 for reduced travel during this time). Understand that traveling will take longer so this means checking in extra early. Understand that you will be subject to testing and quarantine upon arrival in the Philippines. A fellow OFW shares her experience making the journey from Singapore to Manila here.
- Prepare for the journey. Face mask, hand sanitizer, cash on hand, etc. I even suggest packing light snacks (Skyflakes!) because of the possibility of limited food options available at the airports.
As of 23 May 2020, this is the current status of Singapore and the Philippines.
|Circuit Breaker until June 1, 2020 – the country will re-open in 3 calculated phases from June 2||Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila, Laguna, and Cebu / Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) or General Community Quarantine (GCQ) elsewhere outside MECQ areas|
Important: The Embassy of the Philippines in Singapore organizes repatriation flights for Filipino citizens and OFWs. Please check the Embassy’s Facebook for the latest announcements here. With Circuit Breaker ending soon, more flights may appear from June and July.
Flights to the Philippines from Singapore
|Airline||Flights to the Philippines|
|Philippine Airlines||All PAL domestic and international flights are cancelled until May 31, 2020.|
Our flag carrier PAL is operating limited repatriation flights. Learn more here.
|Cebu Pacific||All CebPac domestic and international flights are cancelled until May 31, 2020.|
|Singapore Airlines||According to SQ, reduced flights are available between Singapore and Manila. Please visit this page to learn more.|
|Jetstar Asia||According to Jetstar from an update in April, temporary flights are available from Singapore to Manila. Details here.|
|Scoot||According to Scoot, there are no Scoot flights to the Philippines through to June.|
Flights to Singapore from the Philippines
- Flights are very limited as of this writing.
- It is understood that Singapore is not accepting short term visitors or tourists during this period. Likewise, it is understood that the Philippines is currently not allowing international travel for Filipinos for tourism purposes. I mean, who wants to play tourist these days?! Watch YouTube.
- Singapore’s Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) provides guidance on re-entry for those with Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP), STP, IPAs, etc. Please check here.
- Even with proper documents, a rule of thumb is that for re-entry, prior approval from ICA is required before you commence your journey. Please check with ICA!
- Also worth bookmarking: Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Health for the latest advisories.
Those are the resources I’d bookmark. Get your information from these trusted resources (Philippine Embassy in Singapore, government websites, and airline websites) instead of hearsay.
It’s a stressful time but hang in there and keep safe!
Have you made the journey or traveled during this Covid-19 pandemic? Share your experience and tips in the comments.