Terminals 1 and 3 of Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) reopened their doors on September 1, 2021, for the first time in more than three months.
The reopening coincides with the beginning of Singapore’s relaxed border restrictions for vaccinated travelers. The terminals will be closed to non-travelers in May 2021 as a result of a COVID-19 cluster discovered at the airport.
According to a Changi Airport Group representative, more than 80% of the retailers in Terminals 1 and 3 have reopened. To encourage more people to visit, free parking will be provided at Terminal 1 until October 10, 2021.
Because of the anticipated increase in traffic at the airport, extra safeguards have been put in place. In order to limit contact between airport personnel and travelers, airport staff have their own segregated lunch room in Terminal 3’s basement 2.
The reopening of the terminals coincides with Singapore’s desire to relax border restrictions. In his National Day Rally speech on August 29, 2021, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long stated that it is critical for Singapore to open up quickly and allow people to go in and out safely so that the country can maintain its position as a global business hub.