Scoot has announced the resumption of service to Hokkaido in November 2022 in time for the winter ski season, with non-stop flights to Sapporo and one-stop options via Taipei and all of us at SnowDog Village and Raku Ichi are super excited.
This launch will mark the restoration of Scoot’s pre-pandemic destinations to Japan, with daily service to Hokkaido and Tokyo, plus 4X weekly service to Osaka. Of course, this is an academic exercise for most until Japan opens up for free and easy travel, but do the airlines know something we don’t?
Let's hope so!!
Scoot resumes their Hokkaido flight service.......
From 1 November 2022, Scoot will resume its Singapore - Taipei - New Chitose Sapporro service, with 3X weekly flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on a B787-8.
This will be further supplemented from 2 November 2022 to 27 February 2023 by a non-stop Singapore -New Chitose Sapporro service, operated 4X weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The Sunday service will only operate from 2 December to 30 January 2023, presumably to cater to the peak winter skiing year-end demand - check out our Niseko Winter Guide Free Here
Singapore to Sapporo TR 890 (B787-8)
From 2 Nov 2022 to 27 Feb 2023
Days. Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun*
*Sunday flights will be operated from 2 December to 30 January 2023
Via Taipe TR 892 (B787-8)
From 1 Nov 2022
Days Tue, Thu, Sat
With Singapore and Sapporo separated by 8-9 hours of flight time, some passengers might prefer the comfort of a full-service carrier.
Singapore Airlines has historically operated seasonal flights to Sapporo, with the most recent edition running from 30 November 2019 to 7 January 2020. COVID put an end to the 2020/21 and 2021/22 schedules, and it remains to be seen if the airline decides to throw its hat into the ring this November, or test the water first with its budget arm.
Current regulations for Japanese travel
As many of us are unhappily aware, Japan has yet to really fully reopen. Some 68% of Singaporeans have stated that they would like to travel first to Japan.
While tourists are permitted to enter, they must be part of a package tour, and escorted by a chaperone throughout their stay. A visa is also required.
All travellers to Japan are required to present a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to departure, which can be any of the following:
RT-PCR (nasal and saliva testing is acceptable)
Next Generation Sequence
Quantitative Antigen Test (CLEIA/ECLIA)
It should be noted that a Quantitative Antigen Test is not the same as the ARTs which is used in Singapore.
Children under the age of 6 are exempt from the testing requirement, provided they are accompanied by caregivers with negative test results.
Source: Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
On arrival in Japan, the relevant testing and quarantine measures depend on your 14-day travel history and vaccination status.
Singapore is currently classified as a Blue List country. However, if your 14-day travel history cuts across various categories, the restrictions of the strictest one will apply.
You can view the categorisation of countries here.
Scoot will resume daily service to Sapporo in November 2022, providing year-end holiday goers with a non-stop option to Hokkaido for the first time since the pandemic began.
The key question is: does Japan plan to resume free and easy travel before then? No one knows, really.
Are you betting on Japan reopening in time for year-end?
Article from Milelion and Aaron Wong
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