Singapore Airport Tax Refund for Transit Passengers?

by Shaisexy
(Ontario, Canada)

We will be flying in from Manila via Cebu Pacific and will be in transit for about 15 hours for a flight going to Kuala Lumpur via Jet Star.

From what I understand we shouldn't be paying an airport tax since we were just in transit here in Singapore. Is this correct? Any thoughts about this would be very helpful, thank you.

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Apr 15, 2009
Airport Tax Applies in Your Case
by: Gabriel Tan

Hi Shaisexy

Your Cebu Pacific flight arrives at the Singapore Budget Terminal. Your Jetstar flight leaves from Singapore Airport Terminal 1.

The 2 terminals are in separate buildings.

Upon arrival at Singapore Budget Terminal, you'll need to clear customs, collect your luggage, take the free shuttle to the main terminal, and check in for your onward flight with Jetstar.

Even if you went straight for your Jetstar flight, you would have entered Singapore, and not in 'transit' in the usual sense of the word. So your Jetstar flight is considered as a separate flight originating from Singapore.

That's my very long-winded way of saying, 'You need to pay the airport tax.' ;-)

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