Hong Kong and Singapore Travel Bubble Delayed
Following the news and updates around the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines were forced to suspend or reduce their daily operations, and countries were forced to introduce travel restrictions. Singapore and Hong Kong announced that they will form an Air Travel Bubble that would allow tourists to travel between the two freely. However, because of a spike in cases of COVID-19, the plan was delayed.
Hong Kong and Singapore Travel Bubble DelayedA travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong was set to start on November 22, 2020. The travel bubble would allow passengers to cross freely between the two without the need to quarantine. The only requirement was a negative PCR test before departure and on arrival. The best part of the travel bubble plan was that it was open to people who had spent 14 days in either Hong Kong or Singapore, regardless of their nationality. However, the government of Singapore announced that the plan will be delayed for 2 weeks because of the COVID-19 spikes. Passengers were still allowed entry, but they had to quarantine for 7 days. From the official announcement:
Given the evolving COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong, Singapore Minister for Transport, Ong Ye Kung, has announced that the launch of the Singapore – Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble (ATB) flights will be deferred by two weeks. This decision was reached following a discussion between Minister Ong and Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, Edward Yau, earlier today. This is to safeguard public health in both cities as well as travellers’ own health.Unfortunately, on December 1, 2020, the government of Singapore announced that after further reviewing the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong, and given that local unlinked cases were still high, both parties have decided to delay the plan of introducing the travel bubble indefinitely.