Singapore, Hong Kong agree to defer ‘travel bubble’ beyond December as virus cases rise in HK

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Hong Kong is trying to restore travel to the ccity to maintain its financial hub status. (PHOTO: Matt Driskill)

Use thisAuthorities in Singapore and Hong Kong announced Tuesday (1 December) that they have further reviewed the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong, and given that local unlinked cases are still high, both parties have decided to defer the commencement of the Singapore – Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble (ATB) to beyond December 2020. The exact start date of the ATB arrangement will be reviewed in late December.

The Singapore – Hong Kong ATB was announced on 11 November 2020. Under the ATB, travellers between Singapore and Hong Kong will be subject to COVID-19 tests, in lieu of quarantine or Stay-Home Notice. There will be no restrictions on the purpose of travel and no requirement for a controlled itinerary or sponsorship.

The authorities said passengers are advised to contact their airlines regarding their travel plans. The Singapore and Hong Kong authorities have been in close discussion and will update when there are further developments.

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