HK-Singapore Travel Bubble Pops, Again

The highly anticipated Air Travel Bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore has been postponed once again. 

The Air Travel Bubble, which was due to commence May 26, has been put off due to rising Covid case numbers in Singapore. The first bubble, set for November 2020, was also cancelled due to high case numbers in Hong Kong.

Singapore reported 28 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, including 21 community of which ten are linked to previous cases and 11 are currently unlinked. Amongst them, six had already been placed in quarantine. The seven remaining cases were imported.

Singapore and Hong Kong will now monitor the situation and decide on a new launch date of ATB flights towards the latter part of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) in Singapore, which ends June 13. Both sides remain strongly committed to launching the ATB safely. However, in light of the recent increase in unlinked community cases, Singapore is unable to meet the criteria to start the Singapore-Hong Kong ATB. Singapore and Hong Kong will closely monitor the public health situation in both places and review the new launch date of the ATB flights towards the end of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) in Singapore.

Travellers can still continue their journey on non-designated ATB flights but will be subject to the prevailing border control and health requirements of both places, which includes a seven-day Stay-Home notice for travellers returning to Singapore while those returning to Hong Kong will face a 21-day hotel quarantine (14 days for those travellers that are fully vaccinated).

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