Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble postponed

Elias Hubbard
November 21, 2020

"The Singapore and Hong Kong health authorities are in close contact and monitoring the situation".

"We will review within two weeks on the new launch date and update again", he wrote.

Notably, this is the fifth time Air India's flights from India have been banned by the Hong Kong government for bringing passengers who tested positive for the viral infection after arrival.

Hong Kong has postponed a much-hyped travel bubble with Singapore due to a rise in coronavirus cases in the city, just hours after their counterparts in Singapore said it would go ahead.

Ong said in a Facebook post that the postponement is a "sober reminder that the COVID-19 virus is still with us".

"We had planned to launch the HK-Singapore travel bubble tomorrow", Yau said.

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The air travel bubble is meant to allow visitors between the two cities to travel without having to serve a quarantine

Another mandatory COVID-19 test is carried out for passengers after landing in Hong Kong and reports of this test may be at variance from the reports of tests conducted 72 hours before taking the flight, the spokesperson mentioned.

Moreover, all worldwide passengers are required to undergo a post-flight COVID-19 test at the Hong Kong airport.

Under the terms of the travel bubble, the arrangement would be suspended if the seven-day moving average of unlinked cases exceeds five per day in either city. Previously, Vistara was also banned by Hong Kong for the same reason.

Earlier on Saturday, Mr Ong had said that the air travel bubble would begin on Sunday as planned, but there was a "high chance" that it would be suspended, given the rising number of cases in Hong Kong.

Travelers under the ATB from Hong Kong will only be required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test and obtain a negative test result before departing for Singapore on the basis of the previous rules. "But in the light of the recent upsurge of local cases, we have decided together with Singapore government that we would defer the launching of the Air Travel bubble by two weeks".

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