Published on : Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Authorities in Singapore and Hong Kong have recently agreed to try and launch a travel bubble between the two countries next month. The long-awaited initiative was first slated to begin in November 2020 but was later suspended due to a sudden rise of the COVID-19 infections in Hong Kong. It is now likely that the project is set to begin on May 26.
If the travel bubble is successfully established, it will be the second major air route in the region after Australia and New Zealand resumed flights last week. The bubble will begin with just one flight a day in each direction, carrying a maximum of 200 passengers for the first two weeks. All passengers departing from Hong Kong will be required to be vaccinated, and passengers from both cities will be expected to take a test within three days of departure and again on arrival.
The bubble will be suspended for at least two weeks if the seven-day moving average of unlinked community cases in either city increases to more than five. Travellers from both cities will be required to download contact-tracing apps prior to their departure. Ong Ye Kung, Minister of Transport, Singapore said in statement that although it has been a long few months, but the conditions are now ripe again to re-launch the air travel bubble. Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Hong Kong added that the goal remains striking a right balance between public health and travel convenience so that the public will feel assured while providing certainty.