Launch of Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble postponed till 2021

The exact start date will be reviewed by the authorities in end-December.

Phoon Jia Hui

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Published: 1 December 2020, 6:36 PM

You will have to wait until 2021 at least before you are allowed to travel to Hong Kong for leisure purposes. 

The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) announced on Tuesday (Dec 1) the start of the air travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong will be delayed till next year.

CAAS added in its statement that the decision was made after both countries reviewed the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong, where the number of local unlinked cases are still high.

An exact start date for the inaugural air travel bubble will be reviewed later this month. 

CAAS added that passengers should 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,” said CAAS.

Unlike reciprocal green lanes, travellers under the air travel bubble will have no restrictions on their travel purpose and will be exempt from quarantine or stay-home notice requirements.

The first flight of the air travel bubble was originally slated to take off on Nov 22, but was later delayed by both governments on Nov 21.

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