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Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble postponed for second time

The new launch date will be reviewed towards the end of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) in Singapore.

Effie Tan

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Published: 17 May 2021, 6:05 PM

The Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble (ATB) flights that were originally planned for May 26 will be deferred.

On Monday (May 17), Singapore’s Ministry of Transport said that Singapore is “unable to meet the criteria to start the Singapore-Hong Kong ATB” in light of the recent spike in unlinked community cases in Singapore. 

Singapore and Hong Kong agreed to defer the launch of the ATB to protect the health of travellers and the public in both countries.

Both countries will closely monitor the public health situation before reviewing the next launch date towards the end of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) in Singapore. 

Travellers may still continue their journey on non-designated ATB flights, however, they will be subject to the prevailing border control and health requirements of both places, including a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain test result.

Singapore residents returning from Hong Kong will also be subject to a seven-day Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore. 

The ATB was initially due to launch in November last year, but was deferred for two weeks after a spike in COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong. 

The airlines will contact affected passengers to give assistance. Passengers may also reach out to their airlines regarding their travel plans. 


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