Air travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong postponed

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 21, 2020

The launch of the ATB will go ahead as planned on Sunday despite the rise in Hong Kong's coronavirus cases, said the CAAS in a media release on November 21, adding that health authorities of both sides are in close contact and monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong. Originally, only people landing in Hong Kong were to be required to be tested.

"So tomorrow, the air travel bubble will be launched".

"This is a sober reminder that the Covid-19 virus is still with us, and even as we fight to regain our normal lives, the journey will be full of ups and downs".

Besides, global passengers are required to undergo post-flight COVID-19 test at the Hong Kong airport.

Hong Kong health authorities reported 43 Covid-19 cases on Saturday, 13 of which were unlinked.

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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

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.

In a statement, Singapore Airlines said it supports the postponement decision.

However, the spokesperson added that the national carrier did not have any flight scheduled to Hong Kong during this period.

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. "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". Speaking on the same, an Air India official maintains that all necessary precautions are being taken by the airlines and a COVID negative certificate is mandatory for all the passengers.

"Prevailing border measures - a seven-day Stay-Home Notice in the case of travellers from Hong Kong - will then apply upon entry into Singapore", the CAAS said.

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