As of December 1, 2020, the launch of the Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble has been postponed to 2021 due to a rise in Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in January, keen travellers have had to forgo plans––whether for their usual summer long hauls, or for frequent weekend breaks––in light of staying home to prevent the spread of the virus.
In recent weeks, potential travel bubbles have been rumoured for countries such as Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand and Vietnam, with the government firming up plans for a Singapore-Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble (ATB) on October 15.
It has now been confirmed that the ATB will officially launch on November 22. The long-awaited announcement will allow individuals from the two countries to move quarantine-free in each direction, with the number of travellers initially limited to 200 per day and just one flight a day into each city.
From December 7, the number of flights into each city will be increased to two daily.
Along with not having to quarantine, travellers will also face no restrictions on the purpose of travel, allowing them to roam freely in both destinations, with no need to provide a predetermined itinerary.
Any individual who has remained in either Singapore or Hong Kong for the last 14 consecutive days will be permitted to travel once the ATB has been launched. However, all travellers will be required to produce a negative result from a Covid-19 testing facility recognised by both regions 72 hours before their scheduled departure from either city.
It has been mentioned, however, that the travel bubble would be suspended if the daily average number of untraceable Covid-19 cases in a week reached more than five in either Singapore or Hong Kong.
For now though, travellers can begin to get excited about the prospect of a weekend, with the help of our handy travel guide.
This article was originally published on October 15, 2020 and wad updated on November 11, 2020.