HONG KONG/SINGAPORE. The much-anticipated Air Travel Bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore that was set to launch tomorrow (Sunday 22 November) has been postponed for two weeks, following a continued surge in Hong Kong’s COVID-19 cases.
Hong Kong health authorities reported 43 new cases today, 13 of which were untraceable, and over 60 preliminary infections.
In a statement today, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore(CAAS) said: “Given the evolving COVID-19 situation in Hong Kong, Singapore Minister for Transport, Ong Ye Kung, has announced that the launch of the Singapore – Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble flights will be deferred by two weeks.
“This decision was reached following a discussion between Minister Ong and Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, Edward Yau, earlier today. This is to safeguard public health in both cities as well as travellers’ own health.
Singapore and Hong Kong will review the new launch date of the Air Travel Bubble flights within two weeks. An update will be provided at a later date, CAAS said.
Travellers may still continue their journey on non-designated ATB flights. However, such travellers will be subject to the prevailing border control and health requirements of both cities. For example, Singapore residents returning from Hong Kong will be subject to a 7-day Stay-Home Notice upon entry into Singapore.