Inaugural Singapore-Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble Flights On 22 November
The inaugural Air Travel Bubble (ATB) flights between Singapore and Hong Kong will be on 22 November 2020, following the conclusion of negotiations earlier this week. The ATB is a milestone arrangement between two aviation hubs and seeks to revive air travel in a safe and progressive way. The good progress in containing the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore and Hong Kong has given us the confidence to reopen our borders gradually, with safeguards in place to ensure our public health and safety.
2. Under the ATB, travellers between Singapore and Hong Kong will be subject to COVID-19 tests, in lieu of quarantine or Stay-Home Notice. There will be no restrictions on the purpose of travel and no requirement for a controlled itinerary or sponsorship.
3. Travellers from both cities must travel on designated ATB flights that will only serve ATB travellers. As a start, there will be one flight a day into each city with a quota of 200 travellers per flight. This will be increased to two flights a day into each city with a quota of 200 travellers per flight from 7 December 2020. If the COVID-19 situation deteriorates in either city, the travel bubble arrangements will be suspended.
4. Travellers must also meet the eligibility criteria and adhere to the prevailing border control measures and public health requirements of both cities. More details on the requirements of the ATB can be found in the Annex.
5. Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Transport, said, “The Singapore-Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble enables us to achieve two objectives at the same time – open up our borders in a controlled manner, while maintaining safety in our societies. While we may be starting small, this is an important step forward. I have no doubt both Singapore and Hong Kong will co-operate fully to make this scheme work. It will be a useful reference for other countries and regions that have controlled the epidemic, and are contemplating opening their borders”.
Annex: ANNEX - Key Elements of Singapore – Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble
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