Many in Hong Kong and Singapore rejoiced last year when it was announced that the two Asian hubs would come to an agreement in terms of leisure travel amidst the pandemic.
Yet, the exciting news of the travel bubble was quickly dampened as the number of Hong Kong cases surged, causing an indefinite postponement on the agreement.
Six months later, it’s been officially confirmed: the much-anticipated travel bubble is set to commence on 26 May 2021.
Everything to know about the Hong Kong Singapore travel bubble arrangement –
According to Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Edward Yau, “The two governments have reached consensus on the latest arrangements and will put in place more stringent public health protocols in response to the latest epidemic development.” He continued, “Our goal remains striking a right balance between public health and travel convenience so that the public will feel assured while providing certainty.”
Singapore’s Ministry of Transport also emphasised that the quarantine-free travel bubble will begin in caution: Only one flight per day in each direction and eat capped at 200 passengers on each flight for the first two weeks.
“I am happy that Hong Kong got the COVID-19 situation under control. It has been a long few months, but the conditions are now ripe again to launch the ATB (air travel bubble).” Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s transport minister, mentioned.
Following a statement released earlier today, Hong Kong and Singapore will closely monitor the COVID-19 situation from now to the targeted launch of 26 May, and will proceed with the launch if the situation continues to be steady and under control in both cities.
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