The Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble has been postponed by two weeks as Hong Kong has been facing a surge in COVID-19 cases.
This marks the fourth wave that has struck the financial hub.
The travel bubble was originally slated to commence on Sunday, 22 November with flight prices hitting record highs as demand soared.
“In light of the situation in Hong Kong, I think it’s the responsible way to put this back for a while, and then sort of relaunch it at a suitable juncture,” said Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s minister of commerce and economic development.
“I can fully understand the disappointment and frustration of travellers who have planned their trips,” said Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung. “But we think it is better to defer from a public health standpoint.”
The episode underscores the fragility of such travel arrangements and places scrutiny on any similar agreements.
“The airlines will be contacting the travellers individually,” said Ong.
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