Hong Kong Confirms Covid-19 Air Travel Bubble With Singapore
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) today, October 15.
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau has said that the agreement means that visitors between the two cities would not need to go through quarantine or stay-at-home procedures, but that travellers will be required to produce a negative result from a Covid-19 testing facility recognised by both regions ahead of any travel plans.
It has also been confirmed that there will be no restrictions on the purpose of travel, and travellers will also be able to roam freely in both destinations, with no need to provide a predetermined itinerary.
Although no date has been confirmed for when the travel bubble will be officially launched, Yau stated that he has "every confidence that the ATB arrangement can come to fruition very soon to facilitate resumption of air travel between our two economies".
With safety as a top priority for the two destinations, both government have confirmed that they are aiming to flesh out all details of the bubbles within the coming weeks "with the necessary safeguards in place to ensure that public health concerns of both sides are addressed."
Yau also stated that this “is the first travel bubble we will form,” hinting that further counties will soon be included in the agreement with Hong Kong.