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Hong Kong-Singapore Travel Bubble: Your travel checklist

By Nicole Hurip 20 November 2020

Header image courtesy of Victor He (via Unsplash)

With the travel bubble opening from 22 November 2020, people from Singapore and Hong Kong will soon be able to travel between the two places without having to undergo quarantine upon arrival, given that you take the designated flights. However, visitors must still adhere to the social distancing rules and protective measures put in place, as part of the global effort in curbing the spread of COVID-19. It might be hard to keep track of what you can or cannot do when travelling to either place, but worry not—we’ve put together a list of things to know and rules to follow when travelling to either Singapore or Hong Kong. Here are the latest social distancing rules and things to look out for when travelling to Singapore and Hong Kong, all in one place.

This article will be updated as the situation develops.

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Travelling to Singapore

Before you go

  • Apply for a visa, if needed.
  • Purchase your air ticket for a designated flight.
  • Apply for your Air Travel Pass (Singapore citizens, permanent residents, and long-term pass holders are exempted).
  • You must have no travel history to any country or region other than Hong Kong and Singapore in the last 14 days prior to the day of departure.
  • Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test at one of the approved centres from this list within 72 hours before your departure time. The test result certificate should bear your passport number. Travellers aged 12 or younger are exempt from taking the test.
  • Download the TraceTogether app and register (Singapore citizens, permanent residents, and long-term pass holders are exempted).
  • Complete and submit the SG arrival card, no earlier than three days before your arrival.

Rules and restrictions in Singapore

  • Masks must be worn in public places, except when eating and drinking, or when engaging in strenuous exercise.
  • All individuals must stay one metre away from each other when in public places.
  • Social gatherings of up to five people are allowed. Families with more than five people are allowed to go outside together, but must sit in groups of no more than five people when visiting food and beverage establishments, separated one metre from each other.
  • Nightclubs are closed, and the sale and consumption of liquor in F&B outlets must cease by 10.30 pm.
  • Live music and television and video screenings will not be allowed in all F&B outlets.
  • Shopping malls and cinemas are open at 50 percent capacity.
  • You must have your temperature checked when entering shopping centres, F&B outlets, and cinemas.
  • Parks (including Sentosa) and sports facilities are open, though visitor numbers can be controlled through online booking systems.

Coming back to Hong Kong from Singapore

  • Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test at one of the designated clinics or testing centres in Singapore. Your results have to be collected within 72 hours of your scheduled departure time. If the specimen for your pre-departure test was collected within 72 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure of your return flight, you do not need to take another COVID-19 test in Singapore before going back to Hong Kong.
  • Submit your health declaration.
  • Book your post-arrival COVID-19 test.

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Travelling to Hong Kong

Before you go

  • Apply for a visa, if needed.
  • Purchase your air ticket for a designated flight.
  • Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test. Travellers whose designated flights are departing before 4 December 2020 must apply for approval for testing. For those taking designated flights on or after 2 December 2020, there is no need to apply for approval.
  • Submit your health declaration, and save the QR code or take a screenshot.
  • Book your post-arrival COVID-19 test—you’ll be required to show authorities a live QR code of your test booking at Changi Airport (Booking website TBA).

Rules and restrictions in Hong Kong

  • Masks are mandatory in public areas (with the exception of outdoor parks and when exercising) and on public transportation like trains, buses, and taxis. Masks can only be removed when eating or drinking in restaurants and bars.
  • Public gatherings are limited to groups of four.
  • Restaurants dine-in services have to cease at midnight, with a maximum of four people per table. Tables have to be 1.5 metres apart.
  • Bars, pubs, clubs, and nightclubs are limited to groups of two per table. Live music performances and dancing are not permitted.
  • F&B outlets and swimming pools can operate at 50 percent capacity, while cinemas can operate at 75 percent capacity.
  • Amusement game centres, gyms, bowling alleys and billiard halls, party rooms, beauty and massage parlours, karaoke lounges, and mahjong houses are open, but a mask must be worn at all times.

Coming back to Singapore from Hong Kong

  • In order to be exempt from the stay-at-home order, you must not have travelled to any country or region other than Hong Kong and Singapore in the last 14 days prior to the day of departure.
  • Take a pre-departure COVID-19 test at one of the recognised testing centres in Hong Kong, with the specimen to be collected within 72 hours before the scheduled time of departure of your designated flight. The test result certificate should bear your passport number (Travellers aged 12 or younger are NOT required to be tested).
  • For long-term pass holders, you will need to apply for entry approval from the relevant authorities.
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Nicole Hurip

Travel editorial director

Never content with sitting still, Nicole has turned her passion into a career. Hong Kong is her home, but she’ll always have a soft spot for L.A. and London, where she spent her college years. She loves exploring hidden places, hunting for cool vintage pieces, and talking to interesting people. Her vices include consuming excessive amounts of wine and cheese, a debilitating weakness for sparkly things, and spending too much time on Instagram.

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