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Pack your bags and dig out your passport, because travel is opening back up in two weeks! Starting from 22 November, the travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore will officially launch, allowing travellers to move in each direction without undergoing quarantine or comply with stay-at-home orders.
Designated bubble flights will be offered by Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific, limited to one flight a day into each city and a maximum of 200 passengers per flight. If the pilot scheme goes well, the number of flights will increase to two per day from 7 December. However, if the number of unlinked COVID-19 cases per week rises to more than five in either city, the travel bubble will be suspended for two weeks. If the number of cases drops to five or lower again, the travel bubble will reopen.
Travellers from both cities must have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours before their departure. Upon arrival in Hong Kong, travellers will have to undergo an additional COVID-19 test in a designated area in the airport. Travellers departing from Singapore will have to apply for approval to take their COVID-19 test at least seven days before departure, which will require a confirmed flight ticket to Hong Kong. From 1 December, travellers will no longer need to apply for approval to take the test.
What are you waiting for? Start planning your trip now!