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It’s finally happening—the travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore is slated to launch on 26 May, after multiple delays since last November. This news follows the opening of the Australia-New Zealand travel bubble on 18 April, though it has since been paused due to the detection of a positive Covid-19 case in Perth last week.
Thanks to the largely controlled Covid-19 situation in both places, quarantine-free travel between Hong Kong and
Singapore will commence in four weeks. You must not have travelled to any other place, apart from Hong Kong and Singapore, in the 14 days prior to your departure date.
In addition, these two weeks cannot overlap with compulsory quarantine periods in either place due to travelling outside of Hong Kong or Singapore. Travellers flying from Hong Kong will have to be fully vaccinated two weeks before their date of departure to Singapore, but travellers flying from Singapore to Hong Kong will not be required to do so.
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 10 June.
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, and is maintained at three or below for the next three consecutive days, then the travel bubble will reopen.
Travellers from both Hong Kong and Singapore 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. Fingers crossed for a Singapore vacation soon!