With the government announcing today that the long-awaited Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble will finally launch on May 26, it looks like travel may finally be back on track Postponed last yearThe first flight of the bilateral agreement was originally scheduled to begin on November 22 last year, but was delayed a day before the launch. The travel bubble will allow quarantine-free routes between Hong Kong and Singapore for passengers who have tested negative for Covid-19 in both regions 72 hours before departure and undergo another coronavirus test on arrival. The agreement allows people currently in Singapore and Hong Kong to travel between the cities, regardless of their nationality.
Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Yau Teng-wah said: “The two governments have reached a consensus on the latest arrangements and will formulate stricter public health protocols to deal with the latest epidemic developments.” strike the right balance between the public so that the public can feel reassured while maintaining certainty,” he added.
Hong Kong residents need to be fully vaccinated if they want to travel to Singapore, but Singaporeans do not need to be vaccinated before entering Hong Kong. The government said a prerequisite for Hong Kong residents to be vaccinated is to protect their health when traveling abroad. However, Hong Kong people under the age of 16 and who are not suitable for vaccination, as well as non-Hong Kong document holders, are exempt from vaccination. Travelers between the two cities will need to download the TraceTogether mobile app in Singapore and the LeaveHomeSafe app in Hong Kong.
The quarantine-free travel bubble will see a daily flight of 200 passengers in each city. Should the Covid-19 situation in both locations stabilize, the protocol will be adjusted to two daily shifts from 10 June. The two governments will suspend the air travel bubble for two weeks if the situation persists and the daily average of untraceable coronavirus cases in either city exceeds five in a week.
The travel bubble list of designated flights and other details will be announced at the meeting dedicated government website This will go live later today.In the meantime, if you’re looking forward to your trip to the Lion City, don’t forget to check out A local guide to the best places to eat and shop in Singapore.