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Singapore 2020 COVID-19: Singapore, Hong Kong reach in-principle agreement to establish bilateral air travel bubble
COVID-19: Singapore, Hong Kong reach in-principle agreement to establish bilateral air travel bubble
Singapore and Hong Kong have reached an in-principle agreement to establish a bilateral air travel bubble, which will exempt travellers from quarantines or stay-home notices.
Those travelling under the bubble will have no restrictions on their travel purpose and will not need to have a controlled itinerary, said the Transport Ministry (MOT) in a press release on Thursday (Oct 15). Travellers will also not be subject to quarantine or stay-home notice requirements.
However, travellers will need to test negative on mutually recognised COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.
They will also be required to go on flights dedicated for those travelling under the bubble.
The air travel bubble launch date and other implementation details will be announced in due course, said the ministry.
Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said in a ministerial statement delivered in Parliament that Singapore is pursuing air travel bubbles with safe countries and regions, in addition to other measures like unilaterally lifting border restrictions as part of the country’s plans to revive its air hub.
In his speech, he had mentioned Hong Kong as among the partners that Singapore hopes to commence discussions on establishing air travel bubble agreements.
On 12 Oct, Hong Kong was added to the list of “low risk” places where travellers entering Singapore can serve a shorter stay-home notice of just seven days.