AVIATION | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

Spike in COVID-19 cases halts Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble

New launch dates will be decided after a two-week review.

The much-awaited Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble was postponed less than 24 hours before its supposed launch on Saturday due to the spike of COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong.

Singapore Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung announced that the launch would be deffered by two weeks.

“This decision was reached following a discussion between Minister Ong and Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, Edward Yau, earlier today. This is to safeguard public health in both cities as well as travellers’ own health,” according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

The air travel bubble plan is a quarantine-free travel arrangement between Singapore and Hong Kong.

Travellers have to follow stringent requirements such as taking COVID-19 PCR test before the flight and upon reaching their destination. 

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