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Daily flights between S’pore and Hong Kong to start on Nov 22 as part of air travel bubble

SINGAPORE — The air travel bubble arrangement between Singapore and Hong Kong, which allows all forms of travel, will start on Nov 22, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) announced on Wednesday (Nov 11).

There will be one flight a day into each city with a maximum of 200 travellers per flight, with this increasing to two flights a day into each city from Dec 7, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

There will be one flight a day into each city with a maximum of 200 travellers per flight, with this increasing to two flights a day into each city from Dec 7, said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

SINGAPORE  — The air travel bubble arrangement between Singapore and Hong Kong, which allows all forms of travel, will start on Nov 22, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) announced on Wednesday (Nov 11). 

There will be one flight a day into each city with a maximum of 200 travellers per flight, with this increasing to two flights a day into each city from Dec 7, said CAAS.  

Under the arrangement, travellers between Singapore and Hong Kong will be subject to polymerase chain reaction Covid-19 tests in lieu of a quarantine or stay-home notice period.

Travellers must take the test within 72 hours before their scheduled departure and receive a negative result.  

Those headed to Hong Kong will also need to take a Covid-19 test upon arrival.  

Travellers must also only travel via designated flights run by Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

Any person who has remained in Singapore or Hong Kong, or both in the last 14 consecutive days prior to departure is eligible to travel under this arrangement except for holders of work permits or S-Passes issued by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower working in the construction, marine shipyard or process sectors.

Upon arrival, travellers must also adhere to each city’s public health guidelines, said CAAS. 

For those entering Singapore, they must download and use the TraceTogether mobile application and adhere to the gathering limit of five people.

Graphic: Samuel Woo/TODAY

CAAS in its statement said that this was a “milestone arrangement” between two aviation hubs that seeks to revive air travel in “a safe and progressive way”. 

“The good progress in containing the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore and Hong Kong has given us the confidence to reopen our borders gradually, with safeguards in place to ensure our public health and safety,” CAAS said, adding that negotiations on the arrangements had concluded earlier this week following an announcement by the two cities on Oct 15 that they would work on the arrangement.  

However, it added that if the seven-day moving average of the daily number of unlinked Covid-19 cases is more than five in either Singapore or Hong Kong, the arrangement will be suspended for two weeks. 

It will only be reinstated if the seven-day moving average of the daily number of unlinked Covid-19 cases on the last day of the suspension period is five or fewer, said CAAS. 

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung said that the arrangement will achieve the objective of opening up borders and help to start rebuilding Singapore’s aviation hub. 

He noted that this is the first air travel bubble between two cities in the region, if not the world. 

Mr Ong, who also posted a Facebook video where he spoke in Cantonese to welcome Hong Kong visitors, said on Wednesday that Singapore and Hong Kong will work hard to ensure both cities are kept safe while opening up the borders. 

“If we can do this, we can show the world... be used as a point of reference,” he said.  

Asked if there are any other talks in progress with other countries, Mr Ong said that there are currently none as it is a “chicken and egg” problem with other countries waiting to see how the Singapore and Hong Kong air travel bubble works out. 

“It is my hope that when we are successful with this air travel bubble, hopefully we can try to trilateralise it, add another member and maybe (have a fourth member) beyond that,” he said.

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