They finally have a target launch date
After about six months of postponements and constant reviews, Singapore and Hong Kong today announced May 26 as the target launch date for the proposed air travel bubble agreement.
“It has been a long few months, but the conditions are now ripe again to re-launch the air travel bubble,” said Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s minister for transport. “Both sides will need to stay very vigilant in the next one month, so that we can launch the first flights smoothly.”
As a start, there will be only one flight a day in each direction, capped at 200 passengers on each flight for the first two weeks. They will review the situation thereafter.
The terms and conditions for travel have also tightened:
- Travellers must remain in either city for 14 days prior to departure
- The 14 days excludes quarantine periods
- Hong Kong passport holders must be fully vaccinated before their flight out
Vaccinations are not compulsory for Singapore travellers, however. Other T&Cs will apply as set out in the original plans, including the need for a negative COVID-19 test prior to boarding the plane.
Both parties will closely monitor the local COVID-19 situation from now to the targeted launch date and will proceed with the launch “if the situation continues to be steady and under control in both cities”.