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The plan to start a travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong will start on November 22, with the two governments revealing the details of the agreement Wednesday (November 11) after two months of talks.
Under the Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble, travelers will be able to arrive at either city without going through the quarantine or stay-home notices provided a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours before departure.
The governments of both cities announced that the route will see one daily flight carrying no more than 200 passengers starting November 22. It will be increased to two flights a day starting December 7. Singapore-based Singapore Airlines and Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific will operate alternate flights.
The travel bubble can still be suspended in the future should the daily average of untraceable cases in either country reaches more than five. It could then be resumed again if the figure drops below five.
Singapore Resident Guidelines for Travel to Hong Kong
As part of the travel bubble, those departing from Singapore will be required to apply to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) to the take the COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) at least seven days before departure, and provide a confirmed flight ticket to Hong Kong.
Per the terms, travelers should not have traveled anywhere outside of Hong Kong or Singapore within 14 days prior to departure, book their travel designated for the Air Travel Bubble, and have the necessary visa and permits to enter either city.
After December 1, travelers would not need the approval and can take their PCR test at around 600 clinics and healthcare providers in Singapore 72 hours before departure.
Upon arrival in Hong Kong, travelers will be required to take another COVID-19 test and wait at the airport for around four hours pending the results.
Travel from Hong Kong to Singapore
According to dedicated pages for the Air Travel Bubble on Cathay Pacific's website, travelers will also need a booking on a flight under the Air Travel Bubble and have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours before departure.
Travelers heading to Singapore will need to apply online for a Singapore Air Travel Pass and submit a health delcaration electronically via the SG Arrival Card Service. Travelers will also be required to have a mobile device to use Singapore's TraceTogether app.
Unlike arrivals at Hong Kong, travelers will not have to take another PCR test upon arrival at Singapore.
Dedicated Air Travel Bubble Flights
Both Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific will be operating alternating flights under the Air Travel Bubble agreement until December 1 when both airlines will operate their own daily flights each.
According to Cathay Pacific, the airline will operate flights CX759 (Hong Kong-Singapore) and CX734 (Singapore-Hong Kong) for the air travel bubble between November 22 to December 31.
In a joint press release by the Hong Kong and Singapore's tourism boards, Cathay Pacific Chief Customer and Commercial Officer Ronald Lam said: “As Hong Kong’s home carrier, we are excited to facilitate this two-way, all-purpose, quarantine-free Air Travel Bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore. Cathay Pacific is all ready to fly passengers safely and securely between the two cities under the new arrangement. We believe that this will be a milestone showcase for the opening of more, similar air travel bubbles with other popular destinations in the region and beyond. We look forward to welcoming our customers aboard our first travel bubble flights for a festive getaway as we head towards the popular Christmas holiday season.”
On its own website, Singapore Airlines has stated its bubble flights during the same time period will be SQ890 (Singapore-Hong Kong) and SQ891 (Hong Kong-Singapore). After January 1st, the flights will be SQ860 and SQ863 until January 31.
Singapore Airlines - https://www.singaporeair.com/en_UK/sg/travel-info/singapore-hongkong-travel-bubble
Cathay Pacific - https://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_HK/travel-bubble/hong-kong-singapore/overview.html