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HK-Singapore travel bubble delayed until 2021

The system was initially due to start on November 22.
The system was initially due to start on November 22.

The initiative has been put back again due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in the SAR.

Hong Kong.- A recent spike in Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong has led to a new delay in the implementation of a planned travel bubble with neighbouring Singapore.

The system was initially due to begin on November 22. It was first delayed for two weeks until early December.

Now, as that intended start date approaches, authorities have pushed it back to next year without setting a specific commencement date, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).

The CAAS said the exact date will be revealed later in the month.

A Hong Kong government spokesperson said that the decision was made “in view of the severity of the epidemic situation in Hong Kong with the number of local cases of unknown sources increasing rapidly”.

The Special Administrative Region recently decided to reinstate several Covid-19 measures, incuding the closure of schools.

Once the travel bubble is in place, visitors will be able to take Covid-19 tests in lieu of quarantine or stay-home notices. There will be no restrictions on the purpose of travel and no requirement for a controlled itinerary or sponsorship.

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