Hong Kong and Singapore to start quarantine-free travel bubble next month

Singapore and Hong Kong have agreed to start quarantine-free travel between the two cities from 26 May. The long delayed travel bubble was first slated to begin in November, but was suspended after a sudden spike of Covid infections in Hong Kong.

If it goes ahead, this travel bubble will be the second major air route in the region to open and is expected to provide a boost to the tourism sectors of both cities. The scheme will start with one flight a day into each city, with up to 200 travellers on each flight. Those wanting to travel from either city must test negative for COVID-19 before departure and on arrival. Hong Kong residents can also only fly to Singapore at least 14 days after they have had two doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Travellers won’t have to quarantine and there will be no restrictions on the purpose of travel. However, the bubble will be suspended if the seven-day average for daily cases of community transmission rises above five, in either city. They will be required to use a government-developed app TraceTogether during their visit in Singapore, while Singaporean visitors will need to use the Hong Kong government’s LeaveHomeSafe app while they are in the city.