The inaugural Air Travel Bubble (ATB) flights
between Singapore and Hong Kong will take off on 22 November 2020,
following the conclusion of negotiations earlier this week.

Under the ATB, travellers between Singapore
and Hong Kong will be subject to COVID19 tests, in lieu of
quarantine or Stay-Home Notice. There will be no restrictions on
the purpose of travel and no requirement for a controlled
itinerary or sponsorship.

Any person who has remained in Singapore and/or
Hong Kong in the 14 consecutive days prior to departure is
eligible to travel. However, holders of Work Permits or S-Passes
issued by the Singapore Ministry of Manpower working in the
construction, marine shipyard, or process sectors are excluded
from travelling from Singapore to Hong Kong on the ATB.

Travellers from both cities must travel on designated flights serving only ATB travellers.. Click to enlarge.

Travellers from both cities must travel on
designated ATB flights that will only serve ATB travellers.

As a
start, there will be one flight a day into each city with a quota
of 200 travellers per flight. This will be increased to two
flights per day into each city with a quota of 200 travellers per
flight from 7 December 2020.

Mr Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s Minister for Transport,
said, “The Singapore-Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble enables us to
achieve two objectives at the same time – open up our 
borders in a controlled manner, while maintaining safety in our
societies. While we may be starting small, this is an important
step forward. I have no doubt both Singapore and Hong Kong will
co-operate fully to make this scheme work. It will be a useful
reference for other countries and regions that have controlled the
epidemic, and are contemplating opening their borders.”

Travellers are required to take a pre-departure
COVID19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test within 72 hours
before the scheduled departure time of the designated ATB flight
and obtain a negative test result.

Departing from Singapore:
All travellers departing from Singapore to Hong Kong will need to
apply for approval to take their pre-departure COVID19 PCR test if
they plan to take their COVID19 PCR test before 1 December 2020.
They need to apply for approval at least 7 days before departure
and will need a confirmed flight ticket to Hong Kong in order to
apply. Upon the receipt of an application approval via email,
travellers can contact and take their test at one of the
recognised clinics/testing centres in Singapore.

Departing from Hong Kong:
Travellers are required to take a pre-departure COVID19 PCR test
within 72 hours before the scheduled departure time of the
designated ATB flight and obtain a negative test result.
Travellers can contact and take their test at one of the
recognised clinics/testing centres in Hong Kong.

Air Travel Pass:
Foreign travellers from Hong Kong will need to apply for Air
Travel Pass between seven and thirty calendar days prior to their
intended date of entry into Singapore. Travellers can apply for
the ATP from 12 November 2020, 8am (Singapore time) for entry into
Singapore on or after 22 November 2020.

Post-Arrival COVID-19
Testing
: All travellers arriving in Hong Kong are required
to take a COVID19 test upon arrival at Hong Kong International
Airport (HKIA). Travellers must book and pay for the post-arrival
COVID19 PCR test at Hong Kong International Airport before
departing Singapore.Travellers must remain in HKIA until they
receive their negative
test results.

Conrad Clifford, IATA’s Regional Vice President
for Asia Pacific, said, “International air travel in Asia
Pacific is practically non-existent. Our latest figures for
September show
passenger demand at about 95% below the same period
last year. The Hong Kong-Singapore air travel bubble, though
starting small, is a step in the right direction to reboot
international travel in the region. We look forward to seeing Hong
Kong and Singapore expand this arrangement with other
destinations, and for other governments to adopt a similar
approach.

“What is significant is that quarantine
measures have been lifted for any travel between Hong Kong and
Singapore, and is not limited to just business or essential
travel. Replacing quarantine measures with COVID19 testing will
help in re-opening borders, restore connectivity that jobs and the
economy depend on, and give passengers confidence to travel.

“Standards and technological solutions will also be
needed to facilitate the management, communication and verification of test results by the multiple stakeholders involved
in the travel process. This is something we are working on with
the parties in Hong Kong and Singapore.”

Should travellers become COVID19 positive while in
Singapore or Hong Kong, they will need to bear the full cost of
any medical treatment, subject to the respective cities’
prevailing medical and healthcare policies.

The ATB will be suspended for two weeks if the
seven-day moving average of the daily number of unlinked COVID19
cases is more than five in either Singapore or Hong Kong.

If the seven-day moving average of the daily
number of unlinked COVID19 cases on the last day of the suspension
period is five or less, the ATB arrangement will resume.

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