Travel bubble suspended for a second time

17 May 2021

Hong Kong and Singapore have agreed to put their travel bubble on hold for a second time due to an increase in cases in Singapore. The news was announced after a meeting between Hong Kong commerce chief Edward Yau and Singapore transport minister S. Iswaran. 

The decision was announced on Monday, suspending the quarantine-free corridor between Singapore and Hong Kong indefinitely. Singapore launched new restrictions to mitigate the spread of the virus and are expected to be lifted on June 13. Another announcement regarding the travel bubble is set to be made on or before that day. 

According to a Hong Kong government statement, the two parties will continue holding talks until a decision is made final. Before the measures were reintroduced, travellers in Singapore could travel but had to stay in quarantine following their arrival. Those returning to Singapore had to self-isolate and get checked after seven days. 

Social gathering numbers and dining-in at food places were affected in Singapore’s latest measures. 

The travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore was previously discussed and suspended due to Hong Kong’s fourth wave of the infection, on November 22. 

Cathay Pacific Airways and Singapore Airlines are designated to handle the flights and will be allowed to carry 200 people to travel in each direction daily.