INAUGURAL SINGAPORE-HONG KONG AIR TRAVEL BUBBLE FLIGHTS ON 22 NOVEMBER 2020

 

The inaugural Air Travel Bubble (ATB) flights between Singapore and Hong Kong will be on 22 November 2020, following the conclusion of negotiations earlier this week. The ATB is a milestone arrangement between two aviation hubs and seeks to revive air travel in a safe and progressive way. The good progress in containing the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore and Hong Kong has given us the confidence to reopen our borders gradually, with safeguards in place to ensure our public health and safety.

 

2.       Under the ATB, travellers between Singapore and Hong Kong will be subject to COVID-19 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.

 

3.       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 a day into each city with a quota of 200 travellers per flight from 7 December 2020. If the COVID-19 situation deteriorates in either city, the travel bubble arrangements will be suspended.

 

4.       Travellers must also meet the eligibility criteria and adhere to the prevailing border control measures and public health requirements of both cities. More details on the requirements of the ATB can be found in the Annex.

 

5.       Mr Ong Ye Kung, 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”.

 

Annex: Key Elements of Singapore – Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble

 

 

About the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore

 

The mission of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is to grow a safe, vibrant air hub and civil aviation system, making a key contribution to Singapore's success. CAAS' roles are to oversee and promote safety in the aviation industry, develop the air hub and aviation industry, provide air navigation services, provide aviation training for human resource development, and contribute to the development of international civil aviation.

 

 

For media queries, please contact:

 

Satwinder Kaur (Ms)

Deputy Director (Corporate Communications)

Tel: +65 6541 2912

Mobile: +65 9621 1087

Email: satwinder_kaur@caas.gov.sg

 

Genevieve Yeow (Ms)

Manager (Corporate Communications)

Tel: +65 6541 2082

Mobile: +65 9829 0049

Email: genevieve_yeow@caas.gov.sg

 

 

Annex

 

Key Elements of Singapore – Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble

 

1.

Eligibility


Any person who has remained in Singapore and/or Hong Kong in the last 14 consecutive days prior to departure is eligible to travel. 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.


2.

Designated ATB Flights


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



Route

22 Nov

23 – 29 Nov

30 Nov – 6 Dec

7 Dec onwards

SQ890

SIN-HKG

Sun

Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

Mon, Wed, Fri

Daily

SQ891

HKG-SIN

-

CX734

SIN-HKG

-

Tue, Thu, Sat

Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun

Daily

CW759

HKG-SIN

Sun

3.

Testing


Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing.Travellers are required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 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 COVID-19 PCR test if they plan to take their COVID-19 PCR test before 1 December 20201. 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. To apply, please visithttps://go.gov.sg/caaspdt. Upon the receipt of an application approval via email, travellers can contact and take their test at one of the recognised clinics/testing centres/testing institutions in Singapore. The list can be found athttps://go.gov.sg/covid19pcrtestproviders.


Departing from Hong Kong

Travellers2are required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 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/testing institutions in Hong Kong. The list can be found at

https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/pdf/List_of_recognised_laboratories_RTPCR.pdf.


Post-Arrival COVID-19 Testing

All travellers arriving in Hong Kong are required to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). Travellers must book and pay for the post-arrival COVID-19 PCR test at Hong Kong International Airport before departing Singapore.

Travellers must remain in HKIA until they receive their negative test results.

Refer to Hong Kong’s dedicated ATB websitehttp://www.tourism.gov.hk/travelbubblefor more information regarding the requirements to travel to Hong Kong.


4.

Other Requirements


Public Health Measures

Travellers must comply with the prevailing public health and safe distancing measures in Singapore and Hong Kong. These include mask wearing and restrictions on group gatherings.


Medical costs

Should travellers become COVID-19 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.


Air Travel Pass

Foreign travellers3from 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. More details can be found athttps://safetravel.ica.gov.sg.


TraceTogether

To facilitate the contact tracing process, foreign travellers from Hong Kong will be required to download and register for the TraceTogether app on their mobile devices prior to departing for Singapore, keep it activated during their stay here, and not delete it for 14 consecutive days after leaving Singapore.


5.

Suspension


The ATB will be suspended for two weeks if the seven-day moving average of the daily number of unlinked COVID-19 cases is more than five in either Singapore or Hong Kong.

If the seven-day moving average of the daily number of unlinked COVID-19 cases on the last day of the suspension period is five or less, the ATB arrangement will resume.


From 1 December 2020, travellers need not apply for approval to take the pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test in Singapore.  

Children aged 12 or younger in that calendar year are not required to undergo a pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test before departing Hong Kong for Singapore.  

Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and Singapore Long-Term Pass holders are not required to apply for an ATP. LTP holders refer to Work Pass holders, Student’s Pass holders, Long-Term Visit Pass holders and Dependant’s Pass holders, as well as those who have been granted In-Principle Approval for a LTP. LTP holders need to apply for an Approval Letter for Entry as per the arrangement today.  



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