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Travel bubble with Singapore goes pfft as HK records single infection

17 May 2021

By The SUN  

Under the suspended deal, visitors from either place could have enjoyed quarantine-free travel 

The planned air travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore, which is due to take off on May 26, has been postponed yet again, this time because of the spike in coronavirus cases in the city state.

Singapore yesterday reported 38 local Covid-19 cases, the highest daily tally in more than a year. Eighteen of these were from an unknown source.

In addition, there were 11 imported cases, five of them returning citizens or permanent residents.


In Hong Kong, on the other hand, only one Covid-19 case was recorded today, involving a 25-year-old woman who just arrived from Indonesia.

A statement released by Hong Kong said  “the two governments will continue to closely monitor the epidemic situation in both places, including the effectiveness of the enhanced anti-epidemic measures introduced by the Singapore Government, which have taken effect from yesterday (May 16) and would last till June 13.”

The statement stressed that both sides remain strongly committed to pushing through with the air travel bubble.

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Travelers who have already made bookings on designated flights to and from the two destinations are advised to adjust their itineraries in the wake of the new development.

The original bubble deal between the two places was suspended on Nov 22 last year, as Hong Kong experienced the start of a fourth wave of infections.

This time, Singapore is the one that’s going through a sharp rise in unlinked infections, with 42 such cases being reported over the past week, including today's 11.

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Under the plan, travelers could travel without quarantine between both places, subject only to such restrictions as presenting a negative test result for a Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before boarding.

On Hong Kong’s end, travelers are also required to have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine, while Singapore did not impose such a restriction.

HK travelers must be fully vaccinated to qualify for the travel bubble with Singapore

The deal would be suspended for two weeks if the seven-day moving average of unlinked cases on either side exceeds five.


Singapore’s weekly average of untraceable cases rose to six today, while Hong Kong’s is at 0.14.

Earlier, Hong Kong tightened quarantine and testing requirements for everyone arriving from Taiwan, which has reported a record-busting 333 new infections Monday, prompting the closure of all schools below university level in Taipei and New Taipei.

Yesterday, 206 new local cases were reported.

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Hong Kong has said that starting today, everyone flying in from Taiwan or had stayed in the place 14 days before boarding must submit a negative result for a nucleic acid test taken within 72 hours before boarding.

All fully vaccinated travelers must also present a confirmed booking for a 14-day hotel quarantine. If unvaccinated, travelers should have a confirmed booking for a 21-day hotel quarantine.

Taiwan was one of a few places Hong Kong had previously listed as a low-risk place, which would have meant the quarantine period being reduced to seven days if the traveler from there had been fully vaccinated.

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