This means that people will be able to head to and fro between both cities without the need to serve the quarantine — subject to conditions including testing negative for Covid-19.
Under the agreement, travellers from both Singapore and Hong Kong must produce negative results on mutually recognised Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. Travellers are exempt from having to serve a quarantine or stay-home notice upon arrival in both destinations, but passengers will have to board dedicated flights.
Final details regarding the travel bubble are still being worked out, but it’s likely that the agreement will be carried out in just a couple of weeks.
Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung shared, ” The risk of a Hong Kong-er bringing the virus into Changi (Airport) is not very different from someone coming from Jurong.”
In a press release by the Ministry of Transport (MOT), it states that the arrangement is part of a new in-principle agreement between the two cities which will help to revive cross-border air travel in a “safe and progressive way.”
As of the time of writing, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong has gone past 5,200, including 105 deaths.
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This story first appeared in Lifestyle Asia Singapore.