Hong Kong, Singapore ‘travel bubble’ idea resurrected

Singapore is studying a proposal from Hong Kong to reopen borders safely, after a Hong Kong official said it has resumed discussions on a travel bubble with Singapore, Channel News Asia reports.

“We are very happy that Hong Kong has in recent weeks kept the pandemic under good control. This is a very positive development,” the Minister for Transport Ong Ye Kung said in a statement on Monday.

“We have received a proposal from Hong Kong to reopen borders safely. We are studying it and will be responding to Hong Kong shortly.”

There are two conditions for the resumption of the travel bubble with Singapore, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah  told reporters earlier on Monday.

These include a coronavirus disease test before departure and after arrival.

“As Professor Chan said, there is now a vaccination programme, and we have enough vaccines for the whole population,” he said, referring to Secretary for Food and Health Sophia Chan Siu-chee

“So, under the travel bubble arrangement, if Hong Kong people are to travel, and if we are to start any travel bubble arrangements with other places, then vaccination will be a requirement. This is for our own protection. I believe that will be the trend around the world in the long run.”

Singapore and Hong Kong were scheduled to launch an air travel bubble in November last year but it was deferred after coronavirus disease infections rebounded in Hong Kong.

On November 21, a day before flights were to begin, it was announced that the launch of the travel bubble has been deferred to early December.-Photo: CNA


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