All passengers arriving in Singapore under the Singapore – Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble (ATB) will now be required to take an additional on-arrival COVID-19 test at Changi Airport. This comes as an additional measure following a surge of coronavirus cases in Hong Kong, bringing up the total of COVID-19 tests to up to 4 tests per return trip.
The additional requirement of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is a precautionary measure given the rise of COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong over the past few days, and is provided for under the Singapore-Hong Kong ATB agreement said the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), as reported by CNA.
However, the ATB flights will go ahead as scheduled, with the first designated flights taking off and landing in Singapore and Hong Kong as scheduled on Sunday, 22 November 2020.
Under the terms of the Singapore – Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble (ATB), the arrangement would be suspended if the 7-day moving average of unlinked COVID-19 cases exceeds 5 per day. The number of unlinked COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong, 7-day moving average as of 21 November 2020, is currently 2.14.
It is worth to note that the suspension of the Singapore – Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble (ATB) is NOT a suspension of flights, but rather, the existing border control measures to kick in such as the 7-day stay-home notice in the case of travellers from Hong Kong will then apply upon entry into Singapore.
This article may be edited without prior notice due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation around the world.