Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung announced on Facebook on 21 November 2020 at 5.07pm that the launch of the Singapore – Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble (ATB) would be deferred by 2 weeks. The Governments of Singapore and Hong Kong will review within 2 weeks on the new launch date and update again.
In case you can’t see the Facebook post:
This morning, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore announced that the Singapore-Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble (ATB) will be launched as scheduled, with arriving passengers subject to an on-arrival test as a further precaution.
Given the evolving situation in Hong Kong, Secretary Edward Yau and I discussed further this afternoon, and decided that it would be better to defer the launch of the ATB, by two weeks. We will review within two weeks on the new launch date and update again.
I can fully understand the disappointment and frustration of travellers who have planned their trips. But we think it is better to defer from a public health standpoint. The airlines will be contacting the travellers individually.
This is a sober reminder that the COVID-19 virus is still with us, and even as we fight to regain our normal lives, the journey will be full of ups and downs. But we will press on and look forward to when we can safely launch the ATB.
Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific will be contacting affected travellers individually to inform them of the change.
All Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific flights between Singapore and Hong Kong between 22 November 2020 and 6 December 2020, both dates inclusive, will operate as non-Air Travel Bubble flights. Passengers who are still travelling will need to ensure that they meet the respective existing entry requirements (non-Air Travel Bubble) and adhere to quarantine measures upon arrival.
Just this morning, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) announced that the ATB would have proceeded as planned tomorrow (22 November 2020) with an additional on-arrival COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at Changi Airport.
This article may be edited without prior notice due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation around the world.