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Singapore, Hong Kong relaunches air travel bubble

Dr YK Pang, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), has welcomed the agreement between the Governments of the Hong Kong SAR and Singapore on relaunching the bilateral Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble (ATB). Dr Pang said, “Relaunching the Air Travel Bubble with Singapore is the first step in Hong Kong’s resumption of international travel.

The delayed air travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore will begin on May 26, the two cities said on Monday. Click To Tweet

The travel trade can seize this opportunity to warm themselves up and get prepared for the gradual return of more visitors to Hong Kong. We expect that visitor source at the early stage of the launch of the ATB are from those who travel for family visits or other essential reasons, and leisure travellers will also return successively.” Meanwhile, the HKTB will continue to work with the various tourism-related sectors to enhance anti-epidemic measures, including the “Anti-Epidemic Hygiene Measures Certification Scheme” launched last year.

More than 2,000 outlets including retail and dining outlets, hotels, attractions and other locations have now been certified, establishing a healthy and safe tourism image for Hong Kong.

Air Travel Bubble (ATB) Eligibility Criteria and Health Measures

Customers flying under the ATB arrangement must meet the eligibility criteria and required health measures. This includes having a travel history to Singapore and/or Hong Kong in the last 14 days prior to flight departure, flying on dedicated ATB flights, and obtaining a negative test result for both pre-departure and on-arrival Covid-19 tests.

The 14-day period must exclude any compulsory quarantine or Stay-Home Notice (SHN) period arising from their last return to Singapore or Hong Kong from overseas.

Please note that Hong Kong requires its residents who depart Hong Kong on ATB flights to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (i.e. at least 14 days after receiving the second shot of Covid-19 vaccine). Certain exemptions apply. Passengers departing Singapore on ATB flights do not need to be vaccinated.

All short-term visitors entering Singapore will also need to apply for an Air Travel Pass between 7 to 30 days before arrival.

For more information on the full ATB requirements and health measures, please click here.

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