Travelling abroad is not something almost any of us got to do this year amidst the pandemic.
However, that may not be a dream with the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble that’s about to go-ahead real soon.
Like tomorrow, 22 Nov, kind of soon.
However, the rise in cases in Hong Kong will cause a few things to change regarding the travel bubble.
Today, we summarise the new arrangements for you.
Everything About the New Arrangement for SG-HK Travel Bubble That’ll Still Go On
As mentioned above, the travel bubble will go ahead despite the situation..
In fact, the first few flights on 22 Nov will take off and land in two different cities as scheduled.
However, Hong Kong travellers coming over here are required to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test upon arrival at Changi airport.
It also costs S$196 per traveller.
Painful, but necessary.
However, fees will be waived for the week from 22 to 28 Nov (the first week) to give travellers a time period to adjust to the change.
They’ll then need to self-isolate in the place they’re staying at for six to eight hours until the results come back.
It’s also mandatory for them to take private transport like a taxi or a private-hire car.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said that this was done as a precaution amidst the rising virus cases in Hong Kong.
A PCR is something travellers going to Hong Kong already had to do, which you can find out more over here.
Both countries are monitoring the situation carefully since new cases are expected to pop up due to new clusters.
But when will we know if the travel bubble will get suspended?
Conditions For Suspending The Travel Bubble
It has to hit a certain threshold first.
The travel bubble will be halted if the average unlinked cases over the next week reach 5 per day.
Now, remember, it’s unlinked cases.
Which, according to CAAS, is currently at 2.14.
It might be barely halfway, but let’s just hope the trends from last week don’t return.
CAAS say that in three days, the threshold will be exceeded if over 22 unlinked cases happen.
“This will trigger a two-day notice period, after which suspension will come into effect.”
This would also include a seven-day stay-home notice (SHN) for Hong Kong travellers coming to Singapore.
Advice For Those Going To HK
However, CAAS also reminds travellers going to Hong Kong to “stay vigilant”.
They are advised to avoid crowded places and to follow the country’s public health guidelines.
Basically, just remember to pack your good habits along with your luggage.
CAAS also says to make backup plans in case of the travel bubble being suspended, since they’ll have to change flights and have a seven-day SHN when coming back as well.
Not the best kind of staycation, honestly.
What If Everything Remains Fine
Basically, go have fun (responsibly)!
The travel bubble originally allowed travellers to not require quarantine or an SHN.
COVID-19 tests and dedicated flights are needed, but you’re basically free if you’re tested negative.
Also, those aged 12 and below from Singapore going to Hong Kong also don’t need to do a PCR test.
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