Hong Kong and Singapore have postponed their “air travel bubble” for two weeks after Hong Kong recorded more than 30 locally transmitted cases of COVID-19 on Saturday.
The first charter flight between Hong Kong and Singapore was set to depart on Sunday 22 November, allowing travelers between the two cities to enter without undergoing quarantine.
However, Hong Kong reported 36 local cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, of which 13 infections have yet to be traced.
Hong Kong’s minister of commerce and economic development, Edward Yau, announced on Saturday that it would be the responsible option to postpone the travel bubble, with the launch date to be reviewed in early December.
The initial arrangements of the “air travel bubble” between Hong Kong and Singapore required travelers to receive negative COVID-19 virus test results before their departure, plus confirmation that they had stayed in Hong Kong or Singapore for the previous 14 days. One charter flight with a maximum of 200 passengers was to depart from each location to begin with, rising to two flights every day from 7 December if the situation remained stable.