Chance to travel at last

April 27, 2021 10:28
Photo: RTHK/Reuters

Announced last year but suspended due to the pandemic developments, the Hong Kong-Singapore Air Travel Bubble (ATB) scheme is finally going ahead.

The government said Monday that under the agreement, residents will be able to travel between the two cities on designated flights from May 26 without the need to quarantine, but stringent health protocols have to be observed.

In the initial period between May 26 and June 9, there will be two daily flights between Hong Kong and Singapore – one in each direction. Each flight will carry 200 travellers, the government said. From June 10, it will be increased to four flights a day.

Hongkongers looking to join the scheme have to complete the two-dosage vaccination process and wait at least 14 days.

Travellers are required to test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours before departure.

There will also be contact tracing requirements.

ATB travellers departing from Hong Kong to Singapore are required to download Singapore's TraceTogether mobile application and keep it activated during their stay. ATB travellers from Singapore to Hong Kong are also required to download the local LeaveHomeSafe app.

Many are likely to welcome the relaunch of the ATB. Hopefully, the number of Covid-19 cases on both sides can stay below the threshold to keep the scheme alive.

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