The Singapore–Hong Kong Air Travel Bubble (ATB) has been deferred.
This comes after Singapore's Minister for Transport, S Iswaran, met with Hong Kong's Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development to discuss the ATB on the morning of May 17.
Both agreed that in light of the evolving Covid-19 situation in Singapore, the ATB, originally planned for May 26 will be deferred.
According to a press release by the Ministry of Transport, both sides remain "strongly committed" to a safe launch of the ATB.
Singapore currently is not able to meet the criteria to start the Singapore-Hong Kong ATB.
Singapore and Hong Kong will closely monitor the public health situation in both places and review the new launch date of the ATB flights towards the end of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) in Singapore.
Travellers may still continue their journey on non-designated ATB flights. However, such travellers will be subject to the prevailing border control and health requirements of both places.
Singapore residents returning from Hong Kong will be subject to a seven day Stay-Home Notice upon entry into Singapore.
The airlines will be contacting affected passengers to render assistance. Passengers may also reach out to their airlines regarding their travel plans.
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