Hong Kong, Singapore delay Air Travel Bubble

2021-05-17 09:35:38 GMT2021-05-17 17:35:38(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

HONG KONG, May 17 (Xinhua) -- The government of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said on Monday that the HKSAR and Singapore have decided to defer the inaugural flights under the bilateral Air Travel Bubble (ATB) scheduled for May 26 due to an escalating COVID-19 epidemic in Singapore.

A government spokesman said that the two sides will continue to closely monitor the epidemic situation in both places and will unveil further arrangements on or before June 13.

Under the ATB, travelers from the two sides, who have tested negative for COVID-19, are exempted from mandatory quarantine and Hong Kong travelers must be fully vaccinated 14 days before their departure.

The two regional aviation hubs have eyed the air travel program to help improve cross-border trips returning to normal and stimulate the tourism sector.

The spokesman stressed that both sides remain strongly committed to launching the ATB so that the air travel between them will be resumed in a gradual and orderly manner under a set of stringent public health control protocols. Enditem