MIAMI – Once again the travel bubble between Hong Kong (HKG) and Singapore (SIN) has been put on indefinite hold due to a new COVID-19-case surge in the city/state.

Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1 – Photo : Wikimedia Commons Unrestricted

Freedom to travel was supposed to begin on May 26 but the pandemic has again decided otherwise and the planned travel bubble is now on indefinite hold, as reported by today’s South China Morning Post, a decision taken after concerned officials from the two sides met today.

A new Rendez-Vous is set for the middle of June when HKG commerce chief, Edward Yau Tang-Wan and SIN transport minister S. Iswaran will again review the situation and the results of actions taken in SIN to curb the spread of contaminations. The plan drawn between the two cities set a limit of five cases and the suspension of the travel bubble if exceeded.

Very strict guidelines were established in April when an attemp to create a quarantine free travel corridor was started. Under the travel scheme, each designated carrier, Cathay Pacific (CX) and Singapore Airlines (SQ), would have been allowed to carry a total of 200 passengers per day each

“The bubble is fragile. Singapore is not the biggest tourist destination for Hong Kong people." HKG IATA Travel Agents Association Click To Tweet
Cathay Pacific A330-300 B-LAK and A350-900 B-LRJ at Hong Kong International Airport – Photo: Ray Swi-hymn from Sijhih-Taipei, Taiwan via Wikimedia Commons

Comments from Travel Agents Association

An HKG IATA Travel Agents Association has estimated that approximately 4,000 travelers have seen theirs travel plans disrupted by the postponement.

The travel agents association further commented on the situation by stating “The bubble is fragile. Singapore is not the biggest tourist destination for Hong Kong people, after all, the industry is keener on having a travel bubble with mainland China or Macau.”

Travel to SIN remains possible, indicates the SIN government, but travelers are subject to quarantine or, in case of residents, a seven days at home restriction. Over the weekend the SIN government has again tightened restrictions limiting social groups to two persons and banning access to dining places.

Featured image: Singapore Airlines Airrbus 350-900 9Y-SMU. Photo: Roland Rimoczi/Airways