Hands if the air if you are as pumped as we are about the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble? Get ready for warmer weather, hawker centres, and some of the best hospitality in Asia
Yes Hong Kong is full of amazing things to do, from hiking or shopping to happy hours and fine dining, but we all love a holiday right?! Luckily, the Hong Kong and Singapore governments have been working on a plan to make travel between the two destinations a reality. Here’s what we know about the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble 2021 so far…
Get excited for the Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble 2021
1. The Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble will kick off on May 26
The latest report from the Hong Kong Government advises that passengers can start flying to Singapore from 26 May. To begin with a cautious approach, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific will provide one flight per day for two weeks, carrying a maximum of 200 passengers per flight. If the virus is still under control in both cities and the travel bubble launch does well, the number of flights will increase to two per day from 10 June (fingers, toes, and everything crossed!)
Pssst… weekday high tea in Singapore is a must at these spots.
2. There will be no quarantine
Fear not, Hongkongers! One of the benefits of the travel bubble is that nobody will have to quarantine with these trips. A cheeky long weekend away is looking closer and closer… Singapore and Hong Kong have both been seeing decreased cases of the virus, which is why this agreement has been reached.
Here’s where to shop masks in Singapore just in case you need to stock up.
3. Vaccination is mandatory
To protect everyone, all passengers flying from Hong Kong to Singapore must be fully vaccinated with either Sinovac or BioNTech at least two weeks prior to departure. You must also have not travelled elsewhere two weeks before your flight. Travellers must under-go a Covid test 72 hours before the flight and provide a negative PCR result. Passengers are required to download the contact-tracing apps from each location upon arrival.
These are all the useful Singapore apps and websites for everything COVID-related.
4. There will be designated flights
If you want to get on board with the travel bubble you will have to book on to designated flights between the two destinations. These will be run by Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines on intermittent days until 10 June when two flights per day may be introduced.
Singapore Airlines will operate the Singapore-Hong Kong route via flight SQ882, with the return flight SQ883.
Cathay Pacific will operate flights CX759, returning as CX734.
5. No restrictions will be placed on the purpose of the trip
Whether you’re heading to Singapore on business, looking to stay at one of the lush Sentosa hotels, or planning on spending some time outdoors with the kids, there will be no restrictions as to why you can visit The Little Red Dot.
And why wouldn’t you want to get booking? Singapore is home to Honeycombers HQ and we just love it.
6. Only on until 10 June… for now…
So technically this agreement is a trial and will only run until 10 June. It’s expected that if both governments feel it’s working that they will extend the dates.
Wondering what to do in Singapore? Our sister site Honeycombers has all the info on how to live your best life in the Lion City, while HoneyKids Asia is the place to be if you’re looking at travelling to Singapore with the family.