The governments of Hong Kong and Singapore have announced that designated flights under the bilateral Air Travel Bubble (ATB) arrangement will begin May 26.

Key Points:

  • The two governments have imposed stringent restrictions on the ATB arrangement including, but not limited to:
    • ATB travelers should have no travel history to any place other than Singapore or Hong Kong 14 days prior to departure. Respective compulsory quarantine periods in Hong Kong or Singapore arising from the traveler’s last visit outside the two countries do not count toward the 14-day period.
    • ATB travellers departing from Hong Kong to Singapore are required to download, register and use Singapores TraceTogether mobile application.
    • Individuals departing from Singapore to Hong Kong must download and use the LeaveHomeSafe mobile application and retain relevant records for 31 days after departing Hong Kong.

Additional Information: To incentivize getting vaccinated, Hong Kong citizens traveling under the ATB can only take designated flights to Singapore 14 days after receiving two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Hong Kong and Singapore initially announced plans for an ATB in the fall of 2020. The plans were delayed in December, however, because of an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

Analysis & Comments: The response to COVID-19 continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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