Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble to start on Nov 22, first of its kind in the world

Singapore's Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung announced that the air travel bubble between the city-state and Hong Kong will start on Sunday, November 22. 

The air travel bubble is the first of its kind in the world between two aviation hubs of Asia, and which covers all segments of travellers. 

There will be no restrictions on the type of travel or itinerary, Ong said in a Facebook post. 

For travellers, there will be no quarantine or Stay Home Notices. Instead, these will be replaced by COVID-19 tests.

"This is as close as it gets to cross-border travel pre-COVID-19, and this is only possible because both Singapore and Hong Kong have successfully controlled COVID-19," Ong said. 

The announcement was welcomed by Singapore Airlines (SIA). "This air travel bubble arrangement is an important step for Singapore and Hong Kong as we rebuild from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and supports the ongoing recovery of the airline industry," said SIA Chief Executive Goh Choon Phong. 

"We look forward to welcoming our customers onboard our aircraft, and  delivering the exceptional inflight service that SIA is renowned for." 

Within the SIA Group, Singapore Airlines will operate Air Travel Bubble flights to
Hong Kong while Scoot will operate the non-Air Travel Bubble flights.