Hong Kong and Singapore will create a mutual travel bubble in which both countries can visit each other for leisure travel without having to quarantine.
Travellers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test before making their way to the next country.
‘Hong Kong and Singapore enjoy strong trade, investment, finance, tourism and people-to-people ties. Both cities are major aviation hubs, and the international air route between the two cities was among the busiest in the Asia-Pacific region pre-COVID-19. Travel links between Hong Kong and Singapore are important for both cities,’ the Hong Kong government said in a statement.
‘Both our cities have low incidence of COVID-19 cases and have put in place robust mechanisms to manage and control COVID-19. This has given us the confidence to mutually and progressively open our borders to each other,’ Ong Ye Kung, Singapore’s minister for transport, said. ‘It is a safe, careful but significant step forward to revive air travel, and provide a model for future collaboration with other parts of the world.’
As of October 16, Hong Kong has had 5,233 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 4,951 recoveries and 105 deaths. Singapore has had 57,901 confirmed cases, 57,764 recoveries and 28 deaths.