Singapore and Hong Kong Travel Bubble Delayed Indefinitely

Low Covid numbers in both Singapore and Hong prompted a joint agreement to allow a two-way travel bubble to operate from 22nd November.

However an increase in cases in Hong Kong prompted the bubble to be delayed for two weeks at the last minute, before anyone could make the journey.

Now, as cases continue to increase, the travel bubble has been put on indefinite hold until they have the outbreak under control. Although Hong Kong have only recorded 6,397 cases, recent cases have increased substantially with a further 82 in the last 24 hours.

The decision is a blow to Singapore who had hoped that the bubble would bring much needed travellers and act as a example of future arrangements with other countries with similar low numbers of Covid cases.

Travellers from Hong Kong are a significant part of the tourist industry in Singapore with around 450,000 arrivals in 2019. the postponement may now mean that the travel bubble cannot begin until 2021.

The Hong Kong government said in a statement that the bubble would be postponed “in view of the severity of the epidemic situation in Hong Kong with the number of local cases of unknown sources increasing rapidly”.

Singapore have so far recorded 58,228 cases of Covid-19, with 10 new cases in the last 24 hours, and 29 deaths.

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