**Update: the launch has unfortunately been postponed due to newly identified cases in HK. A new launch date is not yet announced.
Today, the governments of Hong Kong and Singapore announced the detailed arrangements of the long-awaited Air Travel Bubble (ATB), which is set to be launched on 22 November.
Travellers between the two locations will not be subject to any quarantine requirements, nor restrictions to their travel purposes. However, in order to resume cross-border air travel in a safe and progressive manner, several anti-epidemic protocols will be put in place:
- ATB travellers must have tested negative for Covid-19 in mutually recognised tests taken within 72 hours before their departure. They must also have no travel history to any places other than Singapore or Hong Kong in the last 14 days prior to their departure;
- Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines will be the operating airlines;
- Initially, there will be 1 flight per day between both locations, carrying 200 ATB travellers;
- As from 7 December, the number of flights will be increased to 2 per day;
- The ATB will be suspended for 2 weeks if the daily average number of untraceable Covid-19 cases in a week reaches more than 5 in either city. If on the last day of suspension that figure drops below 5 again, the bubble will resume.