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Hong Kong And Singapore Will Set 'Travel Bubble' In Coming Weeks, Eliminating A Mandatory Quarantine From Travelers
Hong Kong and Singapore may resume leisure travel between the two cities in the next month, establishing a “travel bubble” so travelers won’t have to quarantine.
Both cities have lost a significant amount of money during the pandemic as they are both major financial and business hubs in Asia and had bustling tourism industries.
Although resuming flights between both cities won’t immediately bring back the economy, establishing a “travel bubble” could promote safe travel for tourists.
Edward Yau, Hong Kong’s secretary for commerce and economic development tells CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia”, “The concept of the bilateral corridor, what’s commonly called air travel bubble, must be one that ensure safety, public health on the one hand; and also facilitating traveling as much as possible.”
There aren’t detailed dates of the travel bubble yet, but could include features such as requiring negative test results from travelers before departure, reduce the number of flights between both cities based on coronavirus cases, Hong Kong requiring travelers to take another test upon arrival, and travelers not having to quarantine.
According to Yau, Hong Kong is considering adding Macao and mainland China to its travel bubble.