Hong Kong-Singapore quarantine-free trips

A delayed travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore will cautiously allow quarantine-free trips starting on May 26.  The scheme will begin with one flight per day carrying 200 passengers, with a second flight added from June 10 if the coronavirus situation remains stable.

Travellers from Hong Kong will need to have received their second coronavirus vaccine jab two weeks before departing for Singapore, although this will not be required for those going in the other direction.

Anyone currently in Singapore and Hong Kong will be eligible to travel regardless of nationality.  The bubble will be suspended for two weeks if the daily average of untraceable Covid-19 cases in one week reaches more than five in either city.

Hong Kong has made provisions for the entire community to be vaccinated.

Travellers on both sides are required to do a virus test 72 hours before their departure, while they must be screened again when they arrive at the airport. Designated lanes will be set up at Hong Kong airport for the post-arrival tests.

Hong Kong travellers to Singapore must fill in and submit an arrival card and book a post-arrival virus test three days before arriving. After taking the test at the airport, travellers will have to go to their declared place of accommodation by private transport, taxis or hired cars, and stay there until receiving their negative test result. Singapore permanent residents may quarantine in their own homes.

Singapore travellers will have to fill in an online health declaration form 48 hours before arrival in Hong Kong, and can only leave the airport after getting a negative test result. Travellers also have to download the government’s LeaveHomeSafe mobile app.

Singapore has not imposed any criteria for arriving travellers to be fully vaccinated.

Hong Kong will also expand the Return2HK scheme, allowing residents to return from anywhere in mainland China. The scheme originally applied only to those coming from Guangdong province and Macau.

In normal times, a small number of medical tourists travel from Hong Kong to Singapore, but not in the opposite direction.